Centre for Digital Media Canada

About Centre for Digital Media

About the Master of Digital Media Program

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 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.

Team-based project learning is the core of the MDM curriculum. Following intensive course work in the first semester, students work in cross-disciplinary teams on semester-length industry projects. Students also complete a 4-8 month internship. Through this, students gain valuable management, technical and design experience specific to the digital media industry.

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.

About Vancouver

Our students enjoy the benefits of living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia, a dynamic and multicultural city that is consistently ranked as one of the most livable on the planet.

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.

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.

  • 8,000 Technology and Digital Entertainment companies operate in BC

EA, Capcom, Sega, Microsoft, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Industrial Light and Magic and Animal Logic all have studios in Vancouver.

  • 141,000 people are working across BC in the Digital Entertainment and Technology industries
  • $23 Billion in revenue is generated by BC’s Technology industry

Fast Facts

  • Graduate from 4 Major Canadian Universities
  • Industry-Focused, Professional Graduate Degree
  • Competitive Scholarship Opportunities
  • Startup Business Support
  • 1 : 7 Faculty to Student Ratio

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What students think about Centre for Digital Media

    Michael Brynjolfson, MDM Alumni, Director of Digital Production, m.56 Studios

    Testimonial from Michael Brynjolfson, MDM Alumni, Director of Digital Production, m.56 Studios, student at Centre for Digital Media

    “[The MDM program] opened my eyes to the different paths I could take. By the end of it I knew exactly what I wanted to do and it introduced me to the right people that I needed to meet to get into that industry.”

    Angela Hamilton, MDM Alumni, CEO + Co-founder, Quupe

    Testimonial from Angela Hamilton, MDM Alumni, CEO + Co-founder, Quupe, student at Centre for Digital Media

    “One of the greatest benefits of the MDM for me was a chance to work with people from all over the world. My co-founders and I come from four different countries, none of which are Canada, and it was really, really powerful to come together and build something that hasn’t existed before with people from such different backgrounds - different not only in life experiences but also in our skill sets. It enabled us to go so much further and do so much more than if we were all from the same area and had the same backgrounds.”

    Ryan Nadel, MDM Alumni, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft

    Testimonial from Ryan Nadel, MDM Alumni, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft, student at Centre for Digital Media

    “I think one of the biggest transformations that I went through while at MDM was finding the confidence to create things. I never really saw how you can start something from nothing, and working on the industry projects with teams where you’re just starting with an idea and by the end of the semester you’ve got something real - I realized that I could do that.

    I’d say the biggest impact from my experience at MDM really set up my entire career trajectory. It allowed me to start my own consulting company, do multiple startups and now thrive at Microsoft, in this environment working on products that are impacting people all over the world.”

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Courses at Centre for Digital Media

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