Advanced Diploma: Digital Media Studies Co-op
The Digital Media Studies Co-op (DMSC) program (Advanced Diploma) provides an academic pathway for international and resident students whose first language is not English while gaining work experience in the field of digital media. On completion of the program, students can progress onto further academic options or follow a career path in digital media.
The 16-month DMSC (Advanced Diploma) program is comprised of 7 digital media-related courses held at PLC, the IDEA intensive course held at CDM, and an 8-month co-op term in the industry. The program explores the relationship between digital media and information technology as well as new media design.
Over the duration of the program, students learn the fundamentals of prototyping, collaborative design, team building, project management, critical thinking skills, pitching and presentation skills. Students also attend visual design and VR workshops.
7 DMSC program courses at PLC explore the interrelationship between digital media and information technology as well as new media design.
DMSC is a program provides language, academic and portfolio upgrades to students wanting to gain skills to transition into careers in digital media.
Graduates can apply (language) knowledge and communication skills gained into a career path in digital media and related IT careers in the private or public sectors, such as:
- Advertising Administrator
- Advertising manager
- Campaign Manager
- Communications Manager
- Communications Manager, Internet
- E-business Manager
- E-commerce Manager
- Internet Communications Manager
- Marketing Manager
- Marketing Manager – Online Marketing
- Web Communications Manager
- Web Marketing Manager
- Student must be at least 19 years of age
- Language requirement: Evidence of IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) with no band under 5.0; or
- The student can take an English Placement Test at DMS Burnaby Campus
- Students will be required to bring their own laptops to classes
Student that do not meet minimum language requirements will have to take a four-month intensive English for Digital Media program at the Burnaby Campus.
Courses (8 Courses + Final Project) and Co-op
Social Media Marketing examines the role of social media marketing as well as the use of online social networks in marketing strategy. The course is both theory-based and also builds hands-on experience with social media planning and practice. Students will analyze a variety of social media platforms for developing professional and company profiles. They will learn how to create accounts, professional networks, develop shareable content and collaborate. Students will examine how to perform social media audits and create social media plans, and use a combination of social networks and tools to research for, communicate on behalf of, and market their organization.
Academic Writing consists of learning theory and skills relevant to academic writing in the context of digital media and the interrelationship between this discipline and information technology (IT) as well as new media design. Language upgrading and advancing relevant academic skills are taught and practiced in the context of the course.
Project Development Practicum is a one-month intensive course in which students learn rapid prototyping, collaborative design, team building, project management, critical thinking skills and pitching and presentation skills. Students also attend visual-based design and VR workshops. It involves working with the faculty and students on digital media based application, on-site visits with digital media companies in the Vancouver area (e.g EA, Microsoft, Hothead Studios), instruction in English as a Second Language in a digital industrial environment, as well as lectures in a variety of digital media related subjects.
Public Speaking / Presentation Skill Advanced teaches higher level public speaking/presentation skill competences in the context of digital media and academic skills. Students will learn to develop presentation outlines, connect/engage with their audiences, apply skills to overcome public speaking anxiety, respond to audience needs, use non-verbal communication, apply visuals in presentations and avoid common public speaking mistakes.
Information Systems consists of learning theory and skills relevant to information systems in the context of digital media, while upgrading language skills. The course ranges from defining key terms related to information systems, to examining design and development, and theorizing future technology.
Digital Branding teaches to identify different types of branding, develop brand identity, identify best practices and marketing strategies, and examine brand identity in relation to product design.
Project Marketing / Advertising outlines marketing and advertising basics within the context of digital media. Students will learn interactive/digital media options within marketing, develop basic marketing strategies, do marketing research analysis, and specify client management techniques.
Digital Media Design includes the use of integrated media to communicate messages, information, and entertainment through video games, movies, special effects, or 3-D animation. Students will be introduced to the theory and some of the technology used in digital media design including relevant software, and will be introduced to their application in web and video. Digital photography will be also explored and Photoshop will be used for image manipulation. Students will learn related communication skills, including making an effective digital presentation/website.
Students are placed in the industry after their courses, allowing students to practice language and professional skills within the work environment.
We Will Be Offering Support
- Providing training to ensure our students meet language / academic requirement to pursue their next level of study or career via weekly English workshops
- Three enrollment times per year (May and Oct 2017, and March 2018)
- Providing support in completing students’ samples of work
- Five interactive digital pieces
- Portfolio for master’s application
- Letter of intent
- Helping create a short formal essay about a topic of interest related to digital media
- Computer skills and literacy summary form
- Providing reference letters
- Program survey form
- Preparing and polishing resume
- Placement into a digital media industry-related co-op
DMS Program Head