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Micro-Credential Programs

Creative Technology Micro-Credential Programs


DigiBC has partnered with Emily Carr University of Art + Design, University of Victoria, Vancouver Community College, Simon Fraser University, BCIT and Capilano University on seven post-secondary micro-credential programs for the creative technology sector.

Our milestone report, Benchmarking the Creative Technology Ecosystem in British Columbia, highlighted that although the creative technology sector in BC is amongst the fastest growing and well paying, a shortage of talent remains a key challenge for companies. The micro-credential programs we are supporting will create a bridge between the creative technology industry and British Columbians looking to upskill or reskill and take advantage of the opportunities in the sector.


"Micro-credentials offer novel opportunities for people to pursue a career in this dynamic sector — from recent grads looking to develop specialized skills, to workers re-skilling from adjacent industries, to existing creative tech staffers up-skilling for career advancement. This collaboration between government, industry and post-secondary institutions is a first for our sector, and will allow these programs to stay current with the industry needs and technology shifts that will support job growth and the changing demands of this expanding workforce.” - Loc Dao, Executive Director, DigiBC
 

We would like to thank and acknowledge the important role BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training is playing in supporting the creative technology sector and underrepresented groups. Subsidized tuition is available if an applicant self-identifies as being from an underrepresented group in the creative technology industry (Indigenous peoples of Canada, racialized communities, women, LGBTQ2+ community and non-binary people, and people with disabilities). Please see the program description links below to learn more.


Programs

Creative Technology Fundamentals (CTF)

Type: Part-time
Length: varies per course
Start Date: Summer 2022
Cost:
varies per course

Build the skills you need for jobs in animation, visual effects and video games. Did you know that the creative technology sector in BC is among the country’s fastest-growing and highest-paying? The rapid growth of the sector means there is an immediate demand for qualified candidates to fill a range of roles.

The most sought-after hires in creative tech possess three kinds of skills: technical, creative and collaborative. The CTF introductory courses are designed for beginners and provide training in these three core areas. Additionally, the small class sizes and practice-based approach offer a welcoming space with live sessions and one-on-one guidance from instructors. Pursue a career in the creative tech job market by focusing your learning on where it matters most.

 

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Unity® in Interactive Storytelling for Creative Technology (ISCT)

Type: Part-time, online hybrid
Start Date: June 6
Length: 6 weeks
Cost: $1,795


The power of gaming, animation, and augmented and virtual reality technology has opened up new platforms for engaging storytelling that invites the viewer to become part of the story. As demand for this immersive content continues to grow, employers are seeking people with the skills to meet the needs of the growing creative technology sector.

This program will introduce and explain the technologies that make interactive projects possible and walk learners through creating 2D and  3D apps and projects, focusing on Unity. ISCT is an industry-relevant micro-credential delivered over six weeks, and blends Bootcamp-style online synchronous (real-time) teaching with asynchronous learning activities, assignments and resources.

Subsidized tuition for underrepresented groups is available. Please click on the program link below for more information.

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Award of Achievement in Production for Animation & VFX
Type: Part-time
Length: 4 courses (each 3-4 weeks long)
Start Dates: September 2022, January 2023 or May 2023
Cost: $1,895

Gain focused and specialized training preparing for production roles in animation and VFX studios. This micro-credential will be offered part-time, to support working professionals who are seeking reskilling and upskilling opportunities for their career.
Classes will be a combination of face-to-face and fully online in a blended model, delivered by instructors and guest speakers with working experience in this field. Instruction will emphasize practical skills and knowledge development through interactive and collaborative learning activities, including case studies and independent research.

 

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Virtual Production for Film, Streaming & Immersive Media 

Type: Intensive Bootcamp
Dates: May 2-31
Structure: 4 x mandatory courses
Cost: $450/course


The film industry needs 3D and VFX artists who can work effectively within virtual production workflows. CapU's new micro-credential program is designed to help meet this demand by giving you the opportunity to use virtual production technologies (Unreal Engine, green screen, motion capture, etc) to develop your skills in the exciting area of 3D and VFX.

The program is for current 3D or VFX artists with two to five years of experience working in streaming, animation, film or games and want to incorporate real-time production techniques driven through Unreal Engine into their skill-sets. This credential aligns with the digital industry call for skilled artists capable of working within virtual production workflows and pipelines.
Subsidized tuition for underrepresented groups is available. Please click on the program link below for more information.

 

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2D Animation, Compositing and Rigging Using Toon Boom Harmony

Type: Intensive Bootcamp
Dates: July 11-30
(with a break from July 18-24)
Structure: 2 courses (1 x introduction & 1 x elective)
Cost: $900/course


In response to the current shortage of Harmony-trained animators, compositors and riggers, CapU Continuing Studies has created the 2D Animation, Compositing and Rigging Using Toon Boom Harmony micro-credential program. This is for animators, compositors or rigging artists with relevant animation or VFX experience who are looking to expand their expertise and port their existing skills to the Toon Boom Harmony workflow.

Subsidized tuition for underrepresented groups is available. Please click on the program link below for more information.
 

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Communication for Team-Based Collaboration

Type: Part-time
Length: 6 weeks
Start Date: May 9, 2022
Cost: $316.49

This course is for students who would like to hone their skills and experience around working with a team and collaborating effectively in groups. Learn to apply theoretical concepts of interprofessional collaboration, professional empathy, conflict resolution, intercultural, and interpersonal communication. Students will implement theories and communication practices to create a charter, progress report, and final report. Students will also practice reflexivity by analyzing their individual performance and contributions to the team through self-reflection activities.
 

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Leadership and Agile Production Management
Type: Part-time
Length: 6 weeks
Start Date: May 16, 2022
Cost: $800 + GST

Are you looking to get an introduction to project leadership roles and practices while gaining experience leading teams in a professional setting? In order to succeed as a project manager, scrum master, producer, project coordinator, or team leader in a digital media and/or technology environment, individuals must be able to lead teams to efficiency and effectiveness.

This micro-credential will equip students with a broad understanding of management and leadership through agile and hybrid methodologies (watergile). Students will develop essential skills (principles, concepts, tools, and techniques) for people management while exploring leadership management practices and tools. Further, the industry has seen a significant shift in “how we work” and this course will address remote/hybrid work models.
 

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