Centre for Digital Media Mini School

This course is part of the UBC Future Global Leaders On-Campus program for high school students ages 15–18. It is offered at the Centre for Digital Media campus in Vancouver from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

With 45 to 50 hours of class time, FGL mini schools provide a comprehensive introduction to a program area and include information on learning pathways and career opportunities. The Centre for Digital Media Mini School is limited to 24 students.

Located at Centre for Digital Media (CDM), the Digital Media Mini School is modelled on CDM’s prestigious Master of Digital Media program, Canada's first graduate program in digital media.

Digital media are more than video games. Digital media products are found in most industries, including entertainment, tech, eCommerce, non-profits, health, education, marketing, government, environment, sports, art, publishing and television.

In the Centre for Digital Media Mini School, you get a hands-on, collaborative learning experience as you explore how to design and build digital media projects across a range of industries, including the video game industry.

In week one, learn about the importance of collaboration and key communication techniques in team-based projects. Discover the basic pipeline for building digital media products and explore the human-centred design process from ideation to creating a paper prototype for a real-world problem.

In week two, work with a team through ideation and innovation to develop your idea into a digital prototype, conduct user testing with your peers in order to critically assess and adjust your work, and finally present your final project and key takeaways from this learning experience.

By the end of course, you will be able to:

  • Apply a human-centered design approach to solving a problem
  • Give and receive effective feedback to peers
  • Utilize tools and practices used by industry professionals within the digital media field
  • Evaluate digital media projects by conducting and taking part in user testing
  • Create a functional digital prototype

The Global Digital Media market is anticipated to grow at a considerable rate over the next decade, driving demand for people with the ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams, use design thinking, be agile, collaborate and communicate effectively—all in-demand skills you learn about and explore in the Centre for Digital Media Mini School. 

If you are interested in a career in digital media, then the Centre for Digital Media Mini School is definitely for you. After attending the Centre for Digital Media Mini School, you will have a good sense of the pathways and future opportunities in digital media, as well as real experience working as part of a digital media team.

The Centre for Digital Media was established through the ground-breaking partnership of four leading academic institutions: The University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. 

Course Format

This course takes place at Centre for Digital Media (CDM), Monday to Friday, 9am–3pm. CDM is a state-of-the-art building approximately 30 minutes from UBC Vancouver.

If you choose to live on the UBC Vancouver campus, we will help you get to and from CDM by public transit, a ride of approximately 45 minutes.

Includes online access to self-study materials to help you develop your academic skills and mental health and emotional awareness as you prepare for university.

You can also join the Virtual Student Lounge, hosted by our UBC Student Ambassadors. Meet other Future Global Leaders from across Canada and around the world.

To Register

After you add the course to your cart, you’re asked to complete your registration by creating a new account or logging in. If you are a parent, guardian or other adult registering for the first time on behalf of your student, please create the account in the name of the high school student attending UBC Future Global Leaders, not in your name.

To register, click “Open all” under Available Sessions, select the applicable Type under Fees / Tuition. You can pay a CAD$500 now or pay in full. Select “Scheduled Payment” if you wish to pay a CAD$500 deposit now and the balance later. We will automatically process the balance owing 30 days before the course start date for the Residence option and seven days before the course start date for the Commuter option. Do not select Scheduled Payment if you wish to pay in full now.

Click ADD TO CART. Once you have successfully added the items to your shopcart, click COMPLETE REGISTRATION to be directed to our online payment portal.

Available Sessions

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Jul 29, 2024-Aug 9, 2024 | Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri | 9:00 AM-3:00 PM | Centre for Digital Media | Prices Vary

Code: SA111S24C
Offered: On Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Jul 29, 2024-Aug 9, 2024
Students staying in residence should arrive in Vancouver on Sunday, July 28. Students not staying in residence should arrive at 8:00am on Monday, July 29, at the Centre for Digital Media (CDM) campus.
10 sessions
9:00 AM-3:00 PM Pacific Time


Fees / Tuition

Type Fee Tax Total
$5100.00 $0.00 $5100.00
$2400.00 $0.00 $2400.00
$4100.00 $0.00 $4100.00
$1900.00 $0.00 $1900.00