IT Innovation and Design (Optional Co-op)

Program Details

Credential: 3-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma

This innovative three-year co-op program addresses the need for IT-savvy individuals with business skills related to the software industry. Students acquire a broad and unique skill set including programming, systems analysis and design, graphic design, marketing and entrepreneurship.

Design issues such as navigability, aesthetics and User Experience (UX) are emphasized with particular attention to the design and development of software for mobile devices and emerging digital technologies. Students also acquire the entrepreneurial aspects of IT innovation and design such as product viability, capital funding, and client specifications and expectations.

Graduates are well prepared for work in all areas of the commercial and business application software development industry.

Student Availability

Conestoga College facilitates recruitment on an ongoing basis - there are no hard deadlines. Typical time frames for work terms are listed below.

Postings are accepted beginning four months before the start of a term until all students have secured employment provided the minimum 12 consecutive weeks of full-time work is met.
Work/Study Sequence - IT Innovation and Design
Year Fall (Sept. - Dec.) Winter (Jan. - Apr.) Spring/Summer (May - Aug.)
Year 1 Classes Classes  
Year 2 Classes Classes Work Term 1
Year 3 Work Term 2 Work Term 3 Work Term 4
Year 4 Classes Classes  

Work Term Capabilities

Specific skills and abilities that students are typically capable of performing during a given work term are listed below.

Work Terms I - IV

Sample Job Titles

Work Term I: Programmer, User Experience (UX) Designer, Software Designer, Application Developer, Database Developer, Client Services Support, Web Designer / Developer, Help Desk Support, Technical Writer, Software Developer, Software Tester

Work Term II: Mobile Application Developer, GUI Designer, Systems Analyst, Programmer/Analyst, Software Marketing Specialist, Application Support Specialist

Program Courses

To see a typical course list for this program, see the current program course information.

Wage Data

Conestoga College collects data on hourly wages of co-operative education students. See the Schedule and Wage Data for details.

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Contact Information

Do you need help developing a recruitment plan or job posting, accessing wage information, or connecting with a talented co-op student? Contact:

Kitty Runstedler
Employer Relations Consultant
519-748-5220 ext. 2218