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Admission into the Computational Media Design program is highly competitive, and only the most promising applicants are admitted.  The complete application will be evaluated by potential supervisors and once supervisors have been secured (see details below) the admissions committee will review and rank the applications.


Students accepted into this program will have demonstrated an interest in interdisciplinary research in art, dance, drama, design or music and computer science. As part of the admissions process students are asked to submit transcripts from all other programs attended, letters of reference, a statement of research purpose, a CV, and a portfolio.

Please carefully review and follow the complete list of 'Admission Requirements' to the CMD program as outlined in the CMD calendar:

Master of Science (MSc)
Minimum admission requirement for a Master's in CMD is excellent standing in a four year Bachelor Degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Minimum admission requirement for a PhD in CMD is excellent standing in a master's degree program. Exceptions for direct entry with only a bachelor's degree will be considered on a case by case basis.


As a prospective student you should become familiar with the research focus of faculty who are members of CMD and you should choose a small subset of faculty whose research is of interest to you. Each CMD student will have to secure two supervisors: one from the Department of Computer Science and one from either the Faculty of Environmental Design, the Department of Art or the School of Creative and Performing Arts. Contact those faculty members whose research meshes with your interests via email.  Discuss with them whether they would make a suitable supervisor for your graduate program. Please refer to our People Page for a listing of CMD Faculty Members.

Be prepared to provide:

  1. A short (1 page) statement of why you are interested in CMD
  2. Whether you would be a Master's or PhD student
  3. A creative portfolio that shows your work (either pdf or link to URL)
  4. A curriculum vitae

    Please NOTE:   The Application DEADLINE for submission of complete applications is:

    • 1st of February for the following September admission (fall term)

    In exceptional circumstances the CMD program might consider applications from strong students on an ongoing basis, throughout the year.



    The Faculty of Graduate Studies offers awards to new students through the annual Entrance Competition. Several scholarships are available based on various qualifications and academic merit, see also University Awards.

    CMD scholarship funding:

    • All CMD scholarship funding is subject to availability of funds in the program.
    • Qualifying CMD students will receive CMD scholarship funding to support their research and creative work.
    • The value of the CMD scholarship funding is currently a minimum of CAD17,000 per year.
    • The CMD scholarship funding is limited in its duration: 2 years for MSc students, and 4 years for PhD students.
    • In order to qualify for the CMD scholarship, students need to be in good academic standing, and be actively engaged in their CMD creative work and research, confirmed by both of their supervisors.
    • Students who are receiving any other major scholarship (CAD17,000 or more for one academic year) will not qualify for CMD scholarship funding during that year.
    • Additionally, international students will receive a partial reimbursement (currently 65%) of the visa differential tuition fee.
    • Teaching is a vital and extremely valuable component of the CMD academic experience and all CMD students are expected to engage in teaching during their degree. MSc and PhD students who are receiving the CMD scholarship funding will be required to TA at least one course during their CMD degree (or, in the case of qualifying PhD students, possibly being provided with the opportunity to teach a course as Sessional Instructors).
    • CMD students who are teaching in a specific term will be moved to a GAT funding model, or will be hired as Sessional Instructors for that specific term, in one of the affiliated academic departments (Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Environmental Design, School of Creative and Performing Arts, Department of Art).
    • Since CMD is not running any undergraduate courses of its own, the assignments of CMD students to TA or Sessional Instructor positions will occur by carefully aligning the CMD affiliated departments’ teaching needs with the student's skills and wishes and with their supervisors' agreement and support.
    • CMD students might be provided with (selective and limited) CMD travel awards.