Media & Communications: The Industry

Media Comm Blogs (Revised)

“The medium is the message.”

Marshall McLuhan best explained the media and communications industry in that one sentence; the media itself says more than the message that is being communicated.

Similar to a more well known quote – “actions speak louder than words” – McLuhan is saying showing a message is more powerful than just saying it, but he also believes the way you show a message (the medium) is equally significant. Of course the content of the message is important, but if it’s being communicated through the wrong media, its importance could be altered or diminished. If it’s being communicated through the right media, it’s importance could be supported and/or heightened.

This is what the media and communications industry is all about: communicating the right message through the right media to maximize its affect on the audience. The industry includes many different fields of media ranging from television and radio broadcasting to journalism to public relations and advertising – all of which are used to communicate different messages.

“The media industry is such a rapidly changing environment and along with it, the mediums as well. 21st century media is fast-paced, rapidly evolving and complex. Knowing which is the appropriate medium and how to use it effectively takes training and that’s what we help students begin to understand.” – Professor Lindsay James- 21st Century Media course.

If you want to learn more about jobs in the media and communications industry, be sure to watch for our next blog post.




Interior Decorating: The Program


The world of interior decorating is one full of imaginative and visual thinking, creative problem solving, and plans put into action. The two–year Ontario College diploma program at Algonquin College, recognized by The Canadian Decorators’ Association, is designed to teach you these hands–on skills, as well as decorating skills, business, project management, and client relations training.

Through hands–on assignments, lectures, guest speakers, field trips, work placement, and community projects, you will gain valuable experience and find a range of learning

opportunities. To bridge your experience to future real–life projects, the program revolves mostly around a hands–on learning approach.

You will build a well–rounded skill set as you study colours, drawing techniques (both hand and digital), design elements, history of furniture and decoration, lighting, and other skills required to succeed as an interior decorator. You will also get the chance to work with furnishings, finishes, lighting, and colour palettes to create the desired atmosphere in both residential and commercial spaces.

The Interior Decorating program is a valuable opportunity for you to gain hands–on experience with decorating, project management, and clients, as well as build a strong foundation of skills that will provide you with many career opportunities.

Check out this work done by previous students!

Sample Boards

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This program requires you to submit a portfolio for entry to showcase drawing, decorating, and creative skills. To learn more about the portfolio requirements, click here: http://

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