|Field of Study:||Design and Visual Communications, General
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
|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.