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Aug 28, 2019 By Crissy Campbell

Vancouver’s tech scene is changing. What was once an industry dominated by small start-up companies is now morphing into an industry with the big tech players. Amazon is opening up an office in the old Canada Post building and will be hiring 3,000 workers in the next few years. Apple...

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Aug 15, 2019 By Crissy Campbell

If I sat you down in front of a bunch of colourful, wooden blocks, what would you do? Chances are, you’d play. You’d build up and build out, you’d try to balance and brace. Some of you might even start playing with counterweights or foundations. And, most likely, you’d do most of it without thinking.

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Jul 11, 2019 By Crissy Campbell

Centre for Digital Media is saddened to learn that MDM alumni David Lin passed away on June 28, 2019. David graduated from the Master of Digital Media program in 2014. Before the MDM program, he graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double concentration of Design and Media in Interactive Arts and Technology.

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Jul 4, 2019 By Richard Smith

This is a guest post from Master of Digital Media Program Director Richard Smith. In previous blog posts I have considered the "what" question of digital media — what is it? But I haven’t yet considered the "why?" I don’t mean "why does it exist?" That would be a whole other topic,...

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Jun 20, 2019 By Emma Konrad

This is a guest post from MDM student Emma Konrad. On May 30th, the CDM had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Maria Bakardjieva to our campus. A professor in the department of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary, Bakardjieva spoke to our Teaching Digital Media...

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Jun 5, 2019 By Richard Smith

When I first took the job as Director of the MDM program, one of my colleagues at SFU pulled me aside to give me some advice. He had been director of a professional school for some years and he cautioned me about the way in which industry demands can sometimes divert a program from its mission. What I would find, he said, was that the industry (and even the students) would be keen for me to provide an education that would reproduce the people and skills that the industry already had, to fill the jobs that they had right now.

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May 23, 2019 By Richard Smith

Last week I posted something to our Facebook page about the old adage: "when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." Trite though it may be, this kind of sentiment seems to be a useful way of looking at something our alumni are telling us: the tendency to "over agile" things.

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May 15, 2019 By Crissy Campbell

In addition to our Industry Partnerships, the Centre for Digital Media is proud of our numerous Academic Partnerships, both with our partner schools and with educational institutions worldwide. Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting Laure Casalini, who is the Head of Development,...

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Apr 24, 2019 By Crissy Campbell

Centre for Digital Media’s Gerri Sinclair Award for Innovation in Digital Media is awarded every year to recognize a student or group of students in the MDM Program who created a digital media product or innovation that has great potential either as a commercial digital media product...

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Apr 3, 2019 By Crissy Campbell

This semester three MDM student projects are using games or gamified technology to teach healthy behavioral changes in response to three very different problems industry clients posed to them. The three teams: The Goal Diggers, Viva la Vida, and the Brain Bros—while given different problems and briefed by very different clients—all decided to solve their clients’ problems by building digital, gamified solutions.

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