Explore your potential with this preparatory media program - 2022/2023
The Pre-Media program is a one-year foundational certificate program designed to introduce you to various media industries. This preliminary year will allow you to sample and discover elements of each School of Contemporary Media program in preparation for a more focused education within a specific media field.
Discover a career in media that's right for you
Entry-level courses in visual media, storytelling, audio fundamentals, interactive media and design, communications, performance and collaborative media productions will ignite your creativity. You’ll gain hands-on experience using industry standard software taught by creative educators and media professionals. By exploring different media fields and gaining industry skills, you'll be equipped to choose the media career that's right for you. Graduate with a solid foundation in media and communications, the tools to find your passion and follow it.
Admission Requirements - 2022/2023
Admission RequirementsOSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
- Grade 12 English (C) or (U) OR Grade 12 The Writer's Craft (C) OR Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Communications Technology (M) OR Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U) and Grade 12 Computer Science (U)
- Grade 11 Media Arts (M) or (O) OR Grade 12 Media Arts (M)
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
|WRIT-1037||Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media||3|
|This course will introduce contemporary media students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.|
|DEVL-1041||Careers in Contemporary Media 1||3|
|This course will explore the many different career options that exist in the Media industry. Topics will include guest lectures, industry and studio tours, research and information sessions, interviewing industry professionals, personal branding research.|
|MMED-1035||Visual Media 1||3|
|This course will introduce students to the core concepts of image and audio capture. Key concepts will include: still/moving image capture, audio capture and hardware for audio and video devices.|
|This course will explore the processes of sound design. Key concepts will include: audio hardware and software, audio editing techniques, basic mixing, audio in digital environments, digital audio recording.|
|MMED-1037||Interactive Media & Design 1||4|
|In this course, students will explore the processes of design for interactive media. Key concepts will include: design fundamentals of interactive media, basic photo manipulation practices, creating graphics for print, mobile, web use and core practices of video editing, adding graphics and audio to video to create a cohesive, creative, and professional final product.|
|MMED-1038||Storytelling for Media||3|
|This is an introductory course into the basic writing structures for a broad range of media. Writing for media, media formats, storyboard development, and storyboard and shoot focused video material are among the topics that will be covered.|
|COMM-3075||Communications for Media||3|
|This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of media, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the media workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.|
|DEVL-3003||Careers in Contemporary Media 2||3|
|This course is a continuation of Careers in Contemporary Media 1. Key concepts will include: presenting to groups, media ethics, copyright law, basic entrepreneurship/case studies, resume development, professional development.|
|MMED-1036||Performance for Contemporary Media 1||3|
|This course will introduce students to the core concepts of 'Preforming' for various types of media. Topics will include: Announcing, acting, reporting, performing, pitching, interviewing and presenting skills and techniques.|
|MMED-3030||Visual Media 2||3|
|This is a continuation of Visual Media 1. Key concepts will include: Image capture and manipulation, audio capture, new image capture technologies, hardware for audio, video and still image capture.|
|MMED-3031||Interactive Media & Design 2||3|
|This course is designed to introduce students to the broad field of game design. Students will learn what defines a game and why their popularity is on the increase. A hands-on approach will be taken to develop a fundamental understanding of 3D modeling for video games using industry standard software, as well as basic principles and workings of the Unity Game Engine.|
|MMED-3032||Collaborative Media Productions||6|
|In this course, students will work on a variety of focused projects. Working in teams will be a priority. Key concepts will include: team work, conflict resolution, production and project management techniques, software applications for project planning.|
Careers - 2022/2023
Career OpportunitiesThe program provides employment opportunities for students in that they gain entry-level media skills in the fields of audio and visual media, storytelling, performance and interactive media.
More Information - 2022/2023
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Contemporary Media: 519-452-4227
Program DescriptionThe Pre-Media program is a one-year foundational certificate program designed to introduce the student to various media industries. This preliminary year is intended to provide the student with the opportunity to sample from and discover the various aspects unique to each media program within the School of Contemporary Media. This will allow the student to gain a solid understanding in preparation for a more focused education within a specific media field. The program will offer a hands-on experience using industry standard software taught by creative educators and industry professionals.
Successful graduates of this program will have developed a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge of various media and communication fields. The goal is to give the student the tools to make a more educated and conscious choice for a career program best suited to reflect their interest and skillset.
- Students entering Level 1 of the program in January will proceed to Level 2 of the program during the summer term.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to
1. Apply common industry practices to written proposals and print documents, visual storyboards, and interactive presentations.
2. Present and report on research done about mass media and social media technologies.
3. Choose appropriate tools, techniques and applications to create media assets and presentations.
4. Develop a career plan and produce a portfolio of self-promotional materials for the chosen field.
5. Employ a variety of strategies, tools, and techniques to develop creative concepts and ideas to address the requirements of an audience, product or project.
6. Collaborate with a production team in the creation of media projects.
7. Utilize a variety of industry standard audio/video software applications and techniques in the creation of media for a wide range of platforms.
- Graduates may consider applying to Journalism - Broadcast, Broadcasting - Radio, Broadcasting - Television, Interactive Media Design, Music Industry Arts, Photography, Video Game Design and Development.
- For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways
Program DetailsMore details
2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.