Global Business and Digital Arts

Have a mind for business and a flair for design?

Hone the creative, technical, and business skills you need to thrive in a fast-evolving world.

In this unique program, you’ll spend your first year at Waterloo's main campus, where you'll gain a solid foundation linking creative design, globalization, business ethics, economics, and marketing.

For your final three years, you'll move to our Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, located 45 kilometres west of the main campus. There, you'll develop design-driven solutions to social problems and create new forms of cultural expressions in a global context. And thanks to our project-based approach, you’ll also hone your collaboration and project management skills.

briefcaseGain experience with a paid internship after third year

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Graduation capEarn a Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts (BGBDA)


Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English - (Minimum final grade of 75% is required)
  • 4U Mathematics of Data Management is recommended

Admission average: Low 80s

We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

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Waterloo’s Global Business and Digital Arts program features internships, classroom learning, study-abroad opportunities, and more.

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megaphone icon"Professors in GBDA care about each student and really want to see you succeed. There's lots of hands-on work. You'll meet people with different skills which you can embrace and learn from. Be open to learning you'll be surprised by what you discover!"Jessica, fourth-year Global Business and Digital Arts student

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Warrior spotlight

kiera mcmasterKiera, a Global Business and Digital Arts graduate from the class of 2020, won the Faculty of Arts Award for Excellence in Service.

Learn more about Kiera's community involvement on our Waterloo Stories website.

Drool-worthy tech

Waterloo’s Stratford School boasts facilities that include a recording studio, video editing suites, a UX observation room, and more.

Study overseas

Want to see the world and gain a more international perspective? Spend your third year studying in England, Hong Kong, or Australia — to name just a few options.