"[Harold] Innis taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures." — Marshall McLuhan.
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York University and Ryerson University have pooled their resources to create the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture - an interdisciplinary initiative unmatched anywhere in Canada.
No other master's or doctoral program supports as thorough an examination of the essential interaction between:
- Communication practices, processes, and technologies.
- Cultural institutions, industries, and practices, as well as individual makers of culture.
Enroll on either a part- or full-time basis in the Master's program or full-time in the Doctoral program, and benefit from the fresh insights afforded by combined studies in these two areas. Undertake critical analysis of current Canadian and international communication trends - key to understanding contemporary cultural forces. Bring new thinking to a wide range of related professions and areas of study.
As a Communication and Culture student you have the opportunity to take advantage of some of the best academic and creative resources available at any Canadian university, including media production facilities and equipment. Conduct research using extensive archival collections, on-line and other library resources at Ryerson or at York, or the many collections, institutions, and creative industries in Toronto and Southern Ontario.
Students in the Program have access to a wide range of library resources, computer labs, and studio facilities at Ryerson and York. These include the media production facilities at the Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson, multimedia labs and animation labs in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York and in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson, faculty research centres in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson as well as a variety of more specialized labs, and extensive archival collections at both universities.
The city's central location means access to many other resources, including adjunct faculty and visiting lecturers. Other benefits include exposure to many culture- and communication-based industries and activities that can be used to inform your studies.
For information about applying to the Communication and Culture Program, please visit Ryerson School of Graduate Studies Admissions.