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Apply to the Master of Digital Media Program

  • Apply To the Master of Digital Media Program

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

We understand and appreciate the time involved in completing this application. Admission into the Master of Digital Media (MDM) Program is competitive, as we only offer one intake each year, so we encourage you to take your time and submit your best work. While the application process is straightforward, there are several forms that need to be completed and documents that need to be submitted before your application can be reviewed. Before you begin your application, carefully review the MDM Admission Requirements. If you don't meet the minimum English language requirements, you might qualify for our Pre-MDM program.

Application Process

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

  • Create an account in SFU's application system 
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee of $90 (CAD) for Canadian transcript student applicants or $125 (CAD) for international transcript student applicants. This payment must be received and processed before moving on to the next step. As processing can take 3-4 business days, it's important to complete this step early.
  • Submit all required documents and forms listed below through the application systemAll of the items listed below must be uploaded through the application system before your application will be reviewed.

Please be advised that the designated administrator of the program is Simon Fraser University (SFU). Applications are submitted and reviewed through SFU’s application system. All submitted applications are reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee composed of representatives from all four academic partner institutions. While students are completing their degree they are full-time registered students of SFU. Upon graduation students become alumni of all four academic partner institutions.


  • Briefcase IconSamples of Your Work

    Upload AND/OR link to your online portfolio 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 (please include and document original code that you created), engineering designs, or other products or deliverables 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. Check out these tips for preparing your portfolio.

  • Comment IconIntro Video / 30-45 seconds

    Upload a short video in which you introduce yourself (your full name and the name you go by), provide a quick description of your skills/capabilities, and briefly explain why you want to join the program. The video should be one single stream with no cuts or edits, 30-45 seconds in length, in 720p or 1080p, and in either landscape or portrait. The video is not expected to be professionally produced and functions as a simple introduction. Check out an example here

  • Pencil IconLetter of Intent / Max 750 words

    Submit a letter expressing your interest in the program. The following points should be addressed in the letter of intent: (a) your motivation for selecting this program, (b) your relevant skills, training and experience, (c) your proposed focus within the program, (d) how the course of study would contribute to your future intellectual or professional growth.

  • Pencil IconShort Formal Essay / Max 750 words

    Submit an essay on a topic related to digital media. Demonstrate your knowledge and passion for digital media, and showcase your ability to write at an academic level.

  • Comment IconReferences

    Include 3-5 references you feel can best speak about your capabilities and work ethic. The application system will automatically send out an email with instructions to your references once you add and submit their information. It is encouraged you contact your references before adding them.

  • Document IconProgram Survey Form

    Complete a brief survey linked from the application system.

  • Pencil IconResume / Curriculum Vitae

    Submit your up-to-date resume covering your professional achievements. 

  • Mail IconOfficial Transcripts

    Upload unofficial transcript(s) (scanned, saved, etc.) for each post-secondary institution you have attended and listed in the application form. If you have a degree in progress, submit the transcript to date.  

    If you receive an offer of admission, you will be required to submit official transcript(s). If you fail to submit official transcripts before the program starts your offer will be rescinded.

    Please do not send official transcripts until an offer of admissions has been presented. 

  • Mail IconEnglish Language Proficiency

    International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through at least one of the following: English proficiency testing (requirements listed here) OR completion of a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language.

  • Document IconCompletion Acknowledgement Statement (optional)

    If you would like your application to be considered for the early admission round, complete your application and upload the "Completion Acknowledgement Statement" by December 30th. Please note, once the "Completion Acknowledgement Statement" has been uploaded, no changes to your application will be considered during the review process.


Application Timeline

Applications are now CLOSED. Applications for Fall 2024 intake will open in September.

Have questions?

Join us for a webinar September to January for more information on the program.

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Check out our FAQ list for answers to commonly asked questions.


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