Physical Computing Facility
Inexpensive and accessible hardware platforms have led to the rise of physical computing — the act of building interactive physical systems by integrating software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. AMPD Digital Media’s collaborative strengths make it an ideal place for fostering new ideas and leadership in the field. We have identified physical computing as a priority; all digital media majors must take at least two courses in the field.
To support our plans, AMPD Digital Media requires a specialized Physical Computing Facility featuring dedicated workbenches with oscilloscopes, variable power supplies, 3D printers, soldering equipment, and testing and measuring equipment used in electronics design. Gifts will help to renovate AMPD’s existing spaces and purchase equipment for use by students and faculty researchers.
Immersive Transmedia Lab
With donor support, AMPD will become home to the Greater Toronto Area’s first large-scale immersive environment with state-of-the-art technology and software. The Immersive Transmedia Lab will be an adaptable space with retractable screens, reconfigurable sound systems and a modular stage. Students will be able to blur the lines between the real and virtual, and create immersive works across any number of forms and genres, including games, performances, telematics, visualization and stimulation.
This investment will renovate the existing Digital Media computer lab and outfit the new laboratory with screens, sensors, computers and 3D projectors.
AMPD Digital Media students will gain a window into the world of integrated research creation through the launch of a new ArtScientist-in-Residence program. An endowment will provide annual funding to attract a digital media expert, who practices at the intersection of art and science. Each ArtScientist will lead workshops and lectures, and involve students in their research creation process over rotating terms of varied lengths.
Student Technology Bursaries
While not a requirement for entering students, a laptop computer is an invaluable tool in AMPD’s digital media program. An endowment will provide annual bursaries to entering students in financial need to assist with the purchase of computer technology for use throughout the entire four-year program.
Student Project Fund
As a requirement of graduation, every Digital Media student participates in a third-year collaborative project development course and a fourth-year capstone project. While each project or production has its own unique set of equipment and resources, most students require an injection of private support to advance their work to a professional level and attract the attention of potential employers.
Income from the endowed Student Project Fund will help students in financial need offset the cost of project equipment and supplies.
Spreading the Code Word
Women from lower-income households are disproportionately represented in the digital media field. In support of York University’s social justice mandate, AMPD has partnered with two non-profit groups —Ladies Learning Code and TechGirls Canada — to launch Spreading the Code Word, a new outreach initiative aimed at providing subsidized digital media workshops for women within the local Jane-Finch community.
Annual support of this priority will provide tuition relief to women participating in the course sessions.
For more information about AMPD and how you can help define our creative future today, contact:
Alasdair Hooper CFRE
Senior Development Officer
Office of the Dean