MDEI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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

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

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 8 months in length, while the part-time program takes 20 months complete.

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

The program starts with a one-week intensive workshop at the end of August, and another one-week intensive workshop at the end of the winter term. Refer to the full-time program plan or part-time program plan for details. For the exact dates, please see the Graduate Studies Calendar.

What time will classes be?

Most classes will be delivered asynchronously online.

How much work is teamwork vs. individual 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. However, Adobe Creative Cloud is the suite we support. Here's more info on recommended laptops for our programs.

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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?

We expect approximately 30 incoming students.

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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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