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 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 Jan-Apr and May-Aug. 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 the Centre for Digital Media 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 the Centre 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 the Centre for Digital Media 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 CS student, you will of course also continue to have access to resources at your home university. You'll be mentored by a faculty member at the Centre for Digital Media and a faculty member in your home 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 registered in a required 12-credit project course in their Masters program and so they will be working essentially 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.
Contact the following if you have questions that are not answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
SFU instructor: John Edgar
UBC instructor: Steve Wolfman