The Communication and Culture graduate program started in 2000 as a Joint Masters Program with York University, connecting several faculties and facilities across both Universities. The interdisciplinary MA and PhD program also helped launch graduate studies at Ryerson, with its first MA cohort graduating in 2002. The doctoral program, launched in 2003, had its first PhD students receiving their doctorates in 2008 (view the full list of alumnae/alumni here). To date, 270 students have completed their Masters or Doctorates in Communication and Culture.
Since the program's inception, ComCult students have been instrumental in forming a graduate student culture at Ryerson. They were among the first to develop a Graduate Student Association, and have coordinated the Intersections graduate conference annually since 2001.
Researchers and professors from across the two universities are affiliated with the ComCult program. Faculty from Fine Arts to Education, Environmental Studies to Sociology, Politics to Law support ComCult as course directors, committee members, and supervisors.
Many ComCult faculty are widely published in academic forums, have had their creative work exhibited at juried festivals and galleries, and have received significant research funding. Others maintain professional experience in industry, or bring a professional background to their work as professors.
ComCult MA and PhD students pursue their coursework and research by majoring and minoring in two of the three research streams or Areas of Study:
While there is some interdisciplinary overlap between and amongst these three streams, the streams are meant to help students identify key research interests, make relevant selections of coursework, and identify key faculty supervisors.
ComCult students have access to the faculty, resources and facilities of both Ryerson and York campuses.
Students have access to the services and materials of libraries at both campuses, including remote electronic access. Students also benefit from their proximity to world-class research collections at the University of Toronto and other institutions in and around the city.
ComCult students can also gain access to a variety of technologies such as cameras and resources such as editing facilities. While it is beyond the scope of the ComCult program to provide formal or extensive production training, several courses exist to support and encourage the independent development of this line of research.
Ryerson's single campus is located in downtown Toronto within several blocks of Yonge and Dundas. Ryerson campus maps
York has several campuses, but its main Keele campus is in the north west part of the city (near Downsview). York campus maps
The two campuses are readily accessible by transit, and are separated by an hour or so commute by TTC (subways and/or buses).
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