Tomorrow's Master of Digital Media Program
Tomorrow’s Master of Digital Media Program (TMDM) is a 2-week intensive summer camp 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.
Please note: Due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic, CDM & UBC have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 TMDM on-campus program. Stay tuned for updates about dates for 2022 programs.
This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders Pre-University Program for high school students ages 15-18, and is offered at the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver.
Game Design: 2022 dates TBD
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
- choosing team partners and working in groups
- improvisation and role play
- rapid iteration, prototyping and design essentials
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.
How to Register
Please note, registration for this session takes place through UBC Extended Learning. Unlike other summer camps, TMDM is a competitive entry program. To take this course, you must first apply by submitting a short personal statement (maximum 250 words) describing your background and why you you’re interested in TMDM Game Design. Students are accepted first come, first served.
Virtual Reality: 2022 dates TBD
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.
In week one, you’ll focus on the 3D immersive design process and take part in fun group activities to learn:
- 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.
How to Register
Please note, registration for this session takes place through UBC Extended Learning. Unlike other summer camps, TMDM is a competitive entry program. To take this course, you must first apply by submitting a short personal statement (maximum 250 words) describing your background and why you you’re interested in TMDM Virtual Reality. Students are accepted first come, first served.
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.
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.