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Communication Studies

Communication Studies provides students with a blended theoretical and practical approach to the study of human and mediated communication. The program is interdisciplinary, offering a wide variety of perspectives on the interplay between media, culture, technology and professional communication from linguistics, history, cultural studies, political economy, performance studies, policy studies, mass media and public relations. Many of our faculty have experience as practitioners in various fields of applied or practical communications, such as broadcasting, musical performance, public relations, law and policy, political communications, activism, professional research, audience research, among others, which can provide our students a vision of how what they are learning in class can inform their future roles as professional communicators in industry, government or the not-for-profit sector.

Another unique facet of our Communication Studies program is its strong focus on research methods, which provides students a solid critical and practical foundation as researchers in both academic and professional settings. The Communication Studies program also hosts many top-tier invited speakers and guest lecturers from academia, industry and the not-for-profit sector – this provides networking opportunities for our students, as well as examples of leadership.

Each year over 20 students are placed as interns in media and professional communication settings throughout southern Ontario. Despite the relative youth of our program, many of our students have gone on to successful careers in public relations, academia, entrepreneurship, law, human resources, education, journalism, the civil service and the cultural industries.


The Multimedia program at McMaster University provides students with an opportunity to engage in hands-on media production while learning about the social, historical, and theoretical aspects of new media, design, and humanities computing. Students gain a wide range of experience and skills by creating independent and group projects utilizing audio, video, animation, digital games, web and graphic design, and programming. From courses focusing on visual design and basic interactivity (Design Fundamentals) to 3-D animation techniques (Advanced Animation) to computer programming for the web (Building Social Web Applications), Multimedia students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to conceive, develop, and create an original Multimedia work in the final year of the program. This Multimedia Thesis project is a unique capstone experience and showcase for students’ creativity, technological skills, and engagement with the field of Multimedia.

If Communication Studies or Multimedia interests you, please refer to our Course Listings and Potential Careers for more information, or feel free to contact us at:

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