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Pre-Master of Digital Media

The Centre for Digital Media
2 semesters
Foundation / Pathway program
Scholarships available

About this program

Pre-Master of Digital Media

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.

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must have a minimum of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each category in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or 78 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Applicants must be completing or have completed the final year of undergraduate studies of an academic equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree acceptable to all four CDM Partner Institutions in a field related to digital media. For example: Computer science, engineering, education, management, economics, communication, art, design or performing arts, art history, architecture, linguistics, psychology or philosophy.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.

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Program content

Fall Term

  • Technical Writing I
  • English for Digital Media I
  • Pitching & Presenting I
  • Communication Skills

Spring Term

  • Technical Writing II
  • English for Digital Media II
  • Pitching & Presenting II
  • Multi Platform Media

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.


The total cost of tuition for this program is $16,331.09 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.

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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...

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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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The Centre for Digital Media

685 Great Northern Way
V5T0C6 Vancouver BC

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