Cultural Studies at Trent is structured so as to enable a multiplicity of approaches to the field. Each pathway through the curriculum stages an encounter with critical cultural theory which provides an opportunity to engage with some of the major thinkers who have written about culture in the broadest sense of the term. While many students specialize in cultural theory itself, others combine their engagement with theory with study or practical work in one or more of the various areas of artistic practice in the Department--literature, music, visual studies, film, media, and theatre.
Many pathways through the curriculum provide opportunities to pair critical and theoretical engagements with culture with workshop courses in which students involve themselves directly in creative activity in the arts--theatre, writing, painting, and performance, both musical and theatrical. In the media courses as well students usually involve themselves in production projects such as the making of short films.