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Communication Studies (GrDip)

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Graduate Diploma (GrDip)
Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
1 year
30 credits
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Program overview

The Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies provides students with an intensive introduction to the field of communication. This one-year program will give you a deeper understanding of modern media and hands-on experience in video, intermedia and sound production. Our dedicated faculty will guide you through the key research areas in the field, with elective courses such as documentary studies, feminist media studies, new media and ethics and popular culture. You will study the creative and technical aspects of moving images and new digital technologies through a series of interactive production courses. Our facilities include state-of-the-art film and video editing suites, intermedia labs, and sound recording studios. Join a diverse body of young scholars and professionals working to expand their personal qualifications in media production and theory. The city of Montreal also provides numerous opportunities for students interested in taking the internship option during the course.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.

Please see the Communication Studies Courses page for course descriptions.

Communication Studies Graduate Diploma (30 credits)


credits of Core Courses:

COMS 505 Introduction to Communication Theory and History (3.00)
COMS 506 In the Field: Methods in Communication Studies and Practice (3.00)
COMS 510 Graduate Diploma Seminar (3.00)
COMS 562 Media Production: Sound (3.00)
COMS 569 Media Production: Moving Images (3.00)
COMS 570 Media Production: Intermedia (3.00)


credits of Elective Courses chosen in consultation with the Diploma Program Director:

COMS 507 Advanced Scriptwriting for Media (3.00)
COMS 512 Discourses of Dissent (3.00)
COMS 513 Cultures of Production (3.00)
COMS 514 Production Administration (3.00)
COMS 516 Advanced Topics in Documentary Film and Video (3.00)
COMS 518 Cultures of Globalization (3.00)
COMS 519 Communications and Indigenous Peoples (3.00)
COMS 521 Communication Technologies and Gender (3.00)
COMS 522 Perspectives on the Information Society (3.00)
COMS 523 Media Art and Aesthetics (3.00)
COMS 524 Alternative Media (3.00)
COMS 525 Media Forecast (3.00)
COMS 532 Communication, Culture and Popular Art (3.00)
COMS 533 Semiotics (3.00)
COMS 534 Advanced Topics in Film Studies (3.00)
COMS 535 Communications, Development and Colonialism (3.00)
COMS 537 Race, Ethnicity and Media (3.00)
COMS 538 Organizational Communication (3.00)
COMS 539 Political Communication (3.00)
COMS 540 Acoustic Communication and Design (3.00)
COMS 541 Sexuality and Public Discourse (3.00)
COMS 542 Advanced Topics in the Photographic Image (3.00)
COMS 543 Film Criticism (3.00)
COMS 544 Reception Studies (3.00)
COMS 545 Television Studies (3.00)
COMS 546 Rhetoric and Communication (3.00)
COMS 547 International Communication (3.00)
COMS 548 Media Policy in Canada (3.00)
COMS 553 Communication Ethics (3.00)
COMS 561 Communicative Performances and Interventions (3.00)
COMS 580 Selected Topics in Communication Studies (3.00)
COMS 583 Internship in Communication Studies (3.00)
COMS 585 Directed Study in Communication Studies (3.00)
COMS 586 Directed Study in Communication Studies (3.00)
COMS 598 Advanced Topics in Communication Studies (3.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with high standing from a recognized institution in a field other than communication.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 15





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

Out-of-province students

Get $2,000 in special funding for graduate diploma programs. Learn more

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