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The MA (Master of Arts) is a thesis-based program that will allow students to apply for PhD programs or to pursue careers in which research, writing and speaking skills are essential. Read more
The MA (Master of Arts) is a thesis-based program that will allow students to apply for PhD programs or to pursue careers in which research, writing and speaking skills are essential. Students are expected to complete the Master’s degree in 2 years of full-time study.

Program Requirements

Current MA Program requirements for students entering the Communication and Media Studies (CMMS) program:
-3 core courses: COMS 601, COMS 613, and COMS 615
-3 elective courses (see graduate courses for course descriptions)
-Thesis 112 (mandatory but non-credit)
-Thesis: students spend the second year of their programs researching and writing their theses
-Thesis defense: an oral examination based on the thesis

Department of Communication, Media and Film

Our Graduate Program invites students to pursue their academic interests in the critical study of Communication and Media. We offer a stimulating and dynamic environment, a community of students from around the world, and a faculty dedicated to fostering an environment in which students can reach their full academic potential. We offer interdisciplinary scholarship and rigorous theoretical and methodological grounding and we encourage students to develop unique programs of study that reach beyond traditional topical boundaries.

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Technology Studies Education provides a forum for exploring and studying information and communication technologies (ICT), new media, and the philosophy of technology. Read more

Technology Studies Education provides a forum for exploring and studying information and communication technologies (ICT), new media, and the philosophy of technology. Curriculum, pedagogy, research, and development interests of faculty and students include affective computing, cyberculture and cyborg relations, digital ecology and diversity, distributed cognition, gaming, ICT integration in K–16 formal and informal learning environments (face-to-face, hybrid, and online distance education), intellectual property, open source, and cultural studies. The program offers a common core of courses, a range of electives, and a variety of professional education opportunities.



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The Master of Arts program offers students in a wide range of disciplines the opportunity to earn a master’s degree by writing a thesis and successfully completing a limited number of courses. Read more
The Master of Arts program offers students in a wide range of disciplines the opportunity to earn a master’s degree by writing a thesis and successfully completing a limited number of courses. The number and details of the courses are determined within the first semester of the student's program.

Students may complete their degrees in either a full- or part-time capacity. Full-time students complete a 24-month program while part-time students complete a 48-month program. Part-time students will normally complete all required course work in the first 24 months, with the subsequent months committed to continued research and production of the thesis.

Although degrees are awarded in specific disciplines, the program is administered centrally by the School of Graduate Studies, rather than by individual departments or faculties/schools.

Course detail

Graduate degrees traditionally have been awarded for the successful completion of a satisfactory thesis. The thesis route expresses the fundamental tradition of academic scholarship. It also relates to the University’s undergraduate programs, because the creation of a thesis in any discipline calls for a range of skills which are central to the liberal education tradition, including analysis and synthesis of ideas, empirical investigations, the construction and articulation of arguments, and writing skills.

Because of the nature of the M.A. program, the thesis forms the central requirement of the program. At the master’s level, a thesis involves close collaboration between supervisor and student. Consequently, it is necessary for a candidate to establish contact with potential supervisors prior to application for admission. Candidates seeking potential supervisors should contact either the relevant academic department or the School of Graduate Studies.

Why study at the University of Lethbridge?

As a graduate student at the University of Lethbridge, you’ll find yourself at the centre of a student-focused environment that nurtures innovation, critical thinking and creativity.

The University of Lethbridge is one of Canada’s top-ranked universities and leading research institutions.

At the foundation of our graduate programs is a multidisciplinary and personalized experience. A collaborative environment is encouraged between faculty and students. This means you have flexibility in decisions regarding the research and learning path you take.

At the U of L, we are committed to helping every one of our students thrive. From aiding with financial support to one-on-one mentorship to individualized career advice, you’ll find support every step of the way.

When you graduate, you will have the confidence you need to succeed in whatever you do, whether that means pursuing further education, teaching in an academic setting or establishing a professional career.

