While the digital realm continues to grow exponentially, become someone who wields the tools of technology creatively — and shape what comes next. Explore the intersection of design, art, and technology in a comprehensive, yet flexible program of studies, with the latitude to zero in on and pursue your own interests.
Develop your artistic vision while sharpening your computer programming skills and discover how to approach technology as a means of influencing digital culture. Montreal has achieved international recognition as a place where important, innovative work happens in interactive technologies, meaning you’ll find inspiration all around you. Montreal is home to the Société des arts technologiques (SAT), the Phi Centre, Moment Factory, and the digital arts festivals ELEKTRA and MUTEK. The city also has a vibrant game studio landscape that includes Ubisoft, Warner Brothers, Electronic Arts and an ecosystem of smaller independent studios.
As a trained creative and conceptual thinker, you’ll be well-placed to work for companies operating in the digital world, or to become an artist-practitioner, or even to start your own studio.
Specialization in Computation Arts (60 credits)
Students interested in either a design or studio practice in digital media with a solid technical foundation should consider the Specialization. Students in the specialization program take all their courses within the Faculty of Fine Arts.
Minor in Computation Arts (24 credits) Admission to the minor is suspended for Fall 2020
Students in the Minor program will explore the use of computers as a new medium for creative expression. Using digital media, the program provides students with a rich foundation for innovative work that crosses the areas of design, art and technology.
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
Our Centre for Digital Arts is equipped with the latest 3D graphics, video editing and high-performance computing technologies and staffed with technical experts who will help you realize your ideas. You’ll have access to:
Computing labs for programming, scripting, and video editing
Audio-visual equipment loans
Instructive workshops and activities that show you how to use the equipment
A sensor lab for electronics, microcontroller programming, and simple textile construction
Concordia University offers students the opportunity to take part in an International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) that will count for credit towards their Concordia degree, while paying the same tuition fees they do at home and possibly receiving funding. International study opportunities bring cultural diversity and enrichment through immersion in the programs of study at Concordia’s partner institutions.
Internships provide students with the opportunity to pursue work in design-related industries and cultural institutions. Students have found placements in both large companies, as well as independent studios in a wide range of disciplinary areas. Consult the undergraduate calendar for details about program specific requirements and prerequisites. See internship guidelines.
Students may explore specific areas of design through intensive research in an independent study. This opportunity allows students to work directly with a member of the faculty to develop a semester-long project. Consult the undergraduate calendar for details about program specific requirements and prerequisites. See independent study guidelines.
Student work drives the creative energy in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and you’ll have many opportunities to exhibit your work in art festivals and exhibitions at on-campus venues such as the FOFA and VAV galleries.
Many alumni find meaningful work in the videogame, advertising and entertainment industries. Graduates have gone on to start their own studios focused on work like web design, electronic installations, and “physical computing” for museum exhibits (developing computer systems that interact with the physical world).