Digital Media introduces
the latest technologies related to audio, film/video production and
post-production, graphic design, computer gaming and animation while providing
a foundation in design concepts. You will design and produce websites, short
videos, 3D models and animations, computer games, for use on industry standard
computers and mobile devices.
Areas of Study
- Digital Audio
- Digital Video
- 3D Modeling and Animation
- Post Production
- Web Design and Programming
- Game Development
- Media History
- Promotion and Marketing
- Portfolio Development
- A transcript indicating Certificate – FVA
- A transcript indicating a post-secondary
certificate or diploma in a related field or equivalent experience.*
(See Portfolio Requirements for more details)
experience is determined by the College assessing the applicant’s combination
of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning.
Application fee is in Canadian dollars and applies to Canadian citizens and
Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and is subject to change without
to the Admissions for more details.
1. We value all of your life
experience in assessing your application. To do this, please provide us with a
copy of your resume.
2. Please write a one-page letter
of intent which includes your:
Reasons for wanting to study with
Interests in the arts
(contemporary or historical), and
Plans and goals for the future.
3. To ensure that you are well
prepared for direct entry into this program, we need to get an idea of your
creative abilities. We will also be looking for your dexterity and imagination.
To assess this, please provide:
Five examples of things that you have created
such as, but not limited to: collage, woodworking, ceramics, painting,
photography, knitting, poetry, creative writing, music, video, sewing, etc.
Please note that the examples you send do not necessarily need to be associated
with this studio.
If you have drawing experience please
One life drawing showing the
human figure, and
One still-life drawing.
If you have not had previous drawing
experience, just let us know. We may adjust your program to include some basic
Please don’t submit actual examples.
Three-dimensional work should be photographed and presented digitally. Your
image files should be high definition jpegs and sized around 1920x1080. For
video clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and send us the link, keep them 2
to 3 minutes each. For each image, please include a written description, a
notation of the media used in producing the work and the date of completion. Be
sure to label your portfolio with your name, contact information, and return
4. For a full experience at our
College, it is best to have an appreciation of the history of visual culture.
Please identify a piece of art/craft/design from a particular historical period
(include a picture of this work). In a one-page essay, describe the work in
your own words, what is significant about this work and what it says about
have completed your portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed, or delivered in
person to Nancy Beaulieu, Registrar.
GRDN 2901 Digital Illustration for Graphic
GRDN 2900 Digital Imaging for Graphic Design
IMDN 2911 Design for the Moving Image
IMDN 2900 Web Site Fundamentals
IMDN 2902 Audio Production from the Narrative
DRAW 2900 Directions in Drawing: Traditional
DRAW 2901 Life Drawing: Structure and Form
DRAW 2902 Watercolour: Exploring Water Based
DRAW 2903 Approaches to Drawing: Style,
Materials and Techniques
COMM 2900 Communication for Visual Artists
GRDN 2904 Introduction to Typography
IMDN 2912 Post Production
IMDN 2904 Multi Media: Time and Motion
IMDN 2901 Web Site Design
IMDN 2903 Creating From the Narrative
HIST 2908 Media History: From Muybridge to
DSGN 2902 3D Digital Design: Shaping Space
IMDN 3900 Web Site Programming
IMDN 3902 Digital Movie Production
IMDN 2908 Structure and Content: Promote and
IMDN 3911 3D Animation Techniques
IMDN 3908 Multi Media: Gaming and
IMDN 3906 Web Site Mobile Development
IMDN 3910 Advanced Post Production
HIST 3902 Critical Issues: Culture, Context
ENTR 3906 Preparing for Professional Life
GRDN 2907 Text, Image and Meaning
IMDN 3901 Mobile Application Development
IMDN 3903 Multi Media: Content and
IMDN 3912 Digital Media Research Project
IMDN 3909 Compositing and Motion Graphics
ENTR 3904 Preparing for Professional Career
in Graphic Design and
AVVA 3908 Designing Bodies
DRAW 3000 Painting in Acrylics
DRAW 300 Imagery, Sources and Development
DSGN 3916 Book Art Design
INST 3902 Senior Practicum
INST 3903 Senior Project
You will be
prepared for employment as a web designer, editor, compositor, 3D modeler, and
game developer or self-employed as a freelance designer.
