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Software Development


Software Development

Canada’s tech industry is booming and this trend is set to continue for years to come. The demand for skilled information technology professionals is rapidly increasing, which means now is the time to jumpstart your career. Join Red Deer College, in partnership with Sterling College, and get your Career Development Diploma in Software Development.

Program Overview

Credential: Career Development Diploma (Full-time studies)

Length: 2 years (4 terms)

Tuition Cost*: Domestic: $10,500/year | International: $14,500/year

*Students should budget an additional $800/year for books (approx.)


Covering many elements, including: coding, databases, system administration, security, data communications and web development, gain the training you need to become a leader in this thriving industry!

Prepare for employment in entry-level developer or tester roles in a range of organizational contexts, or use this opportunity as a foundation for further study. Designed for students seeking to focus on one or more application domains, such as Web, VR/AR and Mobile Applications Development, graduates are perfectly positioned to begin their career as a Computer Programmer, Web Developer, Software Tester, Mobile Application Developer and many more!

Program Courses

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4

It Systems
(60 hours)

Business Analysis and
Solution Design
(60 hours)

Application Security and
Server-side Development
(60 hours)

Software Testing and Maintenance
(60 hours)

Intro to Database
(60 hours)

Client-side Web Development
(60 hours)

Database Access and Management
(60 hours)

Agile Project Management
(60 hours)

Professional Practices
(60 hours)

Programming Level II
(60 hours)

Web Services
(60 hours)

Software Project
(120 hours)

Intro to Programming
(60 hours)

Intro to Game Development
(60 hours)

Mobile Development
(60 hours)


Entry Requirements

  • Grade 12 graduation from a high school or an equivalent level institution worldwide; or
  • Be over 19 years of age and apply as a mature student

If English is not your first language:

  • IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-test score less than 5.5 or equivalent

How to Apply

Upcoming Intakes

Intake Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Fall 2021 Sep. 13 - Dec. 3, 2021 Jan. 10 - Apr. 1, 2022 Sep. 12 - Dec. 2, 2022 Jan. 9 - Mar. 10, 2023
Winter 2022 Jan. 10 - Apr. 1, 2022 Sep. 12 - Dec. 2, 2022 Jan. 9 - Mar. 31, 2023 Sep. 11 - Dec. 1, 2023
Spring 2022 May 9 - Jul. 29, 2022 Sep. 12 - Dec. 2, 2022 Jan. 9 - Mar. 31, 2023 Sep. 11 - Dec. 1, 2023


  1. Choose your preferred intake

  2. Download the application form here.

  3. Submit the completed application and all required supporting documents to the Division of Extended Education by email at ce [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca.

  4. Once you documents have been reviewed, you will be contacted by Red Deer College to pay the non-refundable application fee ($120 for domestic students or $150 for international students).

  5. Once your application is approved, you will be contacted with a conditional acceptance letter and further information on how to pay for you full program tuition.

View more information on becoming an international student at RDC.


You have questions, we have answers. Contact us by ce [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca (email )or 403.356.4900

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