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  • One-year certificate
  • September entry date
  • Exchange District Campus, Winnipeg
  • Annual application deadline: February 28
  • Laptop delivery (buy your own laptop)
  • Special selection program


This program gives students an introduction to the foundations of digital media design, with courses in graphic design, 3D artistry, digital sculpting, video and motion graphics, photography, web design and development, drawing and illustration, and communications.

After completing the Digital Media Design — Certificate program, students interested in video and motion graphic design or interactive design and development can choose to enter the Digital Media Design — Diploma program. Students will then choose to major in either Video and Motion Graphics or Web Design and Development.

Students finishing the DMD Certificate program who are interested in 3D Computer Graphics can apply to the two-year Game Development program.

Graduate Profile

The DMD Foundations certificate graduate will learn to:

1. Design and develop digital interactive experiences
2. Design creatively by applying colour, composition and typography
3. Photograph, light, tell stories and edit to produce video and still images
4. Integrate audio into projects by sourcing, mixing, recording and editing
5. Animate and create digital media
6. Create and edit 3D assets
7. Communicate professionally - visually, orally and in writing
8. Demonstrate professionalism by valuing diversity and respecting workplace culture through accountability, reliability, ethical behaviour and time management

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.


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  • Scan your document(s) and save the file. Ensure you keep your original documents as the College may request to see them at any time.
  • Go to apply.rrc.ca and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

This is a special selection program. Your portfolio will be evaluated and assigned a score that reflects your potential for success in the program. If your portfolio score is within acceptable range you will be invited to attend a mandatory information session. If your portfolio score does not fall within the acceptable range, your application will be cancelled.

Offers of admittance will be made to qualified applicants based on portfolio scores in descending order until all available seats are filled. This means not all applicants whose portfolios scores fall within acceptable range and who attended the mandatory information session will be offered a seat.

Applicants not offered a seat may reapply for a future intake by submitting a new application, application fee, and new portfolio based on the portfolio specifications for that application year.

Annual application deadline: February 28

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following courses:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
      Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
      • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
    • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.
  3. Portfolio of Art Work
    • Submit a specified portfolio of art work
    • Simply put, this is basically a homework assignment. You will be asked to do a series of specific tasks (including drawing, designing, and writing).
    • Every year, the portfolio tasks are different from the year before. The portfolio instructions are released in early December each year and are posted here
    • This item is not due within 30 days of applying and will be requested by the College at a later date
  4. Mandatory Information Session
    • Applicants successfully meeting requirements 1 through 3 will be invited to attend a mandatory information session in June
    • This item is not due within 30 days of applying and will be requested by the College at a later date

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Academic Requirement
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in:
      • One credit in each of the following courses:
        • Grade 12 English
        • Grade 12 Math
        • RRC's Introduction to Business program (this program is no longer offered by the College)
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirements 2 through 4

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
The Official CanTEST was discontinued in 2021, and as of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
LSI (Language Studies International)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $135 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Roblin Centre (Prev. PSC) Aug 26, 2024 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Other Fees
Year 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
1Includes estimate of $3550 for laptop purchase.
2Includes estimate of $900 for camera, $200 for 1080p monitor, $150 for hard drive and USB drive and $200 for drawing tablet

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Year 1
Term 1Credit Hours
COMP-12623D Artistry 1
DMMT-1004Design 1
DMMT-1006Web Design 1
Term 2Credit Hours
COMP-22623D Artistry 2
DMMT-2004Design 2
DMMT-2006Web Design 2
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-1203Digital Media Design Communications 1
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Skills in effective verbal and written communication are essential to any industry, and especially important for design professionals. This course focuses on foundational communication skills crucial in the digital media industry, including time management, effective written communication, storytelling, script formatting, and basic presentation skills. Through group discussion, individual projects, and in-class presentations, students examine their own time management and writing abilities, and apply tools for improving those skills. They learn to properly format scripts and professional emails, develop creative storytelling abilities, and practice live presentation skills. 

COMM-2203Digital Media Design Communications 2
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Building on concepts learned in Communications 1, students will continue to develop key communication skills needed for the digital media industry, with focus on script writing and presentations. Through class discussion, individual projects, and in-class presentations, students will create scripts for information delivery and promotion, make persuasive presentations that incorporate research, and self-reflect to identify their strengths and weaknesses. The goal is to improve skills in basic storytelling, professional communication and presentation skills, as well as become more in touch with individual strengths and passions within the digital media field. 

COMP-12613D Fundamentals 1
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In this class, students will learn the fundamentals of 3D Computer Graphics with the use of Maya. From learning to navigate around the program interface and project organization, to the basics of polygon modeling and animation principles, this course will cover all the 3D basic tools., 

COMP-12623D Artistry 1
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This course focuses on the basics of 3D sculpting using Pixologic ZBrush. Students will be introduced to 3D sculpting techniques and workflows. Lectures will cover the application of these tools in the film, television and game industries. 

COMP-1263Programming Logic
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This course is an introduction to programming concepts used in a variety of fields, including web and game development. Boolean operations will be explored, with concentration on the student's ability to analyze, interpret, and re-write word problems as Boolean expressions. Students will explore other core concepts such as assignment, sequence, iteration, decision, modular abstraction, arrays, and strings. 

