Digital Media

digital media videographer filming music video

In this 2-year program, you learn to produce professional-level digital media projects in 6 semesters of study. You are introduced to the latest digital technologies and provided with a foundation in design concepts. Through applied research, critical discourse and self-reflection, you engage in experimentation and creative problem solving. You learn about written and visual communications for artists and entrepreneurs, art history, drawing, and 2D/3D design. Assignments are designed to create a portfolio that celebrate the power of your imagination and can be used to launch your career.

In this 2-year, laptop based program, you will learn to produce professional-level digital media projects in 6 semesters of study from September to June.

Laptop Program

Students in the Digital Media, Graphic Design and Photography Diploma Programs are required to purchase their own laptops. The students should meet with the Program’s Coordinating Instructor to discuss what kind of laptop they will need and the computer specifications to meet program requirements. Please read ‘Tech Requirements’ for more information.

Direct Entry Requirements

Interested in finding out more?
Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email

Areas of Study
  • Digital Audio
  • Digital Video
  • 3D Modeling and Animation
  • Post Production
  • Game Development
  • Virtual Reality
  • Media History
  • Promotion and Marketing
  • Portfolio Development
Course List

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Tech Requirements

Computer Purchase

This is a laptop program, and so you will need a good laptop to get you through the two years of the program. There is a wide range of prices from under $1000 to over $3000 depending on the screen size, resolution, speed and memory configuration.

We are moving the program from Apple to Windows based systems, as the latest Apple hardware has proven to be inadequate for the requirements of VR and Video software, so you will be using both at the school. You may find that you can purchase a more powerful Windows laptop for less money than the Apple models. Those of you interested in 3D/VR and Video, Windows is the best way to go, and you should think about getting a model with a good GPU. For those interested in the Audio and Web streams, it is not as important, as that software is not as demanding and does not use the GPU. Processor type and speed, as well as the video card graphics processor make a big difference in speed and therefore the amount of time you spend waiting for the computer to render or process files.

Whichever platform you choose, do not get a low-end model or a net-book. The software that we use is quite intensive, and a high-end machine will be required to comfortably run the software you will be using in this program.

The screen quality, resolution and size make the biggest difference in cost. Small screens make for lighter machines that are easier to carry, but when you start running high-end software, you may find the screen too small to judge small details. Do not go smaller than a 13-inch screen. Spend some time in a computer store looking at the screen to make sure your eyes do not get tired reading it.

The minimum RAM configuration should be 8G. If you can afford 16G, it will run much better. We find that this makes a big difference in the smooth operation of the machine.

Many laptops these days have Solid State Drives (SSD), which are fast for day-to-day use, but are rather small when it comes to storing things like HD video. If you choose a machine that only has an SSD, you will need a large external drive to archive your projects.

If you are not familiar with computer specifications, please do not hesitate to email me, and I will be happy to give you some assistance.

Remember that you are eligible for education pricing, which you can obtain through the UNB Bookstore in Fredericton, and other stores if you ask for it. You will require a student ID to purchase at the bookstore. Also bear in mind that if you are making a special order for your computer, it may take longer to arrive. Again, do not hesitate asking for assistance if you would like help making your choice.


I would also strongly suggest that you purchase an external hard drive to back-up your work. Students have lost work in the past, and having a good backup can reduce stress and grief. These can be purchased for under $200 for 4 TB, and again, please contact me if you want more details, or wait until the orientation day, when we will be going over backup strategies.

USB memory sticks are also very useful for moving files around and backing up, and are quite inexpensive, but like the drive mentioned above, make sure that they are USB 2 or 3, as USB 1 is just too slow for the large files that we tend to use.


As far as software, much of what we will be using in the first year is covered in the Adobe Creative Cloud bundle. Adobe’s purchasing model is a cloud-based system, where you pay a fee ($20US monthly or $199US for a year) to use all of their software. You can purchase this with student pricing direct from Adobe (

The Microsoft Office suite will provide a word processor for written assignments, as well as spreadsheet and presentation software, but these tools can also be found in Open Source versions if you prefer.

There is other software that we use, but I suggest that you try it out in class before deciding to purchase.

Career Possibilities

The Digital Media Diploma is one of the College’s most sought-after programs, and the diverse career opportunities include:

  • Web Designer
  • Web Editor
  • Compositor
  • 3D Modeller
  • Game Developer
  • Freelance Designer
  • Audio and Video Recording Technician
  • Film and Video Camera Operator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
Admission Requirements
  • $50 Application Fee (1)
  • An official transcript of marks indicating Certificate – Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) from NBCCD OR
    • An official transcript of marks indicating at least 1 year post-secondary education
    • OR equivalent experience (2)
  • Portfolio Submission
  • Interview

(1) The $50 application fee is in Canadian dollars, applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

(2) Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years of age and have past experience, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant.

The College may contact you for an interview, it is important to consider why you want to study with us and your future goals.

Portfolio Requirements

Direct Entry Portfolio Requirements

To ensure that you are well-prepared to bypass the Foundation Visual Arts Program (FVA) and enter directly into an NBCCD Diploma Program, we need to assess your abilities and knowledge of the foundations of visual art. Please read Direct Entry Requirements for full instructions.

All exercises must be original and created within the last 6 months. Your examples must be presented digitally and saved in either JPEG or PDF format at 150 dpi on a USB memory stick. Please be sure to carefully label your jump drive with your name and contact information. If you would like your memory stick to be returned, please provide a self-addressed envelope.

You may instead choose to submit your portfolio digitally by attaching your files to an email. Please do not send your files through Google Drive or any other file sharing program. If your submission size exceeds 9mb, please split your portfolio into multiple emails, all containing your name and contact information.

Please mail or drop off your jump drive or submit files electronically to:

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
457 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1


  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three Observational Drawings
  • Three 2D Design Exercises
  • Two 3D Design Exercises
  • Three Colour Theory Exercises
  • Compare & Contrast Essay
  • Image List


Instructors & Technicians


  • Alan Edwards Coordinating Instructor
  • Drew Kennickell
  • Dale McBride
  • Jamie Bergin
  • Todd Delong


  • Mitra Bakhtier
Apply Now

Go to the Admission Requirements to start the application process. This page will also provide more details and info on where to mail your transcript of marks, cash, cheques and/or money order.


Andrea Pavlovic, Diploma in Integrated Media, 2013, Graduate Studies, 2014

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