Accessible Media Production - 390
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.
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You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.
Interested in taking a single course? No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.
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.
Admission & Registration
- 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).
You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered. Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.
Program of Studies
The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2019/20 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.
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|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 Content 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.
|MCOM10233||Assistive Technology||Investigate assistive technologies, their impact on people with disabilities, models of use and how assistive devices influence interaction with digital content. Includes an exploration of closed captioning (CC) and embedded sign language. 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.|
|MCOM10236||Assistive Technology & Media Content||Continue to explore assistive technologies with a stronger focus on software, apps and interaction with media content. Includes an in-depth exploration of integrated described video (IDV) and described video (DV). 56 hours.|
|MCOM10239||Web Accessibility||Explore web accessibility and identify accessible design features that increase the usability and interoperability of web based materials. Understand how relevant semantically correct HTML coding relates to web accessibility and the benefits of separating style from content. Prerequisite: MCOM10236. 56 hours.|
|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.|
|MCOM10258||Accessibility and Analytics for Social Media||Examine topics in social data analysis, including the social implications of social media on the disability community and the ethical rights and responsibilities of creating accessible content. Examine how social media has transformed how we create and consume knowledge, interact with the worlds and with one another. Prerequisite: MCOM10239. 28 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: MCOM10233. 42 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.
|Course Code||Course Name||
|MCOM10230||Disability Legislation for Media Professionals||
|MCOM10232||Accessible Content Creation|
|MCOM10234||Inclusive Writing & Communication||
|MCOM10236||Assistive Technology & Media Content|
|MCOM10257||Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship and Accessibility|
|MCOM10258||Accessibility and Analytics for Social Media|
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Combine accessible media production with your current skills and career, including:
- Office administration
- Public relations
- Front-end web content editors
- Graphic design
- Social media
- Medical field
- Television, radio, journalism
- Captioning (closed, open, embedded ASL/LSQ, integrated, described audio)
- Document remediation
- Accessibility consulting
Where you could work:
- Media and entertainment
- Government and municipalities
- Private and public business
- Entrepreneurship opportunities