Master of Digital Media
A sixteen month internationally recognized, research informed and industry relevant professional graduate program that engages students in the development of digital media products.
What Is Digital Media?
Digital media is content that is stored in digital formats and usually distributed online. The shift from traditional media has taken place in many industries, including industries that aren’t typically associated with digital media—such as health, government and education.
Digital Media industries are unique in that they are the intersection of art, design, business and engineering.
The Master of Digital Media program engages students through coursework and projects to develop essential communication, collaboration & leadership skills. The unique curriculum meets the needs of new and expanding digital media markets.
The Master of Digital Media program develops six core competencies. Together they comprise a skill set and an approach to building, managing, and leading digital media projects.
Applicants must have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) acceptable to all four CDM partner institutions in a field related to digital media. If applying from an unrelated discipline, applicants must make the case for the relationship between the discipline in which they hold their previous degree and this program and how they would benefit from the MDM program.
There are no specific requirements for capabilities in programs, applications, or coding languages but students must be versed in the use of some form of digital media tools and have demonstrated ability in computing to qualify.
English Language Proficiency
English is the language of communication and instruction in the MDM program. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies.
Applicants will not be required to complete an English-language test if they have completed a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language.
If you do not meet the requirements above, you must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through IELTS or TOEFL testing and meet the following scores:
- IELTS Academic overall band score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each section, or
- TOEFL minimum score of 100 with no less than a score of 20 in each category.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.
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Fall (Term 1)
- Foundations of Digital Media
- Improvisation for Collaboration
- Foundations of Game Design
- Projects I - Building Virtual Worlds
Spring (Term 2)
- The Visual Story
- Projects II
Summer (Term 3)
- Special Topics in Digital Media
- Projects III
Fall (Term 4)
In the fourth semester, students do a 4-monthInternship. Students are required to secure work related to digital media and get real-world experience. There is also an option to extend the internship to 8 months with the Internship Continuation.
Spring (Term 5) - Optional
In the fifth semester, students who choose to do an 8-month internship will enroll in DMED 531 and receive their final grade at the end of this semester. The 8-month internship is optional.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.
Total cost of tuition
- Canadian or Permanent Residents: $38,438.23 CAD
- International Students: $63,419.76 CAD
The digital media industry is growing throughout the world, with Vancouver, BC leading the way. Vancouver has one of the top video game clusters in the world and has the world's largest VFX and animation hub.
- $23B in revenue is generated by BC’s Technology industry
- 141k people are working across BC in the Digital Entertainment and Technology industries
- 8000 Technology and Digital Entertainment companies operate in BC
About this institute
Centre for Digital Media
Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver, BC, houses the Master of Digital Media (MDM), Canada’s first professional graduate program in digital media. Coming up on its 15th year, this intensive master's program with internship engages students in real world projects...
Why study at The Centre for Digital Media
The Master of Digital Media program was created by the industry for the industry. Our first industry partners recognized a growing need for savvy, creative innovators and entrepreneurs who could lead the booming new media sector. This founding partnership has grown into a broad network of businesses and organizations that work with the Centre and MDM students, including some of the world's leading companies such as Electronic Arts, Mozilla, Autodesk and Microsoft.
Our partners provide students with internships, employment opportunities. and they work with students on accelerated collaborative projects to develop ideas and prototypes. Industry partners can also sponsor workshops, offer guest lectures and even become instructors at the CDM. In return, we connect businesses and organizations with our unique, cross-disciplinary pool of MDM students, faculty and researchers—some of the best up-and-coming talent in British Columbia.
The Master of Digital Media program emphasizes experiential learning through project courses. Student projects are the heart of the MDM program. Each term, teams of three to six students work on focused projects to develop prototypes or applications from concept to deliverable. Projects can either be proposed by students as independent team collaborations, or sponsored by external clients. The learning objectives of these projects are to provide hands-on experience working with teammates who are from different backgrounds and disciplines, as well as valuable experience working with clients. All projects follow a 12 week development process modeled to industry standards.
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