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.
- 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.
- Gain experience through paid co-op work terms
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts (BGBDA)
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take foundational courses in Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) as well as Computer Science and Economics. Plus, you'll have electives to explore additional interests.
Learn about courses you'll take for your degree.
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What can you do with a degree in Global Business and Digital Arts?
While each student's choice of courses and careers will be unique, these are common areas where graduates work. You can also read alumni profiles on the GBDA website.
- Social media management
- Digital product development
- Project management
- User experience designer
- Digital marketing
Learn about the future of careers in business.
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
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How to apply
Apply directly to this program on your application.
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Questions about courses, the program, requirements, careers?
Email Nicole Guenther, who can answer any questions you have.