Media and Technology Studies

Welcome to Media and Technology Studies!

Media and Technology Studies (MTS) is a unit in the Faculty of Arts, comprising undergraduate and graduate programs and an undergraduate certificate. MTS boasts unique strengths in digital humanities, media and communication studies, digital society and culture, science, technology, and society and game studies. Our students are leading media, communication, technology and digitalization experts of the future. They are champions of our fast expanding online world, and carry the skills, knowledge and critical insights needed to navigate and provide leadership in today's algorithmic society. Our programs uniquely equip learners to shape landscapes of information exchange and digital culture in the years to come.


Media Studies Undergraduate Degree Program

Media Studies (MST) is the study of how to navigate, analyze, critically evaluate and contribute ethically to today's global media landscape. This multidisciplinary major examines the content, history and effects of media on our social, political and cultural systems.

Science, Technology + Society Undergraduate Degree Program

The Science, Technology and Society (STS) program is the place where science and technology are examined with the tools of philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology and cultural studies. It equips students to understand where science and technology come from, how science and technology have changed over time, and how these areas are embedded in and affect society.

Computer Game Development Undergraduate Certificate

The certificate in Computer Game Development is a joint certificate between the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science and is open to any undergraduate student at the University of Alberta. The certificate is intended to complement discipline-specific studies with courses that give opportunities to work in multidisciplinary teams, build complete small and medium-scale games and interact with industry.

Digital Humanities Master of Arts Program

The Digital Humanities program integrates computational methods and theories with research and teaching in the Arts and Humanities. It addresses the demand for Arts graduates to be able to work either in the realm of research and teaching or in the emerging job markets of information management and content delivery over the internet.

Communications + Technology Master of Arts Program

The MA in Communications and Technology (MACT) program offers a theoretical, historical and practical examination of communications in the era of the Internet, social media and the mobile device. The degree is designed for both emerging and established professionals involved with media and communications in their organizational roles.

Media + Technology Studies at a Glance

We live in a media-saturated world and that complex relationship between politics, economics, culture and the media is an important part of our lives. Developing a background in media studies gives students an opportunity to enter a variety of fields where technology and media are involved in one way or another. Watch the video for a brief introduction to our programs and facilities!

spring term 2024
MW 5:00 - 7:50 PM

STS 200 LEC x02 - Introduction to Studies in Science, Technology and Society

Are science and society always opposed to one another or should we use science to direct and govern social policy? Does technology fundamentally change social goals and values, and if so, is this always for the better? These and other questions will be discussed this spring in STS 200 X02: a course that examines the interrelations of science, technology, and society, emphasizing an interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences perspective.

No prerequisites

Prof. Richard Kover

spring term 2024
MW 12:00-2:50 PM

MST 310 LEC A1 - Political Economy of Media

This course explores theoretical issues surrounding the political economy of media, democracy, censorship, and freedom of expression, regulation and control, as well as issues relating to privacy, surveillance, and surveillance. 

Prerequisite: MST 100

Prof. Kurt Pabst

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Trailhead Program for students and recent graduates of the Certificate in Computer Game Development

Calling all Certificate in Computer Game Development students and recent graduates!

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