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Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the first year of the Interactive Multimedia & Design (IMD) program, an applicant must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, with a minimum of six 4U or 4M courses and includes the following courses1:

  • One 4U Math2
  • Five Additional credits
  • Portfolio

Note1: Advanced Functions (MHF4U) will be required for Fall 2018 entrance only; if you see Brochures (even the Carleton Viewbook 2017) with this, it's an error. The above requirements are correct.

Note2: Corresponds to Ontario course codes only (for others please see Carleton Admissions)

Admissions & Tuition Fees

Admission into any of the programs, the tuition fees, etcetera are handled by Carleton University. If you need further information related to these topics it is best to contact the admissions group directly

Coop Option

If you are planning to take the Cooperative education option (Coop), the entrance requirement is 70% and a CGPA of 8.0 (B) to continue on the Coop program; however you can register for coop after you have started in the program

Portfolio (Interactive Multimedia & Design Only)

Applicants to the Interactive Multimedia and Design program are required to submit a portfolio of creative work in support of their application (Note: Applicants to the IRM, NET, or PLT programs do not require a portfolio). Portfolios and academic records are considered equally when evaluating an applicant for admission to the program.

The presentation slides from our Portfolio Workshop event can be found here

Portfolio Contents

All Portfolios should contain:

  • Cover Letter - introduce yourself and the work you are presenting; use this letter to tell us about yourself so we can understand who you are, your interests, and any other pertinent information. This letter should be no more than 1.5 pages.
  • Resume - highlight your educational background, any awards or scholarships, professional activities, extra-curricular activities. This should be no more than 2 pages
  • Example Index (replaced by "Description" and "Medium" in the On-Line Submission) - an index of work identifying and describing each of the examples of work submitted. The purpose of this index is to make it easy to identify and understand each piece or project. Where projects were done in a team, please be explicit about your role and contribution. The index should be no more than 1.5 pages
  • Examples of Creative Work - this should contain 5 to 6 pieces of creative work; good examples include: digital art, 3D modelling, 2D/3D animation, web site design, game design, videos of games, video/visual effects, photos/scans of traditional art (pencils, pastels, paints, sculpture)

Note: there is absolutely no advantage in submitting digital work (such as flash animation, modelling, etc.) over non-digital; all pieces are judged solely on their creativity. Higher scoring will be given for your best work (regardless of medium) and broadest range (e.g. one or two only from each medium)

Portfolio Submission Process

There are two ways to submit your portfolio: Regular Paper-based Submission or the On-line Submission; all submissions need to be received before the 1st of March of the year of entry (if the 1st of March falls on a weekend or holiday, portfolios must be received by the following regular working day)

Regular Paper-based Submission

The required format is 8.5" x 11". All work, including the Cover Letter, Resume, and Index, must be bound together and/or organized within a binder or portfolio designed to accommodate 8.5" x 11" sheets. Portfolios must be sent or delivered to Carleton and must be received at the following address by March 1st:

IMD Admissions Committee (c/o Hana Jabi)
230 Azrieli Pavilion
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

On-Line Submission

An on-line submission system is available for you to submit your portfolios through the portfolios.carleton.ca website. You will require your Carleton Student ID/Application ID in order to submit a portfolio through this system.

Submissions to the on-line system are format restricted as follows:

  • Documents (Cover Letter, Resume, or Full Portfolio): Portable Document Format (.pdf), Microsoft Word 2007 Document (.docx), Microsoft Word 97-2003 Document (.doc)
  • Image submissions: JPEG (.jpg), PNG (.png), GIF (.gif), BMP (.bmp)
  • Video submissions: URLs linked to videos on YouTube.com or Vimeo.com


  • For any animation work in the paper submissions, consider submitting a set of screen-shots so that we can see the time progress
  • Flash Drives, DVDs, or CD-ROMs that accompany paper-based submissions will not be reviewed
  • Please select only one submission method; if a portfolio is submitted more than once only one submission will be considered