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Digital Media (MDM)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Digital Media

Ryerson’s Master of Digital Media is an intensive 12-month professional program designed to equip graduates with the skills and industry experience they will need as they launch themselves into the digital media world. Whether students plan to develop their own startup, work in the corporate world or go on to complete further studies, we provide the framework for success.

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The Digital Media Zone at Ryerson

At a Glance

  • Completion of a 4-year honours degree
  • Post-secondary education in the areas of engineering, business, multimedia, science, media production, graphics, fine arts, art history or design will be particularly useful. Previous digital media, programming education.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Production experiences are recommended
  • Portfolio, which may include but is not limited to video, film, animation, photography, prototype, design, programming code or business planning
  • Two academic or three professional letters of recommendation
  • Statement of interest
  • Resume

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

  • Augmented & Virtual Reality
  • Digital Culture & Design
  • Digital Currencies & E-Commerce
  • Digital Entertainment & Interactive Performance
  • Digital Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Digital Media & Creative Strategy
  • Digital Prototyping & Manufacturing
  • Interactive Media & Exhibitions
  • Media Aggregation & Analytics
  • Social Media Management
  • Transmedia Storytelling
  • Web Design & Digital Marketing 
  • Digital Media Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Media Environments
  • Foundations of Digital Media
  • Interaction Design Digital Media
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Digital Media Zone
  • RTA Transmedia Centre
  • Ryerson Career Centre
  • Ryerson Labs
  • Ryerson Library and Archive

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Alex Ferworn
Graduate Program Director
PhD, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo
Research areas: computational public safety in relation to Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear explosive (CBRNE) response, disaster management technology, mobile robotic systems, algorithms
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6968

Lissa Quaglia
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2858
Fax: 416-979-5153

“This is a safe place to validate challenging ideas. Once you lock onto an opportunity, this program provides the resources to bring it to fruition.”

Ahmed Sagarwala, MDM alumnus

Student Profile

Secret marathon meets social change. Kate McKenzie (master of digital media alumna) documented her journey of running her first marathon – in Afghanistan.

student working at a desk

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.