Humber’s Bachelor of Digital Communications degree program explores the dynamic media environment and the cultural, social, economic and political implications of digital innovation. Communications studies are becoming recognized as one of the most significant social sciences in the 21st century. Increasingly, worldviews are shaped through messages received from television, film, the internet, social media and a host of media arts, with profound impacts on how the world and the self are viewed. The construction of everyday lives and identities are negotiated through digital media and social networks which influence how we live, the products we produce and consume, and how we connect.
This program is rigorous and innovative, developing digital storytellers who are skilled in writing, visual communication, web applications and social media. You will build significant business acumen while working in an environment where creative ideas and methods cross-pollinate. As you gain technical competency, you will collaborate and innovate with peers, faculty and visitors, building personal communication and networking skills. Intensive lectures and labs provide direction and practical experience, sharpening technical skills and stimulating critical discourse, using student work as a starting point. Access to studios and computing spaces enables reflective and collaborative project work. Historical, legal, ethical and theoretical considerations are built into the creative process.
As part of the program, you will engage with an array of courses designed to deepen your awareness of your roles as a citizen conscious of the social, political, environmental and cultural contexts of their work. Senior students in this program specialize in advanced communication theory and techniques. A culminating capstone project showcases their abilities and learning, and serves as a platform for launching a career in digital and social media co-ordination, media relations, and many other mass communications fields. Graduates may also choose to further their studies at the master’s level.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Employ distinctive communication styles grounded in a thorough understanding of communication theories, and historical and contemporary trends in visual design and media technologies.
Create effective media strategies based on insightful audience analysis, principles of branding and marketing and revenue generation and media law and ethics.
Critically analyze and interpret media messages, comprehending the historical, social, commercial and cultural impact of representational, explanatory, abstract and symbolic images.
Gather, review, evaluate, interpret and express information using a range of well-developed analytic and creative methodologies.
Operate as informed producers and consumers of media communications recognizing the aims of commercial business, nonprofits, government, and community enterprise.
Apply innovative media strategies to effectively analyze and express themes and issues from a range of contexts and perspectives.
Interpret and apply theoretical and ethical frameworks to identify and solve communication problems in a variety of contexts.
Present ideas and information accurately and creatively using written, oral, audio-visual and web-based formats.
Reflect on communication strategies and practices from a range of perspectives and willingly adapt, revise, edit, and develop improvements.
Manage communication projects effectively, employing a professional attitude towards responsibility, initiative, collaboration, adaptability, accountability and ethical use of resources.
Integrate leadership and influence skills with accountability in media content creation.
Direct own continuous learning, pursuing opportunities for constant renewal of skills and knowledge.
Students will participate in one mandatory 14 week paid or unpaid work placement in the summer between Semester 6 and 7. This placement provides students with an opportunity to gain experience and meet professionals in the digital communications sector. Many of the placements are offered in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), a hub for the communications industry in Canada and home to numerous media, non-profit, marketing, public relations and other private sector companies.
In a rapidly changing digital landscape, Transmedia creates multi-dimensional storytelling experiences that provides audiences the opportunity to be engaged like never before. Immersive, collaborative and deeply engaging, Transmedia revolves around the telling of stories using a variety of platforms. The overall narrative experience is intended to be enhanced by audience engagement with each successive platform.
Use your digital media skills to succeed in the evolving field of communications. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada forecasts that communications job openings will increase over the next decade.
You'll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.View Credentials
MA - Ryerson University
BJ - Ryerson University
PhD – Western University
MA – University of Windsor
BJ - Carleton University
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PhD - University of Toronto
MA - University of Toronto
BA - McGill University
PhD (Media Studies) – Western University
MA (Communication and Culture) – York University/Ryerson University
BFA – Ryerson University
PhD – University of Liverpool, UK
MA – Coventry University, UK
MBA - QAU, Pakistan
PhD (Communication and Culture) - York University & Ryerson University
MA (Media Production) - Ryerson University
BAA (Honours) Radio and Television Arts - Ryerson University
BAS (Honours) Administrative Studies - Trent University
In the digital age, communicators have far more reach than ever before to tell stories, share images and influence opinions. As many organizations change to reflect the communication needs of the public, there are opportunities for people with modern skillsets to begin their careers. Graduates may find positions in the digital media industry or as communication professionals within commercial, non-profit, governmental or other organizations.
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Watch the video to see how students presented a wide variety of digital projects, all created and presented by the program's first graduating cohort!
Students design data for future airport installation
Thu, October 17, 2019
The project is part of the Global Affairs Canada division of the Federal Government and aims to highlight the support Consular Services offer to Canadian travellers.
The hackathon event took place in the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation and started with an introduction to the design challenge and a briefing call with the client where students were provided the information, materials and inspiration they needed to start their projects.
“When a client is involved, the experience is holistic and involves every aspect of working in the field,” says Bianca DiPietro, program coordinator of the Graphic Design program. “The dynamic between client and student is much more professional and holds a certain level of recognition.”
DiPietro and David Neumann, program coordinator of the Web Design and Interactive Media program say the opportunity for their students to work with real-life clients is great exposure—allowing students to communicate effectively, problem solve and work collaboratively with others.
