Programs

On this page, you can learn more about the three undergraduate streams within FIMS.

What is MIT?

MIT

Acronym-wise, MIT is Media, Information and Technoculture. You will meet people (and perhaps you already have) who will be notably impressed when you utter these three letters. This is because they think you are referring to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In some ways, our program has come a step further than the better-known MIT. While the MIT students in Massachusetts work tirelessly on advancements in technology, our goal is to understand what is actually being advanced. In other words, the Media, Information and Technoculture program allows students to think critically about the effects of media, information, and technology on…everything.

How does technology transform our relationships and sense of self? How does it change the way we communicate? How does it affect our access to information? Does an advancement in media or technology translate directly into an advancement for society? If so, who specifically benefits from these advancements? How does our new mediated reality interact with the one in which we’ve traditionally lived? By engaging your critical thinking skills, each MIT course you take will guide you in answering these questions.

For even bigger words, or to read the FIMS’ website’s official description of the MIT program, click here.

How do I stay in MIT?

Stay interested. If you enjoy what you study in MIT courses, you will be able to critically engage with the material, which can often result in good marks. In order to stay in the MIT program throughout your three or four years of university, you will need to maintain an average of at least 68% in 4.0 principal courses, including a mark of at least 65% in each of the required first year courses, MIT1020, and MIT1025.

For more information about how to get into and stay in MIT, head on over to the FIMS website’s Modules and Degree Choices.

What can I do with an MIT education?

More so than with many Bachelor degrees Western has to offer, MIT is what you make it. A BA in Media, Information, and Technoculture is fundamentally a liberal arts degree with a focus on these three intersecting areas of study.

Do not expect to leap out the doors of your convocation and into a life-long career in the media industry. MIT is not a vocational degree, although the knowledge you gain from it will inevitably help you in your future career.

Do expect to gain a unique, critical, and likewise invaluable perspectives on media, information, and technology. MIT graduates have gone on to work for media production firms large and small, to the Communications departments of businesses, public services, and philanthropic
organizations alike. Graduates have also gone on to pursue Masters and Doctoral degrees in the areas of media, law, and business.

What is MTP?

MTP

MTP stands for Media, Theory, and Production. It’s basically exactly what the name entails. This program offers you an education in both theoretical knowledge of Media, and practical experience with the Production of Media. The practical experience will come in the form of one of four selected streams:

Interactive Media Design and Production
Journalism-Broadcast
Television-Broadcasting
Radio-Broadcasting

What sets this program apart from the other programs at FIMS, is that you will get to have classes at 2 of the best post-secondary institutions in Ontario. At the end of your 4 years at MTP, you will recieve a 3-year Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media, Information and Technocuture from Western University. In addition, you will earn yourself a 2 year diploma in one of 4 areas of media-related study from Fanshawe College.

So let’s go over the math

Normally, a 3 year degree and a 2 year diploma will take you 5 years to receive:

3+2=5

But with an MTP joint degree/diploma, you will receive both the degree and diploma in 4 years:

3+2=4

Pretty snazzy if you ask me. In years 1 and 3, you will be able to take theory-based, thought-provoking courses in Western’s MIT Program. During years 2 and 4, you will be whisked away to the world of Fanshawe learning about the industry of your choice, and complete projects to develop your mad skillz.Your Professors at Western are some of the most highly respected and knowledgeable individuals in their field. At Fanshawe, your instructors are industry professionals that have the experience necessary to convey what your future might hold. Western University also gives you the option to upgrade your Bachelor of Arts to an Honours Degree. All it means is one extra year at Western.

What can you do with a degree in MTP?

That really all depends on what stream you choose. Because of the nature of the program, you are working towards a degree with a specific career goal in mind. If you are enrolled in the Radio-Broadcasting stream, your skills will most likely best served in the world of radio. The same goes for Multimedia, Journalism and Television. Luckily, along with the combination of your MIT classes, as well as some of your more theory-based Fanshawe classes, there’s no stopping you from branching out and having a career anywhere in Media.

What is MPI?

MPI

Western’s answer:

http://welcome.uwo.ca/preview/academics/fims.html#mpi

A colloquial answer between two friends as they stand in line for a Spoke Bagel, as they try and distract themselves from how long the wait is and they really just want a bagel right now:

M.P.I stands for Media and the Public Interest. This does not necessarily mean what seems to be implied i.e. media and what the public is interested in. If that were the case, we might have “2905G: Britney or Sinead-Who Shaved it Better?” or “3350F: ‘Can I Haz Knowledge’: LolCats through the Ages”. It would be more accurate to state that MPI students study media and how it can be utilized to serve the public’s best interests. This goal tends to manifest in course material that addresses social movements, the allocation and uses of power (political, economic, social), the role of minorities in society, issues of justice and equality, and “alternative” media. The program encourages students to become involved in service and community-building initiatives, both locally and globally. A mandatory practicum ensures that MPI students “get their hands dirty” (most often with printer ink, developing fluid, but sometimes even actual dirt) while helping an organization or business with its efforts. MPI fosters critical thinkers but compassionate “feelers”. Students tend to be curious, passionate, engaged, critical, and more likely to be wearing an ethnic-cy cotton scarf than say, a random person on the street.

How do I get into MPI?

 

ATTENTION FIRST YEARS: This can not be stressed enough: go to the meeting. GO TO THE MEETING, everyone. Halfway through each year, the FIMS admin holds an information session detailing what the MPI program is—what it entails, what the requirements are, what the courses are like, etc. Attending this meeting is capital M Mandatory for prospective MPI students. Not really sure if MPI is for you, or not even really sure what MPI is? Go to the meeting anyway! DC++ will still be there in the morning. Unfortunately it has been an issue in years past that people have somehow been misinformed/confused/oblivious about this session and have not attended, resulting in some serious headaches for all (in some cases, even hindering students from enrolling in the program).  Regardless of your other breathtaking accomplishments, this can still prove to be a stumbling block:

Pretend Transcript of a Real Life Fictional Academic Counseling Meeting:

Student:  “I really want to be in MPI. To tell you a little about myself, I have a 103% average in M.I.T 1500, I recently dug an irrigation ditch in Somalia using only the broken plastic hoof of a My Little Pony, and sometimes Julian Assange calls me just to check in.”

Academic Counselor: “Did you attend the information session?”

Student: “Um….no.”

Academic Counselor: *sympathetic shrug*

The good news is, the administration sends multiple e-mails heralding the impending session, and there are normally signs put up in North Campus Building. Moreover, your dedicated MPI rep will be everything possible to aid and abet promotion efforts.

Other than the above (a.k.a the imperative request that one proves themselves able to sit in a pre-determined location and remain alive/conscious for at least an hour), there are also some academic requirements that need to be met. They are detailed in the “Western” link above. In essence, aspiring MPI-ers need to have a 68% total first year average, no less than 65% in any MIT first year required course and have no failed courses period.

What can I do with an M.P.I. education?

The sky is the limit. The role that “media” plays in all aspects of society is only increasing, often in directions and capacities we are only beginning to understand. M.P.I curriculum specifically addresses issues of media power, accessibility, justice, and alternative culture: arenas that have applications in both the public and private sector. The program is the only one of its kind in Canada and is truly ahead of the curve when it comes to understanding the political implications of ‘wielding’ media. Whether you are interested in government, social justice, entertainment, development issues… M.P.I gives—educationally speaking—a skill set that is both distinct and versatile when tackling the problems we face today or engineering ideas for tomorrow.

If you have any other questions about MPI that need answering, or wish to have an information interview with a senior MPI student, please e-mail kwaites2@uwo.ca