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Durham Greater Toronto Area

Media Studies (B.A.)

Media Studies is a new, genuinely dynamic field. In this program, explore the ways in which information in the digital age is organized and consumed, and how contemporary media environments differ from those in the past. Your studies will include research on media organizations, the influence of advertising on contemporary media, the effects of new technologies, and the role of mass media in shaping how we imagine and see our world. You’ll take courses in radio, television, online games, and issues in global media. Plus, you’ll get hands-on experience in our film-production workshop. 

Students combine this joint major with studies in sociology, history, business administration and other joint majors offered at Trent in Durham.

For more information about the Media Studies program, please contact:

Durham Campus Enrolment Advisor, Tawny Weese
tweese@trentu.ca 905-435-5102 ext 5003
Durham Campus Rm. 101.2

Studying Media Studies at TrentU Durham? Your typical first year will look like this:

  • CUST 1535H - Introduction to Media Studies 
  • COIS 1010H - The Digital World

and 4.0 Elective Credits 

Recommendation to take a selection of 2000 level Media Studies courses.

Interested in pursuing a joint-major with Media Studies? You would be required to take the neccessary introductory courses during your first year of study as well.

Note: Many Media Studies courses offered at the second year level can be taken in your first year of study. Consult page 177 of the Academic Calendar for additional course offerings and see what other Media courses you can take in your first year of study!

First Year Media Studies Course Descriptions

  • CUST 1535H: Introduction to Media Studies - An introduction to media studies that starts with students’ own experiences of contemporary media. It seeks to give students an understanding of these media and how they emerged. Leads into second-year courses in the history and theory of media, in changing media practices, and in digital culture. 

  • COIS 1010H: The Digital World - Digital systems have redefined how we work, communicate, and play - just think about the World Wide Web, mobile camera phones, video games, and e-business. Core topics examine the underlying technologies of both computing and information systems and how they have become an integral and indispensable part of our daily lives.

Career Paths:

  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Cultural Production
  • TV, Radio or Internet Documentary Production
  • Media Consultancy
  • Communications
  • Content Manager
  • Media Arts
  • Digital Media

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