Centre for Digital Media

Admissions Process

Before You Start

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Digital Media (MDM) program.

We understand and appreciate the time involved in completing this application. While the application process is straightforward, there are several forms and documents that need to be completed and submitted before your application can be reviewed. Before you begin your application, carefully review the MDM Admission Requirements.

Please be advised that while the MDM degrees are awarded by all four academic partner institutions, the designated administrator of the program is Simon Fraser University (SFU) while a student completes his or her degree requirements. All students of the MDM program are full-time registered students of SFU.

Application Deadline

The application system is now open for the 2nd round of admissions for September 2014. Once you have submitted a complete application, it will be reviewed and a decision letter will be issued within approximately 15 business days. The application system will be open until August 1, 2014 or until all spots are filled. If you plan to apply, please do not wait until the August 1st deadline because the application system will close if all spots fill beforehand.

Please Note: Applicant files will NOT be reviewed until ALL required application materials have been received.

Application Process

To apply to the MDM program, you will need to complete the following steps:


Complete and submit the Simon Fraser Graduate Studies Online Application Form. This includes payment of a non-refundable application fee of $90 for Canadian transcript student applications or $125 for international transcript student applications (PLEASE NOTE: This portion of the MDM Program application is facilitated online by Simon Fraser University, Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies. All submitted applications are reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee composed of representatives from all four of the Centre for Digital Media's academic partners)

Complete and submit the following supplementary documents and forms through the SFU System. All of the following materials must be uploaded. The MDM Admissions office will not accept mailed, hard copy versions.

  1. Samples of Your Work (see our Tips for Prospective Students): Upload up to five digital samples or works that best demonstrate your skills in digital media. You can draw from a wide range of items including exhibited art, designs, film or video, computer software code, engineering designs or some other product that resulted from your previous work. Please include a 250 - 500 word summary explaining how the items in the collection relate to each other and to your strengths. If an item is a collaborative effort, please clearly state your role in its production.
  2. 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.
  3. Short Formal Essay (no more than 750 words): The topic of the essay must relate to digital media.
  4. References. There will be a section in the online application form, where you will be required to enter your referees' e-mail addresses. This will trigger an e-mail to each referee that will include a unique link, directing them to a site where they may submit their reference letter.
  5. Computer Skills and Literacy Summary Form (available in the SFU online application system)
  6. Program Survey Form (available in the SFU online application system)
  7. Resume (no more than 250 words): An overall summary of your professional achievements.


SFU Grad Studies: Online Application Form


Mail the following documents to the mailing address listed below:
  1. Official Transcripts: Transcripts must be mailed to the mailing address below in sealed envelopes. Ensure you have submitted transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended.
  2. Official TOEFL or IELTS results or Pearson Test of English (PTE) results (if applicable): Please make arrangements to send your TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score. Online submission is preferred but CDM will accept paper versions. CDM's TOEFL code is the same as Simon Fraser University's: 0999.

To order TOEFL scores: http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/scores/send/

To order IELTS scores: http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/getting_my_results.aspx

  1. Proof of Name Change (if applicable): a photocopy of the proof is acceptable.

    All mailed application materials MUST go to the following address:

    CDM Admissions
    685 Great Northern Way
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada V5T 0C6

    Please DO NOT send your materials to the graduate admissions office at Simon Fraser University.

IMPORTANT: Documents submitted in languages other than English must be accompanied by a translation provided by a certified translator.

Mailing Address

All mailed application materials MUST go to the following address:

CDM Admissions
685 Great Northern Way
Vancouver, BC
Canada V5T 0C6

Please DO NOT send your materials to the graduate admissions office at Simon Fraser University.