Whether you're a current AMPD student at York University or hope to become one, this blog is for you! All of the content you will find here is written by AMPD's Student Ambassadors: upper-year students in each of our seven programs. Do you have an idea for the blog, or an upcoming event you want covered? Send us a message through our 'Contact Us' page, and we'll be happy to set something up with you. Check out the latest content below, or click on a program heading above to see what's going on in your area of AMPD! You can also find information on new blog posts and upcoming AMPD events at our Facebook and Twitter pages. Be sure to like and follow us!

See You in September!

It feels like just yesterday that the new school year began, and yet here we are nearing the end of yet another year of university.  For some of us it may have been the first of many, and for others it may have been the last (forever)!  Congratulations to everyone leaving us for another chapter in life, and to everyone whose journeys have just begun.  We hope that your past year has been filled with many memories, good and bad, that will help shape you into the marvellous person that you are becoming today, tomorrow, and always, and we would like to thank you for making getAMP(e)D a part of those memories. getAMP(e)D is now on a summer hiatus, and posts will be coming back for the 2018-19 school year. We are honoured that you chose to make us a part of your busy year, and we hope to see you again in September!

Looking for a Space to Work? Look no further

Written By: Kimberly Davis

If you are a Digital Media student and have a hard time finding places to work on projects in this great big school, know that you’re not alone.  Luckily, you’ve come to the right place to find the perfect spot to work on all of your digital media endeavors! Two great places on campus are the Digital Media Art & Technology Learning Lab (ATLL) located in Accolade West 102 and the Digital Media Transmedia Lab located in Accolade West 103. I know you probably already know these two rooms because this is where most digital media classes are held, but did you also know you can work on your projects in these rooms outside of class times?  Both of these rooms are equipped with everything you might need for your projects. Read More

QUIZ: How much do you know about AMPD?

Written By: Lucia Llano

Think you know all there is to know about AMPD? Now’s your chance to prove it!  Take our super tough AMPD quiz and see how much you know about the faculty you’ve devoted so much of your life to!

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Commuter Hacks for Dancers

Written By: Lindsey Thompson

Commuting is HARD work. The little spare time you have when you’re not busy studying, dancing, or working, you spend on transit.  It can get hard to balance life because of this extra added burden, but there are a few things you can do to make your life a little bit easier.  Below is a list of tips and tricks to make the most out of your time here at school as a commuter. Read More

24 Signs You’re a Theatre Major

Written By: Tiana Kralj


    1. You know exactly how many minutes are in a year.
    2. You’re not American, but you know the entire history of Alexander Hamilton.
    3. You’re not afraid of strange or concerned looks from passers-by as you conduct rehearsals in any hallway, stairwell, or common room.

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Artist Spotlight: Kaws

Written By: Nima A.K.

Brian Donnelly, best known as Kaws, is a New York-based artist. He was born in 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  After obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in New York in 1996, he worked as a freelance animator for Disney, where he made a name for himself designing limited edition toys and clothing.  This helped to spark his career as an internationally acclaimed artist, exhibiting his art in sculpture and installation media in museums and galleries around the world.

Kaws, Good Intentions, 2015, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, England.

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Stages of Pulling an All-Nighter

Written By: Tiana

The all-nighter: you’ve either been through one, or you’ve heard the horror stories.  I’ve had my share of all-nighters myself, and if there’s one thing that I’ve noticed about them it’s that there is a very specific pattern that they follow — from the lead-up straight through to the aftermath.  If you’ve pulled one, you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t, you’re about to find out, as I’ve taken the time to dissect an all-nighter and reveal to you the stages of pulling one.

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