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Media Studies

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Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts
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Diploma in Media Communications

Why study Media at UofGH?

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Transfer Credit for previous post-secondary Education

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Located in Toronto

Live & Study in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Study In + Explore Toronto

Toronto is a dynamic place to live and learn. The Greater Toronto Area is home to approximately 5.4 million people, one-sixth of Canada’s population; nearly half of that population is made up of residents from around the world.

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3 million people live in the City of Toronto

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Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world

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More than 140 languages & dialects are spoken in Toronto

Attending university in Canada’s cultural, economic and business centre will play an essential role in your program opportunities.

Our campus is serviced by four transit systems that link you to urban and rural destinations.

Explore Toronto and get to know its 140 neighbourhoods! Visit local tourist attractions including the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Kensington Market, Scotiabank Arena, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Zoo, St. Lawrence Market, Distillery District and Niagara Falls (two hours away).

Where else can you experience festivals celebrating food, music and people from other countries within a few city blocks? Your choices for recreation off campus are unlimited with large- and small-scale facilities and venues for sports, music, theatre and art.

Focused Academic Program

Keep pace with a rapidly changing industry. Start by learning how media has developed then look ahead to emerging trends. You will be introduced to various media and study the historical, social, cultural and ethical aspects of the industry. Following your second year, you will choose one of five specializations to direct your studies. However, you are not limited by your specialization. You can take courses from any of these areas as well.

Third- and fourth-year courses teach you about governance and policy and how to work in a team environment; for example, by producing a digital news site or television broadcast or promoting and managing a large event.

Choose one of five specializations to direct your studies. However, you are not limited by your specialization. You can take courses from any of these areas as well.

Specializations

Digital Communications: Create multiplatform content using web design, audio and videography.

Journalism: Explore print, broadcast and online journalism with a strong focus on writing, editing and pitching stories.

Media Business: Learn the business of managing media sales, marketing and advertising.

Public Relations: Learn corporate communications, media relations and event management using various tools, including traditional and social media.

Visual Communication: Learn the fundamentals of photography combined with elements of production, design and videography. Learn to create, manipulate and edit images, design concepts and video.

You have access to tools of the trade—the latest industry technology, such as a virtual reality studio, multimedia production facility equipped with a soundstage, HD multi-camera setup and switcher, and edit workstations. Full-frame photo cameras, 4K digital cinema cameras, and professional studio lighting are available to sign out.

Learn how to manage and organize in a team and how to handle a variety of media in this ever-evolving field.

Complete an undergraduate thesis in year four. Increase your knowledge and applied research skills in a specific area of media studies; learn research principles and project coordination; and build your presentation skills. You will conduct your own study, analyze the data and write a thesis paper.

In your fourth year, you work on Emerge, a groundbreaking media project that brings together all five specializations. In addition to creating a print and online magazine, students plan the final ceremony for a national media awards program, and a variety of other events, all of which are supported by multiplatform digital marketing campaigns.

First-year Courses

  • Communication, Technology & Culture
  • Communications Perspective
  • English I: Reading & Writing Effectively
  • Ethical Issues
  • Film Study
  • General Elective
  • Internet Survey & Research
  • Introduction to Journalism & Public Relations
  • Photography & Digital Imaging
  • Visual Communication & Design

Note: First-year courses and the Media Studies program plan may be subject to change.

Transfer Pathways

If you have any postsecondary education and you wish to apply to the University of Guelph-Humber, then you are a Transfer Applicant.

College Block Credit Transfer Pathway

Our college block credit transfer pathways allow you to move seamlessly with your college diploma into our honours program.

If you have completed one of the following two- or three-year diplomas from a recognized Ontario college, with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, you are eligible to receive block transfer credit:

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications/Management
  • Broadcasting
  • Digital Communications
  • Image Arts/Photography
  • Journalism
  • Media Communications
  • Public Relations

General Transfer Applicants

If you are not eligible as a College Block Credit Transfer applicant, you are considered a General Transfer Applicant.

Coming from a diploma program: If you have completed coursework or a diploma from a college diploma program, you must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% to be considered for admission.

