The Department of Communication, Media and Film hosts programs in Communication and Media Studies and Film Studies.
Communication and Media Studies explores the ways in which communication constructs and reflects society and culture. The program emphasizes the theory, criticism, and history of communication through traditional media, new media and popular culture. It also focuses on the theory, critique and production of informative, persuasive and professional discourse in a range of public, media and organizational contexts (e.g., discourses related to identity, health, technology, food and food marketing and the environment).
The program aims to educate flexible and articulate analysts, researchers and practitioners for a wide range of academic, public and professional contexts. It provides graduates with the knowledge, skill and discernment to communicate ideas effectively and to investigate communication in and across a variety of media including speech, writing, television, film, radio and digital media. Our co-operative education and experiential learning opportunities enable students to develop and apply their skills in non-academic contexts.
The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication and Media Studies and a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (BCMS). Opportunities for further concentration are available via the BA (Honours) in Communication and Media Studies. The BCMS is offered in partnership with SAIT Polytechnic and is intended for students who want the broad interdisciplinary base of knowledge provided by a university degree combined with practical skills in public relations, journalism, new media production, or radio, television, and broadcast news provided by a professional diploma program at SAIT or other approved program. A minor program is also offered. Degree requirements are outlined in 4.11.1 to 4.11.4.
Film Studies situates motion pictures within a wider culture of images and sounds, comprising both contemporary media and diverse historical practices. The program offers students the analytical skills and historical and theoretical frameworks to critically assess contemporary visual culture, and in this way helps to prepare them for careers in film and media criticism; film programming and production; work in cultural institutions; and university research and teaching.
The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film Studies and a Bachelor of Film Studies (BFS). Students taking a BA in Film Studies will develop a broad understanding of the medium, considering film as an art form, as a cultural industry, and as an innovative and developing technology with social, cultural, and political significance. Opportunities for further concentration are available via the BA (Honours) in Film Studies program. The BFS is offered in partnership with SAIT Polytechnic and is intended for students who want the broad interdisciplinary base of knowledge provided by a university degree combined with practical skills in film, video and new media production. A minor program is also offered. Degree requirements are outlined in 4.11.5 to 4.11.8.