We’re here to help as you find the answers to your questions. As Alberta’s Destination University, the U of L gives you room to think, create and explore, providing a university experience unlike any other.

How to apply

In order to apply, you will need to provide the following documentation:

• Academic Transcripts
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three Letters of Reference
• Letter of Intent
• English Language Proficiency (ELP)

All applications and supporting documents must be provided through the online portal: https://www.uleth.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/apply

Co-operative Education & Internship Option - Graduate Studies

The Co-operative Education/Internship Option is available to students for the Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MSc) programs. Co-operative education is an educational model that formally integrates academic study at the master’s level with relevant, paid work experience in appropriate employment fields such as government, institutions, and industry. The University, the employer, and the student are in partnership to ensure an enriching experience toward the student's professional development.

Find more information here http://www.uleth.ca/artsci/coop/co-operative-education-internship-option-graduate-studies

Funding

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.uleth.ca/graduate-studies/master-arts/award-opportunities

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The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree program offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate study in the Departments of Art, New Media, or Theatre and Dramatic Arts. Read more
The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree program offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate study in the Departments of Art, New Media, or Theatre and Dramatic Arts. These majors emphasize a combination of theory and practice relevant to their discipline. Faculty, comprised of artists and scholars, foster an environment of active engagement with material, critical and conceptual investigations in production and performance. The M.F.A. program allows graduate students to concentrate in their chosen disciplines and to synthesize their research into a unique and challenging Thesis Project. Exceptional facilities, integrated technical support, a lively community of arts and culture, and a commitment to academic and creative excellence are integral qualities of the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Masters of Fine Arts - New Media

Building on our reputation for excellent undergraduate education in the areas of 3D art and animation, the moving image, interactive arts, digital design, and new media theory and culture, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in New Media offers students the opportunity to join a dynamic community of artists, designers, and scholars.

As a smaller program with high calibre students, the MFA in New Media encompasses a strong theoretical and practical foundation in areas related to faculty research interests. Students hone their creative talents using first rate design and animation software, motion-capture technology, and digital video production equipment. The program offers an exceptional level of interaction with faculty and staff. The MFA in New Media degree is a two-year, full-time studio program of applied and academic study. The University of Lethbridge is committed to providing competitive financial support to all graduate students.

Located a short drive from Calgary, the United States border, and the Canadian Rockies, Lethbridge is a growing city that enjoys a diverse geography of prairie, rolling hills, and an expansive natural river valley area. Lethbridge is home to numerous art collectives and a number of contemporary art galleries including the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Casa, Trianon Gallery, Parlour, and the nationally acclaimed Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Several sites for exhibitions are available to graduate students, including the University of Lethbridge Penny Building, which provides a strong downtown presence.

The program offers students unique opportunities to contribute to the vibrant cultural life on campus and in the broader community of Lethbridge. MFA students are encouraged to augment their studio practice through interactions with other graduate programs in the Faculty of Fine Arts (Art, Music, and Drama). The University’s liberal arts focus offers opportunities to take courses and explore collaborations with the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Located in the U of L Centre for the Arts, the New Media Department is supported by excellent studios, labs, specialized workshops, and digital facilities, including:

•Teaching and research computer labs equipped with dedicated workstations for computer graphics and visual content development
•Green Screen Studio combined with Digital Photo Studio facilities supported by digital video and photo cameras, dedicated mobile and studio lighting equipment kits, and professional sound recording and editing equipment
•Faculty research labs with cutting edge stereoscopic visualization technology
•Motion Capture Studio based on Vicon technology
•Dedicated animation work stations integrated into new media computer labs
•HD video and digital cameras, lighting kits, and sound equipment

How to apply

In order to apply, you will need to provide the following documentation:

• Academic Transcripts
• Curriculum Vitae
• Three Letters of Reference
• Letter of Intent
• English Language Proficiency (ELP)

All applications and supporting documents must be provided through the online portal: https://www.uleth.ca/future-student/graduate-studies/apply

Funding

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.uleth.ca/graduate-studies/master-arts/award-opportunities

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The Advertising Media Management program prepares you for the role of strategic media planning and buying within the advertising and communications industry. Read more
The Advertising Media Management program prepares you for the role of strategic media planning and buying within the advertising and communications industry.

