Want to join the expanding IT industry? Or launch a career in game development? Take your pick with Douglas College’s Computing Science Diploma.
In the first year of this two-year program, you’ll learn the basics of computer programming and gain experience using both C++ and Python. Exit after year one with a Computing Science Certificate or an Academic Foundations Certificate depending on the electives you choose. You can also complete your diploma at Douglas College in one of two streams: game development, or the general information technology stream.
Game Development stream
Create the video games you love to play. With the Game Development stream, you’ll learn to write code for computer games using industry-standard game development tools such as Unreal Engine. You’ll also develop entire games, from initial design, to implementation for both computers and virtual reality (VR) devices. The gaming industry employs 20,000 people across the country, making Canada the third-largest producer of video games worldwide. Companies such as Capcom, EA, and Microsoft’s Black Tusk Studios are located right in Vancouver. Plus, the average salary of game developers in Canada is around $75,000 per year, making it a lucrative career.
Our applied diploma gives you a combination of academic knowledge and hands-on lab experience to develop real-world computer-based projects. You’ll get the skills and knowledge in software development, programming and information analysis you need to launch your career as a software engineer, information security analyst, IT manager, database administrator and more. With over 13,600 jobs created in 2017-2018 in B.C. alone, and a trend of six percent growth in the industry per year, prospects are excellent. What’s more, the salary range for IT jobs in Canada is $50,000-$100,000 per year.
Earn while you learn
The Computing Science Diploma is eligible for co-op, so you can get paid to work for real companies and organizations before you graduate. This experience will give you a leg-up over the competition once you begin applying for jobs.
Further your education
All first-year credits of the Computing Science Diploma are transferable to B.C. research universities such as SFU, UVic and UBC.