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Communication and Digital Media Studies - GAS

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Six semesters (full-time)
Program load Full-time
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Admission requirements: An Ontario college certificate from Durham College in General Arts and Science-Liberal Arts Ontario Tech Transfer with a minimum B+ average.

General information

All organizations in society, including businesses, government, advocacy groups and creative industries, are looking for people who understand the roles and effects of communication on society. Effective communicators must be able to navigate new media platforms as well as traditional ones. Explore the economic, political and cultural drivers as well as the impact of communications and digital media within society.

Our program will enhance your oral, written and digital communication skills. It will also develop your knowledge about how a range of media forms are changing the world, expand your cultural awareness, and enrich your life in a time in which communications is everywhere and in everything.

Additional information

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities website
College-to-university transfer programs website

Admission requirements

Students who have successfully completed a General Arts and Science Certificate - Ontario Tech University Liberal Arts Transfer/University Transfer option at Durham College may apply for direct admission into the second year of the Communication and Digital Media Studies program. Eligible applicants must achieve a minimum grade of 70 per cent in each college prerequisite course with an overall average of 77 per cent or higher.

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications. 

Transfer credit

In recognition of your certificate, you will receive 10 courses toward your 40-course BA in Communication and Digital Media Studies degree.

Last year's cut-off 77 per cent
Expected cut-off High 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our college-to-university transfer applicant page.

Program curriculum

Sample courses: 

  • Advanced Professional Writing and Editing
  • Advertising and Society
  • The Media in Canada
  • Tweet, Friend and Follow Me: Understanding Social Media

More information is available in the Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

A limited number of fourth-year students are granted an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, several in-class seminars and a set of academic assignments.

Career opportunities

  • Communications specialist
  • Creative director
  • Digital media strategist 
  • Journalist
  • Professional editor 
  • Public relations specialist
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