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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Program information

Student viewing the program information on a tablet in the libraryIs social media changing the world for better or worse? How do smartphones shape the way we think and behave? Can popular culture create and challenge stereotypes? Why are ads so effective at persuading people to buy?

In a time in which communications and digital media is pervasive, Communication and Digital Media Studies is a cutting-edge program designed to provide you with a strong foundation in scholarly, civic and professional knowledge and skills pertaining to the roles, practices and impacts of communication and digital media in society. You will learn about the fast-changing communication environment in which we live, explore the social and cultural impacts of many media and technology, and hone professionally relevant communication skills.

You will develop specialized knowledge about how a range of media forms such as TV shows, films, video games, wearables, smartphones, tablets, blogs, social networking platforms and search engines are changing the world.

You will become a strong communicator who is able to present your ideas in a variety of forms such as research essays, case studies, journals, blogs, digital stories, tweets, machinima, mini-Ted Talks, debates and YouTube videos.

Learning outcomes

The CDMS program will enable you to gain:

  • Depth and breadth of knowledge about research on communication and digital media in society.
  • Awareness of significant methods and theories in the field of communications and digital media studies.
  • The ability to utilize relevant methods and apply theories to the study of communication and digital media in society.
  • Communication skills: spoken, written, interpersonal, intercultural, digital and critical.
  • Autonomy with regard to academic, civic and professional development and communication.
  • Awareness of the limits of knowledge about communication and digital media studies in society.