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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

About the Program

The Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture is a unique partnership. Together, Ryerson and York offer a critical mass of faculty needed to advance the study of communication and culture.

Drawn from a number of disciplines, the distinguished faculty collectively represent a breadth of perspectives and professional experience in communications, the social sciences, humanities, media, and fine arts.

All professors have strong records of achievement in scholarship and/or professional activity and many are internationally known. The Program, leading to MA and PhD degrees, is unique in Ontario in combining academic and professional work, with the objective of promoting the application of theory and research to contemporary issues and practices in communication and culture.

The Program brings together perspectives from the social sciences, humanities and fine arts, and communication-and media-related professions, and aims to encourage innovative thinking, research, and practice. The curriculum reflects the view that advanced work in this field requires not only a thorough grounding in theory and method but also a grasp of the practices, processes, and technologies in contemporary communication and cultural production.

The program provides students with opportunities to:

The Partnership

Through this partnership, you are able to capitalize on courses, facilities, and other resources available at both campuses. In particular, you profit from:

York's tradition of innovative, interdisciplinary graduate programs - ones that break new ground for learning and are as internationally well recognized as is the university's strong history of theory-building, research, and professional training.


Ryerson's record of applied education, and its extensive industry links in film, photography, multimedia and information technologies, radio, television, and new media.

Drawing on faculty from many programs in both universities, the Programme's curriculum is structured around three flexible areas of study:


Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan