From creating digital masterpieces to designing self-driving
cars and even a virtual reality tour of their new school – tech-savvy Argyle students
are developing real-world applications and solutions from their seats in high
“It’s unlike any other class for many reasons,” attests Digital
Media Academy Lite student Sophie Glaubach. “You’re given so much creative
freedom and independence.”
It was a Christmas gift, an art tablet, which inspired Glaubach
to reimmerse herself in a digital creative space at Argyle.
“I took the class again this year since I enjoyed it so much
last year, but I wanted to do digital art this time,” Glaubach explains.
Having, at the ready, leading digital tools to get down to
creating art is a built-in bonus of the Digital Media Academy, says Glaubach.
In a flexible learning environment, Digital Media Academy
and DMA Lite students work on projects to integrate their knowledge of media
design, technology, and project management.
Students learn to express themselves in the creation of
simulations, animations, short films, audio recordings, video games, special
effects, virtual reality, programming, robotics, magazines, websites, posters,
marketing materials, and other media.
“I think no matter what you choose to do in DMA Lite, it
teaches you to be organized, be self-directed, independent, stay on schedule,
and lots of other little learning habits that will help you outside of the
academy,” says Glaubach.
“I’ve adapted some of these skills into my other
classes – and whenever I do, I normally get a higher grade, feel better about
the work, and have more desire/motivation to work on it.”
Glaubach is joined by her friend Evelyn McCammon in the DMA
Lite Academy. Together, the friends are working on a digital children’s book,
designed to inspire young readers to be themselves and help them feel included
and not alone.
McCammon has discovered a digital outlet for her art,
through the academy.
“I am learning how to draw digitally, as I would like to do
some form of digital art in the future,” says McCammon. “There are many jobs where
they need digital artists, such as drawing posters or being a children’s book
Student Evelyn McCammon shows sheep characters she digitally drew for a children's book.
The independence factor makes this
academy a good fit for them, both friends agree.
“I love the freedom of the class. I like being able to
choose the art project I want to do,” says McCammon, adding the academy enforces
good working habits by keeping students organized.
Both Digital Media academies challenge students to become
independent, self-directed learners with the skills and knowledge to solve real-world
Projects can include exploring subjects of STEAM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) through coding, virtual reality
technologies, use of sensors and film, among others.
In Grade 12, students have the opportunity to explore and
further concentrate on personal areas of interest. A final DMA portfolio will
include a variety of media to help students enter the post-secondary program of
The Lower Mainland offers many opportunities for post-secondary
training and careers in digital media including film and television, visual
effects, animation, game design, and engineering.
To help prepare students for the future, DMA and DMA Lite
offers an enriched, real-world learning environment where students rub elbows
with digital media professionals in the field.
Embedded in the academy are a masterclass series, in-house
presentations, guest speakers, workshops, and specialized field trips.
EA Sports, Story Institute, Vancouver Film School, Microsoft
Canada, and agile42 Consulting are just some of the companies that have a
mentoring partnership with the Digital Media Academy. Job offers for academy
graduates have resulted from these meetings.
This spring break, 30 academy students will visit a country
at the forefront of commercial design, gaming and animation innovation – Japan.
When they return home, students will be able to integrate
the Japanese experience uniquely into their own designs and stories.
DMA Lite is for Grade 9 and 10 students and runs during the
final block of the day.
DMA is for Grade 11 and 12 students and runs through Blocks
1, 2 and 3 – three blocks during Day 1.
Founding DMA instructor Murray Bulger has been teaching digital
media courses since 2000 – and is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for
Chris Miller has been
teaching drama, art, programming language, photography and media design courses
in North Vancouver for more than 20 years.
More information about the full Digital Media Academy is
available here, and the Lite program, here.
will be accepted until February 24, 2020.