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New Media Production and Design

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Length: 2 years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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New Media Production and Design is a technology centred program that promotes critical thinking to develop engaging content for web-based user experiences and provides comprehensive training in the tools and techniques used for web design and development.

The program emphasizes project­-based and hands-on training, with students working in teams to produce comprehensive and useful media products.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in New Media Production and Design.


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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in specialty production houses, agencies, private businesses, education or government. Some also freelance or open their own small business. Potential positions include: 

  • graphic designer 
  • web designer 
  • corporate communications specialist 
  • digital signage specialist 

Related careers include: 

  • communications specialist 
  • game designer 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,610
Year 2: $5,610

Year 1 (International): $17,773 
Year 2 (International): $17,773

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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Tuition and financial aid


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 are accepted Oct. 2, 2019 until the program start date. 
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

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Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted Oct. 2, 2019 until the program start date. 

Admission Requirements

  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: four-step process 

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to New Media Production and Design and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades. 

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add ict.mediastudents@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.


  • Completion of a Grade 11 math course is strongly advised.
  • We also recommend that applicants participate in  Student for a Day.


Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM-405 Industrial Communications 3.0
MMDA-222 Web Communications I 3.0
MMDA-223 Visual Communications I 3.0
MMDA-224 Business of New Media I 3.0
MMDA-226 Rich Media Communications I 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
MMDA-225 Web Communications II 3.0
MMDA-237 Rich Media Communications II 3.0
MMDA-243 Visual Communications II 3.0
MMDA-244 Business of New Media II 3.0
MMDA-247 Production Company I 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
MMDA-300 Production Company II 3.0
MMDA-323 Visual Communications III 3.0
MMDA-324 Web Communications III 3.0
MMDA-326 Rich Media Communications III 3.0
MMDA-328 3D Modeling and Design Fundamentals 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
MMDA-302 New Media Capstone Project 3.0
MMDA-340 Production Company III 3.0
MMDA-344 Digital Independent Study 6.0
MMDA-385 Portfolio Development 1.5
PRAC-395 New Media Practicum 1.5
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Griffith University
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Gloucestershire, UK
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
  • University of South Australia

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,388 $682 $288 $252 $5,610
2 $4,388 $682 $288 $252 $5,610

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $16,460 $682 $288 $344 $17,773
2 $16,460 $682 $288 $344 $17,773


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1000 per year.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Student Guidelines

Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies. 

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Fall 2020


Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 4, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.


All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Bring-your-own-device/ Online Learning

Students must supply their own laptop or desktop for use in the program. All computers must meet the following minimum specifications:

Mac Devices
  • Apple MacBook Pro
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • Minimum 8GB RAM (16 GB RAM to 32GB preferred)
  • Minimum 500GB hard drive AND 1TB external hard drive
  • Up-to-date antivirus and malware protection software
  • Administrator access/account on the device
  • High Speed internet connection and a wired ethernet connection
Windows Devices
  • Intel I5 (6 th gen or higher) or AMD A8 processor
  • Minimum 8GB RAM (16 GB RAM to 32GB preferred)
  • Minimum 1TB hard drive AND 1TB external hard drive
  • Windows 10, North American or English version
  • Up-to-date antivirus and malware protection software
  • Administrator access/account on the device
  • High Speed internet connection and a wired ethernet connection

Students must also supply the following peripherals and software:

  • Headset with microphone
  • Webcam, either internal or external
  • Computer mouse
  • Adobe CC student subscription
  • USBc to hdmi/ethernet/USB adapter
  • FileZilla Client
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Chrome
  • Atom
  • Visual Studio Code
  • MS Office
  • Firefox
  • Blendr

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

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 required this term.


Email:  ict.mediastudents@sait.ca

Academic chair

Jim Slobodian, Academic Chair
Email:  jim.slobodian@sait.ca

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