Founded in 1965 as Communication Arts, The Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University was the first department to study the art of communication in Canada.
The Department offers undergraduate and graduate programs exploring a wide range of interests in media analysis, critique and creation. Central to its programs of study is the integration of knowledge based in the humanities and liberal arts, the social sciences, and media practice.
Our Faculty have established international reputations as researchers and creators. Our students are selected from amongst the very best of the applicants to our programs. And, our Alumni are amongst the leaders in their respective fields.
The Departments of Communication Studies and Journalism will be holding an information session on Friday, December 6th at 1:30 p.m. in CJ 1.114. The event aims to introduce students to the different programs and review the various entry requirements.
The Communication Studies Department and the Media Studies Seminar invite you to an all-day event entitled “Doing Research Creation in Communications and Media Studies.” This full-day event will be focused on exploring the diverse methods, complicated negotiations and institutional complexities associated with working within the domain of research-creation.
The Media Gallery in the Department of Communication Studies proudly presents Dana Claxton’s On Set: The Mustang Suite, a 6-hour single channel video that will screen once a day. Based on Claxton’s creation of the magnificent staged photographs of The Mustang Suite (2008), On Set: The Mustang Suite takes us into the photo studio and draws focus onto the procedural dimensions of aesthetic practice, playing with the tension between the 'work' and mundane verité of artistic labour, and the art 'work' of the final photographic image.
Undergraduate student Ben Spencer has been awarded the inaugural Marc Gervais Prize. The Marc Gervais Prize in Communication Studies was established in 2013 to honour former Communication Studies professor, Marc Gervais SJ, who taught in the department for 30 years. He passed away in March 2012. His film courses were immensely popular with students throughout the university, including classes on Hitchcock, Germany in the 1920s, The French Nouvelle Vague, and his own specialization, Ingmar Bergman and the Scandinavians. In 1999, he published Ingman Bergman: Magician and Prophet.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Deepa Mehta was honoured for her artful explorations of universal themes, most notably women’s struggle for equality. Mehta's award-winning films (such as Midnight’s Children and Water) have been distributed in more than 50 countries and screened at major international film festivals.
Concordia University’s Zoë Constantinides (ABD PhD in Communication Studies) is being honored as the 2013 recipient of the Gerald Pratley Award at the Learned Congress in Victoria, BC. The Pratley Award is the most prestigious and competitive award of its kind, given annually by the Film Studies Association of Canada.