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The Master of Digital Media program is accredited and awarded by 4 academic partners—the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. MDM students receive a combined Master's degree bearing the seal of all four partner institutions and signed by all four presidents. Due to this unique academic partnership, there is no other program like it in the world.
The Master of Digital Media program has strong ties with Vancouver's thriving digital media sector. Professionals in the industry engage with students as mentors, consultants and guest speakers. Students spend 2 semesters working in small interdisciplinary teams with faculty and mentors on real-world industry-supported projects. The MDM program's close ties with industry also means that students have a wide range of options for their internships and can secure internships that fit with their overall career objectives.
To offset tuition costs, there are a variety of scholarship opportunities for incoming students. In the September 2013 intake, +35% of students received scholarships or other funding assistance.
The Centre for Digital Media resides in a new 51,000 square foot facility. The building 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 11 project rooms, a communal kitchen, student apartments and social areas for both collaboration and relaxation. Next door is an editing studio and an 8,000 square foot multi-purpose space called the Hangar with green screen capabilities.