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Student Profile: Matthew Belford
Digital Media master's student in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
I grew up in Calgary, Alberta, just a short drive away from the beautiful Rocky Mountains. As a result, I have a love for hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. I completed my bachelor's degree at the University of Victoria majoring in Computer Science. Soon after graduating, I decided to join the Master of Digital Media program as I wanted to develop my career skills by collaborating with talented interdisciplinary professionals working with new technologies such as augmented and virtual reality.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I chose to come to SFU due to its unique MDM program at the Centre for Digital Media, a facility jointly owned by SFU, UBC, ECUAD, and BCIT. I believe the program is a great way to enhance your ability to innovate, collaborate, and utilize digital technologies.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
The MDM program unites interdisciplinary students from around the world and challenges them to explore, ideate, and develop digital media solutions for a host of clients. The projects range from video games to virtual reality simulations.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
Despite the majority of my studies at SFU being online due to covid-19, I enjoy that my program continues to challenge me and my colleagues. It enforces our need to collaborate and pushes us to develop solutions that not only satisfy the client, but make us feel proud to have been a part of it's creation.