New Media Studies

Faculty List
  • R. Bai, B.A., M.A. (Beijing Foreign Studies), Ph.D. (Illinois), Assistant Professor
  • T.L. Cowan, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A., Ph.D. (Alberta), Associate Professor
  • R. Grohmann, B.A. (Juiz de Fora, Brazil), M.A., Ph.D (São Paulo, Brazil), Assistant Professor
  • D. Nieborg, B.A. (Utrecht), M.A. (Utrecht), Ph.D. (Amsterdam), Associate Professor
  • M. Petit, M.A., Ph.D. (Colorado), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Emeritus
  • T. Phu, B.A., M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D. (California, Berkeley), Professor


ACM Program Manager: Email: acm-pm@utsc.utoronto.ca

The University of Toronto Scarborough offers a Major (Joint) Program in New Media Studies, which is a competitive-entry professionalization program designed to help students prepare for careers in web communication and new media industries. It combines the academic study of media at UTSC with the technical education and industry experience provided through practice-based courses on multimedia design for Web and mobile applications at Centennial College. In addition to earning an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, students can earn a certificate in New Media Design from Centennial College by completing one additional summer session, which includes a new media internship and a professional practice course. New Media courses at Centennial College are held at the Story Arts Centre (SAC) campus located at 951 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, ON.

Notes:

  1. Students intending to pursue a Major (Joint) Program in New Media Studies are required to demonstrate advanced knowledge in new media design.
  2. Students who are not accepted after their first year of studies may apply again at the end of their second year of studies.
  3. Majority of admissions are done in early May, and space permitting, additional students are admitted into late summer.
  4. Effective the 2015-16 academic year, students will spend two consecutive sessions (Fall and Winter) at Centennial College (The Story Arts Centre in East York) in year 2 of their undergraduate career at UTSC. Note that although 50% is a passing grade at UTSC, a final grade of 60% or above is required in all Centennial College courses in order to continue with the curriculum. Students with a final grade between 50% to 60% will need to repeat the course as an extra (EXT) credit.
  5. Note that there is a small additional fee charged for the term(s) when you will be at Centennial College. Contact the department for more information.

A supplementary application will be uploaded on the departmental website closer to the limited program enrollment period.

Guidelines for course selection

Students admitted to the program must follow the course selection guidelines described below:

First Year (at UTSC):  *Please contact ACM Program Manager if you are pairing Major Program in Studio Art with Major (Joint) Program in New Media Studies

  • Fall:  MDSA01H3
  • Winter:  MDSA02H3
    Please note that you need 4.0 credits in order to request a limited program.

Second Year (at Centennial College):
Notes:
1. Students must be enrolled full-time in year 2 of the program.
2. Due to the course and project workload, students are not permitted to take additional courses at UTSC.

Third Year (at UTSC):
Note: Students complete Media Studies electives in year 3 and 4

  • Fall:  NMEC01H3
    (Fulfill the prerequisites for the MDS C-level courses that students will take in the Winter session)
  • Winter:  1.0 credit at the C-level in Media Studies courses

Fourth Year (at UTSC):
Note: Students complete Media Studies electives in year 3 and 4.

Guidelines for computer and software selection

Students accepted in the Joint Program in New Media Studies are expected to purchase an industry-standard laptop and obtain designated software and hardware. Please see the New Media Studies (Joint) Program - Program Requirements for more details.

Experiential Learning and Outreach

For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the course CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.

New Media Studies Programs

MAJOR (JOINT) PROGRAM IN NEW MEDIA STUDIES (ARTS) - SCMAJNME

Program Manager: Email: manaal.hussain@utoronto.ca

Enrolment Requirements
Enrolment in the program is limited and admission is by competitive application. Please refer to the UTSC Registrar’s Office for enrolment timelines. Students must have completed MDSA01H3 and MDSA02H3, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to apply. Students must request admission to the program through ACORN, and submit a Supplementary Application Form to the Department that includes an unofficial copy of their academic record, a personal statement of interest, and links (if any) to work published online. Students are strongly advised to meet with the Program Manager during their first year, and before preparing an application for admission. Students may be required to attend an interview with the Program Manager before an admission decision is made. All applicants will be notified through ACORN in early June.

Program Requirements
Students must complete 8.0 full credits of which at least 2.0 must be at the C- or D-level, including:

1. 1.0 credit:
MDSA01H3 Introduction to Media Studies
MDSA02H3 History of Media

2. 0.5 credit:
NMEC01H3 Theory and Practice of New Media

3. 1.0 additional credit at the C-level in MDS courses:

4. 4.5 credits from Centennial College:
New Media Group 1:
NMEA01H3 Digital Fundamentals
NMEA02H3 Introduction to New Media Communications
NMEA03H3 The Language of Design
NMEA04H3 Interface Design, Navigation and Interaction I

New Media Group 2:
[Students will be eligible to enrol in these courses after successfully completing all courses in New Media Group 1]
NMEB05H3 Interface Design, Navigation and Interaction II
NMEB06H3 Project Development and Presentation
NMEB08H3 Application Software for Interactive Media
NMEB09H3 Sound Design
NMEB10H3 Design for New Media

5. 1.0 credit:
NMED10Y3 New Media Senior Project

Note: NMEC01H3 and NMED10Y3 are taught at UTSC. All other NME courses are taught at Centennial College Story Arts Centre.

 

New Media Studies Courses

NMEA01H3 - Digital Fundamentals

This course introduces basic hardware and software for new media. Students will learn basics of HTML (tags, tables and frames) and JavaScript for creation of new media. Discusses hardware requirements including storage components, colour palettes and different types of graphics (bitmap vs. vector-based). Students will be introduced to a variety of software packages used in new media production. This course is taught at Centennial College.

