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IDEA-X Program

IDEA-X Overview

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IDEA-X is a one-month intensive program for undergraduate students who want to learn about and explore career opportunities in the digital media industry. You will spend a month at Centre for Digital Media and learn about the latest tools and processes in the industry while creating your own digital solutions using innovative technologies. 

 You will learn in-demand skills like team production, rapid prototyping, collaborative design, project management, and pitching. You will also get hands-on experience with production tools like Unity3D, ARKit, and ARCore.

What You Will Learn

Agile Project Management 

  • Team building, scope, and pipeline 

UX and Design Thinking 

  • User-centred design thinking 


  • Unity3D, ARKit, and ARCore 

UI and Art 

  • Rapid prototyping, collaborative design 

Why Choose IDEA-X?

The IDEA-X program is a unique opportunity to familiarize yourself with the digital media world in a fun and immersive way. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to: 

  • Practice collaborative design and team building 

  • Define and replicate user-centred design tools and processes 

  • Practice rapid prototyping to solve a given problem over a limited period 

  • Demonstrate understanding of scope and pipeline management by building digital media products 

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of your product 

  • Reflect on you and your peers’ practices through retrospectives 

  • Create and produce a pitch and a final presentation for prototypes  

  • Understand industry requirements, needs, as well as emerging technologies 

“The IDEA-X program is a rewarding and worthwhile experience for anyone who wants to explore further education and career opportunities in the games and digital entertainment industry. It was perfect for someone like me who wanted to find out whether digital media would be a fit or not.” 

- Wenyi Gong, IDEA-X Alumnus 

Learn more about Wenyi’s experience with IDEA-X

IDEA-X Creations


  • Undergraduate student 

  • Intermediate level of English 

  • Interested in digital media 

Preference will be given to third- and fourth-year students. All courses are taught in English without translation services. 

Tuition and Fees

Students will be given instructions regarding the payment of their tuition fees upon enrolment.  

Some assistance can be provided in finding accommodation, with the option to secure accommodations through the Homestay Program at a cost of approximately CAD $800 - $1000 each. 

IDEA-X Scholarship

All students who have successfully completed IDEA-X will receive a $4,000 scholarship if they enroll in the PreMDM or Master of Digital Media program. To learn more, please contact: idea-x@thecdm.ca. 

July 4 to July 28, 2023

The Centre for Digital Media

Centre for Digital Media (CDM) 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. It was created to support industry and academic collaboration in digital media. Learn more about CDM [hyperlink to homepage] 

Take a virtual tour of the campus. 


Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is a dynamic city and international digital media hub. It 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. 


You may contact CDM for any questions at Idea-X@thecdm.ca

Participating Institutions/Organizations

NCUT CUC Beihang UniversityPerfect World Education