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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.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Prospective students

The Communication and Digital Media Studies (CDMS) program will help you develop 21st-century skills as you explore the economic, political and cultural drivers and impacts of communications and digital media in society.

CDMS will:

  • Build your knowledge of the fast-changing communication environment in which we live.
  • Enable you to study the impact of pop culture and social media in society.
  • Strengthen your professionally relevant communication skills: spoken, written, interpersonal, intercultural, digital, and critical.

What sets us apart?

As a student in our program, you will develop 'soft skills' such as a holistic understanding of the world, critical thinking, problem-solving, emotional intelligence as well as intercultural and interpersonal skills that will allow you to adapt to and navigate a variety of career opportunities. These skills comprise a contemporary communication degree, which is a prerequisite for countless jobs in our 21st-century workforce. 

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Communication and Digital Media Studies, students must meet both the degree requirements and requirements of the major as outlined below for a total of 120 credits. Each year prior to course registration, the order and timing of course offerings will be released by the faculty and communicated to students.

For more information, visit the Communication and Digital Media Studies page on the Academic Calendar. 

Our transfer programs are designed to apply the credits earned in a college certificate or diploma program toward an undergraduate degree. The CDMS program has two transfer options, listed below.

Advanced Entry

You may be eligible for advanced entry into our CDMS program if you already have an Ontario college diploma or advanced diploma (or equivalent) in:

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications
  • Broadcast for Contemporary Media
  • Contemporary Web Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Video Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Journalism - Broadcast and Electronic Media
  • Journalism - Web and Print
  • Photojournalism
  • Print and Broadcast Journalism
  • Public Relations
GAS Transfer

If you already have an Ontario college certificate from Durham College in General Arts and Science - Liberal Arts Ontario Tech Transfer, you may be eligible to transfer into our CDMS program.

Learn about admission requirements to see if you qualify for our CDMS GAS Transfer.

Every organization in society—from businesses and governments to advocacy groups and the creative industries—needs communication professionals who understand the roles and effects of communication technologies. Jobs for communication degree-holders are abundant and include: 

  • communication policy analyst
  • communications specialist 
  • creative director
  • digital media strategist 
  • freelance content creator
  • journalist
  • professional editor
  • public relations officer 
  • social media director
"When my university adventure started, I was amazed by how welcomed I was by my classmates and professors. Wherever I went, whatever I needed, there was always someone there to guide me throughout the process. Thanks to my professors, not only did I learn theories of communication, but I was also taught how to apply them when using popular social mediums of today. My classmates and I always had the opportunity to share our opinions during lectures, which created diversified discussions that enhanced our ideologies. No matter how you want to develop your future self, Ontario Tech University is the perfect place to start, as you will live in an environment of growth and success."Sarah Alghoul
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Communication, class of 2014
Facilities Help Desk Co-ordinator, M.H. Alshaya Co. W.L.L., Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"Being a mature student (graduating from college in 2004), I found this program helped get me up to speed with being in an educational setting again. Any college student thinking of expanding their education should consider attending Ontario Tech University. The professors are great and knowledgeable on the subject matters being taught. They are also very approachable. Although you are in a larger classroom setting, which is expected at university, the classes still feel smaller and more intimate. You don't have the feeling of just being another student or another number."Justin Christie
Communication student, Ontario Tech University 
Media Specialist, Durham College