Master of Digital Experience Innovation FAQS

This is a program that's completely unique to the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. If you don't find an answer to your questions here, contact Lauren Kochanowski, Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator. 

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Conference opportunities

Attending conferences is an integral component of the Master of Digital Experience Innovation program. Information about conferences will be sent to students by e-mail, and will be posted online.


What careers might be available after completing the Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI) program?

  • Social Media Managers
  • Marketing Strategists
  • User Experience Designers
  • Interface Designers
  • Product Developers
  • Project Managers
  • Entrepreneurs

AND jobs we haven’t even seen yet!

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How is this program different than other Master's programs?

The MDEI program is a course-based, professional degree that combines creativity, technology and business. It is an interdisciplinary, project-based program led by faculty and business partners. You will get the chance to create innovative projects, collaborate with classmates, faculty and make connections with business leaders in the digital media space. There will be instruction in theory, but this program emphasizes applied, career-oriented training. 

How long is the Master of Digital Experience Innovation?

The full-time program is one year in length (12 months), while the part-time program takes two years (24 months) to complete.

What are the time periods that the program runs (start date / end date / any breaks)?

The program will start Bootcamp - a 2-week intensive workshop at the end of August. Refer to the full-time program plan or part-time program plan for details. For the exact dates, please see the Graduate Studies Calendar.

Are there on-site classes scheduled every day or just some days each week and if so what is the schedule (start/end times each day, any evening or weekend sessions, etc)?

Classes will take place Monday-Thursday between 4-7 PM or 5-8 PM.
*Please note that technical design workshops are normally scheduled in the time-slot immediately prior to the applicable class (ex: 2 PM-4 PM). Specific days and times will be outlined at the start of each term.

How much work is team work vs. MDEI Studentsindividual work?

About 80% of your work will be carried out in teams of 4-6 students.

Is there a specific computer I need to order?

We don’t require that students purchase a specific computer system or software suite. If students wish to run software which is identical to the iMacs available on campus, students would need a Macbook (in particular Final Cut Pro as it can only be used on an Apple machine).

If you plan on purchasing an Adobe Cloud license to have access to the Cloud Creative Suite (Photoshop, After Effects etc), we suggest referring to the system requirements for the specific products you are considering, available towards the bottom of Adobe Creative Cloud system requirements webpage

A few tips when looking for a computer:

  1. Get as much RAM as you can afford
  2. Get the best video card you can afford
  3. Make sure you get a laptop with an Intel Core processor (Intel Core i5 or i7). With the fastest speed you can afford.

Laptop Mag has a great write-up on what to look for when shopping for a laptop. Please note that Chrome OS and Windows 10 are not recommended as they are incapable of running many of the applications used in the program.

We also HIGHLY recommend purchasing either an external hard drive or cloud based backup system. Students have lost months/years of work because their hard drives fail and they don't have a backup system in place. Apple has a fantastic built-in backup system in place called Time Machine, where after an initial setup, the system is backed up whenever the hard drive is plugged into the laptop. Windows also comes with backup software bundled with the Operating System.

Please refer to the following documents to configure them:

Why Stratford?

The University of Waterloo chose Stratford for its cultural and artistic heritage. By marrying that creative nature with uWaterloo’s innovative history, we’ve created a unique environment that will accelerate the learning of innovation.

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Do I need to have an Arts undergraduate degree to apply?

No. Although this course is administered through the Faculty of Arts, this is an interdisciplinary degree. We attract students from a range of academic backgrounds including business, engineering, computer science, fine arts, psychology, communications studies and more. The Master of Digital Experience Innovation will help round out any undergraduate degree.

Who should apply for this program?

If you’re looking for a career in digital media, the MDEI is for you. Whether you’re a recent graduate or have industry experience, the MDEI will enhance your skill set and prepare you for a great career.

The MDEI will give you a superior advantage: skills you need to thrive and innovate in a fast-paced industry. You’ll gain the skills you need to succeed as a future leader, strategic thinker and/or team manager

What will be the overall number of students enrolled in the MDEI program?

The program is currently capped at 30 incoming students.

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Is there a breakdown of the specific projects that will need to be done in each term and the nature of the projects (written assignments, media/content project, etc)?

In general, projects in first term are course specific. You will begin your final project as part of the Project Management course in the winter term and begin working on your final project full-time in the spring term.

Is the final project in the Spring/Summer term individual or group and does it need to be all done on site?

It is a team-based project that will be done on site and remotely.

Can the project(s) be a real world/commercial project designed by the student(s) or are the topics all predefined by the syllabus?

The topics will not be predefined by the syllabus. Projects will be designed by the course instructor in conjunction with the students and industry coaches. Some of our partner companies are OpenText, Desire2Learn, Google and Christie Digital Inc.

How large are the project teams and how are they formed/selected?

Teams will range between 4-6 students. It is our aim to coordinate the nature of the project with the skills and strengths of the students. In other words, depending on the project, different skills will be required. You can expect teams that are very interdisciplinary in nature. For example, a team might be comprised of students with a background in computer programming, digital applications, English writing skills, marketing, or industry experience. It is important to form interdisciplinary teams in order to ensure skill diversity for the assignment of tasks. One of the objectives of the program is to train students in all facets of project management, from conceptualization to implementation. The interdisciplinary team will mirror real-life situations.

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