Media and Communication Studies


The Media and Communication Studies program at Algonquin College is designed for students who are interested in media, communications, film studies, and photography. The program prepares students for further study in a variety of programs, including Advertising, Business – Marketing, Broadcasting – Television, Broadcasting – Radio, Public Relations, and Journalism.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Another Mobile Device ImageeTextbooks: As a student in a program that has adopted etextbooks, your required texts and digital resources will be provided to you at the beginning of each term (with the exception of general education electives). For more information and associated fees, go to http://www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks/

Ontario College Certificate
1 Year

Program Code: 1438C01FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015


Our Program

One-Year Certificate Program
This one-year Ontario College Certificate program is designed for students who are interested in media, communications, writing, film studies and photography. The program prepares students for success in a variety of programs including Advertising, Business - Marketing, Broadcasting-Television, Broadcasting-Radio, Public Relations and Journalism. Students explore their interests, aptitudes and skills, assess career choices, experience college delivery of course material and generally prepare for further postsecondary studies.

Graduates are eligible to receive an Ontario College Certificate in General Arts and Science - One Year, with concentration in Media and Communication Studies.

Graduates can apply to another program at the College or continue their studies in Year II of the General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program. Some credits may be considered as transfer credits towards other college programs.

Two-Year Diploma Program
The two-year General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program begins in September (for graduates of the one-year certificate program) and in January. General Arts and Science Year II provide a well-balanced selection of courses in the social sciences and humanities. On successful completion of Year II students receive an Ontario College Diploma.

Graduates of the diploma program may apply for advanced standing at either Carleton University or the University of Ottawa, if they achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better. Articulation agreements also exist with other postsecondary institutions.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS
This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have a passion for writing.
  • Enjoy conceptualizing ideas.
  • Are disciplined, motivated and resourceful.
  • Want to work in challenging environments.
  • Have good oral and written skills.

Your Career

A General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate or Ontario College Diploma demonstrates to employers, colleges and universities that graduates have the ability to learn at a postsecondary level, have enhanced skills in oral and written communication, can conduct research in a systematic manner and are flexible and open to meeting new challenges. These are important attributes in a world where change is rapid and adaptability is an asset.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
DAT5758 In today's world, it is essential to communicate effectively using technology in the education and employment fields. Students improve or learn new computer skills by producing multi-page documents, creating spreadsheets and presentations with Microsoft Office software. Computer Foundations In today's world, it is essential to communicate effectively using technology in the education and employment fields. Students improve or learn new computer skills by producing multi-page documents, creating spreadsheets and presentations with Microsoft Office software. 45.0
ENL1813G Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
PSI1703 Politics and the media and communications field share a reciprocal relationship. In today's fast-paced world, politics relies on modern media to both convey messaging and to stay informed. The same is true of the public. In order to better understand this complex relationship, a dynamic understanding of politics is needed. Using analysis of theoretical frameworks and participating in practical exercises, students examine political institutions, law and the legislative process from a Canadian and global perspective. Dominant political ideologies are explored in order to expose students to the diverse opinions that often cultivate political conflict, both at home and abroad. Introduction to Political Studies Politics and the media and communications field share a reciprocal relationship. In today's fast-paced world, politics relies on modern media to both convey messaging and to stay informed. The same is true of the public. In order to better understand this complex relationship, a dynamic understanding of politics is needed. Using analysis of theoretical frameworks and participating in practical exercises, students examine political institutions, law and the legislative process from a Canadian and global perspective. Dominant political ideologies are explored in order to expose students to the diverse opinions that often cultivate political conflict, both at home and abroad. 45.0
SOC1722 An understanding of the sociological perspective leverages students' ability to succeed academically, identify potential career paths and pursue personal goals. Exploring how membership in social groups affects individual behaviour, students use various sociological perspectives to analyze interactions between social groups, institutions and organizations. Topics surveyed include sociological research, culture, socialization, deviance, gender and social stratification. Sociology I An understanding of the sociological perspective leverages students' ability to succeed academically, identify potential career paths and pursue personal goals. Exploring how membership in social groups affects individual behaviour, students use various sociological perspectives to analyze interactions between social groups, institutions and organizations. Topics surveyed include sociological research, culture, socialization, deviance, gender and social stratification. 45.0
SSC0042 Media literacy is a necessity in the study and practice of media and mass communications. An introduction to media studies is presented through exploring theories, technological changes, supporting industries and the relationships that exist with audiences. Students engage in lab-work and presentations demonstrating hands-on techniques, effective public speaking, team building and research skills. Media Dynamics Media literacy is a necessity in the study and practice of media and mass communications. An introduction to media studies is presented through exploring theories, technological changes, supporting industries and the relationships that exist with audiences. Students engage in lab-work and presentations demonstrating hands-on techniques, effective public speaking, team building and research skills. 45.0
SSC0071 Photographic imagery is an integral part of today's media literate society. Students learn basic photographic theory, practice and techniques enabling them to create dynamic images. Artistic elements include composition guidelines, colour theory, and creative self-expression while technical elements include camera functions, exposure principles, and colour balance. Through image corrections and manipulation using software, photo presentation skills, and photo assignments, students explore the role and power of the visual medium in communication. Ethics and integrity in photography and digital asset management are examined. Students are provided with their own compact digital camera as part of their incidental fee. Creative Digital Photography Photographic imagery is an integral part of today's media literate society. Students learn basic photographic theory, practice and techniques enabling them to create dynamic images. Artistic elements include composition guidelines, colour theory, and creative self-expression while technical elements include camera functions, exposure principles, and colour balance. Through image corrections and manipulation using software, photo presentation skills, and photo assignments, students explore the role and power of the visual medium in communication. Ethics and integrity in photography and digital asset management are examined. Students are provided with their own compact digital camera as part of their incidental fee. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
DAT0066 Advanced technology skills allow students to succeed in their college courses and professional environments. Students strengthen their skills and competencies in the use of Microsoft Office software and web building software. Emphasis is placed on practical hands-on exercises and projects.

