Technology Partners

Apple is one of DMA’s core technology partners. Apple focuses on designing and manufacturing consumer electronics and software products. The company’s best-known hardware products include the Macintosh line of personal computers, the iPod line of portable media players, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple’s software products include the Mac OS X operating system, iTunes media browser, the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software, and Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional audio- and film-industry software products.
Autodesk has developed a broad portfolio of digital prototyping solutions to help users visualize, simulate, and analyze real-world performance throughout the design process. The company also provides digital media creation and management software across all media and entertainment disciplines, from film and television visual effects, color grading, and editing to animation, game development, and design visualization.
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information. For 25 years, the company’s award-winning software and technologies have redefined business, entertainment, and personal communications by setting new standards for producing and delivering content that engages people virtually anywhere at anytime. From rich images to print, video, video and film to dynamic digital content for a variety of media, the impact of Adobe solutions is evident across industries and felt by anyone who creates, views, and interacts with information. With a reputation for excellence and a portfolio of many of the most respected and recognized software brands, Adobe is one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $45.6 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.
Dayspring Technologies is a San Francisco-based Internet professional services firm focusing on Web design and Web and mobile application development. Dayspring’s clients include Accel Partners, the Golden State Warriors, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and UCSF in addition to numerous small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits located in the SF Bay Area.
Mac Station is an Apple authorized reseller serving the Greater Vancouver community. Their journey began 17+ years ago in Maple Ridge, with the idea of providing complete sales, service, and support for Apple solutions. Mac Station has since moved and grown to three retail stores in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Abbotsford. While the locations have changed, our commitment is the same, to provide the best Apple solutions. Mac Station is the exclusive computer systems provider for the Digital Media Academy at the University of British Columbia.
Conceived in MIT’s Media Lab, littleBits is a user-friendly electronics construction kit. The littleBits electronic modules all have different functions such as lights, motion and sound. To use them, students simply snap the littleBits modules together with attached magnets. Kids create electric-powered devices (like an alarm clock or simple robot) and in the process, learn how electronics work. littleBits is an open-source and open-ended platform that is designed to challenge students to share knowledge, parts and building strategies.
Seagate is the worldwide leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions.
Toon Boom Animation Inc. is the worldwide leader in animation software solutions. Toon Boom carries user-friendly animation applications for all, catering to the needs of children, home users, creative professionals as well as students, educators and schools. Just as importantly, Toon Boom is fully dedicated to the needs of independent animators and studios, offering a wide product range from powerful pre-production tools to leading-edge animation production solutions. Relying on its extensive expertise in animation production, Toon Boom provides consulting services in the fields of optimization, pipeline integration, production assistance and custom development.
Video Copilot was created in 2005 to fill a void in the visual effects and motion graphics world for affordable, entertaining, high-quality training and assets. Since then, they have become a destination for visual artist of all ages and skill levels. With a growing community inside of their forum and blog, participation within the community is not only encouraged, but recommended.

DMA students are entitled to a 20% discount on Video Copilot products. Ask a DMA Guest Representative about a coupon code.

Unity allows game developers, creative visualization professionals, and students alike to deliver the best 3D web content, as well as games for Android, Apple iPhone and iPad, PC/Mac, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii. Scaling from casual games to full-scale MMOs, Unity sets a new standard for social professional software, and is used by AAA-teams, hobbyists, and everyone in between.

Codevolve is a San Francisco-based education technology company focused on building amazing tools for learning to code. Students from all around the world have used Codevolve’s tools to do better in programming courses and get helpful feedback on their programming projects. Codevolve powers DMA Online’s Integrated Development Environment, allowing students to code in the cloud as they learn, without the need to set up complicated coding environments at home.

CLO is a 3D design tool used to visualize true-to-life 3D garments. Popularized by film and wearable technology, CLO can be used to express a variety of design details for woven and cut-and-sew garments, from simple T-shirts to complex outerwear. 3D garments are created by arranging and sewing the patterns around custom avatars.  Users can then implement custom levels of stress, strain, and fit maps to visualize the clothing and fit.


Vidcode is a coding platform that teaches computer programming through digital media. Kids can upload their own videos and photos, edit them with JavaScript, and share their projects with friends. They can build music videos, stop-motion animations, and interactive stories – all with code! Vidcode is used in DMA’s Adventures in Programming and Adventures in Programming Made by Girls courses.