“Communication has always been critical to human survival. But during the 21st century it’s actually shrinking the world we know. Managing the tools we communicate with, learning the appropriate vehicles for various audiences, and mastering both traditional and emerging technologies will be critical for thriving in this world. That is what we teach in Media Studies.”
Do you love stories? Are you insatiably curious about individuals and the world around you, how events shape history and why people do the things they do?
Media studies at the University of Guelph-Humber allows you to indulge that curiosity and your creativity through journalism (telling the stories of our lives), digital communication (telling stories digitally), public relations (telling stories on behalf of others), visual communication (telling stories visually) and media business (managing the business of storytelling).
Our program keeps pace with the fast-evolving media industry and helps you find your place in it by teaching you the traditional, but essential, skills of communication (e.g., writing, presenting, editing), an understanding of the historical and theoretical contexts of modern communication and hands-on training in new technologies and emerging platforms.
In Media Studies, you may choose to specialize in one of five specializations:
Digital Communications (web design, audio and videography, multi-platform content)
Journalism (print, broadcast and online)
Media Business (media sales, marketing, advertising)
Public Relations (media relations, event management, public affairs)
Visual Communication (photographic techniques, video and photo editing and manipulation, art direction and design)
Regardless of your chosen specialization, you will bridge into the working world with an internship of 200+ hours at a media organization and a multidisciplinary, award-winning project called EMERGE, a print and online magazine, a one-day conference, three websites, a photography exhibition, a media strategy and a national awards program for Canadian media students.
What credentials will I graduate with?
Earn BOTH an Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Studies AND a Diploma in Media Communications.
You gain both theoretical knowledge and applied skills – that’s why you graduate with two credentials. Both an honours degree from the University of Guelph, and a diploma from Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning – two of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. All in four years of full-time study.
Our curriculum is what makes the difference. It innovatively combines theoretical and applied learning so that you are better prepared for whatever you may choose to do – whether that means beginning a career or pursuing graduate studies.