Undergraduate Programs in Communication Studies

Program Director – Tim Schwab
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A Word from the Director

The undergraduate program in Communication Studies at Concordia is internationally renowned, and deservedly so. Indeed, students come from all over the world to be a part of it. Many of them are intrigued by our combined approach to theory and production – think media, practice media. In addition to offering four production streams (film, intermedia, sound, video) we offer courses that provide a strong theoretical and critical understanding of the communicative processes that constitute the complex world we live in. Our students have access to excellent facilities – classrooms, labs/studios, production equipment – all of which are continually serviced, and updated annually.

Some students choose our popular Cultural Studies option, involving in-depth study of the social, cultural, political and aesthetic aspects of media and communication. NB This option specifically precludes production classes.

Our program is unique because of the outstanding, award-winning teaching, research, and research-creation activities of our distinguished faculty, and because of the range of classes we offer that deal with historical and contemporary issues such as: media and religion; food, film and politics; sound walks; non-linear storytelling; crime genres; even vampires. I encourage you to check out the course offerings and our faculty and staff pages to get a better sense of our program and the accomplishments of our entire team.

Our alumnae, faculty, staff, and students are committed to making a difference. Students make a point of getting out of the classroom and into the community through applied internships or by submitting their work to competitive events like the Montreal World Film Festival. We are proud to be considered the best communications program in Canada. Students not only choose our program but they excel here.

If you are interested in visiting us, I recommend two opportunities. The first is a university wide open house and our department offers tours of our facilities and an information table. This is usually held annually in late October. We also offer an information session for admission directors and students in early December.


Tim Schwab
BA Program Director

About the BA program

The Department of Communication Studies, founded in 1965 as Communication Arts, was the first department at a Canadian university devoted to the study of communication. The Department offers students a broad-based education in communication and the role played by mass media in society. Central to its programs of study is the integration of knowledge based in the humanities and liberal arts, the social sciences, and actual media practice.

Our students come from varied backgrounds, as do our faculty and staff. Some of our majors have previously studied communication. Others have not. Our programs of study have no prerequisite courses. Students are, however, expected to be sensitive to the significance of media in society. In addition, we require that applicants to our programs think clearly and express their ideas concisely, have creative potential, and are capable of group work. Our graduates are well prepared for a number of careers. Many have entered the media as producers, directors, writers, reporters, researchers, production assistants, etc. Others work in related fields, such as advertising, public relations, marketing, and promotion. Some have become media consultants, while others go on to further study to prepare for careers as lawyers or scholars.

Admission requirements

Approximately 160 students are admitted to our undergraduate programs each year — 130 to the degrees in Communication Studies and 30 to the major in Communication and Cultural Studies. The number of students that can be accommodated every year in our Department is physically limited by the room available in labs, the amount of equipment, and the number of professors. Applications consistently outnumber the Department’s capacity. For this reason, the Department of Communication Studies has a distinct admission procedure, in addition to the normal admission process of Concordia University.

How to apply

For more information about applying to the undergraduate programs and to download application forms, visit the How to Apply page.

The deadline for application to all undergraduate programs is March 1, 2015.

Requirements for the degree

The Department of Communication Studies has developed a basic set of guidelines for attendance, participation, and grading for all our BA program courses. These are intended to enhance everyone’s learning experiences and to ensure consistency throughout our curriculum.

For more information, visit the BA Policies page.