Intensive, hands-on, industry-approved Advertising Media Management courses provide you with the fundamentals of media management, while focusing on consumer-driven communication channel choices (such as mobile platforms) for advertising messages.

In this School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design graduate program, you:
-Develop an expertise in reaching target audiences with a creative message
-Build your business and negotiation skills on behalf of advertising clients to achieve strategic results
-Expand your knowledge of emerging media
-Master your knowledge of industry-specific syndicated research databases and software
-Complement your in-class education with an industry field placement that provides the opportunity to work in the industry and hone your skills

Career Opportunities

Among the companies that have hired Centennial graduates are PHD Canada, Mindshare, Media Edge, MacLaren McCann, OMD, Media Contacts, MPG, Starcom, Mediacom, Publicis and UM.

Program Highlights
-You receive realistic hands-on learning and partake in a 14-week field placement during which you gain practical industry experience.
-Comprehensive digital media training is covered in two semesters.
-The Advertising - Media Management program enhances career-ready skills in media management, research, analysis, planning, estimating and buying.
-High-level industry professionals, who help you to connect with the industry, teach and mentor you.
-The School of Communication, Media and Design campus, the Story Arts Centre, houses professional software to which you have access.
-Tilt — a student-run communications agency — provides you with real experience while you are in school.
-The Interactive Advertising Bureau recognizes Centennial College as offering the largest breadth of interactive/mobile curriculum.

Career Outlook
-Digital strategist
-Social media planner
-Connection planner
-Account planner
-Broadcast buyer
-Media sales executive
-Research analyst
-Business development coordinator
-Analyst

Careers
Media placement is all about connecting the right people with the right message in the right place at the right time. There are multiple media streams to choose from that include analytics, strategic planning, media buying and media sales.

This role requires the professional to work as part of an integrated media planning team, ensuring that the product is based on superior knowledge and strategic insights, and that the resultant media execution is brilliant and flawless.

Areas of Employment
-Advertising agencies
-Independent media management companies
-Marketing companies
-Multimedia owners and sellers
-Research companies
-Advertisers

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Centennial College's Children's Media program not only teaches you how to create memories and childhood heroes of a new generation, it does so in a one-of-a-kind way. Read more
Centennial College's Children's Media program not only teaches you how to create memories and childhood heroes of a new generation, it does so in a one-of-a-kind way.

Guided by industry professionals at the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design, this first-of-its-kind in Canada program teaches you to create, manage and market numerous media products for the rapidly growing children's market.

Children's Media courses explore various media including television, interactive digital media, books and games. This range allows you to hone your creative storytelling abilities, business skills and production management practices for the development of unique and innovative educational or entertaining children's media content.

You also learn all about the major components of the children's media industry, including production, budget and financing, marketing, publishing and business management. Lastly, you develop insight into child development, and the social and ethical issues related to entertaining children.

To ensure that you are ready to begin your career as a highly skilled content producer, the one-year Children's Media program includes industry events and an industry field placement in a Canadian media organization. These opportunities allow you to build networking skills and gain contacts to assist in your career launch and growth.

From Polka Dot Door and Mr. Dressup to a Annedroids and Almost Naked Animals, the business of creating exciting, quality children's media is a key part of the Canadian entertainment industry.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-Industry and education professionals developed this unique Children's Media program.
-To prepare you for a career in the children's entertainment field, the program includes hands-on, practical training through the use of on-site professional software, pitching to broadcasters and producers, and visits to production companies
-You work with high-level professionals who not only teach you but also help you to connect with the industry.
-Among the specific areas that the offering covers are: writing for children's media, marketing children's entertainment products, project management, pitching, TV and multi-platform production, team building for creative production, child development, licensing and merchandising, the legal and regulatory aspects of children's media, personal branding and career planning, and navigating the domestic and international marketplace.

