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ComCult Announcement from Ryerson University


Ryerson is now accepting applications for MA & PhD spaces for 2018-19 in the Ryerson side of the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture (ComCult).

Please circulate widely to your senior undergraduate students and graduating MA students.

The York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture is an interdisciplinary initiative unmatched anywhere in Canada.

No other master’s or doctoral program supports as thorough an examination of the essential interaction between:

  • Communication practices, processes, and technologies.

  • Cultural institutions, industries, and practices, as well as individual makers of culture.

Enroll at Ryerson on either a part- or full-time basis in the Master’s program or full-time in the Doctoral program, and benefit from the fresh insights afforded by combined studies in these two areas. Undertake critical analysis of current Canadian and international communication trends – key to understanding contemporary cultural forces. Bring new thinking to a wide range of related professions and areas of study.

As a Communication and Culture student you have the opportunity to take advantage of some of the best academic and creative resources available at any Canadian university, including media production facilities and equipment. Conduct research using extensive archival collections, on-line and other library resources at Ryerson or at York, or the many collections, institutions, and creative industries in Toronto and Southern Ontario.

Students in the Program have access to a wide range of library resources, computer labs, and studio facilities at Ryerson and York. These include the media production facilities at the Rogers Communications Centre at Ryerson, multimedia labs and animation labs in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York and in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson, faculty research centres in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson as well as a variety of more specialized labs, and extensive archival collections at both universities.

More than 130 faculty from across both York and Ryerson are eligible to teach and supervise in the program. We offer competitive funding packages, teaching and research opportunities and strong support for external scholarship application success. There are for credit field and work placement options as well opportunities to conduct scholarly research creation and creative project based work. In typical years we offer 30+ graduate courses for ComCult students to choose from.

The city’s central location means access to many other resources, including adjunct faculty and visiting lecturers. Other benefits include exposure to many culture- and communication-based industries and activities that can be used to inform your studies, including our hosting of two separate annual graduate student conferences.

For information about applying to the Communication and Culture Program, please visit Ryerson School of Graduate Studies Admissions.

The deadline for guaranteed first consideration of applications for MA and PhD is Jan. 22, 2018. Students with questions about the program or application should consult our website and are welcome to contact me off list.


Jeremy Shtern


Jeremy Shtern, PhD

Associate Professor: School of Creative Industries | Faculty of Communication and Design &

Graduate Program Director | York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Director: The Global Communication Governance Lab



Phone: (+001) 416-979-5000 ex. 3301


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