With more than 2,000 students enrolled at the University of Waterloo, the school is among the largest in Canada.
In 2016, the CSB launched a multimedia arts and technology program called the Media School to offer a degree in multimedia arts.
However, in the intervening years, there has been a growing number of students interested in pursuing a CSBS multimedia arts degree.
One of the biggest challenges in creating a multimedia education is finding the right program for students, according to Dr. Michelle Garey, president and CEO of the Canadian Association of University Teachers.
Garey is also a member of the board of directors for the Media College.
Gareys role in the College’s board is to advocate for a curriculum that aligns with the needs of the industry, but is also focused on supporting the teaching of CSBS degree programs in the classroom.
“Our faculty has been very interested in looking at a multimedia school in the CSBS.
It’s really a perfect fit for the students, the faculty, and for the industry,” Gareyn said.
Garenys vision for the College is to provide a comprehensive multimedia arts education that prepares students for careers in the media industry.
She said there are many different options for students to pursue a CS BS in the industry and that they are in a unique position to explore different possibilities.
“We think there’s a lot of room for them to develop their skills and careers in a variety of ways.
It would be really interesting for students in those fields to have that opportunity to explore all of that and really think about what they might want to do and what they are passionate about,” Garenys said.
For example, Garely said, there are some students who are interested in making movies.
They are interested to see what they can do in the field of animation and filmmaking and also in animation.
She added that they might be interested in teaching a course in visual effects.
“In that regard, we are working with them to make sure that their passion is aligned with what they want to learn,” Gerey said.
There are currently over 1,000 graduates of the CSBA, including students who have completed their degree and are working in the film industry.
Gareny said they are looking to add a multimedia program in the near future, and said they were also looking into partnering with other industry partners in order to have students in the pipeline who would like to pursue further opportunities.
She said it would be great to have the students in our program, and the students themselves, be able to explore what they could do in that field.
She added that she thinks that the future of the program is bright and we are hopeful that the students will be able contribute to that.
Garing said she hopes that the program can be an attractive option for the next generation of students to consider in their pursuit of a CSBA degree.
“They have the potential to be a real asset to the industry if they choose to go into it.
They can learn all of the skills that are in that discipline, but they are also really excited about what is possible,” Garing said.
“They are just the kind of students that are going to help us in the future.”
The Media College is one of a number of community initiatives that aim to bring media arts to a broader audience.
Garing also noted that the College has created a multimedia resource centre called the National Media Arts Centre to bring together various community and media arts groups to help educate students.
The Centre has a library of about 700 video clips and audio books, as well as a multimedia library that will feature over 3,000 music, animation, and interactive media content.
Gares said she is particularly excited about the success of the College, which she sees as an important development for a community that has traditionally been very limited in its understanding of media arts.
“It’s a great example of how the media arts community is working together to build on the past, to build forward on the future and to be more accessible and inclusive,” Gares said.