We live in a highly mediated world where messages are embedded in all forms of information. How does one make sense of the tangled web of media, culture and language? Communication Studies and Multimedia provides the tools necessary for finding answers to that question and the skills to create new media.
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Dr. David Harris Smith will represent Canada at the 2013-14 Hong Kong-Shenszhen Bi-City Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism
Multmedia faculty Dr. David Harris Smith is one of the artists included in the Land|Slide Possible Futures exhibition which has been selected to represent Canada at the 2013-14 Hong Kong-Shenszhen Bi-City Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism. His artwork curatorBOT, developed with McMaster undergraduate research assistants Lily Beaul (Multimedia and Philosophy) and Bryan Ramoul (Computer and Software Engineering), features an artificial intelligence avatar agent designed to respond to questions posed by museum visitors.
Grad Student Wins award at 2013 Reel Asian Film Festival
MA Alumna (Class of '13), Casey Mecija, has won the WIFT-T Award (Women In Film and Television) at this year's Reel Asian Film Festival, for her video, My Father, Francis, which she completed as part of her Major Research Project (MRP) this past August.
"My Father, Francis traces the narrative of the filmmaker's father's life as it has materialized in his remarkable practice as an amateur industrial designer. The objects of his labour are presented as points of contact and collaboration between father and daughter, a relationship between them that is also the experimentation with new forms, just as this work explores a personal narrative that is exciting for a debut filmmaker. It is for this reason that the WIFT-T award that includes a $1200 production pass and one year membership from WIFT-T has been awarded to Casey Mecija to support her future endeavours with the moving image."
Dr. Baade wins third award for her book Victory Through Harmony
Dr. Christina Baade has won a third award for her book Victory through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in WWII, published in 2012 by Oxford University Press. The Biennial Diana McVeagh Prize for Best Book on British Music was awarded to Baade last weekend at the North American British Music Studies Association's annual business meeting in Pittsburgh. Baade's book was also recently the winner of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) Canada Book Prize and the prestigious Choice award.
CSMM undergraduate student, Ben Barrett-Forrest, will give a presentation to the Media Art Class at Westdale Secondary School
Ben Barrett-Forrest was approached by a Media Art Teacher at Westdale Secondary School to deliver a presentation about graphic design on November 8, 2013. After watching Ben’s short animation about the history of typography posted on YouTube, the teacher thought it would be a good experience for her Media Art Class to talk to a practicing graphic designer. The Media Art class at Westdale Secondary School is modeled after McMaster’s Multimedia Program, and is experiencing great success with students. The talk will be one hour long and will cover Ben’s design process, works he has created, his experience of working for a design firm, and the fundamentals of graphic design.
Link to Typography Animation.
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CSMM alumni have gone on to exciting careers in a variety of areas. Meet some of our graduates:
Corey Allen, Journalist and Communications Professional
DeeDee Andrews, Writer and Content Strategist, Core Online Marketing
Andrew Baker, Research Analyst, CBC
Ashley Chrysler, Business Communication Coordinator, Bayer. Inc. shares advice with CSMM students
Alyssa Lai, Writer, Communications Consultant, and Winner of the International Student Award for Academic Excellence
Marie Nash, Editor of Hamilton-Halton Weddings magazine
Nathan Nash, Audience Research Officer, CBC
Dustin Manley, TOEFL iBT Outreach Manager
Communications and Social Media Support, Lura Consulting
Kathy Woo, Communications and Marketing, 270 Sherman