Centre for Digital Media

Admission Requirements


The Master of Digital Media is a limited, competitive entry program. The requirements listed below are intended to equal or exceed the general graduate admission requirements at all partner institutions. These requirements constitute a minimum standard of achievement and fulfillment of them does not guarantee admission. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request an oral interview with an applicant either face-to-face, online or by telephone.

Minimum Standard Entrance Requirements for the MDM degree

  1. The academic equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree acceptable to all four CDM Partner Institutions in a field related to the proposed program of study. For example:
    • B.Sc. Computer Science, BASc. Engineering (Electrical, Communications, Computer Engineering), BA or B.Sc.. in Education, Management, Economics or Communications, BFA in Art, Design or Performing Arts, BA in Art, Art History, Architecture, Linguistics, Psychology or Philosophy, BArch, BLArch, BBA, BTech (Electronic Engineering or Computing).


    • An undergraduate degree acceptable to all four CDM Partner Institutions in another, related discipline. Applicants under this category are required to make the case from (a) the relationship between the discipline in which they hold their previous degree or degrees and this program; and (b) how they would benefit from this program. (* see Note 1)
  2. Samples of Work (Please see our Tips for Prospective Students and Submission Guidelines for more information):
    • Five digital pieces that best demonstrate your skills.  These items can be one or more of the following: exhibited art, designs, film or video, computer software code, engineering designs or something else that resulted from your previous work.
    • 250 - 500 words summarizing how the items in the portfolio relate to each other and to your strengths.  If an item is a collaborative effort, please clearly state your role in its production.
  3. Letter of Intent (no more than 750 words): (a) explaining your motivation for selecting this degree program (b) summarizing relevant skills, training and experience; (c) describing proposed interests within the program and (d) indicating how the course of study would contribute to your future intellectual or professional growth. All of the above points should be explicitly addressed in the letter of intent.
  4. Short formal essay (no more than 750 words) about a topic of interest related to digital media.
  5. Computer Skills and Literacy Summary Form. (* see Note 2)
  6. Three reference letters, each from a suitably qualified person.
  7. Program Survey Form
  8. Resume that includes an overall summary of your professional achievements (no more than 250 words).

* Notes

(1) Minimum undergraduate grades:

  • Minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% or higher) in third- and fourth-year courses, or:
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the A grade range (80% or higher) in the field of study, or:
  • Applicants who hold a four-year baccalaureate degree acceptable to all four GNWC Partner Institutions, who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience to offset such deficiencies, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Master of Digital Media program. Prior learning assessment will be conducted based on the principle that appropriate learning that can be identified, described and documented can be considered for recognition.

(2) Applicants lacking demonstrated ability in computing may be admitted on the condition that they take one or more suitable courses (e.g. SFU's IAT 800 Foundations of Computational Art and Design) but this course cannot be counted for credit towards the MDM degree.

Additional Requirements

Demonstrated proficiency in the English language (if applicable). The MDM admissions committee accepts one of the following proficiency tests:

  • Minimum score of 93 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with no less than a score of 20 in each category.


  • Minimum score of 6.5 on the International English LanguageTest System (IELTS - the academic NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6.0 in all sections.


  • Minimum of 62 in the Pearson Test of English with a minimum of 55 in each category.

How to Apply

For up-to-date, detailed instructions and information about the admission process, please visit thecdm.ca/program/admissions-process