Media, Film and Communications

Our Media, Film and Communications 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, Film and Communications 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, Film and Communications 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 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.

Transfer Options from College

Lakehead University's Media, Film and Communications 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.

Applying to Lakehead University is easy and we are here to help you along the way.

Step 1 – Determine your general admission requirements:

To determine your general admission requirements, select one of the definitions below:

Ontario High School Students
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • A minimum of 6 Grade 12U or M courses, or equivalent, including program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average**

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.
**Admission averages are calculated using the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses.  

Other Canadian High School Students
 General Admission Requirements: 
  • Completion of Grade 12 and the Secondary School Diploma (see the Program Specific Prerequisites section for your particular provinces requirements);
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.

International Secondary School/ College or University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent (For most countries, the same academic preparation as is required for university entrance in that country is required for consideration. Refer to Admission Requirements by Country.) 
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian)

    Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Canadian College
 General Admission Requirements:

College transfer applicants who are applying to a program that does not have a college transfer pathway are eligible for admission consideration if they have:

  • Completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time academic studies at an accredited community college since leaving high school;
  • Completed the appropriate program-specific prerequisite courses; and
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 70%. 
Canadian University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Attended a university and successful completion of university level course work since leaving high school/college;
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum overall average of C or 60%.
Canadian Bible College
 General Admission Requirements:
  • A minimum overall average of C / 60% or equivalent;
  • College must be accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE);
  • Successfully meets the minimum program specific preparatory course prerequisites at the Grade 12U or M level or equivalent;
  • If not eligible right out of high school, a minimum of two years of full time studies must be completed at the Bible College.

Step 2 – Determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements for your program(s) of choice:

To determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements, choose from the drop-down menus below:

Program Specific Requirements

Please Select Your Applicant Type

  • Media, Film, & Communications
    Arts & Sciences
    English Language Arts 30-1
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    English (ENG4U)
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (ENG4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to the English prerequisite requirement are accepted. College transfer students entering via a transfer pathway are not required to satisfy the English prerequisite requirement.
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English Language Arts 121 or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage
    Other Admission Requirements & Important Information:
    A portfolio is required.
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621A
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 English (603 or 604)
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    English (ENG4U) or equivalent
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B

As a first year Media, Film and Communications student, you will complete the following courses:

  • Media Studies 1010 – Introduction to Media, Film & Communication 
  • Media Studies 1030 – Introduction to Visual Media
  • Media Studies 1050 – Introduction to Media and Film Production 

These courses will encourage you to think about your approaches to print and visual media, the existence of media bias, and the power of language, race, gender and ideology.  As well, you will choose introductory courses in visual arts, digital photography, or music and sound arts, engage in a topical Inquiry course, and take a variety of first year electives, chosen according to your interests. 

For full course requirements visit our Academic Calendar.

We offer two 12-week internships that provide you with media-related work experience for five hours per week, under the supervision of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor. This is a great way to develop your skills in an area of interest, such as video production or media activism, as well as build up your resume to ensure success in the workforce post-graduation. The media industry can be quite competitive. Having internship experience during your undergraduate degree will set you apart from other job applicants.

We have many student-run societies and clubs that cater to virtually any interest. These organizations are integral to our sense of community on campus. They host events, fundraisers, workshops and competitions to bring people together and raise awareness for unique topics and issues. Visit our Student Clubs and Associations page for more information and a listing of Student Centres.

More information about Payment Methods, and Payment Due Dates can be found here: Student Fees Information

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In addition to the above, International Students must pay the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is payable in full with your first installment. Please click here for more information about UHIP