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9.24 DEPARTMENT OF INDIAN COMMUNICATION ARTS (FIRST NATIONS UNIVERSITY OF CANADA)

9.24.0 Faculty

9.24.1 General Information

9.24.2 Admission to Indian Communication Arts

9.24.3 Certificate in Indian Communication Arts (INCA)

 

9.24.0 FACULTY

Shannon M. Avison, BA (Regina), CICA (Regina), BA Hons (Regina), MA Media Studies (Concordia), Assistant Professor and Department Head of Indian Communication Arts, First Nations University of Canada

9.24.1 GENERAL INFORMATION

A two-year, 72-credit-hour program of studies, the Certificate in Indian Communication Arts (INCA) is offered through the First Nations University of Canada's Department of Indian Communication Arts.

INCA provides academic training and professional experience that supports the entry of Aboriginal people into all areas of the communications industry, including Aboriginal and mainstream media, public relations, and multi-media.

INCA graduates are also eligible to apply to the University of Regina School of Journalism. INCA prepares students by requiring that they complete courses including Indian history and politics, oral traditions, community-based research, business management, traditional and contemporary communication systems, languages, and art. INCA students master basic skills needed for reporting for print and broadcast media and the web, and learn business management skills for establishing and operating community-based media outlets and study strategic communication planning for public relations.

9.24.2 ADMISSION TO INDIAN COMMUNICATION ARTS

To qualify for admission to INCA, students must be eligible for admission to the First Nations University of Canada/University of Regina. Proficiency in English must be well above average, and it is strongly recommended that applicants have basic computer skills.

Upon being accepted by First Nations University of Canada/University of Regina, students must contact the INCA department office, which will provide academic and professional advising.

9.24.3 CERTIFICATE IN INDIAN COMMUNICATION ARTS (INCA)

The basic requirements of the INCA program are those of the pre-journalism program outlined in 9.30.2. INCA students take INDG 281 and 282 and INCA 283 and 284 as electives in the pre-journalism program of the Faculty of Arts. In addition to the pre-journalism requirements, INCA students take INCA 200 (Summer Institute in Indian/Native Communication Arts) and INCA 290 (INCA Internship).

In order to receive the Certificate in Indian Communication Arts, a student must have a GPA of at least 65% based on all courses being used for the certificate.

The Certificate in Indian Communication Arts is a two-year, 72-credit-hour program, structured as follows:

Credit hours Certificate in Indian Communication Arts program, required courses Student's record of courses completed
Arts Core Requirements
3.0 ENGL 100  
3.0 ENGL 110  
3.0 One course in logic or math  
3.0

Any two courses in the same language other than English.

 
3.0  
3.0 One course from List A*  
3.0 One course in fine arts*  
3.0 One natural science course with a laboratory*  
The courses marked * must all be in different subjects. Remaining core requirements (List B, two courses in a new subject in arts, fine arts, or science) are fulfilled by major courses. Refer to 9.9.1.1 for detailed information on the Arts Core Requirements.
24.0 Subtotal
3.0

TWO courses chosen from TWO of the following:

  • ECON 100
  • HIST 200, 201, 202 (history course emphasizing Canadian history)
  • PSCI 230 (A course in political science emphasizing Canadian politics and government)
 
3.0  
6.0 INCA 200  
3.0 INCA 283  
3.0 INCA 284  
6.0 INCA 290  
3.0 INDG 281  
3.0 INDG 282  
3.0 Six Electives  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
3.0  
A maximum of 14 introductory level courses is permitted, refer to 9.7.4. Electives may be used to complete optional minor(s).
72.0 Total : 65% PGPA required

 

 

 


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