IDEA-X Program

IDEA-X Overview

IDEA-X is a one-month intensive program for international undergraduate students who want to explore further education and career opportunities in the digital media industry. Students come spend a month with the Centre for Digital Media to learn about the latest tools and processes in the industry, and create their own digital media product.

Over the one-month program, students learn rapid prototyping, collaborative design, team building, project management, critical thinking, and pitching. Students also attend design and development focused workshops.

Why Choose IDEA-X?

The IDEA-X program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to familiarize themselves with the digital media world in a fun and immersive way. Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Practice collaborative design and team building
  • Define and reproduce user-centered design tools and processes
  • Practice rapid-prototyping through a two-day design jam
  • Demonstrate understanding of pipeline management by building digital media products
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their own product
  • Reflect on own/peer practices through retrospectives
  • Create and produce a pitch and a final presentation for prototypes

One of our most recent alumni has been admitted to UBC after her experience at IDEA-X. She is now applying to the Master's of Digital Media program. Read about her story here.

IDEA-X Creations

Requirements

Applicants must be undergraduate students and have at least an intermediate level of English. Preference will be given to third and fourth year students having an interest in digital media. University professors are also welcome to attend.

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 each.

2018 Dates

  • April 9th to May 3rd
  • May 7th to May 31st
  • July 9th to August 2nd
  • August 6th to August 30th
  • October 8th to November 1st
  • November 5th to November 29th

The application deadline for IDEA-X is 60 days before the first day of class.

The Centre for Digital Media

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. It was created to support industry and academic collaboration in digital media. Find out more about the CDM here.

Take a virtual tour of the campus.

Vancouver, Canada

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.

Contact

Bill Zhao, International & Online Program Development Manager
Phone: 778-370-1032
Email: bill_zhao@thecdm.ca
Wechat: zhaodibill

Thomas Petitjean, Instructor & Program Developer
Phone: 778-883-5400
Email: thomas_petitjean@thecdm.ca

Participating Institutions/Organizations

Pacific Link College NCUT CUC Beihang University