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CDM Summer Bootcamps


Centre for Digital Media (CDM) Summer Bootcamps are 2-week intensive summer camps designed for high school students ages 15-18 with artistic or technical interests who want to explore educational and career opportunities in the video game design and immersive technologies industries.

Students will work in teams in a fun and interactive environment, and can choose from two different streams which will either teach them how to build a video game from scratch or how to create a VR prototype to solve a real-world problem.

This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders On-Campus Pre-University Program for high school students ages 15-18, and is offered at the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver. While the TMDM program will take place at the Centre for Digital Media Campus, please direct any questions about registration to UBC Extended Learning.

Center for Digital Media Game Design Bootcamp: July 31 – August 11, 2023

Tomorrow’s Master of Digital Media (TMDM) Game Design is a fun, hands-on – but intensive – bootcamp in which you develop a working video game from scratch.

In TMDM Game Design, you work on a team to build a unique playable game. You’ll discover how a video game is developed, from ideation to prototype, and learn skills like:

  • game design and critique
  • storytelling
  • choosing team partners and working in groups
  • improvisation and role play
  • rapid iteration, prototyping and design essentials

Daily Schedule (9 am - 3 pm, Monday to Friday)

Each day starts out with fun, active exercises focused on effective communication, collaboration, listening and building trust.

These are followed by lessons on brainstorming, problem solving and project management that will help you explore and develop ideas, collaborate as a team, and understand how to scope a project.

In the afternoons, you’ll have a chance to try different software applications to develop your skills to create digital art, iterate designs and code game prototypes.

Your Instructor

Jason Elliott

How to Register

Please note, registration for this session takes place through UBC Extended Learning.

Centre for Digital Media Virtual Reality Bootcamp: July 31 – August 11, 2023

Tomorrow’s Master of Digital Media (TMDM) Virtual Reality introduces you to new immersive technologies that will inspire you to create and experience new worlds.

Come away from TMDM Virtual Reality with an understanding of Virtual Reality (VR) concepts, and why we keep developing it for our real world.

Schedule (9 am - 3 pm, Monday to Friday)

In week one, you’ll focus on the 3D immersive design process and take part in fun group activities to learn:

  • problem-solving
  • ideation
  • rapid prototyping
  • team collaboration
  • Unity game engine to create VR games and experiences

In week two, you’ll take on the unique design challenges of building for Virtual Reality. Together with a team, you’ll brainstorm and work together to create a rapid prototype to solve a real-world problem.

At the end of course, you and your team will present your VR prototype, and come away with an exciting project for your portfolio.

*An Oculus Quest 2 VR headset is recommended for this bootcamp, but not required. You can buy a headset from Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg or your local retailer.

Your Instructor

Bill Zhao

How to Register

Please note, registration for this session takes place through UBC Extended Learning.

Centre for Digital Media 3D Asset Creation Bootcamp: July 31 – August 11, 2023

Centre for Digital Media (CDM) 3D Asset Creation Bootcamp introduces you to the tools you will need to create 3D assets for the metaverse. Come away from this bootcamp with a basic understanding of how 3D assets are made, manipulated, and captured. Find out how these skills are being applied in building virtual worlds for various industries, including games, animation and e-commerce.

In TMDM 3D Asset Creation hands-on bootcamp, explore some virtual spaces to study existing models, and see how primitives and other techniques were used to create them. Learn how 3D objects are created, and get some practice building a model of your own in Blender. Get experience with photogrammetry – the process of scanning an object, cleaning up the data from this process, and optimizing the object for various platforms. Put all your 3D models on an online platform to show off your work.

In the two weeks, learn skills like:

  • Making your own 3D models using Blender
  • Adding texture and materials to your object to make it more realistic
  • Analyzing and repurposing existing models for various use-cases
  • Photogrammetry and cleaning up scanned objects
  • Optimizing and exporting your model to display

    *A camera is recommended for this bootcamp, but not required. (A phone camera is fine.)

Your Instructor


**** Instructor TBD ****


How to Register

Please note, registration for this session takes place through UBC Extended Learning.


See What TMDM Summer Camp Is Like

What Students & Parents are Saying

  • These two summers set me up. I was accepted into a 2D animation class at Arts Umbrella in collaboration with Electronic Arts and spent a whole two months every week working on 2D animation with an animation professional. At the final presentation night they awarded parting gifts and I chose to take the tour of the EA facility, guided by the very woman who I met in the 2016 and 2017 TMDM programs, Wendell Harlow. When we went on the tour we ended it in her very office. I noticed a picture on her wall containing many young people she has met during her career and saw myself in a group photo from TMDM. This week after applying to a 2D Animation Fundamentals course at my dream school, Capilano University, I received a letter saying I had been accepted. All of these courses I had taken have led me to literally follow my dreams and it all started at TMDM.

    The connections and experiences you can get from this program are able to set up your entire career and future in this industry.

    Mary Mackisoc, a 2016 TMDM student and a 2017 TMDM Teacher's Assistant

  • The instructors were great and very helpful and you get to learn the full pipeline of game production, plus the fundamentals of game design and story flow—if you’re considering a career in the game industry.

    C.C., TMDM Student

  • This was a great environment to learn!

    M.J., TMDM Student

  • I had an amazing time meeting new people and working with them. Everyday I’d wake up and I’d feel excited to actually go to this camp. I’d always walk home with a smile on my face because of all the things we’d done and learned.

    A.A., TMDM Student

  • The final presentation was my favourite memory as it was amazing to see how all the friends and family loved the work we spent 2 weeks on.

    TMDM Student

  • Really, don’t miss the chance to be part of this.

    V.H., TMDM Student

  • We would like to thank you and the team for your expertise, humour and energy in making the camp such a great experience. Our son loved the opportunity to meet other teens with the same focus. He really enjoyed the field trips to Radical and EA and the chance to use some of the programming skills he has acquired over the last couple of years. My husband and I attended the final presentation and graduation ceremony and we were very impressed with the level of expertise and professionalism of everyone involved in the program.

    K.J., TMDM Parent

  • My daughter hugely enjoyed – and benefitted from – the first Boot Camp for Tomorrow’s Masters of Digital Media. She and her peers were interested and highly motivated, the program was goal – as well as process-oriented, and the instruction was not just instruction, but inspiration! The best part for her was problem-solving and building a product with a group of people who were just as hard-working and committed as she is.

    R.A., TMDM parents

  • [Our daughter] was very excited about the program. She came home each day having learned something new. It gave her more confidence and made her more willing to speak her mind about what she can contribute to a project. She seems more excited to be in this type of business.

    TMDM Parent

TMDM students brainstorming

TMDM students having lunch

TMDM students using VR

TMDM student using VR