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BA(Hons) Media Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
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 Tuition fee

41920 CAD
41920 CAD

Application fee

International 90 CAD
National 90 CAD
Media Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1200
ACT (avg)26

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About this course

Media is ubiquitous in contemporary society. Every aspect of human experience – the personal, social, economic, political, cultural, moral, and aesthetic – is mediated, and the distinction between everyday reality and media reality is becoming increasingly blurred for many. The institutions that produce, control, and disseminate media texts and images operate as “consciousness industries” that influence how we understand ourselves and the world around us. Simultaneously, new forms of media, made possible by digital technologies, are in the process of destabilizing these very institutions and understandings. Because of its importance to contemporary society, media has become a central topic of research in both humanities and social science fields. Media Studies draws from this broad and diverse range of academic scholarship to offer a theoretically engaged, historically informed, and culturally aware approach to the study of media.

The centrality of media as a means through which democratic discussion occurs in the public sphere points to the importance of media literacy skills in maintaining an informed citizenry. Media Studies offers theoretical and critical thinking tools to evaluate what it means to live in a highly mediated, media-focused visual and auditory culture. Gaining competency in the use and application of these tools is paramount to students’ individual empowerment. As media scholar W. James Potter has written:

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Eligibility Criteria


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Minimum Requirement iBT – total score of 100 + 22 on Writing PBT – total score of 600 + 5.0 on TWE Discretionary Range* iBT – total score 89-99 + 19-21 on Writing PBT – total score 573-597 + 4.5 on TWE
The minimum requirement is an overall band of 6.5, with no band below 6.0. Results are received electronically from IELTS. We do not accept paper results.

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Course Modules

Media Studies Programs

Program Requirements
Students must complete 8.0 full credits including 2.0 credits at the C- or D-level:

1. 1.5 credits:

  • ACMB01H3 Critical Reading, Thinking and Writing for ACM Programs
  • MDSA01H3 Introduction to Media Studies
  • MDSA02H3 History of Media

2. 0.5 credit from the following:

  • MDSB05H3 Media and Globalization
  • MDSB25H3 Political Economy of Media

3. 0.5 credit from the following:

  • MDSB61H3 Mapping New Media
  • MDSB62H3 Visual Culture and Communication
  • MDSB63H3 Sound and Visual Media

4. 1.0 credit from the following:

  • MDSC01H3 Theories in Media Studies
  • MDSC02H3 Media, Identities and Politics
  • MDSC53H3 Anthropology of Media and Publics

5. 0.5 credit from the following:

  • MDSD01H3 Senior Seminar: Topics in Media and Arts
  • MDSD02H3 Senior Seminar: Topics in Media and Society

6. 3.5 additional credits in MDS courses

7. 0.5 credit from the following:

  • ENGB70H3 Introduction to Cinema
  • ENGB75H3 Cinema and Modernity I
  • ENGB76H3 Cinema and Modernity II
  • ENGC56H3 Literature and Media: From Page to Screen
  • HISB12H3 The Classical World in Film
  • HISC08H3 Colonialism on Film
  • PSCA01H3 Communicating Science: Film, Media, Journalism, and Society
  • SOCC44H3 Media and Society
  • VPHB68H3 Art and the Everyday: Mass Culture and the Visual Arts 
  • (VPMB97H3) Film Music
  • VPMC97H3 Music, Technologies, Media
  • WSTB13H3 Gender, Media and Culture
  • WSTC16H3 Criminal Women: Gender, Justice and the Media
  • WSTC22H3 Women and Film
  • NOTE: Additional courses with a media focus offered by other programs and departments may be eligible to meet this requirement (with permission of the program director).

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How to Apply

  • Documents must be submitted electronically via Parchment/Naviance/OUAC whenever possible. Where electronic transfer of documents is not possible, your institution must send the documents to us directly in an envelope which has been signed and sealed by the issuing institution. Do not submit hard copies of any documents which you are sending electronically.
  • You may be given the opportunity to upload your documents directly, if they cannot be sent electronically. However, uploaded documents are considered unofficial, and we reserve the right to request official transcripts.
  • AP, SAT, ACT, IB, TOEFL, IELTS, and COPE/ELDA test scores must be sent electronically.
  • Submit documents such as reference letters and resumes only if requested. Unnecessary documents will NOT be added to your file; these will be discarded and will delay the processing of your application.

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