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“Yiyi Shao (MDes, 2019), “RABBOT - Exploring Shared Awareness in Virtual Reality”. Digital Future’s Graduate Exhibition 2019: “What the Futures”. Photo by Chris Luginbuhl and Kristy Boyce.
Build new futures through critical play with disruptive technologies.

In the DIGF program you have access to these opportunities:

  • Foundational courses in creative computation, creative techniques, and critical theory.
  • Core courses in digital methods, research, theory and practice.
  • Intensive digital project and prototyping courses.
  • Individual research and creation overseen by a principal advisor and supervisory committee
  • Summer internship and/or study abroad options.
  • Elective choices.
  • Creative digital thesis project and supporting paper (MFA/MDes) or a written thesis and supporting creative project (MA).

Check out the course calendar here for current courses offered. Explore the DIGF Program Guide here.


In this program you and your classmates will bring your experience and passion for design, technology, culture and/or enterprise to a practice-based learning environment. You’ll create, critique, play and prototype  in our studios, labs and maker-spaces.

You will also work alongside leaders in creative technology research and practice, through a network of research labs, production spaces, and industry and community partnerships in Toronto’s creative digital industries.

Industry and community partnerships will help you to build a career runway before you graduate. You are encouraged to work with partners and in internships which can connect to your thesis research.

Our graduates go on to futures in the eclectic international creative digital industries, encompassing design, arts, creative services, entertainment, media and cultural spaces like:

  • App, web, and games designers and developers
  • Digital project leaders
  • Cultural industry producers
  • Managers and coordinators between art and design departments and IT
  • Creators and developers of your own start-ups
  • Film, television and digital transmedia producers
  • Digital strategists and educators


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Digital Futures' Graduate Exhibition

See the projects coming out of OCAD U's Digital Futures program and check out our archive of student thesis work.
Digital Futures
Degree earned
Master of Arts (MA), Master of Design (MDes) or Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
2 years

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