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Digital Futures (MA, MDes, MFA)

OCAD University

Faculty:Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Design and Visual Communications, General
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Digital Arts
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $16,669
International: $31,716


The graduate program in Digital Futures responds to the increasingly important and sophisticated role of digital technology as a catalyst for change.

Digital Futures has an international student cohort and faculty. The program features collaborative overseas eGlobal courses with world-wide educational and industry partners. A global perspective is key to securing our graduates’ futures in the eclectic international creative digital industries, encompassing design, arts, creative services, entertainment, media and cultural industries.


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    Applicants must hold a BA, BFA, BDes, BComm, BSc, BEng or comparable honours degree/certification with an average of 75 per cent (B+) or better during the last two years of study, or must demonstrate impressive experience and expertise as a practitioner in a relevant discipline. All applicants must demonstrate creative and conceptual competence at a good level, as well as the clear potential for acquiring a practical knowledge in the diverse disciplines relevant to this graduate program to create an innovative and implementable thesis project.
    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600]
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Portfolio
    For consideration by the admissions committee, and in addition to the basic application requirements outlined below, applicants need to complete and submit the following through SlideRoom: Letter of Intent - applicants should explain their personal philosophy and reasons for applying to this program and refer to any relevant experience, background and future ambitions. The letter must be typed and be 1000 to 1500 words in length; Research Outline - applicants must provide an initial proposal for a research project that they are interested in pursuing in the program. This should include: 1) a title, 2) the area of interest and/or idea, 3) the rationale for the research, 4) your proposed field of study including any relevant theories and methodologies, 5) expected outcome in terms of innovation and realized creative work, 6) the relevance of the applicant's background and experience, 7) any reference sources used in the proposal, 8) bibliography of relevant sources. (800 to 1,000 words in length.); Samples of Work - applicants must submit samples of relevant student and/or professional work produced in the last five years. Visual work, analysis reports and proposal documents may be included. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of their primary area of interest. Applicants must submit samples of relevant student and/or professional work produced in the last five years; Academic References - applicant will be asked to provide exactly 3 references that can speak to your post-secondary performance, capacity for research and potential for academic study at the graduate level; CV - applicants should include an updated copy of their curriculum vitae. Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview. The interview is an ideal opportunity for the candidate to meet with faculty, ask questions about the program and visit studio facilities and labs at OCAD U. Alternate arrangements will be made for applicants who are unable to attend the interview in person. Note: admission to the degree program is contingent on the availability of an appropriate Principal Advisor in the student’s declared area of research interest.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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