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Media and Communication Studies

University of the Fraser Valley
Location: Abbotsford
Language: English

Program Description

Media and Communication StudiesWhy take Media and Communication Studies? You want to be a writer. Or you've always been interested in how information is dispersed. You're fascinated by recent changes in technology and love to explore new information. You recognize that strong communication skills are important to succeed in any career.There are many reasons why you might take Media and Communication Studies; but one of the most important is because communication is key in any business or industry. UFV's Media and Communication Studies program can start you off toward a number of careers and give you a thorough understanding of media and communication industries. Often our students are looking for careers in print journalism, film making, broadcasting, or even teaching. Regardless of your career aspirations, you can't go wrong with a strong background in media and communication studies.At UFV you can pursue an Associate of Arts degree in Media and Communication Studies (MACS), or take it as a minor as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree. As a MACS student, you will learn about the many types of media, including the internet. You will discuss how the different types of media serve the public and how they continue to evolve. You will discuss how you are affected by advertising and other commercial images, how Canadians fit into the global village, and what literacy in the new world means. In short, you will learn how your life and our society continue to change in response to innovations in technology and communications.

Admission requirements

Our program operates under the Associate of Arts degree program,so you need to apply for and meet the entrance requirements for this program. There are two options for admission. If you are applying straight from high school, follow option one. If you have attended some post-secondary school, follow option two.Option one: high school graduation onlyYou will need B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent and a minimum of a B average in three provincially examinable Grade 12 subjects, one of which must be English 12.Option two: university entranceYou will need a minimum of nine university-level credits complete with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all universitylevel credits attempted.If you want to start your studies in September, you should submityour application to UFV starting October 1. Alternately, if you're thinking about starting in January, the submission date is August 1. Admission will be on a competitive basis and meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee your admission. If you meet all the entrance requirements but the program is full, you will be given an opportunity to register in Arts Studies.

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Degree & diploma

Media and Communication Studies Associate of Arts degree

Media and Communication Studies careers

With an Associate of Arts degree in Media and Communication Studies you might seek employment as a researcher or work in policy development, public education, advertising, marketing, business administration, or writing. A bachelor's degree is also a good start if you choose to continue with graduate studies in a number of disciplines.As a graduate of the Associate of Arts degree in Media and Communication Studies, you will be ready to enter the workforce, to continue your studies, or to ladder into the BA (MACS minor) at UFV. You might also consider further education elsewhere and complete a BA in Communications. You could also choose to transfer to another postsecondary institution to complete a degree in a related area of study or to earn a diploma in the productionaspect of media. It's wise to talk to an Arts advisor, or a MACS faculty member, about the best option for you.

Tuition & fees

It's best to consult the UFV calendar at for tuition fees, keeping in mind that new fees are usually set in May. You should also visit the UFV Financial Aid and Awards office, which facilitates the disbursement each year of about 12 million dollar in federal and provincial student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students. A helpful budget planning worksheet is available online at

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University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley is a fully accredited, public university that enrolls over 11,000 students per year, and lies nestled in the beautiful Fraser Valley just east of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The University has campuses in Abbotsford,...

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University of the Fraser Valley housing

Abbotsford, Canada

Residence at UFV means students living, working, studying, and socializing together. It’s an exciting way to get involved at the university as you help shape your community. Feel supported as you develop skills, gain information, and access many of the resources on the UFV campus. With a timely application, a private bedroom within a two-bedroom suite on campus at Baker House can be yours for...

Contact information for University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road
V2S 7M8 Abbotsford BC