At the intersection of media, art, culture and technology, the Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology is situated precisely where some of the most important developments of our time are being uncovered. Undergraduate programs in FCAT provide our students with the opportunity to study across disciplines not only within our faculty but the wider university. This access to a diverse academic environment gives students the critical thinking, creative, and collaborative tools they need to succeed, whether in communications, art or design. Learn more about our undergraduate opportunities below.
School of Communication
The School of Communication emphasizes critical thinking, reading, analysis and production in the field of communication. Students will study the cultures, histories, technologies, and ideologies of the media and communication infrastructures in our society. Students work in groups to apply theories of communication to promote social change and community engagement while professors address the most pressing environmental, economic, technological and political issues in our society through the translation of theory and research into practice and action. Through co-op work placements, students gain hands-on experience to take their studies from the classroom to the real world. Successful communication graduates are literate in media and information technologies with an understanding of social and ethical implications.
- Media and Culture
- Technology and Society
- Political Economy and Policy
CMNS alumni can be found working in a variety of sectors from non-profit organizations to entrepreneurial start-ups and media outlets. Their versatile skills and critical thinking give them an advantage as they navigate the ever-changing field of communication.
School of Interactive Arts & Technology
The School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) equips students with a practical understanding of the design, development, and study of digital technologies in a human-centered context. Students in SIAT combine the study of human cognition, the analysis of media and culture, the production of art and design, and the application of new technologies — all in an effort to solve problems, tell stories, and explore the intersection of art, science, culture and the humanities.
SIAT offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs, as well as joint degrees with communication and business. Through a combination of hands-on projects and assignments, co-op work placements, and international field schools, SIAT students gain real-world experience throughout their degrees, preparing them for a variety of dynamic, technology-oriented careers.
- Interactive Systems
- Media Arts
SIAT alumni work in a variety of fields including interactive design, online technology, film and the creative industries. They can be found at organizations such as Facebook, Instagram, Google, and Electronic Arts using their skills to create meaningful interactive media experiences.
School for the Contemporary Arts
The School for the Contemporary Arts, situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s most dynamic and diverse neighbourhoods, offers a unique curriculum in which studio classes in dance, film, music/sound, theatre performance and production, and visual art are integrated with the historical and theoretical study of the arts. This meeting of creative practice with academic enquiry is a core value of the school and is enhanced by their attention to critical contemporary issues as well as their commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration both within the classroom and beyond. Today’s world is facing unprecedented economic, social, and environmental pressures that demand flexible and creative responses. In this rapidly changing landscape, the school encourages students to see art as a powerful instrument for critical expression. Their internationally renowned faculty members focus on equipping students with the skills, discipline, understanding and creativity to excel in the arts in Canada and around the world.
- Music Composition (Acoustic & Electroacoustic)
- Theatre (Performance & Production and Design)
- Visual Art
- Art, Performance & Cinema Studies
Programs, pathways and special courses
Integrating advanced industry practice with insights gained from applied research, the Publishing Program challenges students with dynamic seminar courses and intensive simulation projects.
- Minor in Print and Digital Publishing
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FCAT BA Double Minor Program
The BA Double Minor Program is for students wishing to acquire knowledge in two program areas for their BA degree. However, instead of pursing a major or a joint major program, they purse two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors, where at least one of the program areas live within the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT).
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Certificate in Creative Technologies in Digital Journalism
This certificate introduces students to diverse forms of public communication while drawing on journalistic traditions that are being transformed by digital platforms and data driven communication. Students with this certificate will gain interdisciplinary, international experience in the field and have a unique qualification to be ready to enter the rapidly changing world of digital journalism.
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Semester in Podcasting
This full-time semester long course teaches students how to develop and produce their own podcast. The Semester in Podcasting: Untold Stories doesn’t just ask what your story is, but invites you to explore the best way to tell it, and gives you the tools to do so. By putting the tools of storytelling in your hands, we invite you to explore how audio storytelling can give voice to the many communities who define you.
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Semester in Alternate Realities
Semester in Alternate Realities proposes a unique educational experience meant to inspire interdisciplinary teams to solve a real-world problem exploring technologies currently referred to as xR (ranging from Virtual reality (VR) to Augmented (AR) and Mixed reality (MR)).
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