Pre-Master of Digital Media Program

Pre-MDM Students

Pre-Master of Digital Media Program Overview

The Pre-Master of Digital Media (Pre-MDM) is a 2 semester program designed to help students whose second language is English prepare for entry into the Master of Digital Media program. The next offering will run September 2018 to April 2019. 

Why Enroll in Pre-MDM?

  • Develop English language expression and improve IELTS test results. The course includes English language training—specifically developing ability to express ideas in English—and IELTS preparation skills, as well as two IELTS tests.
  • 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 instructor.


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

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 an overall minimum of 7 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with no less than 6.0 in each category.

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

Tuition and Fees


$6,670 + $1047.85 student fees

Total $7,717.85 CAD


$6,670 + $341.28 student fees

Total $7,011.28 CAD

TOTAL $14,729.13 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.


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.


Read an interview with former Pre-MDM instructor, Ray Rahimi, on what makes Pre-MDM different from other ESL courses.