Accessible Media Production - 390

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Courses in this program are normally delivered face-to-face. Some courses have temporarily transitioned to an online delivery. Visit the Programs of Studies or Course Schedule tab for more information.
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Continuing Education is offering a selection of courses from this graduate program focusing on accessible media production.

  • Gain a competitive advantage in producing content for the growing market of Canadians with disabilities.
  • Program is offered in a sequential, executive delivery format designed for working professionals looking to enhance their accessible media skills or move into the accessible media industry.
  • Courses developed and taught by industry professionals.
  • Opportunities for work integrated learning, industry field experience, and attendance and participation at conferences.

View courses available this term under Program of Studies and Course Schedule.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, however all courses require approval to register and your credentials will be checked/confirmed before you register. Visit the Admission & Registration tab to view the requirements.

What you'll learn

  • Receive intensive training in producing accessible content, including:
    • Closed and open captioning
    • Described and integrated described video
    • Accessible documents taking into consideration inclusive writing and communication
    • Accessible social media and websites.
  • Learn to create accessible content using the latest technology and access to top industry professionals.
  • Examine disability legislation in Ontario (AODA), Canada, USA, and around the world, and how it pertains to accessible content.
  • Investigate the experiences of people with disabilities and the advancements of accessibility to usability.
  • How to apply accessible media practices to business and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Program Contact
CE Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business
  • University degree or College diploma (two year or longer), OR an acceptable combination of related work experience and postsecondary education (as determined by the College).

Prior to registering you must provide documentation that you meet the requirements above. Email your documents to cecreative [at] (subject: Accessible%20Media%20Production%20(390)%20documentation) .

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business.

Special approval is required to register for all courses.

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Mandatory Courses

Course Number Course Name Course Description
MCOM10230 Disability Legislation for Media Professionals Examine disability issues giving rise to disability legislation and disability activism, and critically analyse provincial, federal, and international accessibility legislation as it applies to media and content creation. 56 hours.
MCOM10231 Diversity Perspectives Investigate the experiences of people with disabilities; critically examine the assumptions, stereotypes and misconceptions that have shaped traditional media content and the responses of people with disabilities; challenge the viewpoint of disability from the perspective of difference rather than deficit. 56 hours.
MCOM10232 Accessible Document Creation

Create accessible content that follows Universal Design principles and relevant standards and guidelines (WCAG, PDF/UA) to reach large audiences as a media professional. Identify and recognize barriers to effective accessibility when creating and remediating office documents. 56 hours.

MCOM10234 Inclusive Writing & Communication Write and think inclusively while creating accessible content for all audiences. Critically analyse and create writing and communication for a variety of professional purposes, with a focus on grammar and punctuation, clarity and conciseness, and inclusive language. 56 hours.
MCOM10235 Capstone 1 Produce focused scholarly and project work from an accessible media perspective with a faculty advisor. Elaborate how media and communication based industries and structures shape / add to the media / communication experience for people of all abilities. 56 hours.
MCOM10366 Captioning & Description Investigate captioning and description technologies, their impact on people with disabilities, and interaction with digital content. Includes an exploration of captioning, description (audio description/described video) and integrated described video. 56 hours. Equivalent: MCOM10233.
MCOM10240 Capstone 2 Complete an industry experience with exposure to stakeholders in the disability community, a disability-focused industry, or an organization seeking to enhance accessibility. Produce an accessible media product in collaboration with an industry partner and faculty advisor. 84 hours.
MCOM10257 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Accessibility Develop skills, strategies and techniques for leveraging accessible media skills into viable action plans both as an entrepreneur and an intrapreneur. Cultivate and identify business networking opportunities. Discuss accessible media opportunities, social innovation, organizational transformation, and change management. 70 hours.
MCOM10259 Accessible PDFs Create accessible content that follows Universal Design principles and relevant standards and guidelines (WCAG, PDF/UA) to reach large audiences as a media professional. Identify and recognize barriers to effective accessibility when creating and remediating portable document formats (PDFs). Prerequisite: MCOM10232. 42 hours.
MCOM10367 Assistive Technology and Accessibility Investigate assistive technologies, their impact on people with disabilities, models of use and how assistive devices influence interaction with digital content. Explore end-user persona development, usability testing for accessibility and inclusion. Equivalent: MCOM10236. 56 hours.
MCOM10368 Web Content & Social Media Accessibility Explore web accessibility and identify accessible design features that increase the usability and interoperability of web based materials including social media platforms. Understand how relevant, semantically correct HTML coding relates to web accessibility and the benefits of separating style from content. Equivalent: MCOM10239 and MCOM10258. 84 hours.

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.

Special approval is required to register for all courses.  

Course Code Course Name

Scheduled Offerings

MCOM10230 Disability Legislation for Media Professionals

Fall 2020 - MyCanvas

MCOM10231 Diversity Perspectives Fall 2020 - MyCanvas
MCOM10232 Accessible Document Creation Fall 2020 - MyCanvas
MCOM10234 Inclusive Writing & Communication

Fall 2020 - MyCanvas

MCOM10235 Capstone 1 Fall 2020 - MyCanvas
MCOM10366 Captioning & Description Fall 2020 - MyCanvas
MCOM10240 Capstone 2 Winter 2021 - MyCanvas
MCOM10257 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Accessibility Winter 2021 - MyCanvas
MCOM10259 Accessible PDFs Winter 2021 - MyCanvas
MCOM10367 Assistive Technology and Accessibility Winter 2021 - MyCanvas
MCOM10368 Web Content & Social Media Accessibility Winter 2021 - MyCanvas
Getting Started

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Online learning courses provide you with the opportunity to learn online, anywhere, at your convenience!  You can study at home or at work - wherever you like, whenever you like, within a predetermined time frame.

Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

Visit the MyCanvas Course page for registration information and a step-by-step guide to get started. Please note your course will not appear in MyCanvas until the scheduled start date.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities

Combine accessible media production with your current skills and career, including:

  • Office administration
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Front-end web content editors
  • Graphic design
  • Social media
  • Medical field
  • Television, radio, journalism
  • Communications
  • Captioning (closed, open, embedded ASL/LSQ, integrated, described audio)
  • Document remediation
  • Accessibility consulting

Where you could work:

  • Media and entertainment
  • Government and municipalities
  • Banks
  • Hospitals
  • Private and public business
  • Not-for-profit
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship opportunities