Digital Media Design is a two-year full time program at Red River College in Winnipeg that teaches graphic design, web and mobile design and development, video and motion graphics, 3D animation, photography and illustration. DMD is taught in the phenomenal Exchange District Campus. Check out some recent student samples!

We encourage creativity, professionalism and a strong work ethic. The DMD program teaches both design fundamentals and technical skills. DMD graduates are able to design and build 3D graphics for video games and films, professionally shoot and edit video and photos, create motion graphics, and design and build websites and mobile app interfaces. Learn more about the program.

What You’ll Learn

We encourage creativity, professionalism and a strong work ethic. Courses include Video and Audio Production, Graphic Design, Web Development, 3D Computer Graphics, and Motion Graphics. The DMD program teaches both design fundamentals and technical skills. DMD graduates are able to design and build websites, shoot and edit digital video, create professional motion graphics, and construct complex 3D models and animation.

During the first year, students are exposed to a variety of courses. During the second year, they specialize in the following areas:

Advanced Video & Motion Graphics

This intense course will explore motion graphic design theory and techniques. Students  use Adobe After Effects to create motion graphics using photography, video, illustrations, and animation.

Building upon the shooting, editing, and compositing skills learned in first year, students  continue to do increasingly complex digital video projects. They learn how to integrate After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Photoshop into a sensible work flow. In addition, students  learn about DVD interface design and DVD compression.

Advanced Web Development

This course explores dynamic content with an emphasis on intermediate programming skills, database integration, and web server interaction.

Students  learn how to extract content from a database to generate web pages on-demand. Students learn to code modular web pages that work well with dynamic content. Students  also examine how to use advanced web server features for managing users and the content delivered to them. Web server technologies used include Apache web server, PHP, and MySQL database server.

Advanced 3D Computer Graphics

In this course, Using Autodesk Maya software, Adobe After Effects and Photoshop, students study in-depth character and object animation techniques, hard surface modeling, texturing and lighting.

This course teaches students the principles of animation and how they apply to 3D computer graphics work.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, visit the Red River College website: DMD Courses and Descriptions.

Entrance Portfolio

Apply now for Fall 2018 admission. You can apply online or come down to the registration desk on the main floor of 160 Princess Street. Once your application has been processed you will be asked for transcripts and other supporting documents. You will be assigned a student number and given access to your online account.

The next stage will be to be put together a portfolio of work. The portfolio requirements change from year to year. The instructions for the Fall 2018 portfolio are now available for download by clicking here.

If you need some guidance with your portfolio we suggest you look into the following:

  • DMD Information Night will be held on Wednesday January 10, 2018 at 7pm in P107-160 Princess Street. Information will be given about the DMD program as well as many helpful tips and tricks regarding the entrance portfolio. We recommend taking notes and asking questions (if needed) during the portfolio information part of the evening.
  • DMD Portfolio Preparation (MUME-1224) is a Continuing Education course that runs for 6 weeks starting in February each year. Registration is available online.

Important dates

February 28 – deadline to apply to the next program intake

If you have any other questions about the portfolio process contact the program coordinator Chris Brower at or take a look at our frequently asked questions.

Equipment List

Here is the latest equipment list for Fall 2018 entry – Download Equipment List

Career Opportunities

  • New Media Design
  • Web and Mobile Design and Development
  • Motion Graphic Design
  • Videography and Photography
  • 3D Animation and Design for Video Games
  • 3D Animation and Visual Effects for Film
  • Graphic Design and Illustration