New Media Studies

Faculty List

  • R. Bai, B.A., M.A. (Beijing Foreign Studies), Ph.D. (Illinois), Assistant Professor
  • K. Burchell, B.A. (McGill), M.Sc. (London), Ph.D. (Goldsmith), Assistant Professor
  • T.L. Cowan, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A., Ph.D. (Alberta), Assistant Professor
  • J. Dvorkin, B.A. Hon (Alberta),  M.A. (Toronto), M.Phil. (London), Lecturer
  • D. Nieborg, Ph.D. (Amsterdam), Assistant Professor
  • M. Petit, M.A., Ph.D. (Colorado), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Emeritus
  • T. Phu, B.A., M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley), Professor

ACM Program Manager: M. Hussain, Email:

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.

1. Although many students applying to the Major (Joint) Program in New Media Studies have substantial digital portfolios, students are not required to have any advanced knowledge in new media design to apply or to be admitted.
2. Students who are not accepted after their first year of studies may apply again at the end of their second year of studies; these students should continue to follow the requirements of the Major Program in Media Studies.
3. 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. A grade of 60% or above is considered a pass for courses to be taken at Centennial College. 

Please see the Registrar’s Office website for more details on application procedures, and a link to the Supplementary Application form.

Guidelines for course selection
Students admitted to the program must follow the course selection guidelines described in the table below:

Year of Study Fall Session Winter Session

First Year (at UTSC)

* Please contact ACM Program Advisor if you are pairing Major Program in Studio Art with Major (Joint) Program in New Media Studies


*is often offered in the Summer session

Please note that you need 4.0 credits in order to request a limited program


*is often offered in the Summer semester 

Second Year (at Centennial College)

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.

New Media Group 1:*
*students must enrol in all courses in Group 1

New Media Group 2:*
*students must enrol in all courses in Group 2

Third Year (at UTSC)

Note: Students complete Media Studies electives in year 3 and 4


(Fulfill the prerequisites for the MDS C-level courses that students will take in Winter session)

0.5 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. For more details, please visit the New Media Studies (Joint) Program- Program Requirement.

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.