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Bachelor of Digital Communications

Credential: Honours Degree Program Code: DC411 Length: 8 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
    • Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to the course listed above
    • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent



All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.


Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.


Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $7,446.54
  • international $14,800.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.


Additional Costs

$1,000 – DSLR camera kit required for the beginning of the first semester (details on specific kit items available upon acceptance, along with special discounted price for students), plus $100 to $500 per semester for textbooks, subscriptions and printing costs.

Fees by Semester >


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Alternative Course of Study

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Digital Communications degree program should consider applying for the following diploma program(s). View program pages for pathway details:

Media Communications >

Multimedia Design and Development >

Web Design and Interactive Media >

Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Bachelor of Education in Technological Education 

Credential Opportunity: Concurrent Bachelor degrees
Location: Toronto, ON
Institution(s): York University

Humber College and York University will provide students with the option to participate in the Concurrent or Consecutive BEd (Technological Education) Program in order to comply with the Ontario College of Teachers requirements to be eligible for an Ontario Teaching Certificate as a teacher of Technological Education in an Ontario secondary school.  The program is open to students enrolled in a technology related degree program and who are in their third year of study at Humber College.  Those who have graduated in  the related  technology field that aligns with the Technological Education curriculum and have 2 years of work related experience may apply to the Consecutive BEd in Technological Education.  The BEd curriculum is delivered over two years.  The Faculty of Education at York University will make the admission decisions for the program. 

Concurrent: Candidates must be enrolled in a Humber technology related degree program that includes: 1) at least 36 months of academic education, and 2 a co-operative education component that, if to be considered as a component of the mandatory two years of work experience, must have continuous employment terms of no less than 4 months, related to the area(s) of Technological Education selected as options in the program of professional education.  In addition, applicants must have completed at least 24 credits (equivalent to 4 full courses) and have earned a minimum C+ or equivalent overall GPA in the degree program of study.

For further information, contact:

York University. Faculty of Education,
Office of Student Services,

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Humber offers a number of postgraduate certificates to help take your degree further.

Ontario Graduate Certificates >

Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Gemma Richardson
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79317



International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067

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Applications to Humber are made through Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27  $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 3 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 4 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 5 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 6 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 7 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total  $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 8 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,613.27 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,109.76 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00

 *Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

Humber’s Bachelor of Digital Communications degree program invites you to explore the dynamic media environment and the cultural, social, economic and political implications of digital innovations. Communication studies are becoming recognized as one of the most significant of the social sciences in the 21st century. Increasingly, societal notions of the world are shaped through messages received from television, film, the web, social media, portable devices and a host of media arts, with profound impacts on how we view the world and ourselves. The construction of everyday lives and identities are negotiated through digital media and social networks which expand connectivity and influence how we live and the products we produce and consume.

Our program is innovative and rigorous, centred on developing digital storytellers skilled in writing, visual communication, web applications, social media and business acumen. You will work in a dynamic environment where cross-pollination of creative ideas and methods develop. Students collaborate and innovate while gaining technical competency.

Intensive lectures and labs provide direction, sharpen technical skills and stimulate critical discourse using the students’ work as the point of departure. Access to studios and computing spaces sustains reflective project work while developing networks of diverse faculty, students and visitors. Historical, legal, ethical and theoretical considerations are embedded in the creative process. Students in the program will also engage with an array of breadth courses designed to deepen consciousness of their roles as citizens, who are aware of the social, political, environmental and cultural contexts of their work.

Senior students specialize in advanced communication theory and techniques and create a culminating production project designed to launch their professional careers. Graduates are also prepared to continue their studies at the master’s level.

Courses Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Employ distinctive communication styles grounded in a thorough understanding of communication theories, and historical and contemporary trends in visual design and media technologies.

  • Create effective media strategies based on insightful audience analysis, principles of branding and marketing and revenue generation and media law and ethics.

  • Critically analyze and interpret media messages, comprehending the historical, social, commercial and cultural impact of representational, explanatory, abstract and symbolic images.

  • Gather, review, evaluate, interpret and express information using a range of well-developed analytic and creative methodologies.

  • Operate as informed producers and consumers of media communications recognizing the aims of commercial business, nonprofits, government, and community enterprise.

  • Apply innovative media strategies to effectively analyze and express themes and issues from a range of contexts and perspectives.

  • Interpret and apply theoretical and ethical frameworks to identify and solve communication problems in a variety of contexts.

  • Present ideas and information accurately and creatively using written, oral, audio-visual and web-based formats.

  • Reflect on communication strategies and practices from a range of perspectives and willingly adapt, revise, edit, and develop improvements.

  • Manage communication projects effectively, employing a professional attitude towards responsibility, initiative, collaboration, adaptability, accountability and ethical use of resources.

  • Integrate leadership and influence skills with accountability in media content creation.

  • Direct own continuous learning, pursuing opportunities for constant renewal of skills and knowledge.


Work Placement

Students will participate in one mandatory 14 week paid or unpaid work term in the summer between semester six and seven. This placement provides students with an opportunity to gain experience and meet professionals in the digital communications sector. Many of the placements are offered in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), a hub for the communications industry in Canada and home to numerous media, non-profit, marketing, public relations and other private sector companies.

Our Faculty

For information regarding faculty credentials for this program, see below.

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Steven James May

PhD Communication and Culture York & Ryerson University 
M.A  Media Production Ryerson University 
B.A.A. Radio and Television Arts Ryerson University
B.A.S. Administrative Studies  Trent University

Adam P. Miller

PhD (Communication and Culture) – Ryerson University and York University
MA (English Literature) – University of Windsor
BA (English Literature and Language) – University of Toronto

Gemma Richardson

PhD (Media Studies) - University of Western Ontario
MA (Communication and Social Justice) – University of Windsor

BA Journalism - Carleton University

Professor and program co-ordinator


Your Career

In the digital age, communicators have far more reach than ever before to tell stories, share images and influence opinions. As many organizations change to reflect the communication needs of the public, there are opportunities for people with modern skill sets to begin their careers. Graduates may find positions in the digital media industry or as communication professionals within commercial, non-profit, governmental or other organizations.

Tell, Share, And Shape Your Stories

Use your digital media skills to succeed in the evolving field of communications. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada forecasts that communications job openings will increase over the next decade.

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