Media Studies

Our Media Studies program provides you with a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education emphasizing the critical analysis of media and the development of production skills.  To gain a broad field of knowledge about the industry, you will explore topics related to the following media: 

  • Video
  • New Media
  • Design
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Sound Art

 Our Media Studies program will particularly allow you to immerse yourself in the cutting-edge world of social media – from production to dissemination to analysis – and beyond.

You will get the opportunity to work with world-renowned media production instructors, such as Chelsea McMullan and Coco Guzman, analog and digital media, and top-of-the-line technology and software:

  • Mac and PC computers
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Audacity open source software
  • Video cameras (including mic kits and tripods)
  • Audio recorders

Through hands-on labs and workshops, you will learn how new media is an accessible way to engage with our world and to challenge systemic problems like sexism, racism, homophobia, and social injustices of all kinds. If you are interested in learning how and why your cell phone has just as much cultural power as CNN, this program is for you.

In addition to media analysis and media production courses, you will have access to internship opportunities (with places such as Orillia Museum of Art and History, Rogers Television, and the Orillia Opera House) and projects that allow you to put your theoretical knowledge into creative practice. 

Lakehead Advantage

Our unique focus on topics of social change sets our Media Studies program apart from other similar programs across Canada. Class sizes are small enough to encourage you to feel comfortable with regular active discussions, creating non-hierarchical relationships and collaborative learning not only in the classroom but also in the community.  Instructors in our program have real life experience so they share techniques and insights they have gained in the field.   As well, internship opportunities provide you practical community-based experience, while research opportunities enable you to become involved in academic efforts to produce social change.   

At Lakehead you will learn how you can make a difference through courses such as the following:

  • Alternative New Media
  • Media Framing of Immigration
  • Anti-Racist and Aboriginal Media in Canada
  • Surveillance and Society
  • Disability Rights and Media
  • Women, Technology and Cyberculture
  • Documentary Production
  • Media, Art and Activism

Many of our Media Studies courses touch on a wide range of disciplines and are cross-listed with the Women's Studies, Visual Arts, Political Science and Sociology departments. 

 We encourage you to take advantage of the friendly, personal learning environment and reach out to faculty for course help as well as potential job and/or mentorship opportunities.


Lakehead University's Media Studies program welcomes college Graphic Design graduates to apply for admission consideration.

For more information regarding specific admission requirements as well as transfer credit details, visit here.

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Honours Bachelor of Arts & Science in Media StudiesOrillia, ON I chose to attend LU because being in a smaller school setting is something that really appealed to me. I like being able to...




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Media StudiesHillsdale, ONLakehead has a welcoming environment and a great Media Studies program. The small class sizes allow me to build relationships with my professors as well as my classmates....




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