How to Apply

Application

Click “Apply Online to Yorkfor the online application process. It takes about 30 minutes to complete in total.

It is strongly advised that applicants contact a faculty member associated with the program whose research agenda relates to the applicant's interests to discuss supervision.

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts

Honours degree or equivalent from a recognized university in Digital Media or related Bachelor’s program, such as an art program that focuses on technology, with at least a B average in the final two years of study.

All applicants are expected to provide a portfolio, a Statement of Interest letter, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation.

Applicants must show that they have experience in both programming and the arts, and in particular a cross-disciplinary approach. Experience creating art or creative works (including games) using programming languages is required. Those whose formal background in programming is incomplete will be required to take appropriate supplemental undergraduate course(s) in addition to required courses.

Master of Science

Honours degree or equivalent from a recognized university in Digital Media or related Bachelor’s program, such as computer science, with at least a B average in the final two years of study.

All applicants are expected to provide a portfolio, a Statement of Interest letter, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation.

Applicants must show that they have experience in the arts, and in particular a cross-disciplinary approach. Those whose background in the arts is incomplete will be required to take appropriate supplemental undergraduate course(s) in addition to required courses.

Doctor of Philosophy

Applicants must have a masters degree or equivalent from a recognized university in a digital media or related program, such as computer science, or an art program that focuses on technology, with at least a B+ average.

Applicants are expected to provide a portfolio, a Statement of Interest letter, a qualifying research paper or similar significant contribution to the field, and two letters of recommendation.

Applicants must show that they have experience in both computer science and the arts, and in particular a cross-disciplinary approach.

All Applicants

Portfolio Requirements

A portfolio is required for entry into all programs. A portfolio shows evidence of prior creative outputs primarily in the form of artworks but could also include outputs from computer engineering-based projects. Projects represented in the portfolio should emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach. Examples of art-based portfolios could include drawings/images, audio recordings, sound compositions, video documentation of interactive systems, other gallery/curatorial documentation, games and interactive demonstrations but must include some works that utilize programming. Examples of computer engineering-based projects could include source code for applications (preferably interactive), games, microcontroller code (from physical computing), video documentation of projects, publications, and prototypes but must include some works that engage with the arts.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters can be from previous professors, employers, or other persons with whom the applicant has had interactions and who can attest to their professional and/or academic qualifications.

English Language Requirement

The Faculty of Graduate Studies may require you to include proof of an acceptable level of English necessary for purposes of doing research. No proficiency test is needed if your first language is English, or if you have completed at least one year of full-time study at an accredited university in a where English is the official language of instruction. Otherwise, please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies page here to see which English proficiency tests are recognized, and the detailed entry requirements here for further information.