Interested in digital media coursework (animation, games, social networking tools, education tools, etc.) in your program? This could be just what you are looking for: A collaborative directed studies program involving SFU Computing Science, UBC Computer Science, and the Centre for Digital Media.
The course is aimed at SFU Computing Science students and UBC Computer Science students with 3rd or 4th year standing. We usually have student cohorts in one or both of the January-April and May-August terms each year.
- Applications for January-April typically open in late September and close in late October.
- Applications for May-August typically open in early February and close in early March.
Offerings are in January-April and May-August. Applications are due at 11:59PM on October 25 for Jan-Apr offerings and March 11 for May-Aug offerings. (When the deadline is a weekend/holiday, applications are due at 11:59PM on the next business day.)
About the Program
You will join a team at Centre for Digital Media (CDM) at least two days every week to create a cutting-edge interactive media project over one term. You'll work with 2-5 students in the Masters of Digital Media program at CDM to complete and deliver the industry-sponsored project. You'll gain hands-on, intense project experience on a highly interdisciplinary team, learn and practice agile software design methodologies common in industry, and generate an impressive addition to your portfolio.
Your team will have dedicated design space at CDM and access to its extensive resources, including experts in interactive digital media design and the agile design process; a library of movies, games, and texts; a green-screen room; a 3-D printer; and more. As a SFU or UBC student, you will also continue to have access to resources at your university. You'll be mentored by a faculty member at CDM and a faculty member in your department at SFU or UBC.
The project will require a substantial investment of time and energy. If you think you may need to withdraw, DO NOT SIGN UP. Your teammates will be graduate students in their Masters program working full-time on the project. You will be in a six-credit course, so working about half-time. Your role within the project will be crucial to the team's success.
It will be a ton of work, a ton of fun, a great learning opportunity, a fabulous way to network, and a fascinating and impressive entry in your portfolio.