How To Apply to the Pre-Master of Digital Media Program

How To Apply

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

Please be advised that the designated administrator of the program is Simon Fraser University (SFU). All students of the Pre-MDM program are full-time registered students of SFU.

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

Application Deadline

Applications are now OPEN.The application deadline for September 2020 start is February 15, 2020.

If you have questions about the program and the application process please attend one of our online webinars.

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

Application Process

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


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 Pre-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 (please include and document at least 100 lines of original code that you created), 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 issued from the institution and remain sealed. If they are opened we cannot accept them as official copy. Please mail them to the mailing address below and ensure that 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:

To order IELTS scores:

  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.

Please use the materials checklist to ensure that you have completed all tasks. To access the checklist please click here.

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.