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Digital Communications, Bachelor of

Ministry Name: Bachelor of Digital Communications

Credential: Honours DegreeProgram Code: DC411Length: 8 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    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

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2019-2020 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $7,953.82
  • international: $17,504.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,866.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$8,073.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,976.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$7,963.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 7Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,866.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$8,073.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 8Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,866.91$8,542.00
Tuition$3,398.11$8,073.20
Mandatory Non-Tuition$468.80$468.80
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Additional Costs

$100 - $400 - textbooks, subscriptions and printing costs (per semester).

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

HUMBER PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM

Degree Entry: Fall    Apply Now 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

 

$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

Degree Entry: Fall    Apply Now 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

 

 

$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

Degree Entry: Winter    Apply Now 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of three semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

 

$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

PATHWAYS INTO THIS PROGRAM FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS

Graduates from recognized institutions in Ontario with the same program learning outcomes as the Humber program may be eligible for admission into an advanced semester.

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PATHWAYS OUT TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Programs:

  • Consecutive Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Technological Education

The consecutive BEd (Technological Education) Program at York University is open to Humber graduates who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Digital Communications  program. Consistent with all other BEd programs at York, the Technological Education option requires completion of 60 credits offered in two consecutive Fall/Winter sessions in addition to the requirements of the student’s program at the sending institution.

Individuals who successfully complete the Consecutive BEd (Technological Education) program and who have successfully completed an approved applied degree or advanced diploma and a minimum of 2 years (24 months) of work experience related to the areas of Technological Education selected as options in the program of professional education will be eligible for recommendation by York University to receive a Certificate of Qualification in Technological Education from the Ontario College of Teachers so they may teach Technological Education in an Ontario Secondary School. Agreement covers admission up to F/W 2021 session. Candidates must apply to York University.  

 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.

Programs:

  • MBA
  • Master of Management
  • MSc Technology Management

For those students who complete a 4 year degree at Humber, Davenport University will recognize the student's entire completed bachelor's degree. In order to meet Davenport University residency and program requirements students must complete the minimum number of credit hours in their chosen masters degree program with Davenport University. Completion of your masters degree will depend on how many courses a semester you are able to take. Students must meet all admission requirements to be accepted in the master's degree program of their choice.

 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.

Programs:

  • MA Communication
  • MA Communications Policy
  • MA Diversity and the Media
  • MA Film
  • Television and Moving Image
  • MA Global Media
  • MA International Media Business
  • MA Media and Development
  • MA Media
  • Campaigning and Social Change
  • MA Public Relations
  • MA Social Media
  • Culture and Society

Humber College and the University of Westminster have partnered to create progression routes to Masters degrees for graduates of Humber's Bachelor of Digital Communications.  Students who have successfully completed this Humber Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above may receive direct entry to Westminster's Masters programs as indicated.  Approximate time for program completion is one year in duration.

Admission requirements:

For more information, contact:

Monika Parzych
Regional Manager 
University of Westminster 
E: M.Parzych01@westminster.ac.uk
Skype: monika,universityofwestminster

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Gemma Richardson, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79317
gemma.richardson@humber.ca

mediastudies.humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. 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 ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map >

Apply through Ontario Colleges >

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

Apply through the International Centre >

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Humber’s Bachelor of Digital Communications degree program explores the dynamic media environment and the cultural, social, economic and political implications of digital innovation. Communications studies are becoming recognized as one of the most significant social sciences in the 21st century. Increasingly, worldviews are shaped through messages received from television, film, the internet, social media and a host of media arts, with profound impacts on how the world and the self are viewed. The construction of everyday lives and identities are negotiated through digital media and social networks which influence how we live, the products we produce and consume, and how we connect.

This program is rigorous and innovative, developing digital storytellers who are skilled in writing, visual communication, web applications and social media. You will build significant business acumen while working in an environment where creative ideas and methods cross-pollinate. As you gain technical competency, you will collaborate and innovate with peers, faculty and visitors, building personal communication and networking skills. Intensive lectures and labs provide direction and practical experience, sharpening technical skills and stimulating critical discourse, using student work as a starting point. Access to studios and computing spaces enables reflective and collaborative project work. Historical, legal, ethical and theoretical considerations are built into the creative process.

As part of the program, you will engage with an array of courses designed to deepen your awareness of your roles as a citizen conscious of the social, political, environmental and cultural contexts of their work. Senior students in this program specialize in advanced communication theory and techniques. A culminating capstone project showcases their abilities and learning, and serves as a platform for launching a career in digital and social media co-ordination, media relations, and many other mass communications fields. Graduates may also choose to further their studies at the master’s level.

Courses Learning Outcomes

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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.


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Work Placement

Students will participate in one mandatory 14 week paid or unpaid work placement in the summer between Semester 6 and 7. 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

You'll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.

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Jessica Duffin Wolfe

Professor
PhD - University of Toronto
MA - University of Toronto
BA - McGill University

Devon Lowry

MFA - Concordia University
BFA - Concordia University
Professor

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
Professor

Gemma Richardson

PhD - University of Western Ontario
MA – University of Windsor

BA Journalism - Carleton University

Professor and program co-ordinator

Lesley Thornton-Cronin

PhD - University of Glasgow, UK
M.Litt - University of Glasgow, UK
BA - University of Toronto
Professor


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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.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2019LakeshoreOpenOpen

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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