- Audio and video recording technicians
- Graphic arts technicians
- Other technical and coordinating
occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
- Support occupations in motion pictures,
broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
2901 Digital Illustration for Graphic Design
In this course, students create imaginative
illustrations with the basic tools and techniques used in creating vector based
digital imagery. Emphasis is on controlling line quality as well as the tonal,
color and textural characteristics of graphic objects. In addition, they
explore the context and purpose of the illustrative work by combining images
with text based elements and adjusting the physical form.
2900 Digital Imaging for Graphic Design
In this course, students create artwork by
investigating the basic tools and techniques used in creating pixel-based
imagery. They learn to acquire and create digital imagery on their own through
the use of digitizing devices such as cameras and scanners. In addition, they
learn to control the technical aspects of the digital image by formatting
images for various purposes and media destinations while exploring the creative
possibilities that pixel based imagery provides.
2911 Design for the Moving Image
In this course, students learn the technologies and
techniques to add elements of time and motion to their work while concentrating
on issues relating to the interrelationships established over time. They learn
to operate lens media technologies that capture time based imagery and to apply
the principles and elements of design in their viewfinder based compositional
2900 Web Site Fundamentals
In this course, students learn the fundamental
concepts of web site construction and design such as Hyper Text Markup Language
(HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). They properly format and process
imagery as they explore the integration of imagery into their web designs.
Students are also introduced to the web design planning process as the sites
they build become more complex.
2902 Audio Production from the Narrative
In this course, students are introduced to the basic
concepts of telling stories and/or conveying messages using a range of audio
technology. They create original music and soundscapes using layers of recorded
audio clips. In addition, students write and produce an audio presentation that
utilizes sound effects, over dubs and multi tracking techniques.
2900 Directions in Drawing: Traditional and Contemporary
In this course, students expand their observational
abilities and drawing skills. Initially, they engage with traditional
principles of spatial and compositional organization, and then explore a
variety of material-based approaches to expressive drawing. In addition,
students explore new directions and interpretations by examining work of
significant contemporary artists through guided self-directed projects that
align with their personal sensibilities.
2901 Life Drawing: Structure and Form
In this course, students enhance their capacity to
see, interpret and draw the complex three-dimensional form of the body. They
develop their ability to draw the life model with attention to proportions,
shape andgeneral anatomy.
Students increase facility with essential strategies such as gesture, massing,
mapping and sighting as applied to figure drawing. In addition, they address
expressive and intentional strategies in depicting the human form.
2902 Watercolour: Exploring Water Based Materials
In this course, students make paintings, largely from
observation, using the traditional techniques of watercolour, gouache and inks.
They become familiar with the properties of various materials, tools and methods
of handling them. In addition, they engage in painting exercises that address
issues of colour and formal relationships of visual art with an emphasis on
stylistic concerns. Students also experiment with mixed media collage and
various other directions.
2903 Approaches to Drawing: Style, Materials and Techniques
In this course, students produce drawings, as a means
to communicate relevant concepts, through the application and exploration of
various styles, materials and techniques. Basic visual principles are
re-examined as abstract concepts capable of conveying information. Assignments
focus on composition, expression and the development of personal imagery and
reference material for the purpose of communicating ideas.
2900 Communication for Visual Artists
In this course, students tap into the world of social
media, in the form of an on-line presence, to initiate their critical opinions
and professional communications. They create an online archive of professional
documents including digital images of their work, biographical information and
artist statements. Students write responses to topics pertinent to their
practice communicating their ideas about visual art. In addition, they learn
the steps to apply for a relevant scholarship.
2904 Introduction to Typography
In this course, students explore type by creating
designs that utilize type as both a communicative device and as visual image.
Through a series of projects they acquire a fundamental understanding of how to
design and construct letters, create designs with type and use type as image.
In addition, they examine the history of typography and explore contemporary
trends in the world of type and type design.
2912 Post Production
In this course, students study and practice video and
movie post-production techniques including sound and picture editing, motion
graphics and visual effects. Concepts such as colour grading, compression and
working in 3D space are introduced through a series of exercises before the
students start to work on their own material.
