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MA Rhetoric and Communication Design

In the Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication Design (MA-RCD), students anchor their research in the foundational course of rhetorical theory (ENGL 700), and follow a program of study involving such fields as rhetoric, discourse analysis, semiotics, multimedia design and critique, composition pedagogy, and professional writing. MA-RCD graduates are employed in private industry, government, educational organizations, non-governmental organizations, and in their own businesses; others go on to doctoral programs.

The MA-RCD can also be taken in the co-op stream.

Full program information and regulations are available in the Graduate calendar.

Requirements

There are three routes to our MA-RCD degree; 

All streams have an academic-integrity workshop requirement and a language requirement.

Course work

In this stream eight term-length courses must be completed, satisfying this distribution.

  • ENGL 700
  • 3 Rhetoric and Communication Design (RCD)
  • 1 Literature (LIT)
  • 3 Elective (one of which may be extra-departmental)

Major Research Project

In this stream six term-length courses must be completed,  and a completed research project. The courses must satisfy this distribution:

  • ENGL 700
  • 2 Rhetoric and Communication Design (RCD)
  • 1 Literature (LIT)
  • 2 Elective (one of which may be extra-departmental)
  • MRP*

Students planning to complete their MA-RCD through the MRP option should arrange for a supervisor and a second reader, both of whom must be members of the faculty and under their guidance prepare a proposal to submit to the Departmental Graduate Committee. The proposal is due the first day of the last month of the second term of study: April 1 for Winter term, August 1 for Spring term and December 1 for Fall term.

*The MRP can take two forms in the MA-RCD program:

  • A direct critical or theoretical study in rhetoric, 40-50 pages in length, offering an in-depth inquiry into a rhetorical problem, and situating the proposed solution to that problem in relation to current theory.

Or

  • The design of communicative artefacts, documenting the design process; in relation to current theory and/or practice, 30-35 pages in length.

In either case, the Rhetoric and Communication Design Major Research Project might engage the methods of discourse analysis, semiotics, multimedia design and critique, composition pedagogy, or professional writing, in addition to rhetorical theory. It is roughly equivalent to two courses and should involve a similar amount of intellectual labour. The passing grade is 70%.

The MRP is due the first day of the last month of the third term of study: April 1 for Winter term, August 1 for Spring term and December 1 for Fall term.

Hard copies of the completed and approved MRP should be supplied to the supervisor and reader(s) by the student, unless the supervisor specifies otherwise.

Thesis 

In this stream four term-length courses must be completed. The courses must satisfy this distribution:

  • ENGL 700
  • 1 Rhetoric and Communication Design (RCD)
  • 1 Literature (LIT)
  • 1 Elective (which may be extra-departmental)
  • Thesis^

Students planning to complete their MA-RCD through the thesis option should arrange for a supervisor and a second reader, both of whom must be members of the faculty, and under their guidance prepare a proposal to submit to the Departmental Graduate Committee. The proposal is due the first day of the second month of the second term of study: February 1 for Winter term, June 1 for Spring term and October 1 for Fall term.

^The thesis can take two forms.

  • A direct critical or theoretical study in rhetoric, 80-100 pages in length, offering an in-depth inquiry into a rhetorical problem, and situating the proposed solution to that problem in relation to current theory.

Or

  • The design of communicative or digital artefacts, documenting the design process in relation to current theory and/or practice, 40 -50 pages in length.

In either case, the Rhetoric and Communication Design Thesis might engage the methods of discourse analysis, semiotics, multimedia design and critique, composition pedagogy, or professional writing , in addition to rhetorical theory. It is roughly equivalent to  four courses and should involve a similar amount of intellectual labour. The passing grade is 70%.

The thesis is due the first day of the last month of the third term of study: April 1 for Winter term, August 1 for Spring term and December 1 for Fall term.

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