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Digital Media Academy Lite

Located at ​Argyle Secondary, Grades 9 and 10

DMA LITE is a one block Academy for students in Grade 9 & 10 designed to provide students with access to a broad and useful range of skills and knowledge in digital design, technology, project management, and problem solving. Students will have the opportunity to learn and create meaningful stories while solving challenging design problems. Practically, it is designed as a useful precursor to prepare students for the Grade 11/12 full 3-Block Digital Media Academy.

DMA Lite goes far beyond the technical skills and knowledge fundamentals for working with digital media. At its core, DMA Lite nurtures and supports young people in developing the habits of mind to be inquisitive, creative, innovative, independent and highly motivated in the creation of meaningful results. Students have the opportunity work on real-world projects both independently and in collaboration with other like-minded, digitally passionate students.  Students learn to plan and organize projects using their creative, technological and intellectual skills. They master the fundamentals of self-reflection, project management and the creative process to express themselves in the creation of animations, short films, audio recordings, video games, visual effects, graphic design, photography and through Science and Technology.

DMA Lite offers a flexible learning environment, so students may work solo or on team projects to integrate their knowledge of media design, technology, and project management. Students interact with various media professionals through guest speakers, workshops and field trips. DMA Lite is hands-on, and practical giving students a chance to visit and/or work with professionals from the digital media industry including Microsoft Canada, EA Sports, Sony Imageworks, and Industrial Light and Magic, and many other industry partners.

Our DMA Lite teachers act as mentors, guides, and collaborators. Students are assessed based on their performance in project management, learning plans, problem-solving, reflection on their learning and a final portfolio. For these reasons, students who are self-starters, independently motivated, and mature learners have the best rate of success.

The class is scheduled in Block 4 on Day 1, which always occurs in the afternoons to enable students from other schools time to travel to Argyle.

Please note: transportation to and from the Academy is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

How to apply

Applications to the Digital Media Academy Lite (DMA Lite) close April 6, 2018.

All students applying to Academies in North Vancouver must apply online to

Out of District applicants please contact to receive the application link.

International Students please email for registration information.

To apply, students will be asked to submit supplementary documents including a portfolio of work (5-10 items), a teacher recommendation letter and a letter of intent as to why they wish to join DMA Lite (see for more details).

1. Complete the online District Application Form

2. Download and complete the DMA Lite supporting documents:

  • Student Letter of Intent
  • Portfolio- digital and digitized work only on a USB drive
  • Teacher recommendation – teacher to complete and deliver to the DMA

DMA Lite Supporting Documents - PDF

3. Deliver the above materials to :
Argyle Secondary School Office, Attention: DMA


DMA Lite is designed as a one-year, one block program to be taken in Grade 10. However, very passionate and mature digital media students may choose to take this Academy in both Grade 9 and 10. Priority will be given to Grade 10 students. 


The total cost for the DMA Lite is $500 for the year (upon acceptance).


If you have questions or require more information, please contact:

Jennifer VanderMye
DMA Assistant

Deborah Wanner
District Principal