IDEA-X is a one-month intensive program for international undergraduate students who want to explore further education and career opportunities in the games and digital entertainment industry. Students come in groups from a particular university and spend a month at the Centre for Digital Media building digital media tools such as mobile apps and games.
Over the one-month program, students learn rapid prototyping, collaborative design, team building, project management, critical thinking skills and pitching and presentation skills. Students also attend visual-based design and VR workshops.
Essentially, IDEA-X a one-month taste of what the Master of Digital Media program is like and is an unique learning experience in Vancouver.
The Centre for Digital Media
IDEA-X is offered at the Centre for Digital Media—a multi-million dollar research and educational facility located on Great Northern Way Campus near downtown Vancouver. The Centre for Digital Media is owned and operated by four top Canadian post-secondary institutions: University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and British Columbia Institute of Technology.
The CDM was created to support industry and academic collaboration in digital media. Find out more about the CDM here.
Vancouver is a dynamic city and international digital media hub. Vancouver has one of the top video game clusters in the world and has the world's largest VFX and animation hub.
Companies such as EA, Microsoft, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Industrial Light and Magic all have studios in Vancouver. And game companies like Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver and Blackbird Interactive have studios at the Centre for Digital Media.
Each IDEA-X program requires at least one visiting professor and 10-15 third- or fourth-year undergraduate students with an intermediate to advanced level of English comprehension. All courses are taught in English without translation services.
Tuition and Fees
The cost of tuition and administrative fees vary every year. Students will also need to cover their own travel costs, meals and accommodation. Some assistance will be provided in finding accommodation, with the option to secure accommodations through the Homestay Program at a cost of approximately $800CDN each. There is no fee for the visiting professor and accommodations are provided.
Note: Tuition and fees are non-refundable.
If you are interested in this program, please click here to sign up.
Bill Zhao, International & Online Program Development Manager