The Master of Digital Media is not administered by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please check the program website for information about the application process.
 

Overview

The Master of Digital Media program is a professional graduate degree in Vancouver, Canada. Guided by top-level faculty and industry mentors, students learn management and collaboration skills, working in teams on industry-supported projects. Students graduate with the skills to work in the top jobs in digital media as producers, designers, managers, technical artists and entrepreneurs.

The MDM program offers a way for students to realize their vision by providing a learning environment that fosters bold creativity and cross-disciplinary collaboration in a realistic industry-based work setting. Our students come from around the globe, and from many different undergraduate and professional backgrounds, including art, design, natural and social sciences, business, computer science and engineering.

Industry projects and team-based learning are the core of the MDM curriculum. In the second and third semesters, teams of three to six students work on industry-sponsored projects to develop prototypes or applications from concept to deliverable. Students get hands-on experience working with teammates who are from different backgrounds and disciplines, as well as valuable experience working with clients. Students must also secure a four-month internship, reflect and report back on how their MDM experience is applied in the real world. Through this, students gain valuable management, technical and design experience in the digital media industry.

What makes the program unique?

The MDM program was created through a unique partnership of four leading academic institutions - University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and British Columbia Institute of Technology - and leaders from the digital media industry. Through this partnership, a curriculum was developed that corresponds to industry needs and prepares students for high-level roles in new and expanding digital media markets.

The core differentiator of the Master of Digital Media program is the emphasis of experiential learning through project courses. In fact, 65% of MDM coursework is project-based.

Students enjoy the benefits of living and working in Vancouver, a dynamic city and international digital media hub. Vancouver has one of the top video game clusters in the world, has the world's largest VFX and animation hub and is a world leader in virtual and augmented reality.

 

Program Enquiries

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Meet a Representative

Master of Digital Media Program Information Webinar

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Date: Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Time: 18:00 to 19:00

Join us for an interactive online session to learn about the Master of Digital Media (MDM) program. The Master of Digital Media program is a 16-month professional graduate degree program in Vancouver, Canada. Guided by top-level faculty and industry mentors, students learn project management, leadership and collaboration skills while working in teams on industry-supported projects. Students graduate with the skills to work in the top jobs in digital media as managers, designers, developers, technical artists and entrepreneurs. Whether you're starting out in your career, or looking to make a change, the Master of Digital Media program is open to applicants from a variety of backgrounds. Our admissions officer will present an informative overview of the MDM program, including the application process, scholarship opportunities, internship positions, and more. The presentation is followed by a comprehensive Q&A period to answer your questions about the program.

Master of Digital Media Webinar - Application Tips

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Date: Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Time: 10:00 to 11:00

Join us for an online information session that will walk you through the application process and provide tips on building your application. The Master of Digital Media program (MDM) is a professional graduate degree program in Vancouver, Canada. Guided by top-level faculty and industry mentors, students learn management and collaboration skills, working in teams on industry-supported projects. This session will offer: a brief overview of the programs, requirements, and important dates; an outline of the application process; tips for application materials (portfolio, letter of intent); Q&A period.
 

Master of Digital Media Webinar Program Information Webinar

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Date: Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Time: 10:00 to 11:00

Join us for an interactive online session to learn about the Master of Digital Media (MDM) program. The Master of Digital Media program is a 16-month professional graduate degree program in Vancouver, Canada. Guided by top-level faculty and industry mentors, students learn project management, leadership and collaboration skills while working in teams on industry-supported projects. Students graduate with the skills to work in the top jobs in digital media as managers, designers, developers, technical artists and entrepreneurs. Whether you're starting out in your career, or looking to make a change, the Master of Digital Media program is open to applicants from a variety of backgrounds. Our admissions officer will present an informative overview of the MDM program, including the application process, scholarship opportunities, internship positions, and more. The presentation is followed by a comprehensive Q&A period to answer your questions about the program.

Master of Digital Media Webinar - Application Tips

webinar
Date: Wednesday, 08 December 2021
Time: 18:00 to 19:00

Join us for an online information session that will walk you through the application process and provide tips on building your application. The Master of Digital Media program (MDM) is a professional graduate degree program in Vancouver, Canada. Guided by top-level faculty and industry mentors, students learn management and collaboration skills, working in teams on industry-supported projects. This session will offer a brief overview of the programs, requirements, and important dates; an outline of the application process; tips for application materials (portfolio, letter of intent); Q&A period.

Master of Digital Media Program Information Webinar

webinar
Date: Wednesday, 05 January 2022
Time: 18:00 to 19:00

Join us for an interactive online session to learn about the Master of Digital Media (MDM) program. The Master of Digital Media program is a 16-month professional graduate degree program in Vancouver, Canada. Guided by top-level faculty and industry mentors, students learn project management, leadership and collaboration skills while working in teams on industry-supported projects. Students graduate with the skills to work in the top jobs in digital media as managers, designers, developers, technical artists and entrepreneurs. Whether you're starting out in your career, or looking to make a change, the Master of Digital Media program is open to applicants from a variety of backgrounds. Our admissions officer will present an informative overview of the MDM program, including the application process, scholarship opportunities, internship positions, and more. The presentation is followed by a comprehensive Q&A period to answer your questions about the program.

Research Information

Program Components

An internship is a requirement of the MDM Program. Students must secure a 4-month internship related to their career objectives. The internship semester starts in the fall, following 3 semesters of course work. Students have the option to extend their internships to 8 months.

The MDM Program provides guidance and support for students to secure their own internships with digital media companies, non-profit organizations, or any business or organization needing an application of digital media technologies.

The program also supports venture internships for students to develop start-up ventures. In all cases, students gain industry experience and learn to use their skills and knowledge in developing real applications.

Research Facilities

The Master of Digital Media program is housed at the Centre for Digital Media on Great Northern Way Campus. In addition to the graduate program, there are industry studios on campus and industry and professional development events that happen year-round. Furnished studio apartments are located upstairs and are available to rent for MDM students.

Career Options

This 16-month program (12 months coursework + 4-month internship) is designed to prepare students for employment in the top jobs in digital media as producers, designers, managers, technical artists and entrepreneurs. Recent graduates have taken positions at Electronic Arts (EA), SAP, Truly Social Games and CanHealth International in roles such as Associate Experience Designer, Associate Technical Artist, Technical Game Designer, UX Research and Design, Project Manager and User Experience Designer.

Further Information

Specialization

Digital Media develops six core competencies: design process, self-awareness, time management, articulation, information literacy, and teamwork. 

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