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Applicants of the doctoral program in Media & Design Innovation should have a demonstrated capacity to undertake advanced research and practice through completion of a master's degree (MFA, MDes, MA, MSc) or other masters degree in a relevant field with a minimum GPA of 3.33/4.33 (B+).

Applicants who did not complete their Bachelor's or Master's degree in the English Language will be required to submit an English Language Proficiency Test Score.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applications - OPEN

You should submit your application, including all supporting documents, via the online portal by the First Consideration Deadline:

January 19, 2024

Applications will be accepted until the program has filled all available spots in the program and the waitlist.

International Applications - CLOSED

You should submit your application, including all supporting documents, via the online portal by the Preferred Deadline :

December 10, 2023

Applications will be accepted until the First Consideration Deadline: January 19, 2024, at which point the program will review applications received and may close admissions.

Admissions Timeline

Generally, the program will begin reviewing applications after the first consideration deadline in January. Offers of admission will begin mid-to-late-March and continue throughout the spring and summer until the program is full.

Information Sessions

Program Information Session Recording | Nov 2022

Admissions Q&A - Graduate Studies at The Creative School

Admissions Q&A session

Do you have questions about applying to one of The Creative School graduate programs? Join our graduate program administration team to get answers.

Join us at the next session:

  • May 22 at 4 pm 
  • June 5 at 12 pm (noon)
  • June 27 at 2 pm
  • July 17 at 12 pm (noon)

Required Documents


A statement of 500-1000 words should address the following:

  • Applicant’s reasons for pursuing doctoral studies in Media & Design Innovation
  • A creative research project they wish to pursue in a practice-based dissertation.
  • How their previous studies and experience have prepared them for this program
  • Their career objectives and how this degree program relates to them

Include all applicable work experience and publications.

Letters of recommendation must come directly from the referee. At least one recommendation letter must be from a professor familiar with the student’s work. Student submitted copies will not be accepted.

Official transcripts are required from every degree granting institution the student has attended.

The interdisciplinary admissions committee requires documentation of both creative and written work as follows:

  1. Visual samples of creative work not exceeding fifteen works/slides (jpegs) or documentation of project prototypes and online video samples of time-based work with links. Video clips are limited to a total of ten minutes in length.

  2. Published articles, reports, a thesis chapter, book chapters, etc. Not to exceed 15 pages.

The examples of work submitted should be related to an investigation of the intended research problem as identified in the statement of interest. For guidelines on other forms of support material please contact the program director.

Applicants are advised to obtain the support of a potential supervisor before applying to the program OR to provide the names of one or two faculty members affiliated with the program that they would like to work with in their online application.

Financing your Studies

Admissions Awards

No application required, awarded based on your admissions application.

The program provides a minimum of $20,000 per year in funding to Full-Time students.

This funding is provided as a combination of one or more of the following:

  • Awards or scholarships
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Research Assistantships
  • Other paid opportunities

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) / Toronto Met Graduate Scholarship (TMGS)

  • $15,000 award for one year.
  • Eligible applicants will be notified by the program to submit an application around February/March. 
  • For students with an A- in each of the last two years of completed study.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (CGS-D) and Postgraduate Scholarships - Doctoral (PGS D)

  • CGS-D : $35,00 award per year for 36 months
  • PGS -D : $20,000 per years for 12, 24, 36, or 48 months
  • For Domestic applicants (visit website for full details)
  • Application deadline is Oct 1, award is granted for the following Fall term.

Bridging Divides (BD) Entrance Scholarship

  • Limited number of stipends to full-time Master's and PhD students who are applying to study at Toronto Metropolitan University on a topic related to one of BD’s four themes. (opens in new window) 
  • Up to $30,000 per year for domestic and $40,000 for international.
  • Renewable for up to a total of four years, subject to annual review of the student’s progress and the availability of funds. 
  • Available to first-year PhD students entering a Toronto Metropolitan University PhD program.
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2024.

You Belong at The Creative School

As a student in the Media & Design Innovation PhD program, you'll be part of The Creative School, a dynamic faculty offering 27 degree programs in media, design and creative industries. Through global experiences and transdisciplinary opportunities, our students emerge as some of the most in demand and employable graduates anywhere.

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