About the DMA Academy
The DMA goes beyond the technical skills and knowledge fundamentals for working with digital media. At its core, DMA is a program that 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. Students have the opportunity to learn and work collaboratively on real-world projects.
North Vancouver School District's Digital Media Academy (DMA) located at École Argyle Secondary School, is an enriched hands-on program that provides students with access to a broad and useful range of skills and knowledge in digital design, technology, project management, and problem solving. The DMA incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). Students will learn to create meaningful stories and solve challenging design problems.
One of the main goals of the DMA is to prepare students for post-secondary training as well as the many career opportunities in Digital Media, Science, Engineering and Technology.
The DMA suits students who are highly motivated and self-directed with a strong interest in Science, Engineering, Design, and/or Digital Media. The students work in cohorts and take their courses together which creates a dynamic and collaborative learning environment.
Students gain experience through project-based learning in DMA, field-trips to a variety of local companies, film & animation studios as well as post-secondary & specialty schools. As well, DMA offers visits with industry professionals through masterclasses, presentations, and workshops.
Students have the opportunity to learn and work in the following areas:
|• Animation||• STEAM||• Film|
|• Sound Design/ Engineering||• Web Design||• Photography|
|• Game Design||• Technology / IT||• Graphic Design|
|• Visual Effects / VFX||• Project Management || • Programming |
Who can Participate?
The Digital Media Academy is open to students in Grade 11 and 12.
Selection for DMA
Each application will be
reviewed by a panel of Digital Media Art Teachers. Offers, consistent
with Board Policy 605: Admission of Students to Schools, will be based on:
- Supporting documents, digital portfolio, and completed application
- Prioritized wait list
The Digital Media Academy is located at École
Argyle Secondary School.*
Schedule to be determined.
*Transportation to and from the Academy site is the sole responsibility of the student and/or parent/guardian.
The total cost* for the Digital Media Academy is $1,250 for the 2022-23 school year.
To confirm a student's registration and secure placement in the Academy
for the 2022-23 school year, a non-refundable deposit of $125 is required by the deadline stated in acceptance letters. Please Note: Non-payment by the deadline will result in automatic withdrawal from the Academy.
Fee: Parents/Guardians may pay the remaining balance in full or set-up
instalments any time between the offer of acceptance and August 2022 through School Cash Online. Please Note: Failure to pay the balance in full or set up
instalments by the deadline will result in automatic withdrawal from the
A limited number of bursaries are available for this Academy.
*An additional Programming Fee of approximately $935 may apply to out-of-district students.
Ready to Apply?
New and returning academy students must complete the online application via School Cash Online. Applications will be accepted from
January 19, 2022 to February 21, 2022.
International students can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
Out-of-district applicants can contact email@example.com to receive an application link.
Supplementary Application Process
To apply for the Digital Media Academy, students must:
- Complete the School Cash Online application
- Submit a digital portfolio of their work on a USB drive and supporting documents to Argyle Secondary School.
- For information regarding these requirements, please see the Digital Media Academy application page.
*** Please include a copy of your School Cash Online application confirmation email.
Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Returning students only need to complete the online application.
If you have any questions about the Digital Media Academy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!