Ontario’s only degree program integrating visual, media and performing arts with computer science and engineering.
Visual Art Students


Computational Arts

Explore and create technology that drives the evolution of our interconnected world. Representing a broad range of interdisciplinary activity that intersects art and science, Computational Arts is the AMPD home for the joint Digital Media Program between Lassonde School of Engineering and AMPD. Computational artists use methods of computation and computational thinking as expressive tools for critical and artistic creation. Through creative coding, creative data visualization, and novel human computer interfaces they conceptualize and design experiences that result in video games, mixed reality, sonic arts, physical computing, creative coding, and interactive technologies. Computational Arts fosters creativity and innovation by encouraging a hands-on framework of learning by inhabiting multidisciplinary research through collaborative team building, real-world problem solving, and experiential education opportunities.

Theatre Students


Collaborate with students and faculty in engineering, science and across every arts discipline to transform the way theatre, film, visual art, dance and music are produced and experienced. Connect with the creative research through Sensorium, York’s Centre for Digital Arts & Technology, where you will find a vital source of like-minded innovators, new ideas, and experimentation.


After developing a foundation in hands-on digital art-making alongside courses in computer science, and Digital Media Studies, you specialize in one of three streams: Digital Media Arts, Digital Media Game Arts, or Digital Media Development. You will have the option of applying for a paid internship in your third year. You’ll learn to use programming to create experiences that integrate digital media into mobile apps, games, immersive and 3D environments, interactive performances and more.


AMPD’s ground-breaking achievements in 3D and interactive virtual reality, mobile media, bioinformatics, sustainable technologies and advanced digital content make it the go-to place for prospective employers and industry partners. Check out Maker Days, and the annual Digital Media exhibition which is a great opportunity to collaborate with other creators, extend your experience and showcase your work.


Transmedia Lab


A Brief History

The Digital Media Program is founded as a joint initiative between AMPD, Electrical Engineering (EECS),and Communications Studies, the only program like it in Ontario. Digital Media had a small beginning with only a handful of faculty and students in the early years.
The Department of Computational Arts was created to house the program in AMPD.
Digital Media expanded its curriculum by adding the Game Arts stream alongside the existing streams in Media Arts Development and Digital Media Development, becoming the program that is offered today.
The Department of Computational Arts launched a graduate program in Digital Media in collaboration with Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.


People of Computational Arts

Associate Professor

Don Sinclair

Associate Professor

Mark-David Hosale

Associate Professor

Michael Longford

Professor Emeritus

Nell Tenhaaf

Associate Professor

Doug Van Nort

Associate Professor

Graham Wakefield

Assistant Professor

Joel Ong

Assistant Professor

Yifat Shaik

Assistant Professor

Shital Desai

Associate Professor

Jane Tingley

Assistant Professor

Sihwa Park

Assistant Professor

Emilia White

Be Part Of A Community

Getting Involved

Digital Media Student Association

The DMSA organizes events, provides academic resources, and helps Digital Media students get to know one another. You can also fill out a form to arrange for upper year students to give you a hand with your course work.

Creative Arts Student Association

Creative Arts Student Association: Representing students in all areas of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, the Creative Arts Student Association (CASA) sponsors events throughout the year, including coffee houses in the Fireside Lounge every Wednesday with free coffee and themed snacks.