Media Studies

What is Media Studies?

Media Studies examines the content, history and effects of media on our social, political and cultural systems. You'll learn about how different media can be used to communicate different messages to different audiences. Explore the dynamics between various types of media and learn how media influence the way people act - in business decisions and in their personal lives, and how human beings respond to each other's communicative actions related to identity, power, and belonging.

Focus your creativity and your interest in world events, storytelling and social media on a degree that can lead to a variety of exciting careers. You'll learn to navigate, analyze, critically evaluate and contribute meaningfully and ethically to today's global media environment.

You'll study current and emerging media types, and learn the foundational theory to understand the development and history of media, from the printing press to social and mobile media.

Why Study Media Studies at UAlberta?

Our professors are experienced, award-winning researchers and instructors in media and cultural studies, media history, game studies, digital humanities, audiovisual design and more. You'll also have support from the Arts Resource Centre, which provides data management and advanced programming services for the Faculty of Arts. UAlberta Libraries houses the new and exciting Digital Scholarship Centre.

The Faculty of Arts is home to dozens of professors throughout its many departments who are expert in Media Studies, and the degree is especially designed to be multidisciplinary. Create your own learning experience across areas of interest that intersect with the study of media: political science or psychology, literary or language studies, visual art or music--find your own pathway to a successful future.

Experience Beyond the Classroom

Working in media and communications is a highly competitive field, so experience and a robust portfolio are essential. All students will be strongly encouraged to pursue additional practical training, skills development, and professionalization through the Arts Work Experience Co-op Program, and/or the Certificate in Community Engagement and Service-Learning.

Sub-disciplines within Media Studies

  • Historical Media Studies

  • Media, Technology, and Culture

  • Media, Politics, and Society

  • Digital Cultures and Publics

  • Transnational Media Studies

  • Visual Culture

  • Feminism and Media Studies

  • Games and Interactive Media

What can I do with a Media Studies degree?

Typical positions may include: copywriters, editors, publicists, announcers, media analysts and critics, event coordinators, social media managers, public relations specialists, information directors, game designers, media curators, heritage interpreters, primary and secondary school teachers, media producers, reporters, technical writers, web designers, webmasters.