Career Outlook
-Children's writer
-Marketing specialist
-Project manager
-Content manager
-Children's TV producer
-Children's multi-platform producer
-Program History

Centennial College launched its Children's Media graduate certificate program in September 2009. It was born through the recognition that Canada has, for many years, been a leader in the creation and production of internationally successful children's entertainment properties. The School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design program was formulated and developed by some of the very best and most respected contemporary producers, writers and industry leaders in Canada. As well, it is continuously guided by an active program advisory committee with members from across the spectrum of areas that involve and affect children's entertainment — from education and early childhood specialists to toy manufacturers to interactive digital media producers.

Through the program, students gain a solid developmental understanding of their audience, a strategic and entrepreneurial approach to their careers, a global perspective, and the passion and commitment to become tomorrow's industry leaders.

Areas of Employment
-The independent television production sector
-Industry funding bodies
-Freelance writing for television
-Cross-platform production

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The Communications - Professional Writing program prepares you to work as a versatile communications professional. Read more
The Communications - Professional Writing program prepares you to work as a versatile communications professional. With a focus on assessing audience needs and delivering thoughtful and relevant content, combined with effective project management techniques, you develop the skills you need to write and produce copy for a variety of professional settings and styles.

The innovative Communications - Professional Writing courses encompass a wide range of communications disciplines and vocational skills, including:
-Web copywriting
-Technical writing
-Proposal writing
-Writing for social media
-Content marketing
-Presentations and speech writing
-Content management
-Information design and data visualization
-Digital storytelling

As a student of the Communications – Professional Writing program, you have the advantage of creating a diverse and professional portfolio that includes training modules, complex visual aids (such as infographics), and compelling layouts for many different print and virtual platforms (brochures, newsletters, websites and more). Thanks to your well-rounded training, you will be able to launch a writing career that can go the distance, taking on a variety of roles in both the profit and non-profit sectors.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-The Content Bootcamp, an intensive two-week workshop at the beginning of the first semester, builds on your academic writing skills, polishing your writing for a professional audience.
-A vocational program at its core, Communications – Professional Writing prepares you for a writing career with longevity. As such, every course has you producing professional quality work so that you graduate with a polished and diverse portfolio.
-Unique second-semester course components include creating training modules, implementing training programs, and leading virtual or live training sessions to complement the content and documentation created in first semester courses.
-The Digital Storytelling course, a standout feature, encourages you to think critically about the future of communications, and its role in business, technology and society in general. You have the opportunity to collaborate on a creative communications project, exploring what it means to be a communicator in a digital world.
-A field placement opportunity in the final semester provides you with valuable experiences in a variety of industries. Program faculty works with you to place you in an organization relevant to your long-term career goals.

​​Career Outlook
-Technical writer
-Communications coordinator
-Social media officer
-Editor
-Web copywriter
-Proposal writer
-Instructional designer
-Report writer/business analyst

Areas of Employment
-Arts and culture
-Retail and e-commerce
-Government and non-profit
-Finance
-Marketing
-Software development and IT
-Medicine
-Science
-Web design

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Centennial College's Food Media post-graduate program brings your passion for the food industry and media together to provide you with the skills necessary to succeed as a food product creator, developer, presenter, advertiser and marketer. Read more
Centennial College's Food Media post-graduate program brings your passion for the food industry and media together to provide you with the skills necessary to succeed as a food product creator, developer, presenter, advertiser and marketer. In this program, students will attain the skills and tools necessary to advertise and market their own food product or service through a focus on the entrepreneurial use of personalized branding and marketing. Students will also be able to identify the target market audience, design and deliver creative messages, and negotiate for the appropriate media product to achieve the desired communication and presentation results.

Using their creative skill and food knowledge, graduates will harness the power of the media to deliver messages to attract revenue-generating streams and opportunities.

