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What will I learn?

Hone the creative, technical, and business skills you need to thrive in a fast-evolving world.

In this unique program, you’ll spend your first year at Waterloo's main campus, where you'll gain a solid foundation linking creative design, globalization, business ethics, economics, and marketing.

For your final 3 years, you'll move to Waterloo's digital media campus in Stratford, 45 kilometres west of the main campus. There, you'll develop design-driven solutions to social problems and create new forms of cultural expressions in a global context. And thanks to our project-based approach, you’ll also hone your collaboration and project management skills.

What will you learn?

During your first year, you'll take foundational courses in Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) as well as Computer Science and Economics. Plus, you'll have electives to explore additional interests.

While each student's choice of courses and careers will be unique, these are common areas where graduates work. You can also read alumni profiles on the GBDA website.

Careers

  • Social media management
  • Digital product development
  • Project management
  • User experience designer
  • Digital marketing
  • Entrepreneurship

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 to 4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$46,000.00 (US$ 34,660) per year
Co-op fee: CAN $739/term
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Faculty of Arts

PAS building, room 2401,

WATERLOO,

Ontario (ON),

N2L 3G1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English language requirements: MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: 85,80 per section For co-op programs: speaking 3; CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment: 70, 60 per band, Writing 70,Speaking 70; PTE Academic - Pearson Test of English: 63, Writing 65, Speaking 65; EFAS - English for Academic Success: 75% overall in 400 level with 75% in each of academic, oral, and writing.

For international students

Applicants must have completed a Ontario high school diploma or equivalent.

  • Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
  • Any Grade 12 U English (Minimum final grade of 75% is required)
  • 4U Mathematics of Data Management is recommended.

Admission average: Low 80s

English language requirement:

  • Internet - based TOEFL (iBT) - 90 overall; 25 writing, 25 speaking.
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall; 6.5 writing, 6.5 speaking, 6.0 reading, 6.0 listening.
  • MELAB: 85 overall; 80 per section; if you're applying to a co-op program: 3 speaking.
  • CAEL: 70 overall; 60 per band; 70 writing, 70 speaking.
  • PTE Academic: 63 overall; 65 writing, 65 speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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