May 24, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
    
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Interactive Design - Web Design and Development

Location(s): Blended (Main Campus & Online)


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Are you passionate about blending creativity and design with technology to craft compelling digital experiences? The Interactive Design program with a Web Design and Development major is your gateway to a career as a web designer. 

Our program empowers you with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to thrive, whether you’re focused on creative design or solving business challenges with technology.

In this program, you’ll:

  • master the core principles of design, gaining an understanding of design aesthetics, layout, typography and colour theory, laying the foundation for your creative endeavours
  • develop programming and web development fundamentals, including design languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript,
  • explore principles of responsive design to ensure websites function on different devices
  • dive into the world of digital design tools and techniques and learn how to use industry-standard software and best practices to transform your creative ideas into polished products that not only meet business needs but also solve complex challenges
  • learn problem-solving approaches that emphasize innovation and user-centric solutions
  • delve into data-driven design strategies and learn how to create designs that are not just visually appealing but also informed by data, ensuring your work has a meaningful impact
  • collaborate with your peers to develop project plans, tackle complex design challenges, and enhance your teamwork and communication skills to prepare you for the collaborative nature of the industry
  • focus on human-centric interactions, interactivity and user experience design and explore the art of crafting web experiences that engage and delight users
  • gain hands-on experience in client interaction and presentation skills, learn how to effectively communicate your design concepts, gather feedback and iterate on your work to meet client expectations.

Throughout your journey, you’ll build a comprehensive portfolio of your work. This portfolio will showcase your applied design concepts, highlight your ability to meet specific client requirements and illustrate your growth as a web designer.

When you graduate, you’ll be proficient in front-end and back-end web development and be skilled at engaging with intuitive interfaces. Your expertise will open doors to diverse career opportunities, including web designer, front-end developer, web developer and more.

Push the boundaries of your creativity and tackle real-world challenges head-on. Our Web Design and Development major is your gateway to a fulfilling and innovative career in the interactive design field.

Traits, skills and aptitudes


Web designers and developers are innovative, methodical and directive.

You need:

  • logical/critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • the ability to focus on details for long periods
  • the ability to organize information effectively
  • attention to detail
  • patience and persistence
  • speaking and writing skills
  • interpersonal skills
  • numeracy skills
  • the ability to work well on a team
  • the ability to explain complex ideas in plain language
  • the ability to convert abstract or high-level concepts into meaningful results
  • confidence in your work. 

You should enjoy organizing information, performing tasks with extreme precision and collaborating with others. You should also be committed to life-long learning. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities


You’ll have the option to participate in a work term after your first year. This isn’t a requirement.

You’ll also participate in a capstone project in your second year, where you’ll investigate issues across many different subject areas or domains of knowledge, connect them with community issues or problems, and create a solution. 

Credential


Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll be awarded a SAIT Interactive Design diploma with a major in Web Design and Development.

Program length


2 years

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible


This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Not eligible for CAJG


This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers


Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Web designers (21233)
  • Web developers and programmers (21234)
  • Graphic designers and illustrators (52120)
  • Software developers and programmers (21232)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada


Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • at least 50% in Math 30-1 or at least 60% in Math 30-2, and
  • at least 55% in English Language Arts 30-1 or at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-2.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside of Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada


All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Application process


When applying in the application portal, select Interactive Design. You will be able to select Web Design and Development as your major during the application process.

Program outline


The Interactive Design - Web Design and Development diploma requires 60 credits (19 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

Required courses


You must take all of the following courses to complete this program.

Optional courses


Suggested schedule of study


Progression


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies


Books and supplies are approximately $2,000 per full-time year.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a custom computer hardware and software requirement. 

You require a laptop with an integrated webcam, a smartphone with the ability to record audio and video and headphones with an integrated microphone.

All laptops must meet the following minimum specifications:

  • MacBook Air with M2 chip
  • 8-Core CPU, 10-core GPU
  • 8GB Unified Memory
  • 512GB SSD Storage

The recommended laptop is the 14”Apple MacBook Pro with M2 Pro chip.

Should you wish to use a PC laptop, it must meet minimum power user hardware and software requirements. Some UX designers use software that is only for Mac.

Required software

  • Adobe CC Student Subscription
  • Figma (free for education)
  • FileZilla Client
  • Chrome
  • Visual Studio Code
  • MS Office (included in your program)

Advanced Digital Technology program advising


For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School for Advanced Digital Technology.

Phone: 403.284.8543
Email: sadt.advising@sait.ca 

Program outcomes


  1. Contribute individual skills within a team environment to produce a collaborative project based on client requirements.
  2. Design and create integrated digital content to meet industry best practices.
  3. Demonstrate industry-specific employability skills and work behaviour to meet industry expectations.
  4. Create data-driven, insight-based designs that are logical and defensible.
  5. Apply workflow techniques to media projects and production pipelines.
  6. Create a portfolio of work demonstrating applied design concepts that meet specific client requirements and can be presented to clients for critique.
  7. Demonstrate highly effective problem-solving, collaborative planning, and human-centred design.

Graphic Design major

  1. Produce a packaging project for a specific user.
  2. Demonstrate the basic functions of a digital press and bindery equipment.
  3. Apply design frameworks in the production process.
  4. Create graphic designs using a range of techniques.

User Experience (UX) major

  1. Create prototype designs for usability testing.
  2. Apply design systems, brand standards and accessibility to projects.
  3. Create UX/UI solutions using a variety of methodologies.
  4. Solve design problems through iteration and prototyping experiences.

Web Design and Development major

  1. Develop data-driven design solutions to meet specific client requirements.
  2. Integrate technical frameworks in web development solutions.
  3. Apply web security best practices in design solutions.
  4. Create responsive web solutions and applications to be deployed across multiple types of devices and screen sizes.

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