North Vancouver School District
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Digital Media Academy

​​​Located at Argyle Secondary, Grades 11-12​

The DMA Academy is scheduled as follows for the 2018-19 school year:
The Digital Media Academy (DMA) is scheduled for Day 1 Blocks 1 - 3


An enriched, hands-on experience that provides students a broad and useful range of skills and knowledge in digital arts, project management, and problem-solving. The Digital Media Academy (DMA) nurtures and evolves young people to develop the habits of mind to be inquisitive, creative, imaginative, innovative, and highly motivated in the creation of meaningful results. DMA incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). One of the main goals is to prepare students for post-secondary training, as well as the many career opportunities in Digital Media, Science, Engineering and Technology.​​​​

Students have the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively on real-world projects in the following areas: Game Design, Animation, Visual Effects, Film, Sound Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Magazine Design, Project Management, and Photography.

Click here to view the 2018 DMA flyer.

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

Features and Benefits of DMA

  • Broad exposure to digital media careers and lifestyle through projects, field trips, guest speakers, and workshops

  • Strong links to Lower Mainland post-secondary institutions, including SFU SIAT, Capilano University, BCIT, Think Tank, and VanArts, as well as to the digital media industry

  • Exposure to real-world projects, technology, and tools of the art and craft of digital media

  • Curriculum that combines a career focus, while meeting college entrance requirements

  • Rigorous, relevant curriculum that encourages students to be self-motivated and pro-active in achieving academic success

  • Development of strong project management and communication skills to prepare students for the knowledge-based world

  • Emphasis on the processes of learning, problem solving, creativity, and innovation

  • Small, heterogeneous groups, or “cohorts” of students who are together for a significant portion of the school day working with a team of teachers who work with the same students and collaborate to better meet the instructional needs of all students

  • A culture of ongoing improvement that allows and encourages teachers to examine student work and reflect upon teaching methods to determine if goals are being met

How to Apply

Applications to the Digital Media Academy (DMA) begin January 29, 2018 and close March 9, 2018.

All students applying to Academies in North Vancouver must apply online to All students must reapply to the Digital Media Academy (DMA) every year.

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

International Students please email for registration information.

Students must reapply to the Digital Media Academy every year. Returning students do not need to submit a portfolio.

New students must complete the online application and deliver the following supporting documents to DMA via the Argyle Secondary School Office:

  • Email confirmation of your online application
  • DMA Supporting Documents, which includes:
    • Student letter of intent
    • Digital portfolio on a USB drive
    • Copy of the first term report card from 2017
    • Teacher Reference Checklist (which needs to be sent directly to us by the referring teacher)
  • DMA Supporting Documents - PDF
Argyle Secondary School’s Main Office
Attention: DMA Portfolio
1131 Frederick Road
North Vancouver BC  V7K 1J3


Acceptance to the Digital Media Academy will be based on the completed application package and supporting documents, and then in priority order:

  • Priority 1 - Returning students
  • Priority 2 - Waitlisted students from previous years

Total spots available will be dependent on the number of applications received and the ability of schools to organize suitable timetables to meet student needs.


$1250 per year

The first payment confirms placement in the academy and is non-refundable. It is due on or before June 1, 2018. If a family chooses to pay in installments, this must be set up for automatic withdrawal prior to June 1, 2018 with the first payment due September 1, 2018 and then on the first of each month through May 2019. Information for payment will be included in the acceptance package. An additional course fee of approximately $925 may apply to out-of-district students. Non-payment or late payment of fees may incur a penalty and/or result in loss of placement in the academy.


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

Jennifer VanderMye
DMA Assistant

Deborah Wanner 
District Principal