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Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures

Media, Journalism and Digital Culture students working on a project

Why study Media Studies in UTSC?

  • Learn how they work from multiple perspectives, from the public to the private, on both local and global scales.  

  • Learn the connections and the dynamics in the context of today’s rapidly changing media landscape and to critically evaluate the constraints and opportunities offered by modern media institutions and information technologies. 

  • study how media works in today’s world at local, regional and global scales; the history of media and technology and its development and use across different cultures; how media industries manufacture, manage, and disseminate information; and how media form and content shape knowledge and meaning from historical, philosophical, cinematic and artistic perspectives, among many others.  

  • Hone your media literacy skills and learn to critically evaluate the content of media and analyze its underlying ideologies and their implications within the cultural, political, economic, and social realms. 

Contact

Should you have any questions regarding the Media Studies program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please send us an email.

Faculty

Ruoyun Bai | Associate Professor

T.L. Cowan | Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Joseanne Cudjoe | Assistant Professor

Rafael Grohmann | Assistant Professor

Aidan Moir | Assistant Professor

David Nieborg | Associate Professor

Thy Phu | Professor

Jasmine Rault | Assistant Professor

Sherry Yu | Associate Professor 

Retired Faculty

Jeffrey Dvorkin | Lecturer

Michael Petit | Assistant Professor

Media Studies FAQ

What will my first year look like?

All students should take MDSA01H3 Introduction to Media Studies, MDSA02H3 History of Media, and ACMB01H3 Critical Reading, Thinking and Writing for ACM Programs in Year 1. MDSA01H3 Introduces students to key terms and concepts in media studies and provides an overview of theoretical and critical understandings of media. MDSA02H3 surveys the history of media and communication from the development of writing through the printing press, newspaper, telegraph, radio, film, television and internet. 

Please ensure that you enroll in courses you meet the prerequisites for.  

What are the requirements for the Major and Minor programs?

For the Major Program, students must complete 8.0 full credits and for the Minor Program, students must complete 4.0 full credits. For details, please see the Registrar’s Calendar.  

I am interested in enrolling in more than 0.5 credit at MDSD-level. Is that allowed?

No, Major students are allowed to enroll in a max of 0.5 credit at MDSD-level. Minor program students do not have access to MDSD-level courses.

I am interested in both streams within Media Studies, am I able to combine them?

No, you cannot complete a double major with the streams under Media Studies program. You can either pick a Major program in Major program in Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures – Media Studies stream, or a Major program in Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures – Journalism stream. Further, you cannot combine the Major program in Media Studies (any stream) with Minor program in Media Studies. 

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Should you have any questions regarding the Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures program at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please send us an email.  

How do I apply to this program?

High school students: To find this program on the OUAC website, search under University of Toronto Scarborough (found under the University of Toronto entry) under the category "Visual and Performing Arts, Arts Management & Media" (program code TUC); you will then choose 'Media' under the 'Subject of Major Interest' drop-down menu. When you are studying at UTSC, you will be able to choose the stream within the program that is your area of interest. 

UTSC students: Declare your program on ACORN (see here for details)