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Associate of Arts degree Media and Communication Studies option

The Associate of Arts Media and Communication Studies option focuses on the study of information — how it is created, packaged, shared, distributed, consumed, and used.

You will learn about all media industries, including the internet, and how they are changing. You will learn how you are affected by advertising and other commercial images, how Canadians “fit” in the global village, what literacy in the new media means; in short, how your life and your society are changing in response to innovations in communication.

Students seeking careers as media professionals (e.g., film-makers, broadcast journalists) will find these courses very valuable, but will need courses from elsewhere to provide instruction in the mechanics of production. For example, while the film industry in Canada is studied, film-making is not.

Careers in Media and Communication

People with degrees in Communication find work in a variety of fields, including management or research connected with communication industries; research or policy development in government (related, for example, to the introduction of new technologies); research in international development; public education, advertising, or marketing. A bachelor’s degree is also appropriate preparation for graduate work in a variety of other disciplines.

Entrance requirements

See the Associate of Arts degree section for details on entrance requirements and application procedures.

Program requirements

The Associate of Arts Media and Communication Studies option requires a minimum of 60 credits transferable to at least one of UBC, UNBC, UVic, or SFU, of which 15 must be from UCFV. No course will be used to meet more than one of the following specific requirements. Students must achieve an average overall grade of C (cumulative GPA of 2.0) calculated on all courses that could apply towards the associate degree.

Sample program outline

Year 1

First semester

Course Title Credits
English 105–170 or one of CMNS 125, 155, 251 3
MACS 110 Introduction to Communication Theory 3
Humanities 100-level 3
Social Science/Humanities 3
MATH/Stats/COMP 3 (+1)
Total   15

Second semester

Course Title Credits
English 105–170 or one of CMNS 125, 155, 251 3
MACS 130 Explorations in Mass Communications 3
Humanities 100-level 3
Elective 100- or 200-level 3
Lab science 100-level 3 (+1)
Total   15

Year 2

First semester

Course Title Credits
MACS 200-level 3
MACS 200-level 3
Humanities 100-level 3
Elective 100- or 200-level 3
Science elective 3 (+1)
Total   15

Second semester

Course Title Credits
MACS 200-level 3
MACS 200-level 3
MACS 200-level 3
Arts elective 200-level 3
Elective 100- or 200-level 3
 or previous credit (+3)
Total   15
     
Total credits 60

Subject areas

Please see this section for a list of the subject areas which apply to Associate of Arts program categories.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.


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