COMP-22613D Fundamentals 2
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In this class, students will continue learning the fundamentals of 3D Computer Graphics with the use of Maya. The focus will be on project organization, the basics of polygon modeling, animation principles, and camera setup within 3D space. 

COMP-22623D Artistry 2
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In this class, students will continue to learn the fundamentals of 3D sculpting with ZBrush. Building off of their foundation from Term 1, students will expand on previously learned techniques and principles. 

DMMT-1004Design 1
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Design 1 is a study of the elements of design. Students will develop an understanding of point, line, plane, and texture in imagery, and page composition. Spatial relations in visual design will be investigated. This course serves as a foundation for the studies of both Graphic and Interactive Design that occur further in the Digital Media Design Program. 

DMMT-1005User Experience 1
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This course introduces students to the field of UX design. Focusing primarily on User Experience, testing and research methods, students will learn how to write User Experience documents, evaluate pros and cons of product experiences, and develop effective user and brand profiles. Students will explore the impact of some of the UX research methods, evaluation tools and techniques through practical exercises such as website analysis, writing personas, and conducting interviews. 

DMMT-1006Web Design 1
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Web Design 1 introduces students to building websites using CSS and HTML. Some of the techniques taught include: how to modify a page's fonts and colours, add images, lists and tables, as well as how to create simple layouts. Students will become familiar with web standards and validation. 

DMMT-1007Media Production 1
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Media Production 1 teaches students the basics of video and audio production. Emphasis will be on editing techniques using non-linear software; students will also learn to shoot with DSLR and/or mirrorless cameras. Different audio and lighting techniques will be introduced, and an overview of various video and sound formats will be presented as well. 

DMMT-1008Drawing and Illustration 1
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This is an introductory course to the four main components found in the principles of drawing. Students will concentrate on revisualizing (learning to examine the world around them), and developing basic rendering skills. They will become acquainted with drawing media and support surfaces. Students will develop an awareness of structure in natural and man-made forms. They will study and apply the four main components of drawing: edges (line), spaces (positive/negative), relationships (perspective), and light and shadow (volume). The course will have a final gestalt project that will bring all four skills together. 

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Photography will introduce students to the mechanics and inner workings of a DSLR system, and how to operate a DSLR in full manual mode. Students will become familiar with shutter speed, f-stop, iso, white balance and how these settings affect a photo. Lighting will also be explored, from on camera speed lights to studio lighting systems. Students will explore self-promotion through social media. Students will learn to incorporate photography as part of a larger, cohesive design. Group discussion and constructive criticism will also be an important aspect of the photography course.

DMMT-2004Design 2
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This course expands on the design foundations explored in the Design 1 course, and is an introduction to visual design using tonal relationships and colour. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of colour theory, colour mixing, and the application of colour to visual statements. Other areas of study will include creative web typography, grid development, and content-lead design principles. 

DMMT-2006Web Design 2
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Web Design 2 expands on the knowledge gained during Web Design 1. The focus is on advanced web page layout with grids, CSS frameworks, responsive web design, and advanced CSS techniques. 

DMMT-2007Media Production 2
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Media Production 2 expands on knowledge gained from first term. Students learn professional videography and 2D animation, and advanced post-production techniques using Adobe Premiere, After Effects, and DaVinci software. Using DSLR and High Definition digital cameras, this hands-on course covers a variety of software and storytelling techniques, with particular emphasis on colour correction and 2D animation. Through in-class theory, and practical assignments in class and outside the classroom, students will become proficient in professional media production, gaining skills that will be useful in a variety of applications in the media industry and corporate communications. Students will also learn tips on working as a producer, and how to freelance in the industry.

DMMT-2008Drawing and Illustration 2
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Drawing and Illustration 2 expands on the skills learned in the first term, and is composed of two parts. In Life Drawing, students study human anatomy, and are introduced to drawing the human figure from direct observation of models in the drawing studio. Drawing for Illustration is an introduction to conceptual illustration, using the four components of drawing. Students will work with colour and mixed medium, with a focus on digital media (especially Photoshop), and they'll apply their drawing skills to rendering and illustration problems presented by the instructor. Studies will focus on the reality of the subject area, and students will be encouraged to develop a more personalized and interpretive approach to applied drawing and illustration.


Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College Polytechnic programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College Polytechnic students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Students with 15 credit hours of University level (Bachelor of Fine Arts) Drawing courses, may receive credit for DMMT-1008. 

Students with 15 credit hours of University level (Bachelor of Fine Arts) Graphic Design courses, may receive credit for DMMT-1004. 

If you think you may be eligible, please contact your Program Coordinator to discuss these opportunities. For information about Transfer Credit at RRC Polytech, please visit www.rrc.ca/transfercredit.

For both DMMT-1008 and DMMT-1004, students with less than 15 credit hours (eg. 9 hours) can inquire about other Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) opportunities that may result in the awarding of these credits. If courses were completed more than five years prior to starting at RRC Polytech, students may also inquire about RPL opportunities. For information on RPL at RRC Polytech, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Chris Brower
E-mail: cbrower@rrc.ca

College Support Services

Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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