Delivered in an intensive, three-day format (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) for the flexibility of the working professional.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
Program graduates will be equipped with the skills to identify and implement entrepreneurial opportunities in a food media related field such as Freelance Food Writer, Food Stylist Editor, Food Styling Specialist, Food Blogger, Blog Editor and Food Segment Producer. Additionally, graduates can also find employment in both the public and private sectors including advertising and marketing communications media agencies, health care and educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, newspapers and magazines, television and radio broadcasting companies, and other media-based industries such as out-of-home marketing communications and trade promotions.

Career Outlook
-Freelance Food Writer
-Food Stylist Editor
-Food Stylist Specialist
-Food Blogger
-Blog Editor
-Food Segment Producer

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The heart of Centennial College's Interactive Media Management program is user experience (UX). Your ability to design and create meaningful interactive digital experiences will position you to succeed as an interactive media professional. Read more
The heart of Centennial College's Interactive Media Management program is user experience (UX). Your ability to design and create meaningful interactive digital experiences will position you to succeed as an interactive media professional.

This Interactive Media Management program, facilitated through the School of Communications, Media and Design, is ideal for you if you have completed a post-secondary program and wish to apply your skills to a career in interactive media management. If you're passionate about making interactive experiences that "just work", this program is for you.

Your courses teach you how to plan all elements of an effective interactive digital experience, starting from assessing what your audience needs then accommodating their needs through the interface, its design and the words it contains. You also have the opportunity to work on your own project, from concept to prototype.

The interactive digital media industry is changing as mobile and immersion computing becomes more important and prevalent. As such, this collaborative and project-driven program emphasizes:
-Digital strategy
-UX design
-Content strategy and planning
-Interactive storytelling
-Analytics
-Digital project management (grant charts, budgets, project planning, agile methodology)
-Researching and surveying the interactive media landscape

You learn about the industry and available career options in the early stages of the Interactive Media Management program and you complete your learning with a nine-week industry field placement.

Career Opportunities

Future Alumni
Where do program graduates go? With a combination of creative and practical skills, alumni are well-positioned as the interactive media professionals of the future. Alumni work in all aspects of the interactive media industry both in Canada and internationally.

Some of the Interactive Media Management program's alumni include:
-Angelique Abranches, Interface Architect, Shaw Media
-Christine Hanson, User Experience Architect, Critical Mass
-Guilherme Chee, Interactive Designer at Electrolux (Brazil)
-Jaimie Lerner, Digital Content Producer, Indie88
-Danielle Williams, Web Content Coordinator, The Shopping Channel
-Matthew Flanagan, Digital Content Coordinator, Movie Services at Bell Media
-Miguel Martinez, Pipeline Technical Director, Atomic Cartoons
-Laura James, Digital Content Producer & Strategist; CEO at Mulberry Media Interactive
-Rebecca Milner, Community Manager, OneMethod
-Andrew Rajaram, UX Architect, OneMethod

Program Highlights
-In the first semester, you gain fundamental skills in analyzing, designing, and creating interactive user experiences. As a result, you acquire a solid understanding of elements of UX, with an emphasis on content and audience analysis, UX strategy, wire framing, practical coding, A/V production and management skills.
-The second semester is spent working on your own senior project, while you apply advanced learning in business, analytics, technology and planning documentation.
-In your third and final semester you learn how to pitch and present an interactive media project and polish your entrepreneurial skills before heading out to work in the industry on your field placement.

Career Outlook
-Interactive producer
-Digital strategist
-Content strategist
-Social media manager
-Information architect
-Web development
-User experience (UX) designer
-Digital content producer
-Technical director
-Games producer

Areas of Employment
-Interactive and game studios
-Advertising agencies
-Marketing companies
-PR agencies
-TV broadcasters
-Radio stations
-Content production companies (video, animation)
-Government, financial and tetail sectors
-High-tech industries
-Freelance production/strategy

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The Public Relations - Corporate Communications (Pickering Learning Site) program is one of the most highly regarded programs in Ontario. Read more
The Public Relations - Corporate Communications (Pickering Learning Site) program is one of the most highly regarded programs in Ontario. It equips you, in just two semesters, to enter an exciting industry. This program's Publication Relations and Corporate Communications courses are delivered through a compressed and blended learning model with in-class study and online assignments.

