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Media and Communication Studies

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, distributed, and used.

You will learn about different media industries, including social networks, and how they are changing. You will learn how advertising and other commercial images affect you, how Canadians fit into the global village and what it means to be literate in the new media; in short, you will learn how your life and society are changing in response to innovations in communication.

Students seeking careers in the technical areas of media production will find these courses very valuable, but will need courses from elsewhere to provide instruction in the mechanics of production. For example, while the music industry is studied, sound recording is not.

Graduates of the Associate of Arts, Media and Communication Studies option, are prepared to seek employment,  to transfer to one of the many degree programs in Canada, or to ladder into the Bachelor of Arts (MACS minor or extended minor) at UFV.

Careers in Media and Communication

People with degrees in media and communication find work in a variety of fields, such as: media research, training or consulting; media production, analysis, or criticism; advertising and pubilc relations; human relations and management. They can also go on to graduate school.

Entrance requirements

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

General requirements

60 credits of 100- and 200-level courses. A minimum of 15 credits must be completed at UFV.

Each course must be transferable to one of Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia (Vancouver or Okanagan campus), University of Northern British Columbia, or University of Victoria. Transferability of courses can be found on the B.C. Transfer Guide at bctransferguide.ca. No course will be used to meet more than one of the following specific requirements.

Graduation requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher calculated on all courses that could apply to the program.

Specific requirements

Course Title Credits
6 credits in English or Communications:  
ENGL 105–170 or CMNS 125, 155, 251 6
9 credits in Science:  
Mathematics, Computing Science, or Statistics course 3-4
Lab science 100-level course 3-4
Science elective 100- or 200-level course 3-4
36 credits in Arts:  
MACS 110 Introduction to Communication Theory 3
MACS 130 Mass Communication in Canada 3
MACS 200-level courses, CMNS 180, or ENGL 208 15
Humanities 100-level courses (other than English) 9
Arts elective 100- or 200-level course 3
Arts elective 200-level course 3
9 credits in Arts, Science, or other areas 9
Total   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.