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Media, Information and Technoculture, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (WUR) London, Canada
The Media, Information and Technoculture program from University of Western Ontario will focus on modern communication and information technologies, and how they influence your life in ways that you may not even recognize.

About

Critical media studies requires you to study the subject in-depth, analysing and critiquing what you find. From newspapers, radio and television, to the Internet and mobile technologies, media, communication technologies and information tools impact our daily lives in countless ways. 

We use them to socialize with others, to seek out or share information and entertainment and to participate in social and cultural debates. But what are media, exactly? How do media institutions, technologies, and content inform the development of society and culture and influence our activities and behaviours? 

In turn, how do users shape media? What role does the economic structure of media institutions play in shaping our relationship with them? In what ways does the organization and presentation of information influence our understanding of the world and our place in it? How are user-generated forms of media such as social networking sites, blogs, and collaborative informational sources like Wikipedia changing the modern media environment? 

These are just some of the questions you would examine as a student in the Media, Information and Technoculture program from the University of Western Ontario. 

Is MIT right for me?

MIT is the largest undergraduate program in FIMS with roughly 900 students. Because enrolment is limited to approximately 250 students per year, MIT is a competitive and challenging program that requires students who are thoughtful and engaged, creative and critical, and willing to push the boundaries of media research. As a student in the program, you would benefit from a broad and balanced approach that combines media theory, history, and research and analysis.

Goals

The goal of the Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT) program is to offer critical, interdisciplinary analysis of the institutions, practices, and cultural meanings associated with technologies of communication, information, knowledge, learning, and entertainment. 

The perspective of the program is critical, creative, and cross-disciplinary: 

  • Critical in that it not only rigorously examines the strengths of our society's technology and communication systems but also uncovers their crises, conflicts and structures of control.
  • Creative in that it pays attention to emerging cultural values, practices and institutions within the spheres of media, technology, and information.
  • Cross-disciplinary in that it brings to bear on these issues a variety of theoretical perspectives, including those from cultural studies, political economy, history, psychology, education, journalism, computer science, design, law, and information science.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Political Economy of Media 
  • Health, Media, and Information 
  • Media, Representation and Identity 
  • Media, Representation and Identity 
  • Consumer Society: Advertising and Promotional Culture 
  • Media and Social Movements 
  • Entertainment Industries and Popular Culture 
  • Journalism Practices and Principles
  • Social Media, Virtual Gaming and Networked Life

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    83

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Completion of the entire Diploma including the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay
  • Passes in a minimum of 6 subjects of which 3 must be at the Higher Level
  • A minimum grade total of 28 including points awarded for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge
  • No mark less than 4 on any individual course
  • Prerequisites for your program as specified by Western 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31042 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31042 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6050 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6050 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for London

  • 1037 - 1630 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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