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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Communication and Digital Media Studies

Degree Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Location Downtown Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
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The Communication and Digital Media Studies program will help you develop 21st-century skills as you explore the economic, political and cultural drivers and impacts of communications and digital media in society.

General information

Is social media changing the world for better or worse? How do smartphones shape the way we think and behave? Can popular culture create and challenge stereotypes? Why are ads so effective at persuading people to buy?

In a time in which communications and digital media is ubiquitous, Communication and Digital Media Studies is a cutting-edge program designed to provide you with a strong foundation in scholarly, civic, and professional knowledge and skills pertaining to the roles, practices and impacts of communication and digital media in society.

You will learn about the fast-changing communication environment in which we live, explore the social and cultural impacts of many media and technology, and hone professionally relevant communication skills. You will develop specialized knowledge about how a range of media forms like TV shows, films, video games, wearables, smartphones, tablets, blogs, social networking platforms and search engines are changing the world. You will become a strong communicator who is able to present your ideas in a variety of forms such as research essays, case studies, journals, blogs, digital stories, mini-TED Talks, debates and videos.

Additional information

Communication and Digital Media Studies website

Admission requirements

Current Ontario secondary school students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M courses, including English (ENG4U).

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average 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.

Last year's cut-off 70 per cent
Expected cut-off Low 70s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants
International applicants
Mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary)
Transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants
Home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Sample courses: 

  • Advertising and Society
  • Digital Media, Politics and Democracy
  • Entertainment Goes Global
  • History of Communication Technology
  • International Communication
  • Living Digitally
  • Pop Culture
  • Public Relations
  • Tweet, Friend and Follow Me: Understanding Social Media
  • Work in the Information Age
  • Writing and Publishing in the Digital Age

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

A full list of course descriptions is also available on the Communication and Digital Media Studies website.

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

There are thousands of communications career paths, including:

  • Communications specialist
  • Creative director
  • Digital media strategist
  • Freelance content creator
  • Journalist
  • Professional editor
  • Public relations officer
  • Social media co-ordinator
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