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 skills and pitching and presentation skills. 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
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
The fees to be paid to the Centre for Digital Media are CAD $3,000 per student. This only covers tuition and does not include transportation, living expenses, and accommodation. 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.
Note: Tuition fees are non-refundable.
- 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.
Submit your application here if you are interested. Interested applicants will be notified upon admission.
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.
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.