Prerequisite: 5.0 credits including MDSA01H3 and MDSA02H3
Corequisite: NMEA02H3, NMEA03H3, NMEA04H3
Breadth Requirements: Social and Behavioural Sciences
Note: This course is only open to students registered in the Joint Major Program in New Media.

NMEA02H3 - Introduction to New Media Communications

This course enables students to develop strong written communications skills for effective project proposals and communications, as well as non-linear writing skills that can be applied to a wide range of interactive media projects. The course examines the difference between successful writing for print and for new media, and how to integrate text and visual material. This course is taught at Centennial College.

Prerequisite: 5.0 credits including MDSA01H3 and MDSA02H3
Corequisite: NMEA01H3, NMEA03H3, NMEA04H3
Breadth Requirements: History, Philosophy and Cultural Studies
Note: This course is only open to students registered in the Joint Major Program in New Media.

NMEA03H3 - The Language of Design

This course introduces the fundamentals of two-dimensional design, graphic design theory, graphic design history, colour principles, typographic principles and visual communication theories applied to New Media Design. Working from basic form generators, typography, two-dimensional design principles, colour and visual communication strategies, learners will be introduced to the exciting world of applied graphic design and multi-media. This course is taught at Centennial College.

Prerequisite: 10 full credits
Corequisite: 5.0 credits including MDSA01H3 and MDSA02H3
Breadth Requirements: Arts, Literature and Language
Note: This course is only open to students registered in the Joint Major Program in New Media.

NMEA04H3 - Interface Design, Navigation and Interaction I

This course introduces students to the discipline of user interface and software design, and in particular their impact and importance in the world of new media. The course uses theory and research in combination with practical application, to bring a user-centred design perspective to developing new media software. This course is taught at Centennial College.

Prerequisite: 5.0 credits including MDSA01H3 and MDSA02H3
Corequisite: NMEA01H3, NMEA02H3, NMEA03H3
Breadth Requirements: Arts, Literature and Language
Note: This course is only open to students registered in the Joint Major Program in New Media.

NMEB05H3 - Interface Design, Navigation and Interaction II

Extends work on interface design. Students have opportunities to gain real world experience in the techniques of user interface design. Participants learn to do a "requirements document" for projects, how to design an interface which meets the needs of the requirements of the document and how to test a design with real world users.

Prerequisite: NMEA01H3 and NMEA02H3 and NMEA03H3 and NMEA04H3
Breadth Requirements: Arts, Literature and Language
Note: This course is only open to students registered in the Joint Major Program in New Media.

NMEB06H3 - Project Development and Presentation

This course enables the participant to understand the new media production process. Learners will develop the skills to conduct benchmarking, scoping and testing exercises that lead to meaningful project planning documents. Learners will develop and manage production schedules for their group projects that support the development efforts using the project planning documents.

Prerequisite: NMEA01H3 and NMEA02H3 and NMEA03H3 and NMEA04H3
Corequisite: NMEB05H3 and NMEB08H3 and NMEB09H3 and NMEB10H3
Breadth Requirements: Social and Behavioural Sciences
Note: This course is only open to students registered in the Joint Major Program in New Media.

NMEB08H3 - Application Software for Interactive Media

This course builds on NMEA01H3. It enables learners to extend their understanding of software requirements and of advanced software techniques. Software used may include Dreamweaver, Flash, Director, and animation (using Director).

Prerequisite: NMEA01H3 and NMEA02H3 and NMEA03H3 and NMEA04H3
Breadth Requirements: Social and Behavioural Sciences
Note: This course is only open to students registered in the Joint Major Program in New Media.

NMEB09H3 - Sound Design

This course introduces students to the scope of sound design - creative audio for new media applications. Students will work with audio applications software to sample, create and compress files, and in the planning and post-production of new media. Students will also learn to use audio in interactive ways such as soundscapes.

Prerequisite: NMEA01H3 and NMEA02H3 and NMEA03H3 and NMEA04H3
Corequisite: NMEB05H3 and NMEB06H3 and NMEB08H3 and NMEB10H3
Breadth Requirements: Arts, Literature and Language
Note: This course is only open to students registered in the Joint Major Program in New Media.

NMEB10H3 - New Media Design

This course discusses the integration of multiple media with the art of good design. The course examines the conventions of typography and the dynamics between words and images, with the introduction of time, motion and sound. The course involves guest speakers, class exercises, assignments, field trips, group critiques and major projects.

Prerequisite: NMEA01H3 and NMEA02H3 and NMEA03H3 and NMEA04H3
Corequisite: NMEB05H3 and NMEB06H3 and NMEB08H3 and NMEB09H3
Breadth Requirements: Arts, Literature and Language
Note: This course is only open to students registered in the Joint Major Program in New Media.

NMEC01H3 - Theory and Practice of New Media

This seminar examines the ideological, political, structural, and representational assumptions underlying new media production and consumption from both theoretical and practice-based perspectives. Students critically reflect on and analyze digital media applications and artefacts in contemporary life, including business, information, communication, entertainment, and creative practices.

Prerequisite: 4.5 credits from the Major (Joint) program in New Media Studies Group I and Group II courses
Exclusion: (NMED20H3)
Breadth Requirements: History, Philosophy and Cultural Studies

NMED10Y3 - New Media Senior Project

Students develop a new media project that furthers their research into theoretical issues around digital media practices and artefacts. Projects may focus on digital media ranging from the internet to gaming, to social networking and the Web, to CD-ROMS, DVDs, mobile apps, and Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies.

Prerequisite: Completion of 15.0 credits including 4.5 credits from the Major (Joint) program in New Media Studies Group I and Group II courses
Exclusion: (NMED01H3)
Course Experience: University-Based Experience

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