Digital Media Arts - Extended Learning Opportunities

Students in the DMA program have numerous opportunities to engage in theoretical and applied research with faculty and third-party institutions. Our faculty is highly engaged in the local community of designers, artists, developers and filmmakers, and as a result our students can take advantage of opportunities to learn and practice real-world skills and collaborate with professionals in their area of interest.


DMA students are encouraged to participate in at least one internship within their area of interest. Internships are available to juniors and seniors, and are seen as a culminating opportunity to apply the theory and skills developed in the classroom, in a real-world setting.

Some examples of companies where Canisius students have interned are:

  • WGR-550
  • Buffalo Game Space
  • Luminus Media
  • WNY Book Arts Center
  • Gelia
  • Crosswater Digital Media
  • Eastco Group
  • Buffalo Science Museum
  • D-Post
  • Buffalo Spree magazine
  • The Martin Group, among others.

Canisius College Video Institute

Through the Canisius College Video Institute, co-directed by Prof. Jamie O'Neil (DMA), you will be able to create video projects for various non-profit and human services agencies in the Buffalo area. You will not only get a great project for your portfolio, but will also have the chance to learn more about how local agencies serve various people in the area.  Past organizations have included: Buffalo History Museum, Boys & Girls Club of Buffalo, Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity, Hispanics United of Buffalo, Western New York Peace Center, The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, among others. Many of these projects have been recognized for excellence through the Public Relations Society of America Buffalo Niagara Chapter, The Communicator Awards and The Telly Awards. For more information visit the Video Institute website.

Canisius Earning Excellence Program

DMA majors can get involved in faculty-student research projects through Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP). Through the program, selected students are paid to work with faculty on their research projects over the course of a year. The results are often published and presented at academic conferences or industry conventions. Students present their projects and research finding annually at the Ignatian Scholarship Day.

WordCamp Buffalo

WordCamp Buffalo is an annual conference organized by Prof. Ben Dunkle (DMA), a designer and developer for the most popular web content management and blogging platform, WordPress. The conference draws experts in WordPress development from all over the U.S. and Canada in addition to over 100 participants each year. It's an excellent opportunity for our students to be involved in the open source movement that is transforming today's World Wide Web. For more information visit WordCamp Buffalo website. Students can also attend a bi-weekly meetup group focused on learning WordPress.

Buffalo Game Space

DMA program is affiliated with the Buffalo Game Space, a non-profit organization established with the aim of developing a thriving gaming industry in Buffalo. It is a local community of game developers and designers who meet regularly for workshops, talks and presentations, and of course to play games. For more information visit the Buffalo Game Space website.