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The 9th Cohort Starts Their Master of Digital Media Program Jamming

Sep 11, 2014 By Jeannette Kopak

The September 2014 intake of new MDM students got off to a flying start last week with workshops, a barbeque and a 48-hour design jam. This was just the first week but the students got a flavour for what was in store for the rest of the year long program to receive a Master’s of Digital Media degree conferred from BC’s top universities. (UBC, ECUAD, BCIT and SFU)

 The 9th cohort is truly international with a total of 54 students (40% women) from 12 countries including Mexico, Brazil, India, China, Germany, Korea, the US and Canada.  The students also have diverse backgrounds from musicians, software developers, web designers, artists, engineers, project managers and filmmakers. 

Formal course work did not start until this week, but students were asked to get involved in the interactive nature of the program from the moment they arrived.  Participating in a “gesture / name game” facilitated by faculty member Patrick Pennefather, the entire cohort attempts to remember each others’ names through their gestures, an exhausting but funny exercise.  Not every name was remembered by everyone but many were.


To help the students understand the curriculum, MDM Director, Dr. Richard Smith presented the context of the courses over the next 11 months and presented the competencies the MDM Program develops.  After brainstorming what those competencies meant to them, they presented back to the class their ideas and concepts.

The rest of the week included introductions to the Courses by the faculty, filling in forms, getting to know how to use the facilities and most importantly getting their new laptops.


The students started Friday afternoon with the launch of a 48-hour design jam, interrupted by a great barbeque hosted by Cohort 8. 


However, after the party died down Friday night they went back to work Saturday and Sunday bringing to life their first digital projects created as teams within the MDM Program.  Given the quality of the projects they presented Sunday afternoon, and the talent of the teams presenting, the next 11 months will be an incredibly creative and productive time for everyone at the Centre for Digital Media.


Stay tuned for more student profiles and, later on in the semester, profiles on the projects they’re working on. In the meantime, you can read the students’ bios and backgrounds on the Cohort 9 Student Page.