Masters of Digital Media students put on their leap day best on February 29th and met with digital media representatives to present portfolios, network, and discuss their work at the Centre for Digital Media’s Industry Showcase. The showcase was the biggest to date, with almost 200 industry friends showing up to see what the students had to offer.
The night kicked off with student presentations. Five groups showed off a variety of projects they have been working on. Among them were a 3D representation of what social networks might look like in the future, a poetic and dramatic black & white interactive narrative, a cross-cultural digital storybook created in collaboration with students at the Communication University of China, an HTML5 website created in partnership with local health research network the Michael Smith Foundation, and an educational ‘eco’ game created for Vancouver-based DreamRider Theatre.
The floor then opened up for some one-on-one time between guests and students. With all three cohorts of current students in one room, guests got a chance to see the variety of creative and technical talent at the school. Students showed off a diverse selection of materials, from apps to illustration to film and visual effects. There was something for everybody, regardless of what sector they came from.
“The Masters of Digital Media Industry Showcase was an impressive exhibition of talent and passion for Digital Media,” said Mike Cornford, Director of V7 Entertainment and former MDM student. “The students were eager to talk and very knowledgeable, and the crowd of industry professionals in attendance was top notch. The Centre for Digital Media's 'hangar' was the perfect location...”
Dennis Chenard, Director of Industry Relations at the Centre, summed up the night: “The night was all about connections. Connections for industry with our students, as well as connections with the rest of the Centre for Digital Media team. Many new and exciting connections were made and we are already seeing connections on employment and internship opportunities, future industry projects, guest speakers and other partners with the Centre for Digital Media as a direct result. Special thanks to all our industry guests who attended and made the event a huge success!”
The Centre also took the opportunity to formally introduce its Executive Masters of Digital Media program (EMDM), which allows working professionals to pursue their degrees while continuing their careers. The flexible program is tailored to the needs of those working in digital media.
For more information on current student projects, visit http://projects.gnwc.ca