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Global Business and Digital Arts, B.G.B.D.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #151 (ARWU) Waterloo, Canada
In the Global Business and Digital Arts program offered by the University of Waterloo, you’ll spend your first year at Waterloo's main campus, where you'll gain a solid foundation linking creative design, globalization, business ethics, economics, and marketing.
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Hone the creative, technical, and business skills you need to thrive in a fast-evolving world.

For your final three years in the Global Business and Digital Arts program offered by the University of Waterloo, you'll move to our Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, located 45 kilometres west of the main campus. There, you'll develop design-driven solutions to social problems and create new forms of cultural expressions in a global context. And thanks to our project-based approach, you’ll also hone your collaboration and project management skills.

What can you do with a degree in Global Business and Digital Arts?

While each student's choice of courses and careers will be unique, these are common areas where we expect graduates to work:

  • Social media management
  • Digital product development
  • Project management
  • User experience designer
  • Digital marketing
  • Entrepreneurship

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Inquiry and Communication
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Introduction to Digital Media Design
  • Information and Analysis
  • Introduction to Microeconomics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied. (online)

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including:

  • Any Grade 12 U English - (Minimum final grade of 75% is required)
  • 4U Mathematics of Data Management is recommended

Tuition Fee

  • International

    38800 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38800 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    12610 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12610 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Waterloo

  • 810 - 1450 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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