Computational Arts

Our global society is increasingly interconnected through digital technologies.

In AMPD, computational artists explore and create technology that probes the intersection between human and machine and investigates our techno-scientific world. Our innovative program in Digital Media, offered in collaboration with York’s Lassonde School of Engineering, is Ontario’s only degree program integrating the visual, media and performing arts and engineering. It places students at the leading edge of the Digital Age where they not only imagine, but design and create immersive and simulated environments and human-machine synergies.


Digital Media (BA Specialized Honours)

Students experience a common eighteen-month introduction to the program, and then branch into one of three streams according to their interests and goals. While pursuing their stream of choice, students come together for several upper-year courses where they work on group projects that allow them to advance their specific interests and gain valuable large-scale development skills.



Integrating theory and practice, students create games that reflect the current state of the art and explore cutting-edge developments in gaming such as alt gaming, Not Games, and urban games in which the boundaries of games and game play are being challenged and tested.


Focusing strongly on digital artmaking, students engage the rapidly evolving world of special effects for stage and screen, interactive performance, publishing in digital media, 3D modeling and fabrication, interactive video and audio, and design and creation of virtual communities.


Rooted in Computer Science, this stream immerses students in the world of interactive systems, net-centric computing, design and creation of 3D computer graphics, user interface design, human-computer interaction, and hypermedia and multimedia technology development.

Intermedia (BFA Honours)

The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) is pleased to announce a new Specialized Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia, offered collaboratively by the Departments of Computational Arts and Visual Art and Art History.

Through a unique, interdisciplinary curriculum that offers access to cutting-edge hardware and software, students will develop a comprehensive range of skills that combine coding with intensive installation and networked intervention, as well as with painting, drawing, sculpture, and print media in their expanded digital formats, grounded in the rich legacies of art history, cultural studies and critical digital theory.


Digital Media students may apply to extend their experience with field practicums and internships. Past placements include Shore Consulting Group, IBM, financial institutions and government ministries.


Computational Arts students may apply for concurrent degree studies with the Faculty of Education.

An Honours Minor in Computational Arts and Technology is available to students majoring in other programs in AMPD and across York.

For more info, visit Computational Arts