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Pre-Master of Digital Media Program

English Language Program for Digital Media Professionals

Pre-Master of Digital Media Program

The Pre-Master of Digital Media Program (Pre-MDM) is a 2 semester program (September to December and January to April) designed to help students whose second language is English prepare for entry into the Master of Digital Media program.

Pre-MDM is comprised of a series of eight courses, ultimately designed to enhance ESL students’ communication skills in the field of Digital Media, both for professional and academic purposes. It offers a selection of practical workshops and lectures with the direct goal of building third-tier language abilities: fluency, coherence and, addressing even more practical skills, teamwork and project management.

Applications for September 2020 are now OPEN. The next offering will run September 2020 to April 2021. 

Why Enroll in Pre-MDM?

  • Learn methodologies and specific software for rapid prototyping; concept development; pitching, presenting & documentation; pipeline development, integration & asset management; and interaction with industry clients.
  • Better understand the application process of graduate programs in Canada. Students learn to devise an effective application strategy and complete a graduate studies application package upon completion of Pre-MDM.
  • Strengthen communication skills, teamwork capabilities and critical thinking skills, and learn effective presentation techniques.

    Students admitted into the Pre-MDM program receive a conditional offer to the Master of Digital Media program as qualifying students. Once all conditions have been met, students enter the MDM program the following Fall.

    Meet the instructors: Aida Osian and Jason Elliott


    For additional information, please contact our Admissions Department by phone at +1 778-370-1010 / Toll-free: 1-855-737-2666, or by email at admissions@thecdm.ca.

    Conditions For Admitted Students

    All students admitted to the Pre-MDM must meet two conditions to finalize their acceptance into the Master of Digital Media program:

    1. Attain a minimum score of 7 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS - the academic NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6.5 in all sections, OR attain a minimum score of 100 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with no less than a score of 20 in each category.

    2. Achieve an overall average of B or CGPA 3.0 in all Pre-MDM courses.

    Tuition and Fees


    $6,667 + student fees & equipment deposit

    Total $9,268.49 CAD


    $6,667 + student fees

    Total $7,027.01 CAD

    TOTAL $16,295.50 CAD

    Note: Student fees are subject to change. They include an all-access transit pass, extended medical and dental insurance, as well as access to SFU's recreation facilities.


    Read an interview with Pre-MDM instructor, Aida Osian, on what makes Pre-MDM different from other ESL courses.


    Learn more about Pre-MDM courses and what you will learn in the program.


    Learn more about the admission requirements and what you need to apply to Pre-MDM. Applications are now being accepted.


    Pre-MDM applicants follow the same application procedures as MDM applicants. However, Pre-MDM applicants must select "MDM Qualifying Student" when prompted in the SFU online application system.