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The Book and Media Studies program is an interdisciplinary and historical investigation of the role of printing, books, reading, and electronic and digital media in cultures past and present. One stream, print media, covers topics such as manuscript and book production, internet publishing, book illustrations, advertising, censorship, and the ways readers use and enjoy books. A second stream, electronic and digital media, investigates the development of the mass media including the advent of radio, the emergence of television, and more recent forms of mass communication including global telecommunications, social media, and the World Wide Web.
Where Should I Begin?
The required courses for the program are:
SMC219Y1 Mass Media in Culture and Society
SMC228H1 Bibliography and Print Culture
SMC229H1 Readers and Readerships
These courses offer an introductory overview of all facets of the program.
McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology
St. Michael’s Print Room
The St. Michael’s Print Room houses a collection of antique presses and other printing artifacts, including binding equipment and an extensive collection of type.
The Print Room gives Book and Media students a hands-on experience in support of their courses in book history and material bibliography. The program takes advantage of the extensive human and physical resources already in place at the University of Toronto, including the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Robertson Davies Library (Massey College), the Centre for 19th Century French Studies, the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies, the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, and the Department of Fine Arts exhibition catalogues’ collection.
University of Toronto students have the opportunity of applying for the third year Study Elsewhere program.
Book and Media studies Majors have the opportunity to earn course credit while doing an internship with a media organization formally recognized as a partner of St. Michael’s College and the Book and Media Studies program. Previous, and current partners include Canadian Living magazine, the Marilyn Denis Show, Sony Entertainment, the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, University of Toronto Press, Novalis, Glow magazine, Between the Lines Books, Jack Communications, Bell Media, Omni TV, and St. Joseph Media. Information and Application Form can be found here.
The program prepares students for vocations in journalism, publishing, editing, communications and graduate programs in information and library science. The program also introduces them to topics in the Book History and Print Culture Graduate program at the University of Toronto.