Communication and Media Studies MA

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Communication and Media Studies MA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Master

    • Duration:

      2 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    The University of Calgary’s MA in Communication and Media Studies is delivered by their Department of Communication, Media and Film. It is one of the department’s flagship degree programs, and is perfect for graduates who wish to learn more about media practice, public relations, journalism, professional writing, digital media, film and video or the art of television and radio presentation. You’ll engage with a wide variety of media modules and will learn skills which could make you an invaluable addition to nearly any media organisation. You’ll also develop the professional skills you’ll need to find work in your chosen specialty.

    This program benefits form the department’s heavily interdisciplinary approach as well as their qualitative approach to critique and analysis. This field of study lends itself well to approaches tat both combine and transcend traditional academic approaches. In the end, you’ll learn a great deal about using your skills to have tangible, positive impacts on modern, diverse communities. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This program is typically delivered over 2 years of full time study or 3 years at part time. 

    You will be required to take a total of 18 units, 9 of which must be composed of:

    • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Communication and Media Studies

    This will be an overview of different approaches to understanding communication and media, as well as the main theories and the problems they seek to address. 

    • Communication and Cultural Theory

    Here you will examine important perspectives on communication and cultural theory. You’ll explore them through the lens of classic works, historical analysis and contemporary research.

    • Research Methods

    This will primarily be a review of the different research methods which lend themselves to the study of media or communication questions. 

    The remaining 9 units can be selected from:

    • Critical Media Studies
    • Representation and Identity
    • Communications and Cultural Industries
    • Social Contexts of Science and Technology
    • Social and Media Activism
    • International Communication
    • Methods in Film Studies
    • Media and Democracy
    • Communication and Health
    • Directed Studies
    • Selected Topics in Communication, Media and Film

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Calgary’s Department of Communication, Media and Film uses both traditional and innovative methods to deliver its MA degrees. Of course there will be formal lectures, seminars and various skills tutorials. Like all of UCalgary’s Media and Communications programs, this one helps you develop your ability to think critically and communicate in writing and in person. The capstone of the program will be a thesis which you must submit and defend. 

    Career Possibilities

    Many graduates of the University of Calgary’s Communication and Media Studies MA accept roles in the private sector, including media, film or digital communication production, in digital media, or in the communications infrastructure. Others take up public sector work in non-profits or with government regulatory bodies. 

    As this is a thesis-based MA degree, it can also be a stepping stone to a greater academic career, leading to Masters or even PhD studies at UCalgary or nearly any of the world’s other fine universities. 

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a full MA degree. 

    To apply, you’ll need to have completed an undergraduate education in Communications Studies, Culture Studies or a similar field. Diverse qualifications are accepted as well. 

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise specified, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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