Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University

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Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT)
Established 2009
Dean Aoife Mac Namara
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Convocation Mall, Simon Fraser University

Established in 2009, the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT) at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada encompasses 5 Schools and Programs dedicated to the practice and scholarly study of the most compelling aspects of communication, art and technology today. Its vibrancy lies in the sheer range and diversity of its departments, but its unity lies in each of these departments’ dedication to rigorous and imaginative intellectual inquiry, the highest standards of academic rigour, and the continuous expansion of knowledge through research, teaching, and creative production. FCAT prepares its students for their futures: students learn to think critically and creatively; communicate clearly and persuasively; and innovate, create, and collaborate in their chosen fields of practice. FCAT stands at the intersection of culture and technology, precisely where some of the most important and exciting developments are to be found.

The Office of the Dean is located in the Harbour Centre building in downtown Vancouver. Schools and Programs in the faculty are taught on all three SFU campuses, including Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey. The current Dean of FCAT is Aoife Mac Namara.[1]


School of Communication (CMNS)[edit]

The School of Communication (CMNS) offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which media messages, institutions and technologies operate within a wide range of social and cultural contexts. Communication students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree, equipped with in-demand critical thinking skills and an understanding of how our media-saturated world functions at social, cultural and ideological levels. The CMNS Co-op Program links many of our students to exciting options for learning as they work in local, national and international organizations.

Undergraduate concentrations:

  • Media and Culture
  • Technology and Society
  • Political Economy and Policy

School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA)[edit]

Housed in the Woodward's Building, The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) combines the benefits of a small, intimate arts school with the advantages of a large university. Students receive attention from professors and interact closely with classmates, while having access to a wide variety of courses.

Studio classes in dance, film, music, theatre and visual art are all taught by practicing artists or designers, either tenure-track faculty, staff or sessional instructors. In addition, teachers at the school engage students with the historical, philosophical, and political contexts of the arts to provide a foundation for developing critical and contemporary thinking. The SFU SCA is considered unique in North America for its interdisciplinary approach.[citation needed]

Undergraduate concentration

  • Dance
  • Film
  • Music Composition (Acoustic & Electroacoustic)
  • Theatre (Performance & Production and Design)
  • Visual Art
  • Visual Cultural & Performance Studies

Publishing Programs (PUB)[edit]

The Minor in Print and Digital Publishing provides the foundation for students to pursue advanced professional education, or to take jobs in publishing or allied cultural industries. The Master of Publishing program is an innovative, full-time 16-month program. A select cohort of candidates learns practical skills from faculty and guest industry professionals, within a rigorous academic environment.

School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT)[edit]

At the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) technologists, artists, scientists and designers conduct interdisciplinary research and immersive study on the design and evaluation of new media and interactive technologies. Inspired by the creative economy, a SIAT education comprises applied computing, science of human experience, analysis of media, art and culture, and design and implementation of new technologies. SIAT graduates play leading roles in media and interactive information technology design, research and development. The program has a strong network of industry partners and we encourage our students to take advantage of work integrated learning opportunities like Co-op.

Undergraduate concentration

  • Interactive Systems
  • Media Arts
  • Design

Master of Digital Media Program (MDM)[edit]

The Master of Digital Media (MDM) program is a professional graduate degree. Guided by top-level faculty and industry mentors, students learn management and collaboration skills, working in teams on industry-supported projects. Students graduate with the skills to work in the top jobs in digital media as producers, designers, managers, art directors, and entrepreneurs.

The Master of Digital Media program is accredited and awarded by 4 academic partners—the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Emily Carr University of Art + Design. MDM students receive a combined Master's degree bearing the seal of all four partner institutions and signed by all four presidents. Due to this unique academic partnership, there is no other program like it in the world.

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

Bachelor of Arts Degrees in:

  • Communication
  • Contemporary Arts
  • Interactive Arts and Technology
  • Publishing

Bachelor of Science Degrees in:

  • Interactive Arts and Technology

Graduate programs[edit]

M.A. and PhD Graduate Degrees in:

  • Communication
  • Contemporary Arts
  • Interactive Arts and Technology
  • Publishing

Master of Science and Ph.D. Degrees in:

  • Interactive Arts and Technology

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