Communication Studies (BA)


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Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Program type
Major, Specialization
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
3 to 4 years
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Experiential learning

Why study Communication Studies?

We are one of the most established and respected Communication Studies programs in North America, and are well known for combining creative media production with the study of media theory, criticism and history. We draw from the humanities, social sciences and fine arts in a unique program that has trained many influential media makers.

You will work with a variety of media art forms and you will examine how meaning and ideas are communicated through media in various ways. In the first year you will create projects with sound, video and intermedia, as well as study theory, criticism and history of communications and media. You will be part of an exciting and dynamic team of students. You'll work together for three years, taught by an engaged and dedicated faculty of renowned scholars and artists.

Program highlights

  • A mix of theory and practice with opportunities to learn about sound and visual media production in state-of-the-art labs
  • Project-based learning with small groups of students
  • The internationally-renowned Communication Studies program combines media theory, criticism and history with creative production courses in intermedia, moving images and sound.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90–120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Major in Communication Studies (42 credits)
  • Specialization in Communication Studies (60 credits) – only available as an option after commencing the Major in Communication Studies


Learn to analyze and critique media and popular culture by integrating an interdisciplinary knowledge from the humanities, fine arts and the social sciences.

United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

This program is only available for Fall admission.

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission

  • Short Essay (uploaded as a single PDF)
  • Two academic assessment forms (both emailed directly to Concordia)

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

Winter term


Admission to this program is available for the Fall Term only.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

Our programs open up many career paths in the media arts and cultural industries, such as entry-level positions in:

  • Film, television, radio, animation, social media
  • Publishing and professional writing
  • Independent arts organizations (galleries, film co-ops, festivals, arts spaces, etc)
  • Media and communications policy consulting/analysis
  • Advertising, marketing, design and public relations
  • NGOs, eg humanitarian and environmental organizations
  • And - advanced studies at the graduate level

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