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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Communication and Digital Media Studies

Program details

Faculty
Social Science and Humanities

Degree
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Experiential learning
Experiential work term
Internship
Practicum
Research study
Undergraduate thesis

Delivery method
In-class
Hybrid online/in-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, Downtown Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Four years

Program load
Full-time

OUAC code
DDC

Overview

someone holding a phone Hone professionally relevant communication and creative skills while learning about the roles, messages and impacts of social media, entertainment, advertising and the news in society.

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? 

Communications and digital media are everywhere and in everything. Journalists, public affairs officers, content creators, entertainment makers, branding experts, digital storytellers, social media influencers, consumers, citizens and activists use all kinds of media every day to produce, send, and receive digital messages and images about the world, to change it in some way. 

In the CDMS program, you will develop specialized knowledge about the fast-changing communication and digital media environment in which we live, work, shop, and play, analyze the social dimensions and impacts of many media forms, and hone professional communication and digital media skills linked to thousands of new and exciting careers. 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, videos, digital stories, memes and mini-TED Talks.

For more information, visit the Communication and Digital Media Studies website or view our program postcard.  


I wanted to better understand the apps I was using and our communication environment, and this program was the perfect way to do that—whether it was about advertisements, social networking sites, news or influencers, I was learning about the digital media world. Rilita Theodora Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Communication and Digital Media Studies Class of 2021


Did you know?

organizations provide placement opportunities
of students are employed within six months of graduation

Admissions

Admissions


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-off70 per cent
Expected cut-offLow 70s

Program details

Faculty
Social Science and Humanities

Degree
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Experiential learning
Experiential work term
Internship
Practicum
Research study
Undergraduate thesis

Delivery method
In-class
Hybrid online/in-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, Downtown Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Four years

Program load
Full-time

OUAC code
DDC

Learn more

Faculty website

Download viewbook

Contact information

Career opportunities

  • Advertising Expert
  • Communications Specialist/Officer
  • Content Creator
  • Creative Director
  • Digital Media Strategist/Storyteller
  • Freelance Content Creator
  • Journalist
  • Professional Editor
  • Public Relations Official
  • Social Media Co-ordinator/Specialist

Experiential learning

A limited number of fourth-year students have an opportunity to participate in a learning experience with a community organization. The practicum is an experiential learning tool that provides students with opportunities to acquire workplace skills and knowledge, confront the relationship between theory and practice, and cultivate a sense of personal and professional development. The practicum course consists of 100 hours of fieldwork, several in-class seminars and a set of academic assignments.

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