Masters of Digital Media Set To Take On The Digital Media World

Masters of Digital Media Set To Take On The Digital Media World

First class graduates from innovative Master’s program

VANCOUVER, B.C. - April 24, 2009 – Program Executive Director, Dr. Gerri Sinclair is pleased to announce the first graduating class to earn a Masters of Digital Media (MDM) degree will be called up during the school’s Inaugural Graduation Ceremony today. Twenty-one students having completed 20 challenging months of collaborative coursework and industry projects are now set to graduate. Started in 2007, this innovative Master’s program is housed in Vancouver’s world-leading Centre for Digital Media at Great Northern Way Campus. 

“This first group of Masters of Digital Media graduates have proven themselves to be true innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Dr. Gerri Sinclair, Executive Director of the Masters of Digital Media Program and CEO of the Centre for Digital Media. “In addition to the numerous nominations and awards they’ve earned for their work, the graduates have developed a number of exciting digital products and applications that have caught the attention of industry clients and affiliates. ”

Project highlights completed by the graduating class include:

D-Sign: Following their success with InTransit BC, the D-Sign team created a fresh approach to storefront advertising by making it digital, interactive and gesture-based. The system , which uses propriety software, is now a fully-fledged company that has secured contracts with Jugo Juice and with the Vancouver International Airport Authority.
Big Hadron games (BHg):  The brainchild of six MDM students, this project’s goal set out to create an astonishing 16 video games in three months.  This rapid-prototyping approach to making experimental games led to the creation of a new company, Big Hadron games, Inc. The start-up was recently nominated for a New Media BC PopVox award. 
Glimpse:  A team of Canadian and international graduate students created an interactive game for the Xbox 360 and iPhone platforms using original I.P. and the team’s proprietary game engine. The project has earned them a position as a finalist in CBC’s second annual Digital Development Lab. 

The Masters of Digital Media Program is a ground-breaking Master’s degree in entertainment technology and digital media. Students are offered team-based experiences focused on project learning in close collaboration with B.C.’s vibrant games and digital media industry. The degree is jointly awarded by Great Northern Way Campus’ four major public post-secondary institutions: the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

 

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Contact:   
Grace Battiston                     
Masters of Digital Media Program      
Tel: 778 370 1013     |    grace_battiston@gnwc.ca