The faculty members in the program are industry experts who recognize that no two days in this field are alike. As such you:
-Learn to research, write, plan, edit, design and implement everything from strategic communications plans and employee newsletters to gala dinners for hundreds of people
-Come to understand how communications strategies influence employee attitudes, shift stockholders' opinions and tell an organization's story to the media
-Get connected to the public relations industry

If you previously completed a post-secondary education, possess strong writing skills and have the ability to manage various projects at the same time, you may want to consider this School of Communication, Media, Arts and Design undertaking.

Please note:
-This program is offered at the Pickering Learning Site. With direct access to Pickering Town Centre and the GO Train Station, the Pickering Learning Site is a great learning location in a small, intimate setting.
-This program requires you to have and use a mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware and software requirements. For more information, please visit Mobile Learning Programs.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-This Corporate Communications and Public Relations program at the Pickering Learning Site leads the way in social media and PR content.
-The School of Communication, Media, Arts and Design program is close to the heart of Toronto's PR industry.
-You complete a full-time, eight-week field placement in the industry.
-The curriculum highlights learning by doing while emphasizing employability skills and landing a job.

Career Outlook
-Public relations coordinator
-Media relations
-Employee communications
-Web-based communications

Areas of Employment
-Banks
-Municipal governments
-Media
-PR agencies
-Museums
-Trade associations
-Hospitals
-Not-for-profit organizations

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The Publishing - Book, Magazine and Electronic program is one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in Canada. Through hands-on education, it prepares you for employment in a wide variety of areas in the publishing industry. Read more
The Publishing - Book, Magazine and Electronic program is one of the most prestigious programs of its kind in Canada. Through hands-on education, it prepares you for employment in a wide variety of areas in the publishing industry.

Established in 1974, this unique and award-winning Publishing program has earned several accolades for academic excellence and for the career success of its graduates.

In this School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design program, you learn to:
-Be an integral part of the team that helps to shape the evolution of Canada's cultural and literary landscape
-Publish e-books
-Help build the careers of the next generation of writers in the publishing industry
-Take part in publishing the bi-yearly On the Danforth magazine

Your experience in the Publishing program is rounded out by an industry field placement at a book or magazine publisher in Toronto. During this time, you acquire critical working experience, industry knowledge and professional relationships as you initiate your new career.

A career in book, magazine or online publishing promises a world of innovation, stories and culture that integrates your creative, marketing and business skills.

Career Opportunities

Companies that have hired program graduates include: Penguin, Random House Canada, Pearson Education, Toronto Life, Nelson Educational Publishing, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, Style at Home, Hockey News, Cycle magazine, Harper-Collins Canada, ECW, House of Anansi, Firefly Books, Outpost Magazine, Cottage Life, McClelland & Stewart, McGraw-Hill Ryerson and Profit.

Program Highlights
-The two-semester accelerated format covers all facets of the publishing process, including e-books and online magazines.
-You complete a six-week field placement in the industry.
-The graduate certificate that is earned reflects a high standard of learning.

Career Outlook
-Editorial assistant
-Marketing coordinator
-Social media assistant
-Web editor
-Web developer
-Sales coordinator
-Publicist
-Copy editor
-Design and layout artist
-Fact checker
-Digital marketer
-Advertising sales representative

Areas of Employment
-Trade and educational book publishing
-Consumer and business-to-business magazines
-Online publications

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The Television and Film – Business program is a unique program that prepares you to take on the business aspects of the television and film production industry. Read more
The Television and Film – Business program is a unique program that prepares you to take on the business aspects of the television and film production industry.

Today's film and television producers need more than just good ideas and a crew to get their projects off the ground. They need people with the skills to handle the financing, management, legal, distribution and business affairs.

The two-semester – Television and Film - Business program offered by the School of Communication, Media, Arts and Design emphasizes the importance of an entrepreneurial spirit and a global outlook.

