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.

Program highlights

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.


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

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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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

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

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How to apply

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Questions about courses, the program, requirements, careers?

Email our GBDA recruitment and admissions coordinator who can answer any questions you have.