Media Production (MA) / Courses


Course descriptions are available in the Graduate Studies Calendar.



MP8100 Project/MRP Development

In this course students begin preparation of a professional production or research project under the direction of faculty members.Students are encouraged to develop projects in coordination with academic researchers as well as industry partners. Building on knowledge gained in the media production courses, this major assignment challenges students to participate in independent, advanced-level applied and/or theoretical research that has potential application in the media industries or contributes to broader public media discourse. Pass/Fail.

MP8101 Creative Research Methods
This course will take a practical, creative and theoretical approach to research, examining knowledge as discursive (socially constructed) practice symbolizing both inclusion and exclusion. Students will acquire the range of skills required for research creation from proposal-writing to dissemination, as well as a variety of qualitative research modes including creative visual research, archival research, and ethnography/autoethnography, applying them to students' thesis projects, to create practice and to media research in general. 

MP8102 Aesthetic and Communication Theory 
This advanced seminar course is divided into two 6-week modules, focused on media aesthetics and communications theory respectively. Both units build on students' prior undergraduate media knowledge and/or industry experience and explore some of the key concepts and messages behind media narratives across multiple platforms.

One Credit from Communication & Design Electives Table or from Media Production Electives Table
Students choose one course from the lists below.



MP8103 Media Entrepreneurship and Leadership
This advanced seminar will present case studies from expert media practitioners on a variety of topics including sound, images, new script forms, documentary production, dramatic and comedic shows, pitching production ideas, funding, managing broadcast networks, performing, marketing media products, human resources issues, developing research projects, and more.

One Credit from Communication & Design Electives Table or from Media Production Electives Table
Students choose two courses from the lists below.

One Credit from Interdisciplinary Electives
Students choose one course from the list below.



Professional Project, Major Research Paper
Students will engage in a series of production activities, most notably formatting and disseminating their work for audience consumption. Continuing their collaboration with a faculty supervisor, production teams, industry, and public partners, students apply advanced theoretical, aesthetic and practical production skills and/or applied research methods and methodologies. It is expected that students will develop the ability to successfully resolve complex theoretical and aesthetic challenges within a professional production environment and/or develop sophisticated reports, articulating and potentially disseminating the outcomes of their research. These are “Milestones.” Pass/Fail.


Media Production Electives Table

(Please note: Not all courses on the list may be available every semester)

  • MP8901 Internship
  • MP8904 Advanced Media Management
  • MP8907 Television Programming
  • MP8908 Business of Producing I
  • MP8909 Business of Producing II
  • MP8910 Production Management
  • MP8912 Social Justice Media
  • MP8913 Media Entrepreneurship
  • MP8915 Legal Issues in Media
  • MP8918 Ethics in Media
  • MP8921 Advanced Audio Theory
  • MP8922 Business Case Studies in Comm
  • MP8924 Canadian Television Studies
  • MP8927 Business of Music I
  • MP8939 Aboriginal Media Art
  • MP8941 Dramatic Writing
  • MP8943 Comedy Writing
  • MP8944 Writing for Animation
  • MP8945 Writ: Factual & Reality Prog.
  • MP8956 Children’s Programming
  • MP8957 Documentary Production
  • MP8958 Media Production I
  • MP8959 Media Production II
  • MP8961 2-D and Object Animation
  • MP8964 Emerging Tech for Media Makers
  • MP8972 Television Technical Producing
  • MP8974 Aud Post-Prod and Sound Design
  • MP8975 Sound Synthesis
  • MP8979 Radio Production
  • MP8981 Beyond the Radio Format
  • MP8982 Video Compositing, Special Eff
  • MP8983 Interactive Storytelling
  • MP8984 Digital Media for Evolving Audiences
  • MP8985 Factual and Entertain Features
  • MP8986 Digital Project Lab
  • MP8987 Physical Computing
  • MP8988 Editing Specialty
  • MP8989 Media Markets/Entrepreneurship
  • MP8990 Directed Reading
  • MP8991 Directed Study
  • MP8995 Special Topics in Media Production

Communication & Design Electives Table

(Please note: Not all courses on the list may be available every semester)

  • MP8110 Exponential Potential
  • CD8310 Topics in Cross-Cultural Comm
  • CD8320 Media Lang: Forms and Apprches
  • CD8330 Audiences and the Public
  • CD8340 Media Writing: Critical & Narrative Forms
  • CD8350 Socially Engaged Media
  • CD8351 Documentary as Oppositional Practice
  • JN8106 The History of News

Interdisciplinary Electives Table

(Please note: Not all courses on the list may be available every semester)

  • CC8921 Visual Culture
  • CC8925 Reading Television
  • CC8950 Current Issues: Telecommun
  • CC8976 Digital and Interact Entertainment
  • DM8301 Adv Topics in Documentary Media
  • DM8303 Hist, Historiography: Vis Arts
  • DM8304 Dig Med: Theoretical Framework
  • DM8305 Dbs, Arcs, Virt Exprnce of Art
  • DM8306 Studies in Culture, Perception
  • JN8105 Journ Prac: Critical Approach
  • JN8106 The History of News
  • MP8110 Exponential Potential
  • MP8111 Social Cult Impl of New Media
  • MP8112 Race, Sexuality and Screens
  • MP8113 Digital Stereoscopic 3D Cinema
  • MP8120 Special Topics: Interdisciplinary