Centre for Digital Media
Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver, BC, houses the Master of Digital Media (MDM), Canada’s first professional graduate program in digital media. Coming up on its 15th year, this intensive master's program with internship engages students in real world projects and coursework that provides valuable leadership experience, training, and top industry connections.
The MDM Program is a 12-month, plus internship, full-time professional Master's degree program. The program's curriculum is uniquely designed to meet new and expanding digital media markets. Guided by top-level faculty and industry mentors, students work closely with clients and peers on team-based, industry-supported projects. Graduates have the know-how and confidence to work at the highest level in the industry as creators, producers, innovators, or entrepreneurs.
The MDM is conferred by The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Each of the Centre for Digital Media's partners brings unique insight to the program and value to students. MDM grads are alumni of all four institutions.
Scholarships & funding
There are many scholarship opportunities available to new and returning students of the Master of Digital Media program. Approximately 50% of students receive a scholarship or other financial assistance throughout the program. Please refer to our website for more information.
The Master of Digital Media (MDM) is Canada’s first professional graduate program in digital media. Offered at the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver BC, this intensive program with internship engages students in real-world projects and coursework that provides valuable leadership experience, training, and top industry connections.
Master of Digital Media Information Webinar
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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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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.
The Pre-Master of Digital Media program (Pre-MDM) is a 2 semester program designed to help students whose second language is English prepare for entry into the Master of Digital Media program. The program is designed to enhance ESL students’ communication skills in the field of Digital Media, both for professional and academic purposes.
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
Pre-Master of Digital Media Information Webinar
Interested in finding out more about the Pre-Master of Digital Media program?
Join us for an online information session to learn about the Pre-MDM program.
The Pre-Master of Digital Media Program (Pre-MDM) is a 2-semester program designed to help students whose second language is English prepare for entry into the Master of Digital Media program.
The program is designed to enhance ESL students’ communication skills in the field of Digital Media, both for professional and academic purposes. It offers a selection of practical workshops and lectures with the direct goal of building third-tier language abilities: fluency and coherence, and addressing even more practical skills: teamwork and project management. Students admitted into the Pre-MDM program receive a conditional offer to the Master of Digital Media program as qualifying students. Once all conditions have been met, students enter the MDM program the following Fall.
Our Admissions Officer will be presenting an informative overview of the Pre-MDM program. The presentation is followed by a Q&A period to answer your questions about the program.
Why study at The Centre for Digital Media
The Master of Digital Media program was created by the industry for the industry. Our first industry partners recognized a growing need for savvy, creative innovators and entrepreneurs who could lead the booming new media sector. This founding partnership has grown into a broad network of businesses and organizations that work with the Centre and MDM students, including some of the world's leading companies such as Electronic Arts, Mozilla, Autodesk and Microsoft.
Our partners provide students with internships, employment opportunities. and they work with students on accelerated collaborative projects to develop ideas and prototypes. Industry partners can also sponsor workshops, offer guest lectures and even become instructors at the CDM. In return, we connect businesses and organizations with our unique, cross-disciplinary pool of MDM students, faculty and researchers—some of the best up-and-coming talent in British Columbia.
The Master of Digital Media program emphasizes experiential learning through project courses. Student projects are the heart of the MDM program. Each term, teams of three to six students work on focused projects to develop prototypes or applications from concept to deliverable. Projects can either be proposed by students as independent team collaborations, or sponsored by external clients. The learning objectives of these projects are to provide hands-on experience working with teammates who are from different backgrounds and disciplines, as well as valuable experience working with clients. All projects follow a 12 week development process modeled to industry standards.
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Student services & facilities
Centre for Digital Media was designed with students in mind. There are various collaboration spaces and project rooms for student teams to work together.
CDM | 685 houses the majority of the learning spaces and has 76 student apartments upstairs. It features student-centered design—MDM students have a unique opportunity to create and re-create their learning space as they move through the program—including studios, a student kitchen and social areas for both collaboration and relaxation.
CDM | 577 is the home of CDM’s interactive lab, faculty offices, editing facility and an 8,000 square foot multi-purpose facility called the Hangar. It also has a variety of industry studios, a research network and a café.
Video production and effects are important aspects of the Master of Digital Media Program. Centre for Digital Media supplies students with audio and video tools to help students succeed. For live action productions, students have access to a large green screen in the Hangar as well as 2D, 3D and DSLR cameras with industry standard software. We also have a dedicated audio edit/recording room with plenty of audio software to see students through to the end of their projects.
Our students enjoy the benefits of living and working in Vancouver, a dynamic city and international digital media hub. Situated between Canada's Coastal Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the most populous and diverse city in Western Canada—while offering some of the best opportunities for skiing, surfing, hiking and kayaking in the world. This dynamic, safe and multicultural city is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable on the planet.
Vancouver has one of the top video game clusters in the world and has the world's largest VFX and animation hub. British Columbia has over 8,000 Digital Entertainment and Technology companies that employ over 140,000 people. Vancouver is recognized for its wide talent pool, proximity to other global creative hubs, solid industry infrastructure, competitive tax credits, and ability to attract and cultivate top tier talent. Companies such as EA, Microsoft, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Industrial Light and Magic all have studios in Vancouver. Additionally, digital media companies like Samsung R&D Institute Canada, Cinesite, Finning, Axiom Zen, Truly Social Games, Blackbird Interactive and Ayogo have studios at the Centre for Digital Media.
The Centre for Digital Media student apartments are located upstairs at the Centre for Digital Media, just steps away from the classrooms and learning studios. The furnished studio apartments provide bright, comfortable living spaces for students in the Master of Digital Media program. Living on-campus at the Centre for Digital Media is an opportunity for students to expand their learning experience in the MDM program and develop invaluable connections amongst fellow students.
- Separate bathroom with shower and vanity in all units
- Kitchen includes a fridge, oven, microwave, sink and cabinetry
- Large windows
- Tiled kitchen and bathroom, carpeted living space
- Safety conscious building with key card entry and 24-hour security
- Quiet hours and Code of Conduct regulated
On Site Features:
- Laundry facilities - laundry card operated, on second floor
- Mailboxes - personal lockable boxes located on ground floor at residential lobby entrance
- Double/full bed and mattress cover
- Desk and chair
- Small sofa and coffee table
- Table and task lights
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