Application FAQs

In most cases, students attend their regular home school and travel to the academy school for scheduled classes.

It is not necessary to transfer if both schools are operating on the same timetable systems.

Sutherland students accepted to DMA must transfer to Argyle if Argyle is on a Day 1/Day 2 timetable and Sutherland is on the semester system.

Please contact Central Registration for transfer information.

For students currently in DMA (grade 11) and wishing to take DMA for Grade 12, they are considered ‘Returning’

For students currently in DMAL (grade 9) and wishing to take DMAL for Grade 10, they are considered ‘Returning’

For students currently in DMAL (grade 10) and wishing to take DMA FULL for Grade 11, they are considered ‘New’

For students currently in DMA Lite in grade 9, they are able to take DMA Lite (again) for grade 10.
The course would not be ‘repeated’ it would include more challenging content which would be discussed with the DMAL teacher.  The course code for the class would be different to reflect the grade 10 level, which will ensure proper course credits toward graduation.

Students applying to DMAL or DMA are required to provide a selection of work they are most proud of.  This can include:  photography, artwork, video game codes/content, sketches, animations, graphic art, and/or links to online portfolio work. Do not submit any work that is not your own.

We suggest no more than 8 items and all submissions must be clean content (no graphic language, no violent or inappropriate content). 

Any content that is not appropriate will not be accepted.  This may reflect on your application to DMA/DMAL. 

For students applying to DMA /DMAL, the supporting documents would include a letter of intent.  This can be a one page letter explaining why you would like to be a part of the academy, why you are passionate about (art/photography/visual effects/film/graphic design etc.) and what you hope the academy will help you achieve.  This should reflect your reasons of why you have chosen to be a part of the academy, what has lead you to this point and where you hope to go in the future.  

For students applying to DMA /DMAL, the supporting documents would include a teacher recommendation letter, which can be found on the DMA website.  Please choose a teacher or mentor who knows you well and knows of your creativity/ interest in (art/photography/visual effects/film/graphic design etc).  This person can be a teacher or mentor.

Acceptance is dependent upon the number of applications received and supporting documents submitted for review (letter of intent, portfolio & teacher recommendation letter).

If there are more applications than available spots, students are selected by lottery.

Remaining applicants will be added to a wait list. Parents/guardians will be contacted if a spot becomes available.

No. Applications must be completed through School Cash Online by the deadline.

Supplemental application materials for the DMA & DMAL (letter of intent, portfolio, teacher recommendation letter) must also be received by the deadline.

You may apply during the Late Application period. Late applicants will be placed on academy wait lists.  Please email academies@sd44.ca for more information.

Applications will be received for academy wait lists. Offers of acceptance are dependent on the ability of student’s home schools to adjust student timetables. Timetables are often difficult to change once the school year begins. It might not be possible for the academy to be scheduled into your child’s timetable.  Please email academies@sd44.ca for more information.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Students may complete their application during the Late Application period. Late applicants will be placed on Academy wait lists.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Students may complete their application during the Late Application period. Late applicants will be placed on Academy wait lists.

Yes. Out-of-District students may apply for an academy. Please email academies@sd44.ca during the application period in order to receive the online application link.

If accepted, Out-of-District students are subject to a Programming Fee of approximately $935. This fee may be paid in full or by instalments with the final instalment due September 1, 2021. Non payment of the Programming Fee will result in withdrawal from the Academy.

* West Vancouver School District students: The North Vancouver School District and West Vancouver Schools typically reach a reciprocal agreement in which the Programming Fee is waived for West Vancouver Schools’ applicants.

It is possible for some students to participate in more than one academy scheduled at different times, if your child’s timetable can accommodate. Please meet with your child’s counsellor to ensure all graduation requirements would be met if accepted to more than one academy.

The schedules for our Academies are still to be determined and are dependent upon the District’s standard secondary timetable for the 2021/22 school year.

Linear System

Most academies run on a two-week rotation. Depending on the block that the academy is scheduled, your child will attend:

Week 1: Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Week 2: Tuesday/Thursday

Or

Week 1: Tuesday/Thursday

Week 2: Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Digital Media Academy (DMA) is scheduled on Day 1 – Blocks 1, 2 and 3

DMA Lite is scheduled on Day 1 or 2 – Block 4 (after lunch)

Quarter System

Most academies run every day for 2 hours 20 minutes for approximately 10 weeks. The total number of hours are comparable to the total number of hours on a Linear system.

 

DMA is scheduled in Quarter 1 AM and PM plus Quarter 2 AM.

DMA Lite is scheduled in Quarter 2 & 4 both in the PM

Your child’s offer of acceptance will be withdrawn. You may re-apply during the late application period. Late applicants will be placed on academy wait lists.

Fees for each academy are found on the NVSD Academies website.

Deposit:

The non-refundable deposit is required on or before March 28, 2021 to confirm your child’s registration and secure placement in the academy for the 2021-2022 school year.

Please note that non-payment by the deadline will result in withdrawal of acceptance to the academy.

Remaining Fee:

The Remaining Fee may be paid in full or set-up in instalments any time between April and August 2021.

  • Lower monthly payments can be achieved by setting up payments early and spreading them over more months. The first instalment will start at the beginning of the following month after payments are set up. Please note that failure to pay the balance in full or set up instalments by the deadline will result in withdrawal from the academy.

Quarter Course Final Instalment Dates:

  • Quarter 1 Academies – September 1, 2021
  • Quarter 2 Academies – November 1, 2021
  • Quarter 3 Academies – January 1, 2022
  • Quarter 4 Academies – April 1, 2022
  • DMA Lite – September 1, 2021

Linear Course Final Instalment Dates:

  • DMA Lite – September 1, 2021
  • DMA – April 1, 2022
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Digital Media Youth Expo

January 30th - 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

The annual Digital Media Youth Expo is happening virtually this year. Check the specific Digital Media Youth Expo website below for more details.

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DMA Info Night - January 27th at 7 p.m.

Want to learn more about DMA and DMA Lite? Join our virtual info night on January 27th at 7 pm by clicking the button below!