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Computer Programming Diploma

Pursue a career in the dynamic field of software and web development, information technology and database design, software and web development with the Computer Programming Diploma. You will delve into digital thinking and innovation through this intensive program that includes extensive applied learning and project management opportunities.
Domestic Status:
Open
International Status:
Open
Next Start date:
Diploma
2 Years
Accepting International Students
Full-Time On Campus

About the Computer Programming Diploma

What a computer can do is incredibly remarkable, but computers can’t do it without being provided the instructions from a computer programmer. Master the art of writing code and creating instructions to successfully operate applications and software programs on a computer and computer network. 

In the Computer Programming Diploma program, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to respond to dynamic challenges in technology-based, global environments and succeed in the ever-growing field of software and web development.  

With emphasis on digital thinking and innovation, you will design, develop and implement applications, diagnose and troubleshoot technical problems, and manage and operate databases. Through applied learning and project management opportunities, you will develop proficiency in communication, collaboration and inclusive approaches to work in diverse settings. 

Work-integrated Learning

In this program, you will complete a two-semester capstone project in the second year of study that will have you working with a client (external organization or company) to complete a project.  Learn more about the many types of experiential learning opportunities available at Red Deer Polytechnic through the Career Education and Experience Development Centre. 

Intakes

Spring (Domestic) - Start Date: May 01, 2024
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Fall (Domestic) - Start Date: Sep 04, 2024
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Spring (International) - Start Date: May 01, 2024
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Fall (International) - Start Date: Sep 04, 2024
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  • International students have to pay their tuition deposit to receive their letters of acceptance
  • Important dates may change 

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for specific programs will often refer to Alberta Grade 12 course groups. Visit the Admission Requirements page for detailed group descriptions.   

International Students: If you are an international student or have completed your high school education outside of Alberta, please refer to our International Course Equivalencies page for information on how your coursework may align with our admission requirements. 

Eligibility for admission to the Computer Programming Diploma program at Red Deer Polytechnic requires applicants to meet minimum academic requirements. Qualified applicants who meet all minimum requirements will be offered admission on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Academic Requirements  

Students applying to Computer Programming must have a minimum of 50% in:    

  •  Math 30-1, or equivalent

  •  English 30-1, or equivalent

OR   

A minimum of 60% in:    

  • Math 30-2, or equivalent

  • English 30-2, or equivalent 

Additional Requirements

Technology

This is a bring your own device program. You will be required to obtain a laptop for completing course requirements. 

Minimum Specifications: Windows 10, Intel Core i5 or equivalent AMD Ryzen processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB hard drive, WiFi, Bluetooth.

Recommended Specifications: Windows 11, Intel Core i7 or equivalent AMD Ryzen processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, WiFi, Bluetooth.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants who declare English as first language are exempt from ELP requirements. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) for admission to credit programs by providing official documentation to the Office of the Registrar at international.admissions@rdpolytech.ca or by regular mail, after an online application has been submitted. All ELP tests must have been obtained within two years of the date their program starts. ELP requirements are in addition to the other admission requirements noted above.  

Program Cost

Students from Canada
Year 1
$8,532.00
Year 2
$8,872.00

These costs are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.       

NOTE: Additional fees apply. View here for a detailed, estimated breakdown of tuition, non-instructional mandatory fees, health and dental plan costs, and estimated textbooks and supplies costs.    

International Students
Year 1
$17,372.00
Year 2
$18,222.00

These costs are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.      

NOTE: Additional fees apply. View here for a detailed, estimated breakdown of tuition, non-instructional mandatory fees, health and dental plan costs, and estimated textbooks and supplies costs.     

Program Content

View our course guide for additional program and course information. 

Graduation Requirements

Students in the Computer Programming Diploma must pass all courses and achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. 

Continuing and Professional Education

Further your career by advancing your existing skills through flexible courses, micro-credentials and programs.