As such, you explore the legal, financial and regulatory frameworks of the industry and develop skills necessary for producing in the current Canadian and international market. To round out your training, you complete a field placement that allows you to gain experience in the industry prior to graduation.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights

This program is unique in Canada and it:
-Combines knowledge of the film and television industry with the principles and practices of accounting and business
-Focuses on developing strategies and plans for various business aspects of the film and television industry (i.e. project financing, program sales and marketing plans, and business plans for the launch and operation of an independent production company)
-Integrates knowledge of the global marketplace, distribution models and additional revenue sources
-Provides opportunities to learn production techniques through the various stages of pre-production, production and postproduction in both a crew and leadership positions

Career Outlook
-Production co-ordinator
-Production manager
-Business affairs associate
-Business affairs officer
-Production accountant
-Distribution associate
-Associate producer
-Producer
-Independent producer

Areas of Employment
-Business affairs
-Accounting
-Business development
-Production management/producing

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At the University of Calgary, we formed the Computational Media Design Program to enable students to conduct research at the intersection of art, music, dance, drama, design and computer science. Read more
At the University of Calgary, we formed the Computational Media Design Program to enable students to conduct research at the intersection of art, music, dance, drama, design and computer science.

The Computational Media Design (CMD) graduate program is composed of the Faculty of Science: Department of Computer Science, the Faculty of Environmental Design and the Faculty of Arts: School of Creative and Performing Arts, Department of English and Department of Art. Students can earn graduate degrees, both Master of Science and PhD. The research-based graduate degrees explore the relationships between and among art, design, science and technology.

In the expanding world of multimedia and design, there is an increasing need for graduates who can conduct and direct complex projects that combine computing expertise with the creative energies of artists and designers. Numerous opportunities exist for our graduates in companies whose primary business is game design and development, film, TV, web design, simulation, networking, interactive media, and mobile and wearable computing to name just a few. Interest in our graduates also comes from the creative fields of dance, music, theatre and the visual arts.

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The Masters of Arts in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories explores today’s creative practices and works produced since 1970. Read more
The Masters of Arts in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories explores today’s creative practices and works produced since 1970. OCAD University is one of only a few universities in North America that concentrates on current artists and issues. It’s the first program in Ontario to offer a graduate specialization in design history.

In this program you’ll be shaping contemporary art, design and new media scholarship. OCAD University is a unique place to study this exciting field – the program is small, so you’ll get personal attention, have access to top-notch faculty and be studying at Canada’s largest art, design and new media university. You’ll work with the producers of cutting-edge art, design and new media in your studies.

This program is normally completed in two years. Students in this program can take advantage of being located in the heart of Toronto’s cultural district – you’ll have access to the archives of major institutions only a few blocks away such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto International Film Festival and the Design Exchange.

You should have an honours, four-year bachelor’s degree in art history, visual culture, communications or a similar program to apply.

What will you learn?

The program comprises the following:

You’ll learn to understand the zeitgeist, current movements and practices in today’s art, design and new media world. You’ll use established conventions of art history, theory and terminology in seminars and engage in independent study.

You can take courses from any of three specializations. You will choose one as your focus:

Contemporary Art History
Design History
New Media Art History

Drawing on the long established discipline of art history and sharing analytical techniques, theory and terminology, these three areas of study are complementary. However, these areas of investigation and specialization bear and retain their own distinctiveness, which is emphasized in field-specific seminars and independent study. While students may take courses in any one of the three specializations, one field will be selected as the focus for the degree.

The MA in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories is a full-time, 7.5 credit program normally completed within two years (five semesters).

Two core graduate courses
Field-specific graduate seminars
Two electives
Individual reading and research
Major Research Paper (MRP) / Thesis writing workshop
MRP or Thesis

Students are required to complete a major research project or thesis. Here are a few recent examples:

Lady Gaga and the Other: Persona, Art and Monstrosity
The Comic’s Heartbeat: Framing Affective Structures in Comics History
Hip Hop as a Tool of Decolonization
New Media as a Platform for Indigenous Self-Representation and Social-Political Activism

You’ll be at the centre of contemporary art scholarship by planning and hosting the CADN Graduate Students’ Conference which is a major conference that attracts students and art historians from across the country.