2904 Multi Media: Time and Motion
In this course, students study basic animation
concepts using 2D imagery to create a variety of
animation projects. They learn how animation and motion can be used as elements
of digital media design by introducing movement, keyframing and tweening within
several technologies. As well, students analyze contemporary, digitally created
2901 Web Site Design
In this course, students apply design concepts to
their web sites using more advanced CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) constructs to
control the layout of their pages. In addition, they include elements such as
audio, video and animation in their pages as well as more advanced interactivity.
2903 Creating From the Narrative
In this course, students are introduced to the
concepts of video and digital film technology to produce group and individual
projects that are delivered on DVD and the web. Beginning with production planning,
they work with images they have created and learn to emphasize composition,
control light, camera use and editing skills. In addition, students learn the
rules and language of working on a professional set.
2908 Media History: From Muybridge to the iPad
In this course, students explore the history of
dynamic media and its pivotal role in defining
a modern aesthetic, cultural development, and political perspectives. They
focus on the people, events and technological developments that have transformed
digital media into its current form. Students learn how the first moving images
progress to the latest digital technologies to understand the dissemination of
digital content and its impact on contemporary society.
2902 3D Digital Design: Shaping Space
In this course, students produce projects that explore
both spatial relationships and the broader world of “design” through using
computer aided design (CAD) and 3D printing applications. With industry
standard software they learn the tools and concepts of computer based 3D
design. Students develop a personal design aesthetic and create a variety of
objects for use in their own disciplines. In addition, peer presentations and
critical visual analysis are emphasized.
3900 Web Site Programming
In this course, students build on the material learned
in Web Site Design. Students study advanced Web development and programming
using PHP to populate their site with information from databases and in
concepts are used to enhance their own web sites as well as to work with
clients in developing advanced sites.
3902 Digital Movie Production
In this course, students study and practice video and
movie production techniques including advanced lighting, camera work and visual
effects. Workflow, communication and teamwork are emphasized as they work as
crew on each other’s shoots to create material for commercial and documentary
productions. In addition, students work together to shoot a music video.
2908 Structure and Content: Promote and Package
In this course, students will look at the process of
composing with text and image within a two dimensional space while they learn
to design the printed materials that are common to most digital media projects.
Students will first learn basic software functions that control document form
and format, as well as typographic and image control. Students will then learn
to apply a set of rules and guidelines that will ensure good layout design and
compositional choices. Students will learn to apply a thought process and to
apply a set of rules and guidelines that will ensure good and safe layout
3911 3D Animation Techniques
In this course, students learn to apply various 3D
animation techniques to 3D models and scenes. Students will use several
computer applications, each with different strengths. Advanced lighting and
rendering techniques are covered so that students can evaluate the benefits and
costs. In addition, students engage in presentations, critiques and displays of
3908 Multi Media: Gaming and Instructional Design
In this course, students design and build games and
instructional modules that can be delivered via the web or to an enabled mobile
device. Through various assignments students gain a working understanding of
Flash, HTML5 and CSS technology. Students are required to utilize their
creative abilities by solving conceptual and practical issues inherent in the
development of games and Instructional Design (ID).
3906 Web Site Mobile Development
In this course, students create individual online
portfolios. Through a series of assignments students learn the unique qualities
discussing the differences between these technologies, students learn how these
qualities are utilized and applied in web site development.
3910 Advanced Post Production
In this course, students learn advanced post
production techniques such as image stabilization, colour grading as well as
audio editing and mixing. They apply these techniques to material that they
shot in IMDN 3902 Digital Movie Production, resulting in professional quality
work to include on their portfolio.
3902 Critical Issues: Culture, Context and Perception
In this course, students explore philosophical, moral
and ethical issues that one might encounter as a designer. Since the
introduction of digital technology, design has undergone a radical
transformation and grown as an artistic community in size and scope. Design has
its own distinct history, critical discourse and theory and is only now
beginning to reach maturity. Through research, discussion, presentations as
well as studio projects, students investigate and analyze some of the
increasingly complex issues that confront designers.
