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Communication & Media Studies

What is Communication and Media Studies?

Communication and Media Studies in the University of Calgary’s Department of Communication, Media and Film critically explores the ways in which communication and media construct and reflect society and culture. In our courses, you will explore historical and contemporary approaches to analyzing media and communication and study a wide variety of popular culture and other genres. You will also study the rapid developments in digital and social media, and become critical consumers of media of all kinds. 

A unique place to study

As a Communication and Media Studies student, you will have the opportunity to participate in unique and dynamic learning experiences in class and through extracurricular activities. Develop research skills, become engaged in hands-on media projects such as culture jamming and usability studies, or get on the job experience with internships and the co-op program. Participate in a group study programs to Berlin, Ireland or Spain sponsored by the department of Communication, Media and Film. Join the student club, Students in Communication, which hosts a variety of events such as networking opportunities and guest speakers working in the field of Communications and Media. Take advantage of the close relationship the department has with IABC (International Association of Business Communicators) and the CPRS (Calgary Public Relations Society).

Extend your writing experience and write for the University of Calgary's student newspaper, the Gauntlet, try writing for radio with the student-run radio station or practice your journalism skills with NUTV, the student-run campus television station. All of these experiential learning activities will enrich your Communication and Media Studies degree and complement your classroom learning experience. For more information check out the links below:

Core Faculty and Research Expertise

Professors in the Communication and Media Studies program are engaged in cutting edge research and bring their research expertise into the classroom. Researchers study such topics as including digital activism, communications policy and regulation, new media and surveillance, the role of social media in everyday life, photography in everyday life, and the media’s influence on politics and democratic processes. Researchers in the department also study acoustic communication, participatory research methods, peer mentoring, women’s rhetorical history, food marketing to children, and communication and health, including representations of illness and health in the media.

Put your degree to work

Being a student at the University of Calgary means more than just working in a classroom or studying for exams. The University of Calgary offers many ways to get involved and enjoy student life during your degree.

What a COMS degree does for students

A Communications, Media and Film degree aims to educate skilled, flexible and articulate analysts, researchers and practitioners for a wide range of academic, public and professional contexts. It provides graduates with the knowledge, skill, and discernment to communicate ideas effectively to a variety of audiences, and to investigate communication across a variety of media including speech, writing, television, film, radio, the internet, wireless networks, digital media, and interactive entertainment.

What do you want to do with your degree?

The skills you develop in the Department of Communication, Media and Film are marketable and transferable across a wide range of different jobs. Looking into the future, the direction your degree takes is really up to you.

Communication & Media graduates have gone into careers in the following areas:

  • Editor
  • External Communications Officer
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Media Buyer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Publicity Assistant
  • Staff Writer
  • Technical Writer
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Website Administrator
  • Communications Manager
  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Science Journalist

Degrees Offered

We have a degree to fit your needs. The Department of Communication, Media and Film offers four different types of degree programs. The Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies is a unique partnership between the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the University of Calgary. All but the minor may be taken with co-operative education (co-op).

For more information about how to enrich your degree follow the links below.


Degree Requirements

All Degree Requirements can be found in the University Calendar

Apply Now

Students wishing to apply to an undergraduate program at the Department of Communication, Media and Film must apply to the Faculty of Arts, which is done through the general admissions office. 

> Follow this step-by-step guide to applying to the Faculty of Arts


Samantha Thrift 
Program Co-ordinator
Phone: (403) 220-5320

Kristine Ennis
Undergraduate Program Administrator
Phone: (403) 220-3249