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Master of Digital Media

Course Description

The MDM is Canada's first professional graduate program in digital media focusing on the creation of digital media solutions for real world problems. Students come from a variety of backgrounds including filmmaking, engineering, game design, business analysis, architecture, software engineers, artists, primatology, biology, and advertising to name a few.

Housed at the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver BC, this intensive 12 month program engages students through coursework and projects to develop essential communication, collaboration & leadership skills. The unique curriculum meets the needs of the new and expanding digital media markets across all business verticals including but not limited to healthcare, education, business and the entertainment industry.

Guided by top-level faculty and industry mentors, students work closely with clients and peers on team-based, industry supported digital media projects.This experience allows graduates the know-how and confidence to work at the highest level across all sectors as creators, producers, innovators or entrepreneurs.

Graduates gain the skills and knowledge that help them to:

Collaborate and communicate effectively in multidisciplinary teams.
Create comprehensive business strategies and manage development projects.
Design and deliver innovative, high-grade products to clients on time and on budget.

The program also helps develop six core competencies valued in the digital media industry:

Design process
Time management
Information literacy

Scholarship Opportunities

The Master of Digital Media program has a strong scholarship support. In the September 2014 intake, +58% of students received scholarships or other funding assistance.

Where Alumni Work

Students graduate from the MDM program with the skills to work in the top jobs in the digital media industry as creators, producers, designers, managers, art directors and entrepreneurs.

What is Digital Media

Digital Media blends many media forms and requires working in multi-skilled teams. The MDM program teaches people from different backgrounds and with different skill sets to understand each other, work together and execute a digital media project with a cohesive vision.

Master of Digital Media students come from all over the world and from all professional and educational backgrounds, such as engineering, fine arts, design, architecture, film, history and business.


"My two years at the MDM have shaped me in more ways than ever imagined. It gave me a reason to step outside my creative comfort zone and surround myself with new ideas, technologies and most importantly with a group of wonderful and immensely talented people."
Karin Schmidlin, Manager Virtual Incubation Program, CONRAD Business Centre, University of Waterloo

Visit the Master of Digital Media page on the Centre for Digital Media website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Karin Schmidlin

2352.jpg Karin’s artistic background reads like the map of a European city, where diversity is embedded in the rich texture of its narrative. Trained as a classical stage actor at Zurich University of the Arts, she learned early on to interpret story through her body. Upon graduation from British Columbia Institute of Technology’s New Media Program, Karin has been working as a graphic designer in the film industry where she creates visuals that oscillate between hiding and revealing meaning to a wide audience. With a teaching appointment from BCIT and a focus on visual effects, she intends to unsettle the landscape of what she knows and to re-imagine new perspectives within the digital experience.

Projects: ANSWER , Eco Crisis: The Strait Story, Fluxus - The Art of Conversation, Mordant, The Gaia Project, Wake Up, WOMP!

(Student Profile)

Jasmine Jia

2353.jpg Jasmine is a sound designer who has a great passion in composing and sound effects for game, interactive media and film. She graduated from Communication University of China with a Bachelor of Recording Arts in 2011. While in school, she participated in sound production of different projects, including music videos, film and animation, which developed her technical skills and gained practical experience in sound design. By participating in Masters of Digital Media, Jasmine is excited to hone her skills in digital production and gain the industry project experience needed to achiever her desire of becoming a interactive music designer, working on digital music area.

Projects: kindamals, PopTune, The Pack


Centre for Digital Media Entrance Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Every year, a select number of new students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement are awarded Centre for Digital Media Scholarships. CDM Scholarships are valued at $10,000 or $5,000 apiece.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Students are selected based on the quality of their sample of work and academic performance during their undergraduate studies.

Application Procedure

Students are selected based on the quality of their sample of work and academic performance during their undergraduate studies.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The Master of Digital Media is a limited, competitive entry program. The requirements constitute a minimum standard of achievement and fulfillment of them does not guarantee admission.

Course Fees

CAD: $50,100.00, USD: $45,270.36, EUR: €32,925.72

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