Media and Communications
In the Media and Communications major, you’ll get a large chunk of historical theory, another chunk of contemporary research and a small sliver of practical production. The biggest focus of the major is on looking at theories behind why and how media is produced – often the more abstract ones. This can be interesting at times, though sometimes wears thin if not linked to more contemporary practises. An expanding part of the major is more specific contemporary media research subjects, which take place primarily in second and third year. If people have an interest in these specific areas, they’re generally enjoyable.
The greatest shortfall in Media and Communications is the actual practical writing and media production. Out of the eleven media subjects, there are only two practical writing subjects – Introduction to Media Writing and Writing Journalism. There are no specific TV, radio or film production subjects – and even the marketing and online media subjects often focus on hypotheticals and theory above production and writing.