North Island College Showcases Programming and Web Design Talent – Comox Valley Record


North Island College’s Interactive Media Grad Show will showcase the best work of Vancouver Island’s emerging designers and developers, including a combination of solo and collaborative projects.

The event will take place on Friday, April 26 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Shadbolt Studios on the Comox Valley campus and will feature apps, games, graphic designs, websites and branding concepts from 13 interactive media graduates . The event is open to the public and admission is free.

“It’s exciting to reveal what the students have been working on throughout the year,” said Megan Wilson, interactive media trainer. “By the time they graduate, students are ready to work in the creative industry and many already have clients or employment opportunities.”

The students split into three teams to each produce a new website for the showcase event. The project provided an opportunity for students to work together and develop skills in project management, problem solving and presentation, in combination with web standards and up-to-date best practices. A panel of judges selected the strongest overall entry to serve as the official website for the event.

Student Alyssa Willis was the project manager for the team behind the winning website. She will be graduating in Communication Design in April and has already accepted a job at an island-based web design company. She said she enjoyed Computer Graphics I and II the most, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with classmates.

“I think the fact that we are doing everything from ideation to actually implementing a vision is great,” she said. “You do a little bit of everything in this program and learn the skills you need.”

Willis started coding and creating websites with her friends in Grade 7 and said the Communication Design degree was exactly what she was looking for.

“I just knew I had to do it,” she said. “Between the computer stuff and the arts, it was a nice mix of what I wanted.”

Prior to the showcase, students will present their work and network with the NIC Advisory Board – a group of industry experts and alumni who guide curriculum development for NIC’s interactive media programs.

Tom Keenoy, director of design and founder of Courtenay-based design and development studio Medium Rare Interactive, has hired several graduates from NIC.

“NIC’s interactive media graduates are capable of high quality work,” he said. “They have the skills and are in step with current industry practices, which is a huge advantage from a hiring perspective. “

For more information on NIC’s interactive media programs and to view the winning website, visit


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