What will I be able to do with my degree?

After graduating, you’ll be positioned to continue your research in a PhD program in cultural studies or contemporary art.

More and more contemporary art galleries and institutions are opening every day. These spaces want to hire people with their finger on the pulse of contemporary art and how it relates to history. Graduating with this highly prized skill set will give you a leg-up on students coming from traditional art programs.

Graduates from this program work as magazine and journal editors, researchers and curators.

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The graduate program in Digital Futures responds to the increasingly important and sophisticated role of digital technology as a catalyst for change. Read more
The graduate program in Digital Futures responds to the increasingly important and sophisticated role of digital technology as a catalyst for change.

Digital Futures has an international student cohort and faculty. The program features collaborative overseas eGlobal courses with world-wide educational and industry partners. A global perspective is key to securing our graduates’ futures in the eclectic international creative digital industries, encompassing design, arts, creative services, entertainment, media and cultural industries. The Digital Futures program is offered in partnership with the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) Media Lab.

The Digital Futures student-centred learning approach applies to both research and practice. The curriculum ensures that you gain core digital knowledge and skills as you explore your specific areas of interest through electives, industry internships, residencies and independent study.

The program focuses on practice-based learning and prototyping, with an enterprise component and supporting thesis research. Industry partnerships help students to build a career runway in advance of graduating. You are encouraged to work with industry partners in internships which lead to mentorship for your thesis research.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

You should have a background in design, technology, culture and/or enterprise as demonstrated by an undergraduate degree and relevant work experience. Our students are designers and artists, filmmakers, architects, journalists and media specialists, scientists, engineers and business people. This diversity drives peer learning and collaboration across disciplines in the program.

THE MASTER’S DEGREE IN DIGITAL FUTURES

The master's in Digital Futures is a two-year full-time program. In the program, you will develop practice-based and scholarly research in technologically advanced design, art and media through the following:

Critical thinking
Research and practice
Business and innovation studies
Computing and emerging digital methodologies

This is a full-time, 8-credit program comprising:

Foundational courses in computation, business creation, innovation and leadership
Core courses in digital methods, research, theory and practice
Intensive digital project and prototyping courses
Individual research and creation overseen by a principal advisor and supervisory committee
Summer internship and/or study abroad
Elective choices
Creative digital thesis project and supporting paper (MFA/MDes) or a written thesis and supporting creative project (MA)

Students declare their intention to pursue the Master of Design (MDes), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or Master of Arts (MA) at the time of application. The outcomes of the chosen degree are distinctive. The MDes and MFA focus on practice-based research creation with a supporting thesis. The MA flips that focus, with an emphasis on a scholarly research thesis and a supporting creative project.

ELECTIVE CHOICES

New elective courses are continuously created in response to trends and emerging technologies. These cutting-edge courses cover theory and practice in design, art, media, technology and enterprise. Some examples include:

Body Centric Technologies
Dialogues in Feminism and Technology
Digital Games
Information Visualization
IP: Getting Value from Your Creativity
Web + Mobile System Design
Transmedia Storytelling
Ubiquitous Computing
Affect and Emotion in Practic
Making It Real
From Data to Perception
Special Topic: Family Camera at the ROM

WHERE MIGHT YOUR GRADUATE DEGREE IN THE DIGITAL FUTURES PROGRAM LEAD YOU?

As a Digital Futures graduate, you’ll be qualified to work in positions such as:

App, web, and games designers and developers
Digital project leaders
Cultural industry producers
Managers and coordinators between art and design departments and IT
Creators and developers of your own start-ups
Film, television and digital transmedia producers
Digital strategists and educators

Graduates of the Digital Futures program will be poised to play leadership roles in research and development in the media, arts, technology, entertainment and education sectors.

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