The students gathered in small groups to design a concept while working with their faculty and advisors to complete their project proposals by the end of the day. Faculty will review the submissions and select up to eight concepts based on uniqueness, creativity and execution. The selected submissions will be shared with Global Affairs Canada to consider the concepts further.
For one group, their concept is a three-dimensional, hollow hemisphere that resembles a globe and features data and information within it. User-friendly to all ages, the globe can be tilted or spun around to allow users to see inside the globe and learn about Consular Services.
“Projects like this give validation to the program and show trust in us as working professionals by allowing us to have our work showcased and potentially have our work attached to the Government of Canada,” says Gizaham Jones, third-year Graphic Design student.
Using different skills and methods, a Web Design and Interactive Media group’s concept includes movable Plexiglass panels. With infographics and data printed or engraved onto the materials, the installation will allow natural light in airports like Toronto Pearson Airport to reflect onto it. The concept also features QR codes and Near-field communication (NFC) codes, which lead users to find more information on the government’s website using their smartphones.
“Being able to have clients give you an open-ended project to work with is a great way to get your creativity and development moving and apply what we’ve learned so far,” says Paul Cudmore, second-year Web Design and Interactive Media student.
The hackathon is part of Humber’s Data storyLAB, which is an innovative hub for data-driven storytelling. Based out of the North Campus, the storyLAB will produce year-round research and partnership opportunities for student learning and engagement.
“StoryLAB is an opportunity for students to pair with reporters, developers and coders to discuss the influence data can create in different journalistic settings. The lab demonstrates how data can transform and impact politics, social justice, and the day-to-day lives of Canadians,” says DiPietro.
Humber’s storyLAB and The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting recently created a storyLAB Data Journalism Grant to support independent data-driven journalism.
For the inaugural grant, Humber and The Pulitzer Center are accepting proposals for stories related to Indigenous lands and property rights. The grant will provide up to $10,000 for a freelance journalist or team of journalists to explore a related story from a data-driven perspective.
This article, by Alysia Burdi, was first published by Humber Today on September 20, 2019. Read the article in it's original context.
Humber Journalism Honoured by Columbia Scholastic Press Association
Mon, October 14, 2019
Humber Journalism publications and students were recognized for excellence by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).
Convergence and sweat were silver medalists at the CSPA College General Magazine Hybrid Awards, with individual student journalists receiving 15 2019 Gold Circle Award commendations across 11 categories. This year’s CSPA Gold Circle Awards attracted 7187 news and magazine entries from college and university publications around the globe. A full list of individual award recipients is included below.
N03 Editorial Writing
- CERTIFICATE OF MERIT: Staff, "Tuition Poses Unnecessary Barrier to Upward Mobility, Success," Humber Et Cetera, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
N05 Personal opinion: Off-campus issues
- SECOND PLACE: Devin Nguyen, "No Easy Route to Good Journalism," Humber Et Cetera, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
N12 Personality profile
- CERTIFICATE OF MERIT: Ross Lopes and David Tuchman, "In Memoriam Harry Leslie Smith," Convergence, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
N14 Cultural feature
- SECOND PLACE: Elesha Nicholls, "Wingin It," Scribe, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
- THIRD PLACE: Kateryna Horina, "They Got Chills," Convergence, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
- CERTIFICATE OF MERIT: David Tuchman, "Paying To Play," Convergence, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
N18 Briefs writing
- SECOND PLACE: Kateryna Horina and Austin Spearman, "News In Brief," Convergence, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario.
N29 Single sports photograph
- THIRD PLACE: Paige McGowan, "Bear Hunting," Humber Et Cetera, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
N37 Newsmagazine Cover
- CERTIFICATE OF MERIT: Chelsea Alphonso and Ross Lopes, "Decolonize It," Convergence, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
N38 Page One Design
- CERTIFICATE OF MERIT: Et Cetera Staff, "Higher Education," Humber Et Cetera, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
N45 Alternative Story Presentation
- FIRST PLACE: Kit Kolbegger and Michelle Rowe-Jardine, "Predators of the Press," Convergence, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
N46 Design Portfolio of work
- SECOND PLACE: Chelsea Alphonso and Ross Lopes, Convergence, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
N50 Single Subject Feature Package, Double-truck (two-facing pages)
- THIRD PLACE: Staff, "Legalization Day," Humber Et Cetera, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
N51 Single Subject News or Feature Package, 3 or more pages or special section
- CERTIFICATE OF MERIT: Chelsea Alphonso, Ross Lopes and Austin Spearman, "Reporting People As People," Convergence, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario;
- CERTIFICATE OF MERIT: Paige McGowan and Art Team, "Centre Stage," Scribe, Humber College, Toronto, Ontario.
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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts News
Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists
Thu, June 13, 2019
96.9 Radio Humber teamed up with the Broadcast Television/Videography Program to bring Canadian artists on campus for an interview and performance.
Faculty of Media and Creative Arts Students Win Big at this Year's Skills Ontario Competition
Mon, May 27, 2019
The Faculty of Media and Creative Arts would like to congratulate four of our students who won at Skills Ontario this spring.
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