Masters of Digital Media hit the streets

Vancouver’s Masters of Digitial Media program debuted at Great Northern Way last year to fanfare. The innovative program was meant to foster creative digital work in a multi-disciplinary environment, and now 21 students have graduated from the course, ready to take on the world.

And they’ve brought some serious work with them. Projects the class completed included D-Sign, a digital, interactive and gesture-based approach to storefront advertising. The research has led to a new compny that has already secured contracts with Jugo Juice and the Vancouver International Airport Authority.

Interactive gaming was front and centre as well, with Big Hadron Games, a collaboration between six MDM students, cranking out an amazing 16 games over three months. The team used a rapid prototyping approach, and the hard work has led to a new Big Hadron startup which has already been nominated for a PopVox award.

And another team of grad students creatd Glimpse, a game for the Xbox 360 and iPhone platforms which earned them placement as finalists in CBC’s second annual Digital Development Lab.

If this is the kind of output the first year of the program is capable of, than BC has nothing to fear in coming years in terms of innovation and cultivation of a digital workforce.