Media, Information & Technoculture BA

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Media, Information & Technoculture BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    A BA in Media, Information & Technoculture (MIT) from Western University is a wonderful way to become more familiar with the ever-changing and evolving phenomenon that media has become in the modern world. You’ll study media theory, history and analysis as well as becoming familiar with all of the latest research relating to this fascinating field. 

    An MIT degree incorporates music, celebrity culture, entertainment, news and all of the media which bring these things into our lives – film, television, radio, social media and the internet generally. You’ll come to understand how all of these things influence modern life – often in unexpected ways – and how they can be put to work to further specific goals, either cultural, developmental or commercial.  

    This is Western University’s largest single undergraduate program, boasting more than 900 students at a time, Enrolment has a strict cap of 250 students each year, so the program is quite competitive.

    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 degree program is typically delivered over 3 years of full time study, after your first year in general study.

    Year One Modules Include:

    • First Year Foundations
    • Introduction to Media, Information and Technoculture
    • Media Production Foundations
    • Navigating Media Culture: #mediaculture

    Year Two Modules Include:

    • BIntroduction to Video Theory and Production
    • Consumer Society: Advertising and Promotional Culture
    • Digital Music: An Introduction
    • Entertainment Industries and Popular Culture
    • Foundations of Global Communication
    • Introduction to Digital Imaging and Website Design
    • Introduction to Graphic Design
    • Journalism Practices and Principles
    • Mapping Media and Cultural Theory
    • Media and Social Movements
    • Media Law and Ethics
    • Media, Representation and Identity
    • Through the Looking Glass: Alternate Realities in Pop Culture

    Year Three Modules Include:

    • Children, Advertising & Consumer Culture
    • Critical Perspectives in Advertising
    • Designing and Critiquing Research Methods
    • Deviant Divas: Examining the Monstrous Feminine
    • Global Political Economy of
    • Information in The Public Sphere
    • Media Representations of Women
    • Net-Work: Labour and Profit on Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Web 2.0
    • Northern Radicalism
    • Rebels and Rogues: Outlaws in Culture and Theory
    • Search and Discovery
    • Search Engines and Data Mining

    Learning And Teaching

    Western’s MIT program has many different learning foci, including learning to examine, analyse and criticise media on a professional or academic level. This program includes many experiential learning opportunities, including job shadowing, volunteer positions co-op placements and internships, both paid and unpaid. You might also seek out international exchange opportunities, which will prepare you to build a career on the global level. However, neither of these are mandatory and you can meet all criteria for graduation without them.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree program is designed to give you the skills in critical, interdisciplinary cultural, technological and structural analysis that you’ll need to build a career. Whilst it is not a training program for any particular industry, you’ll gain a wide range of professional skills and a deep understanding of the media industries, information management and communication. Thus, it can easily lead to many different commercial careers or to an academic career at the graduate and PhD levels.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed their first year of general studies content at Western with no failed classes, and have achieved 65% or better in several MIT-oriented classes.    

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

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