Coming from a degree program: If you have completed a degree or degree-related coursework from a recognized college or university program, you must have a minimum cumulative average of 70% to be considered for admission.

Experiential Learning

More than 0 hours of Workplace Experience

After third year, you will complete an internship of more than 200 hours. International internships are another exciting course opportunity.

Internships have included:

  • Rogers Media: 680 News, Today’s Parent, Flair
  • The Walrus
  • Bell Media: TSN, Marilyn Dennis Show, The Social
  • Corus Entertainment: ET Canada, Big Brother Canada, Global News
  • Faulhaber Communications
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
  • National Post
  • NKPR
  • SickKids Hospital
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Universal Music Canada
  • Walt Disney Studios Canada

Sample Careers + Further Education

  • Account Coordinator
  • Brand Strategist
  • Art Director
  • Communications Manager
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Digital Content Producer
  • Digital Communications Specialist
  • Editor (web, print, story)
  • Event Coordinator
  • Experiential Marketer
  • Fundraising Strategist
  • Media Buyer
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Production Assistant
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Publicist
  • Radio/TV Broadcaster
  • Web Developer
  • Master of Arts in Communications
  • Master of Journalism
  • Master of Professional Communication
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Law School

Note: Some careers and entry into further education may require additional study.

Leviana

Leviana C.
Graduated 2012
Currently working as Communications Manager, TD Canada Trust; Communications Officer, The Period Purse; Founder and Editor, A Quarter Young 

“The school has such a tight-knit community, I met so many people from different programs and years. I keep in touch with many of these people today, and my former boss is also a Guelph-Humber grad!”

  • Event Assistant
  • Learning Support Peer
  • Managing Editor, Emerge Magazine
  • Senior START Leader
  • Humber Homework Club
  • Entrance Scholarship
  • Merit Scholarships
 

Opportunities

The City Law School (LLB)

The University of Guelph-Humber and The City Law School, City, University of London have partnered to offer you a prime law school opportunity. Earn a senior status law degree in only two years following completion of your honours degree.

  • Eligible for admission with a competitive average
  • No LSAT
  • Reduced tuition

Research as an undergraduate

If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid and do research as a Research Assistant with instructors funded by the University’s Research Grant Fund.

  • Apply classroom knowledge
  • Develop skills in conducting experiments, research and data collection
  • Contribute to research publications

Study Abroad

Through instructor-guided study tours, you experience concepts discussed in class. Because all study abroad courses are partially subsidized by the University, the opportunities are within reach. You may also be eligible for a study abroad travel grant, ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

Past highlights include:

  • Going to outdoor classrooms in Odense where children interact with nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development
  • Learning about a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan
  • Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society
  • Understanding freedom of speech through the examples set in the Netherlands and Denmark
  • Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to study “eco-psychology” - the attitudes, perceptions and behaviour of people toward the environment
  • Visiting areas of historical/cultural significance in Ireland to interact with academics, community groups, and agencies involved in governance, democracy and human rights

Get Involved!

Societies

Societies are related to our seven academic programs and offer a realm of activities outside of class with a focus on your field of interest. They can help you develop leadership skills, gain professional experience and network.

Your media interests could get you involved with:

  • Advertising & Marketing Association
  • Business Council
  • Consulting Association
  • Entrepreneurs Society
  • GuHu Media
  • Technology Society
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Women in Business

Agora Fellowship

Be a part of the Agora Fellowship: a select group of students who discuss ideas and themes from renowned books in a regular forum led by Assistant Vice-Provost Dr. George Bragues. Build your extracurricular experience. Every year the Fellowship takes a trip related to their current topics; destinations have included Boston, Montreal, New York and Washington.

Soka Education Research Initiative on Global Citizenship

Join the Soka Education Research Initiative on Global Citizenship: a global, undergraduate, research project—the first of its kind in the world—led by Family and Community Social Services Program Head Dr. Paul Sherman. Explore how to nurture human potential and happiness for the greater benefit of humankind through the study of Soka (value-creating) education and global citizenship. Travel as a Research Associate to present study results at professional symposiums.

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