Vancouver, Canada (November 20, 2007) - Launched in September 2007, the Masters of Digital Media Program at Vancouver’s Centre for Digital Media, Great Northern Way Campus is already winning awards for its master’s degree in digital media. The International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa) bestowed an Honorable Mention for the MDM Program in the Innovative Program category at the annual iDMAa Awards this fall
The Innovative Program category was added to this year’s iDMAa award line-up
“It is remarkable that the MDM Program, which is only two and a half months old, could receive such prestigious recognition in this competition,” commented MDM executive director, Dr. Gerri Sinclair. “This is a great endorsement of what we are capable of achieving and an indicator of what is yet to come.”
According to Ray Steele, iDMAa executive director, “the judges were impressed by the MDM master’s degree and though new, the Digital Media Program showed remarkable promise.” This award marks the first and only time iDMA has awarded an honourable mention in the history of the organization.
Winners were announced at the iDMAa Annual Conference held November 9-10 in Philadelphia. A group of seven American judges from both academic and corporate backgrounds evaluated the nominations. Judges looked for academic programs that used new digital modes of learning and collaboration, explored network and informal learning styles and connected students and nontraditional learning sources.
About the Masters for Digital Media Program (MDM Program)
This innovative, full time professional graduate degree program offers students team-based experiences focused on project learning in close collaboration with the international digital media industry. The MDM is a 20-month program, including a paid, summer internship.
The MDM Program is housed in the Centre for Digital Media, located at Vancouver's Great Northern Way Campus (GNWC). GNWC is a unique collaborative university campus environment combining the strengths of four leading academic institutions: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, and British Columbia Institute of Technology. MDM graduates receive a master's degree bearing the seals of all four GNWC partner institutions.
About the International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa)
The International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa) was founded in early 2004 by a group of 15 universities in the United States. It is a forum for professionals working across the wide range of disciplines and initiatives that are clustered around the emerging field of Digital Media and Arts. Traditional disciplines including the Arts, Computer Science, Engineering, Journalism and Communications, Media Studies, Film and Television, and many others are embroiled in sweeping changes wrought by new technologies, new applications, and new challenges.