Within the CMD interdisciplinary graduate Program, students do a Master of Science (MSc) or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. The degrees are research-based and consist of courses as well as a thesis with graduating students having demonstrated skills and expertise in both Computer Science and Art, Music, or Design.
Please carefully review and follow the complete list of 'Admission Requirements' to the CMD program as outlined in the CMD calendar:
The MSc in CMD requires five courses plus a thesis. The expected completion time of the MSc is normally two years.
a) Course Requirement:
- One research methodology course from Computer Science, Environmental Design, Art, Dance, Drama or Music (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent).
- One Computer Science graduate-level course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent).
- One graduate-level course from Art, Dance, Drama, Environmental Design or Music (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent), and
- Two additional graduate-level courses (6 units or 1.0 full-course equivalent), for a total of 15 units (2.5 full-course equivalents).
- Additional courses can be required on a case-by-case basis.
b) Supervision as specified in section 9 of the CMD Calendar
c) A Master’s Thesis Proposal as specified in section 11 of the CMD Calendar
d) Master's Thesis
e) Master's Thesis Oral Examination as specified in section 10 of the CMD Calendar
A thesis component that describes research conducted and/or a body of creative work completed during the CMD degree is a requirement.
The PhD in CMD requires courses, a candidacy exam, a thesis and oral based examination. The expected completion time of the PhD is four years.
a) Course Requirements: At least three graduate-level half-course equivalents must be taken while the student is enrolled as a PhD student in Computational Media Design at the University of Calgary.
b) Breadth Requirements:
- One research methodology course from Computer Science, Environmental Design, Art, Dance, Drama or Music (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent)
- Two Computer Science graduate-level courses (6 units or 1.0 full-course equivalent)
- Two graduate-level courses (6 units or 1.0 full-course equivalent) from Art, Dance, Drama, Environmental Design and/or Music, and
- Three additional graduate-level courses (9 units or 1.5 full-course equivalents), for a total of 24 units (4.0 full-course equivalents).
c) An alternative breadth program that satisfies the student, the supervisor(s), the supervisory committee, and the CMD Director may be proposed in special cases.
d) Supervision as specified in Section 9 of the CMD Calendar
e) PhD Candidacy examination as specified in Section 10 of the CMD Calendar
f) PhD Thesis.
g) PhD Thesis oral examination as specified in Section 10 of the CMD Calendar
The candidacy exam is composed of:
- A reading list: The scope of the candidacy exam is defined by a reading list. This reading list is prepared by the student and the student’s supervisors in consultation with the student’s supervisory committee. This reading list must be approved at least two months before the written and oral candidacy examinations.
- A research proposal: At the Doctoral level, a research proposal, approved by the student’s supervisory committee, must be submitted to the Director of the CMD program at least two weeks before the departmental written exam begins. The research proposal will contain an abstract, a literature survey (including an analysis of the literature), an overview of the proposed research, a plan for completing the proposed research, and references.
- A written exam: The written examinations are taken by the candidate after course work is completed, and after approval of the doctoral proposal, and before the oral candidacy examination. The CMD written exam must be approved by the Director of the CMD program, and consists of a take-home examination (normally 6-10 days).
- A candidacy oral exam: The candidate’s reading list, completed written exam, together with the research proposal, must be submitted to the examination committee at least 10 working days in advance of the candidacy oral exam. These documents form the basis for the candidacy oral exam.
A thesis that describes the research conducted and/or the body of creative work completed is required to complete the PhD program. The thesis will set the research/work in its literary and new media context and present evidence that the work is worthy of either publication or external recognition. CMD encourages research and creative work that incorporates aspects of both Computer Science and Music, Art or Design; thus there is recognition for and appreciation of a thesis that represents an interdisciplinary balance between the fields.
Thesis Oral Examination
This exam will be conducted as specified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The student’s External Examiner will be an internationally recognized expert in the research/creative practice area of the student’s research.