3906 Preparing for Professional Life
In this course, students learn a range of skills to
enable them to present themselves effectively in the professional world of
their discipline. They create a toolkit by becoming familiar with the language
of business and how businesses work whether their goal is to be an employee or
an entrepreneur. Students enhance their presentation skills and build
confidence in public speaking. In addition, they investigate a business by
analyzing their products, location, marketing strategies, etc, creating a
process in which they clarify their career path.
2907 Text, Image and Meaning
In this course, students create typographic and image
based artwork by exploring the complex interplay that occurs between text and
image. Students examine techniques and methods of combining type and image that
illustrate how they can function as a communication device, a visual idiom, or
both. In addition, students analyze how text and image alter and transform the
meanings of one another when placed in either a supportive or conflicting
3901 Mobile Application Development
In this course, students learn skills to design and
integrate digital media assets such as audio, graphics and 3D models for use in
mobile devices. Through individual and group activities, they explore different
types of apps and learn about app development, a rapidly growing international
industry. After developing their own app, students are ready to work as a
member of a development team, or create and publish their own titles.
3903 Multi Media: Content and Interactivity
In this course, students will be introduced to
concepts of interactivity for the web. Students will study user interaction to
create a variety of interactivity projects. As well, students will analyze
contemporary digitally created interactive pieces.
3912 Digital Media Research Project
In this course, students design individual research
projects that integrate concepts relating to Audio, Video, Post Production,
Visual Effects, 3D Modeling and Animation, Computer Games and advanced Web
Technology. In consultation with the instructor, they incorporate leaning from
mentors, self-directed research and guided learning to develop projects that
are of interest to their personal artistic and commercial career goals. In
addition, students engage in presentations, critiques and displays of their
3909 Compositing and Motion Graphics
In this course, students alter reality as they
integrate virtual imagery with live motion video in the creation of fantastic
visual effects. Through a series of exercises and projects, students learn to
combine text, graphic images, photographs, video and 3D elements using industry
standard tools and techniques. Once accomplished, students will apply these
techniques in a number of forms and formats which are prevalent in movies,
television and the web.
3904 Preparing for Professional Career in Graphic Design and Integrated Media
In this course, students develop professional
portfolios - interview and digital - to prepare them for a career in Graphic
Design and Integrated Media. They develop a career plan to identify their
career goals which informs the direction of their marketing materials. In
addition they effectively cost and price jobs and explore potential employment
or clients and learn the codes of professional conduct that dictate how these
relationships are developed and fostered.
3908 Designing Bodies
In this course, students create artwork using
influences from the traditional and contemporary practices of body adornment/modification.
With an aesthetic and anthropological perspective, they research specific
Aboriginal practices in body art, such as tattooing, piercing, mehndi (henna),
branding and scarification. Students gain a new perspective on this ancient
activity, incorporating the ideologies into individual projects as well as
communicating their ideas in a clear professional manner.
3000 Painting in Acrylics
In this course, students learn the fundamental
principles of painting through creating images in the medium of acrylic paint.
Assignments explore both the historical and contemporary approaches of the
painting process. Students have the opportunity to develop an independent body
of work which is informed by experimentation and critique, and in addition, is
related to a personal area of interest.
300 Imagery, Sources and Development
In this course, students develop imagery by exploring
and refining drawing and painting methods using various mixed media and surface
treatments. In so doing, they discover the associative potential between
materials and imagery that contributes the constructing of meaning. Students
experience traditional and non-traditional approaches to drawing through
assignments, visual presentations and gallery visits. A final project
encourages students to pursue personally relevant imagery and an individual
3916 Book Art Design
In this course, students create hand bound books using
various unique tools, materials and processes.
Through an exploration of book structures and construction methods, they are
introduced simple to complex binding techniques. In addition, students are
encouraged to explore the aesthetic qualities of the book through 2D and 3D
embellishment techniques including printed material, transfer techniques and
hand stitched embellishments.
3902 Senior Practicum
In this course, students engage in a real life
experience by participating in a workplace environment in a business or
organization. They develop a professional level of conduct as they further
their interpersonal workplace skills. In addition, they actively participate in
the specialized activities of their practicum.
3903 Senior Project
In this course, students produce a significant piece
or series that becomes the focal point of their portfolio. They submit a
proposal that will determine the form and scope of their final project. This
project will require students to integrate their creative abilities, design
knowledge, personal aesthetics with technical prowess.