Are you a creative thinker with a passion for art and technology? Do you refuse to be bound by convention? Computational Media Design is a leading-edge program designed for students innovating at the intersection of art, music, dance, drama, design and computer science. This research-based degree is offered jointly through the Department of Computer Science, the Faculty of Environmental Design, the Department of Art, and the School of Creative and Performing Arts. In the expanding world of multimedia and design, there is an increasing need for graduates who are equipped to handle complex projects that combine computing expertise with the creative energies of artists and designers. The CMD program prepares students to answer this emerging need. Admission is highly competitive, and only the most promising applicants are selected.
Outcomes and next steps
Game design and development, film, TV, web design, simulation, training, networking, interactive media, public displays, and mobile and wearable computing, dance, music, theatre and the visual arts. Academic careers as post doctoral fellow, lecturer, professor or researcher.
A PhD in computational media design is usually considered a final degree.
Co-supervision is required. Supervision must cover the disciplines of Computer Science, and one of Art, Dance, Drama, Music or Environmental Design. Generally, admission is offered only to students whom supervisors have agreed to oversee prior to application.
This course can be in Computer Science, Environmental Design, Art, Dance, Drama or Music.
Two graduate courses in Art, Dance, Drama, Environmental Design and/or Music, and three additional graduate courses.
Research / Body of Work
The student will prepare original research and/or a creative practice body of work, appropriately scoped for a PhD.
Two graduate courses in Computer Science (in addition to the research methodology course).
Candidacy requires preparation of an approved reading list, a research proposal and both oral and written exams.
Students are required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Computational Media Design Program
A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A master's degree from a recognized institution.
A portfolio of up to 10 examples of research and creative work. Any combination of academic publications/reports, images, video, audio, musical scores, documentation of installations, written works. URL can be provided if upload isn't possible via application system.
Applicants must show a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research in art, dance, drama, design or music and computer science.
One-page statement of interest (not a research proposal) in an area of interdisciplinary research of computer science alongside art, dance, drama, design, or music
Two references from within the 12-month period prior to application.
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
12 months of study
First 12 months of study
For first year of studies
General fees and program fees
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Program fees cover standard academic costs. Textbooks and other course material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Domestic Continuing Fees: $1,627 CAD
International Continuing Fees: $3,693 CAD
Continuing fees apply in the first term following completion of candidacy requirements.
The value of the CMD scholarship funding is currently a minimum of $18,000 per year.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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