The Masters of Digital Media Program kicked off its second year of classes at the beginning of September – welcoming returning and many new students. Both the new cohort (informally dubbed, "Next Gens") (See Graduating Class of 2010 Student Bios), and the returning class (or "First Borns") (See Graduating Class of 2009 Student Bios)– who are coming back from their four-month summer internships – were treated to a full week of orientations, introductions, team building workshops, and presentations. Now in mid-month, the new students have formed teams to began their intensive course work, while returning student teams have started collaborative work on industry-funded projects.
A number of students are also working as teaching assistants over the next two semesters, providing support to faculty and MDM staff. T.A.’s will be involved with helping prepare course materials, technical support, and making contributions to the website, such as an additional blog lead by a new student.
With classes and project work in full swing, the Centre for Digital Media has returned to full activity, though it had been far from quiet during the summer months. Renovations to the Centre over the summer (Phase II of the Centre’s renewal plans) were completed in time for classes. Of the building’s improvements, several project rooms and editing suites (now abuzz with activity) were added to accommodate an increase in demand for new student work spaces. The Centre also hosted a hugely successful three week digital boot camp for teens.