School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Digital Media and IT Computer Software Development Concentration

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The Digital Media and IT (DMIT) program is multi-disciplinary in its approach. Spanning a range of career opportunities from business analyst to visual designer, this innovative program allows you the ability to meet industry demand while developing skills aligned with your individual talents and inclinations.

In the Computer Software Development emphasis, you will learn how to design and implement scalable software application solutions, including how to develop, test, document, deploy and support your software.

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas and Certificates are credit programs that take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday in the daytime.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The Computer Software Development area of emphasis (formerly Application Development) teaches you to design and implement scalable application solutions, including developing, testing, documentation, deployment and support. You will also learn how to design, create and maintain databases for use in various applications.

The courses in this area of emphasis include instruction in various programming languages and tools to support software development, including Oracle, C#, Java, SQL, .NET, JavaScript and PHP.

These courses will show you how to:

  • write, test, debug, implement and maintain computer software programs
  • design, create, and maintain databases utilizing industry best practices, including Structured Query Language (SQL)
  • develop web applications
  • generate system deliverables using various System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) methodologies
  • develop native iOS applications
  • develop native Android applications

Elective courses

Because of the flexibility and breadth of the DMIT program, you may choose to take elective courses from other DMIT streams in addition to your core stream courses. The courses listed on this page are provided as recommended courses that will help you succeed in your chosen DMIT area of emphasis. 

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Careers

Common jobs for Computer Software Development grads include:

  • Application/Software/Web Developer
  • System Analyst
  • PHP/.NET/Java Developer
  • SQL Server Developer
  • Oracle Developer
  • iOS Developer
  • Android Developer
  • Desktop Support Analyst
  • Quality Assurance Analyst

Co-op opportunities

As a result of DMIT's close connection with industry, various co-op opportunities exist for students in the DMIT program. Many companies offer our students paid co-op positions that provide direct experience in specific areas of study. Co-op is also seen as a staffing strategy for many organizations.

Contact the program at dmit@nait.ca or 780.378.6140 for more information.

Co-op opportunities are available for 4-month terms.

Students must have a minimum of 28 credits and a GPA of at least 2.7 to apply for a co-op position. These co-op opportunities benefit not only DMIT students but also the employers.

Become a trusted professional

After graduation and required work experience, you may also be eligible to join the following professional associations:

Opportunities for further education

You may also continue your studies after graduation by pursuing a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) or Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology - Information Systems (BAIST-IS). Diploma grads can earn a BTech or BAIST-IS degree with just two more years of study. Full-time and part-time study options are available. 

Bachelor of Technology

Completion of this diploma qualifies as the first 2 years of NAIT's unique 4-year Bachelor of Technology degree.   Find out more

Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology – Information Systems

Prepare for career opportunities as a senior systems analyst, designer or project leader.   Find out more

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of D in the course(s) or program

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

How to Apply

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