What will I learn?

This master of arts (MA) degree program in Comparative Media Arts trains students to think across the media arts in a comparative perspective that synthesizes the historical and theoretical approaches of art history, cinema studies, performance studies, and studies of computer-based arts.

Program Requirements

This program consists of required courses, elective courses, and two extended essays for a minimum of 30 units.

Students must complete all of

CA 821 - Research Methods in Comparative Media Arts (4)
CA 822 - Research Colloquium in Comparative Media Arts (4)

and three of

CA 823 - New Approaches in Visual Art and Culture (4)
CA 824 - New Approaches in Moving-Image Studies (4)
CA 825 - New Approaches in Digital Art Studies (4)
CA 826 - New Approaches in Performance Studies (4)
CA 827 - Practicum in Comparative Media Arts (4)

and one graduate elective course*

and two extended essays by completing the following

CA 829 - Extended Essays in Comparative Media Arts (6)

*Students who choose a 3 unit elective must also enroll in the following

CA 888 - Directed Study in Fine and Performing Arts (1)

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in four terms.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

Study options

Full Time (4 terms)

Tuition fees
CAN $1,946.94 per term
Start date

Expected January, September 2021


Simon Fraser University

Burnaby campus,

8888 University Drive,


British Columbia (BC),

V5A 1S6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: A minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based); PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) with a minimum overall score of 63, and a minimum of 65 in speaking and writing .

For international students

Applicants will hold a bachelor of arts degree with at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) in studies of the arts, or equivalent humanities disciplines. Students with a bachelor of fine arts degree may be admitted if their studies included a substantial scholarly component.

Applicants normally will be required to achieve a minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS - the academic NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6.5 in each section. The Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) may be used as an equivalent test provided a score of 93 or better is achieved with a minimum of 20 in each section (TOEFL-internet based exam), or TOEFL 580 and the Test of Written English(TWE) 5.0 (paper-based).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.