Prerequisites: DAT5758
Computer Foundations for Media Advanced technology skills allow students to succeed in their college courses and professional environments. Students strengthen their skills and competencies in the use of Microsoft Office software and web building software. Emphasis is placed on practical hands-on exercises and projects.

Prerequisites: DAT5758
45.0
ENL1823G Effective workplace communication skills are required by all graduates. Emphasis is placed on workplace correspondence, job search strategies, report writing, and teamwork. Students compose, edit, and revise a variety of workplace-oriented messages, prepare a targeted resume, practise presentation skills and work in teams to produce a collaborative research project.

Prerequisites: ENL1813G
Communications II Effective workplace communication skills are required by all graduates. Emphasis is placed on workplace correspondence, job search strategies, report writing, and teamwork. Students compose, edit, and revise a variety of workplace-oriented messages, prepare a targeted resume, practise presentation skills and work in teams to produce a collaborative research project.

Prerequisites: ENL1813G
45.0
ENL1982 With writing, the most important aspect of media and media-supported industries, students learn to write news stories, feature articles, news releases and advertisements in both print and broadcast style. Writing for Media and Communication With writing, the most important aspect of media and media-supported industries, students learn to write news stories, feature articles, news releases and advertisements in both print and broadcast style. 45.0
MTM1740 Critical thinking skills are essential in the understanding of narrative and documentary forms of contemporary cinema. The focus of study is on the structure of narrative script with both its use of language and visual elements in conveying meaning and symbolism in film. Film style and its use of the stylistic elements of cinematography, editing, sound and direction are broken down and studied both in theory and practice. Students view motion pictures from various countries and cultures with special emphasis on Canadian cinema. Projects/ presentations on media-related topics, such as scriptwriting, documentary and dramatic short subjects provide students with hands-on experience. Hours for projects and screening involve additional time outside of class. Film Studies Critical thinking skills are essential in the understanding of narrative and documentary forms of contemporary cinema. The focus of study is on the structure of narrative script with both its use of language and visual elements in conveying meaning and symbolism in film. Film style and its use of the stylistic elements of cinematography, editing, sound and direction are broken down and studied both in theory and practice. Students view motion pictures from various countries and cultures with special emphasis on Canadian cinema. Projects/ presentations on media-related topics, such as scriptwriting, documentary and dramatic short subjects provide students with hands-on experience. Hours for projects and screening involve additional time outside of class. 60.0
PSI1705 Political affairs are often heavily influenced by the media and communications field. Students rely on modern communications platforms, combined with theoretical analysis, to enhance their understanding of the many issues that dominate the Canadian and international political landscape. Particular attention is paid to the role of the media and communications field in disseminating, informing, and contributing to public policy dialogue in Canadian and international politics. In addition, students have an opportunity to use modern communications techniques to explain and advance their views on a current issue affecting Canadian political discourse. Current Affairs Political affairs are often heavily influenced by the media and communications field. Students rely on modern communications platforms, combined with theoretical analysis, to enhance their understanding of the many issues that dominate the Canadian and international political landscape. Particular attention is paid to the role of the media and communications field in disseminating, informing, and contributing to public policy dialogue in Canadian and international politics. In addition, students have an opportunity to use modern communications techniques to explain and advance their views on a current issue affecting Canadian political discourse. 45.0
SOC1723 Knowledge of sociology helps to critically assess information while empowering participation in a diverse society. Examining further the discipline of sociology and the impact group membership has on individual behaviour, current issues such as race and ethnicity, aging, work, politics, the family, demography and social change are surveyed.

Prerequisites: SOC1722
Sociology II Knowledge of sociology helps to critically assess information while empowering participation in a diverse society. Examining further the discipline of sociology and the impact group membership has on individual behaviour, current issues such as race and ethnicity, aging, work, politics, the family, demography and social change are surveyed.

Prerequisites: SOC1722
45.0
Elective Group A Hours
GAS0019 To be used as a substitute. Level I Substitute Xix To be used as a substitute. 45.0
GAS0020 To be used as substitute. Level I Substitute Xx To be used as substitute. 45.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,343.89 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

eTextbook Fees: see www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks

Incidental Fee: $231.09 in Level 01.

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,775 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Books and supplies cost approximately $700 per year. Supplies can be purchased at the campus store. See www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks for more information about books. Some textbooks include a software package which is mandatory as it includes evaluation components for the course.

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 will be charged.


Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

For more information, contact Jon Parker, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 7081 or parkerj@algonquincollege.com

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time