How can media be used in ways that exemplify a Christian worldview?
Contemporary life is pervaded by many forms of mass media. In Media and Communication Studies, you will meet communication culture in all its richness and complexity and will be equipped to interpret, assess, and interact with mass media. Practical application enables you to contribute in creative and positive ways to the media landscape, gaining the knowledge, perspective, and skills to work with integrity in media professions.
Media and Communication Studies is offered only as a minor within the Media and Communication Studies Department.
Right from the start, Redeemer's intentional integration of faith, supported by interdisciplinary and cross-functional learning, prepares you for the pathways and career goals that are unique to each student.
The addition of a media and communication studies minor to your degree means that the extra concentration of skills, experiences and foundational knowledge broaden the scope of what you're already learning as part of your major.
In your classes, you are learning from professors who are industry experts and professionals, ready to share their best practices as they work alongside students in their various projects. Have access to industry-standard equipment and software for use in coursework, labs, and special projects.
Stephanie Ten Hove ’18 is sharing her skills in media as a missionary in Nicaragua’s capital.
From the printing press to personal computing, we continue to face the question: will technology turn us into bad people?
Picture this: Amanda graduates from a Media and Communication Studies program and lands a job in UNICEF’s media department. She travels to Africa to produce a series...
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An introductory course in the art and craft of video production. Coming to understand film as a method of storytelling, students learn and practice film aesthetics and techniques, including all the elements of preproduction, production, and postproduction. Students will collaborate to plan, shoot, and edit short videos while learning the basics of filmmaking equipment and software. Students will reflect on the nature of film and the practice of filmmaking through a faith lens. Materials fee applies.
An introduction to oral and interpersonal communication, including basic theory, conversation, non-verbal communication, performance, use of technology, writing for reading aloud, and public speaking.
This course introduces students to the rise of mass media and communication and its impact and influence on modern society. Basic media forms and their function in society will be surveyed and students will develop a Christian perspective on media and its role in both the production and consumption of culture. Students will examine the application of a Reformed Christian worldview to understanding communication and communication-related vocations. The relationship between Christianity and professional communication, including professions in the media, will be discussed.
Students will work in small groups to develop, shoot, and edit experimental and dramatic projects with more advanced camera equipment. Materials fee applies.
An overview of media law in Canada, including defamation, publication bans, intellectual property, releases, etc. for students intending a career in media production or journalism. Materials fee applies.
Students will explore digital editing theories, as well as practices of digital film editing and other elements of the postproduction process. Students will develop skills that include engagement with non-linear software and organizing and structuring short pieces. In addition, students will learn how shot selection, pacing, rhythm, sound, etc. shape both scenes and final productions.
This course provides students with a nuanced understanding of how film and television articulate meanings. Grounded in the historical eras and practices that range from the silent to the digital era, students will learn formal analyses and close readings of cinematic and televisual texts with special attention to narrative constructions, lighting, production design, acting styles, editing, genre, sound, music, and point of view. The course will also emphasize how such analyses should consider various contexts.
In this course, students will explore the theoretical and practical elements of the pre-production and production phase, including concept development and shooting techniques so as to collaboratively write, produce, shoot, and edit short pieces. Students will develop their skills in audio and sound production, camera work, lighting, directing, and producing. Materials fee applies.
A course in the moral dimensions of communication, with special attention given to working in communication and media professions. The course cultivates a Christian understanding of the topic through attention to theological and philosophical issues and through wrestling with a range of cases and controversies.
This course establishes the basic framework of core knowledge concerning the nature of human interaction. It will survey theories and research in communication as it is applied to various social, political, and cultural contexts. Students will develop a broad Christian framework for understanding, critiquing, and utilizing these theories.
In this class, students will learn about the history, aesthetics, and politics of the documentary film tradition. Drawing on films from the silent era to the digital age, the course explores movements, techniques, philosophical underpinnings, and limitations of cinema verite, direct cinema, investigative documentary, activist media, personal video essays, and mockumentaries. Cultivating a Christian understanding of the history and practice of this genre, students will participate in the tradition of documentary filmmaking and produce various short-form documentaries. Materials fee applies.
This course introduces the basics of audio production and post-production. Students will learn how to capture sound in a studio setting and in fieldwork. They will also explore audio editing, audio processing, and mixing. Both audio production and postproduction components will cover the applications of music, radio, and moving images.
This course covers the theoretical and applied components of script writing for film and television production. In the process, it cultivates among students a Christian understanding of audiovisual storytelling. Topics will include conflict, character development, structure and plot creation, genre, and mood, among others.
Information is audiovisual and text in the Digital Age. In this course, students will study the emergence of digital technology and its impact on commercial and social cultures. Students will also learn how to communicate an effective story online using 21st-century digital tools, including video, photographs, audio, and text. Materials fee applies.
Aiming to put a question mark on the end of the phrase, “what are world cinemas?”, this course offers an atlas of world cinemas as a mode of filmmaking comprised of a wide intersection of contexts. As such, the complex phenomenon of world cinemas opens up the
opportunity to engage the limits of our own Western imaginations.
The Media and Communication Studies program does not have any program-specific requirements.
Applicants from Ontario will be considered for general undergraduate admission based on the following requirements: