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Pre-Master of Digital Media Program

English Language Program for Digital Media Professionals

Pre-Master of Digital Media Program

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. Learn more about the program directly from past and current Pre-MDM students by visiting their blog.

Applications are now CLOSED. Applications for the Fall 2022 class will open on Sept 1, 2021. Subscribe for updates.

Why Enroll in Pre-MDM?

  • Learn methodologies and specific software for rapid prototyping; concept development; pitching, presenting & documentation; pipeline development, integration & asset management; and interaction with industry clients.
  • Better understand the application process of graduate programs in Canada. Students learn to devise an effective application strategy and complete a graduate studies application package upon completion of Pre-MDM.
  • Strengthen communication skills, teamwork capabilities and critical thinking skills, and learn effective presentation techniques.

    Students admitted into the Pre-MDM program receive a conditional offer to the Master of Digital Media program as qualifying students. Once all conditions have been met, students enter the MDM program the following Fall.

    Meet the instructors: Aida Osian and Jason Elliott


    For additional information, please contact our Admissions Department by phone at +1 778-370-1010 / Toll-free: 1-855-737-2666, or by email at admissions@thecdm.ca.

    Conditions For Admitted Students

    All students admitted to the Pre-MDM must meet the following language requirements:

    1. Attain a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS - the academic NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6 in all sections, OR attain a minimum score of 78 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

    Read more about the admission requirements for Pre-MDM.

    Tuition and Fees


    Tuition: $6,667

    Student Fees: $1,137.08

    Equipment deposit (refundable upon return of all equipment): $1,500

    Total $9,304.08 CAD


    $6,667 + student fees

    Total $7,027.01 CAD

    TOTAL $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.

    Conditions For Pre-MDM Students Admitted into MDM

    All Pre-MDM students must achieve an overall average of B or CGPA 3.0 in all Pre-MDM courses to finalize their acceptance into the Master of Digital Media program. Successfully graduating from Pre-MDM is enough to go into MDM, no additional English language test is required.


    Read an interview with Pre-MDM instructor, Aida Osian, on what makes Pre-MDM different from other ESL courses.


    Learn more about Pre-MDM courses and what you will learn in the program.


    Learn more about the admission requirements and what you need to apply to Pre-MDM. Applications are now being accepted.


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