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Master of Digital Media Program (MDM) Centre for Digital Media




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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.

Why Digital Media?

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.

Why MDM?

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.

What You Learn In the Master of Digital Media Program

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 that we call "The MDM Way." These competencies are design processes, self-awareness, time management, articulation, information literacy and teamwork.

These competencies have been identified by our industry partners and academic advisors as key success factors for people entering the digital media workforce, advancing their careers, or launching new companies.

These competencies are taught throughout the program - they are deeply integrated into MDM courses and are reinforced by real-life experiences in industry projects and internships.

Core Competencies


Learn iteration, pipeline creation, rapid prototyping, critique & reflection, context mapping, user experience, ideation, risk assessment, risk mitigation


Learn goal setting, self-reflection, learning outcomes, self & peer assessment, documentation—design & blogging, self-initiative


Learn role definition, scope personal & project, management strategies, setting measurable goals, pipeline management, and change management


Learn elevator pitch; pitch structures; body awareness; expression of ideas—written, drawn & spoken; client management; documentation; research


Learn creative rights, context mapping, technological trajectories, consumption—genres & audiences, business models.


Learn listening skills, conflict resolution, making & receiving offers, trust development, managing roles & responsibilities.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Digital Media Program (MDM).

Full Time (16 months)

Tuition fees

CAD$56,511.00 (30,51,854) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution




Centre for Digital Media

685 Great Northern Way,


British Columbia (BC),

V5T 0C6, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) acceptable to all 4 CDM Partner Institutions in a field related to digital media.

Minimum Undergraduate Grades:

  • Minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% or higher) in 3rd and 4th year courses, or:
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of 3rd and 4th year courses in the A range (80% or higher) in the field of study, or:
  • Applicants who hold a 4-year undergraduate degree, who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience may be granted admission on the recommendation of the MDM program.

Applicants lacking demonstrated ability in computing may be admitted on the condition that they take one or more suitable courses but the courses cannot be counted for credit towards the MDM degree.

If applicable, you must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. The MDM admissions committee accepts one of the following proficiency tests:

  • Minimum score of 100 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with no less than a score of 20 in each category.
  • Minimum score of 7 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS - the academic NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6.5 in all sections.


Here are some scholarship that are available at Centre for Digital Media.

Pat Hibbitts Scholarship

Value of scholarship

10,80,092 total value

Application details:

Applicants must submit the following documentation in order to be considered:

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended prior to applying to the Master of Digital Media program.
  • A curriculum vitae summarizing professional achievements and work relevant to the aims of this award.
  • One letter of reference providing evidence of the nominee’s relevant experience to the aims of this award. It is recommended that the referee explain how and why a transition into the field of digital media would benefit the nominee.


Expected February 2020

Eligibility requirements:

The award is intended to recognize and provide funding to one incoming female graduate student in the Master of Digital Media program at the Centre for Digital Media who chooses to undergo a career change. 

  • Demonstrates a transition from a previous non digital media-related field to digital media.
  • Possesses a minimum of 3 years work experience in a non-digital media related field.
  • Admitted into the Master of Digital Media program.

Who can apply:

All international

Dianne Sinclair Memorial Fellowship

Value of scholarship

54,005 total value

Application details:

For further information, please contact the college website.

Eligibility requirements:

Awarded to the most outstanding female student entering the MDM program, based on her academic standing and demonstrated talent through her sample of work submitted during the application process.

Who can apply:

All international

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