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Joint Masters and Doctoral Program at Ryerson in Communication and Culture
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A 2-Year Full-Time Masters of Arts

  • A Diverse, Interdisciplinary Student Base
  • Faculty from Ryerson and York to Teach and Supervise
  • Part-time study is an option

ComCult is for students from diverse humanities and arts backgrounds. Our student cohorts have included BAs and BFAs, mature students working as industry professionals or entrepreneurs, and more. The Program offers a rich curriculum that supports this diversity.  Students are able to build on their academic backgrounds in cultural and communication theories - Marx, Fanon, Foucault, McLuhan, Gramsci, Adorno, Habermas.... on topics such as the meaning of culture, subjectivity and identity, constructionism, commodification, the culture industry, hegemony, public sphere, modernity and postmodernity, colonial and post-colonial theories, citizenship and civil societies, and rhetorical, semiotic, phenomenological, cybernetic, sociocultural, and critical traditions.

3 Areas of Study

  • Media and Culture
  • Politics and Policy
  • Technology in Practice

Students are invited to align their research and academic practice within our three inclusive streams, Media and Culture, Politics and Policy, and Technology in Practice. We offer strongly interdisciplinary Faculty from across both universities, many of whom are active in both teaching and supervising ComCult students in one or more of our Areas of Study.

For details, visit the Areas of Study page

3 Milestone Options

  • An Arts-based Project
  • A Research Paper
  • A Thesis

Following their coursework, students will be required to complete a Milestone research component that incorporates their acquired theoretical knowledge, skill and expertise. Students have the option to complete an Arts-based Project, a Research Paper, or a Thesis.

For details, visit the MA Program page

Optional and Extracurricular Opportunities

  • Field placement credit for internships
  • Research Positions
  • Teaching Assistant Experiences

There are numerous additional options available to ComCult students. Generally, these take the form of:

Field placements or internships. Past students have worked with broadcasters (public and private), non-profit organizations, media start-ups, artist-run centres, film festivals, and more.

For examples, visit our Alumnae/Alumni Profiles page

Research opportunities. There are a number of funded assistantships available across Ryerson for ComCult students. While these aren’t a guarantee of funding, past Ryerson ComCult students have been successful in securing positions with researchers from the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Communication and Design, and the Ted Rogers School of Management, particularly (but not exclusively) with the Infoscape Research Lab, the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre (MLC), the Digital Media Zone (DMZ), and more.

For details, visit our Research and Associations page

Teaching assistantship opportunities. ComCult students may also apply for Teaching and Graduate Assistantships (TAs and GAs) with schools and faculties across the Ryerson campus. Again, while these are not a guarantee of funding, they afford students rich experience as markers and tutorial assistants in diverse academic settings.