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Pre-Master of Digital Media Program

English language program for digital media professionals

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The Pre-Master of Digital Media Program (Pre-MDM) at Centre for Digital Media (CDM) is a two-semester English for Specialized Purposes program designed to help students for whom English is an additional language prepare for entry into the Master of Digital Media program. 

Designed for English as a second language students

This program enhances students’ English communication skills in the Digital Media field for both professional and academic purposes. 


Hands-on learning

Students will engage in workshops and lectures with the goal of building their vocabulary, fluency, and coherence. Students will also build teamwork and project management skills that are directly applicable to CDM’s MDM program and industry. 

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In this 9-month program, I learned how to express myself, communicate in English, and work effectively with my classmates. This program is more than a language learning experience – it is also a chance to immerse myself in a new learning environment and grow in ways I never thought possible

Liting, Pre-MDM Alumnus

Meet the students

Direct pathway to MDM 

Students admitted into the Pre-MDM program receive a conditional offer to the MDM program as qualifying students. Once students graduate from Pre-MDM, they enter the MDM program the following Fall. No additional English language test is required.

Why Enroll in Pre-MDM? 

  • Strengthen communication and presentation skills, teamwork capabilities, and critical thinking skills. 
  • Build intercultural communication skills to better work with diverse people 
  • Gain practical marketing writing skills and the ability to write for social media 
  • Get English training for Digital Media in an English for Specialized Purposes (ESP) program. 
  • Learn methodologies and software for rapid prototyping; concept development; pitching, presenting and documentation; pipeline development, integration and asset management; and interaction with industry clients. 

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Experiential learning 

Students will simulate real-world client projects, explore Vancouver on field trips to better understand local culture, and engage in conversation clubs. All these experiences will help students develop their English skills in a holistic and well-rounded way. 

Meet our current students

Meet the students
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Application Timeline

Fall 2024 Cohort - Closed Red Circle
Admissions closed: January 7, 2024
*Results will be posted by March, 2024

Fall 2025 Cohort - Closed Red Circle
Admissions will open: September 9, 2024

Upcoming Webinars

Sign up using the form below to learn about the next Pre-MDM webinar. Our admissions team will do a program overview, talk about the application process, and you also get a chance to ask our admissions team questions.

Tuition and Fees


Tuition: $6,667
Student Fees: $1,164
Equipment deposit (refundable upon return of all equipment): $1,500
Total $9,331 CAD


Tuition: $6,667
Student Fees: $398
Total $7,065 CAD

TOTAL: $16,396 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.

Contact our Admissions Department

+1 778-370-1010 / Toll-free: 1-855-737-2666


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