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Doctor of Philosophy Computational Media Design

University of Calgary

University of Calgary
Computational Media Design (CMD) is a Graduate Program that is composed of the Department of Computer Science, the Faculty of Environmental Design and the Faculty of Arts: School of Creative and Performing Arts - Music and Department of Art. Students can earn a Master of Science or PhD degree in CMD. These research-based graduate degrees explore the relationships among art, music, design, science and technology.

Admissions and Recruitment Office
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada

  • Program Type Doctoral
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 3 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
Applicants must hold or obtain the following minimum qualifications before the Faculty will give consideration to admission: A 4-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution.

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements, the CMD program requires 2 reference letters dated within 12 months of the date of application and:

Master of Science a) While applicants from any discipline will be considered, undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Art, Dance, Drama, Design or Music are favoured. Starting CMD with a background in one area is possible, but background in 2 areas is preferred.
  b) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 105 (internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 7.5, or a minimum MELAB score of 86 or above is required.
  c) A single page statement of interest. This is not a proposal but a declaration of interest in interdisciplinary research in art, dance, drama, design or music and computer science.
  d) Applicants must submit a portfolio that provides up to 10 examples of their research and creative work. This may include any combination of academic publications and reports, images, video, audio recordings, musical scores, documentation of installations, and written works. Applicants may provide a URL to portfolio items that cannot be uploaded through the application system.
  e) A demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research in art, dance, drama, design or music and computer science.
  f) A curriculum vitae.
Doctor of Philosophy
  a) All the admission requirements for a Master of Science (above).
  b) A master’s degree from a recognized institution. For exceptional students applying directly to the PhD program with a bachelor degree, all the requirements for a Master of Science (above) apply, plus demonstrated exceptional research and/or creative ability. These direct entry students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $4,788.00 Year One
  • Tuition $3,606.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $2,112.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated August 29, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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