About Program Admission Requirements

Digital Media focuses on the study of 3D simulations and animation, artistic theories and cultural impact. It inspires people with imaginative digital art installations or design of the next generation gaming technology. Using code and programming as tools for creative expression, digital media specialists develop original digital media objects and experiences such as mobile apps, immersive and 3D environments, data visualization, interactive performance and more. 

What You'll Learn 

As a Digital Media student, you will learn about the raw tools that help create digital imagery and sound, including animation and 3D simulations. You will also study larger concepts like artistic theories and the cultural impact of digital media on the world. Most importantly, you will learn to create.

You will begin the program by completing a common core of courses in first year. You will select from one of three specializations based on your interest: Digital Media Development (DMD) that has a greater focus on computer science, Digital Media Arts (DMA) that focuses more on fine arts or the brand new Digital Media Game Arts. 

You will have an opportunity to participate in Lassonde’s paid internship program to gain valuable professional experience.

Some Courses You'll Take 

Interactive Digital Media
Programming for Digital Media
Physical Computing
Media Signal Processing
Publishing in Digital Media
3D Computer Graphics
New Media Forms
Introduction to Virtual Reality

Digital Media students have the choice of being a student in either the School of the Arts, Performance, Media & Design or the Lassonde School of Engineering.

While the courses required by all Digital Media students are the same, students in the Lassonde School of Engineering will likely choose their electives from Computer Science or other areas of sciences to dig into robotics, virtual reality, graphics and visualization, user interfaces, data mining and artificial intelligence. Please note, while this program is offered by the Lassonde School of Engineering, it is not an Engineering program.

Students in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design will likely choose their electives from AMPD courses. 

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Introduction to Interactive Digital Media
  • Building Interactive Systems
  • Fundamentals of Digital Media Studies
  • Programming for Digital Media
  • Design and Contemporary Culture
  • Understanding Colour

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • game developer
  • user experience architect
  • new media artist
  • digital media strategist

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.