OCAD University

Digital Futures (MA, MDes, MFA)

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Program Information

School:OCAD University
Faculty:Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Design and Visual Communications, General
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Digital Arts
Description:Our program is offered in partnership with the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) Media Lab. The graduate program in Digital Futures responds to the increasingly important and sophisticated role of digital technology as a magical catalyst for integrating societal, cultural and economic change. Students in the program essentially participate in and prepare for Renaissance 2.0 — the global digital revolution that fuses together disruptive technology and new thought leadership. This revolution is catalyzing our innovation in digital applications, products, media content, practices and services. The graduate program in Digital Futures is deeply international in terms of the student cohort and faculty, our collaborative overseas eGlobal courses and our industry partners. Fostering a global perspective is key to securing our graduates’ futures in the eclectic international creative digital industries — the United Nations definition of these encompasses design, arts, culture, creative services, media and new media.

The focus of the program is to develop what Program Director Tom Barker calls "X-shaped innovators" for the creative digital industries. Each point of the X is an expertise: in art, design, science and enterprise. Students acquire practical knowledge in these areas but also learn to collaborate brilliantly with industry and experts across the fields. Students at the heart of the X work with faculty to develop their own unique creativity. Industry is now demanding X-shaped innovators to lead the Renaissance 2.0 into the future. Our student-centred learning approach applies to both research and practice. This allows participants to gain core foundation knowledge and also to explore specific areas of interest through electives that include access to courses across the whole of OCAD University, internships or independent study. There is an emphasis on projects and prototyping and an enterprise component is personalized through collaborations with industry to help students build a career runway in advance of graduating. Master's degree and Diploma students are encouraged to work with industry on an individual basis during their studies. Additionally, Master’s degree students can collaborate with industry during their 12-month project-based research thesis. Most students have backgrounds in design, technology or enterprise. The program is open to designers, artists, marketing, media and cultural industry participants, entrepreneurs, technologists, educators, social scientists, scientists and engineers. This diversity drives peer learning, collaboration and group working across numerous parts of the program.
URL:Digital Futures (MA, MDes, MFA) at OCAD University
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $12,931
International: $19,736

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
Letter of Intent: Applicants should explain their personal philosophy and reasons for applying to this program and refer to any relevant experience, background and future ambitions. The letter must be typed and be 600 to 800 words in length. Research Outline: Applicants must provide an initial proposal for a research project that they are interested in pursuing in the program. This should include: 1) a title, 2) the area of interest and/or idea, 3) the rationale for the research, 4) expected outcome in terms of innovation and realized creative work, 5) the relevance of the applicant’s background and experience, 6) any reference sources used in the proposal, 7) bibliography of relevant sources. The proposal must be typed and should be 800 to 1,000 words in length. Samples of Work: Applicants must submit samples of relevant student and/or professional work produced in the last five years. Visual work, analysis reports and proposal documents may be included. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of their primary area of interest. CV: Applicants should include an updated copy of their curriculum vitae.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on January 31, 2018

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