Ingenious - Winter 2018 19 Carleton to Launch All-New Media Production and Design Program In a world of up-to-the-minute digital news and multi- platform reporting, Carleton University is looking to provide its students with the tools needed to make headlines in an ever-evolving industry. This past September, Carleton announced the establishment of its uniquely specialized Bachelor of Media Production and Design (BMPD) program – the first of its kind in Canada – which looks to prepare aspiring journalists for the future by equipping them with the technical design skills that have come to be in high demand. Offered jointly between the Faculty of Public Affairs’ School of Journalism and Communication and the Faculty of Engineering and Design’s School of Information Technology, the all-new degree program will enable students to innovate and operate across all facets of narrative that engage, inform, entertain and ultimately contribute to a broader understanding of how we connect with one another in the 21st century. “This degree will combine the storytelling and explanatory skills required in journalism with the design thinking and online production skills rooted in information technology,” says Professor Chris Waddell, inaugural director of the BMPD program. “Collectively, these skills can turn ideas into informative online content.” Set to launch in the 2018-19 academic year, BMPD draws on elements from two of Carleton’s most renowned programs – journalism and interactive multimedia and design – and will enable students to connect the storytelling skills traditionally taught to journalists with technical design expertise, exploring where the two intersect to engage audiences in distinctive ways. While a combination of intensive hands-on workshops and lecture courses will help to establish a strong foundation in research, data, writing and narrative ability across media formats, students will also discover how the fundamental techniques of design and production play a vital role in storytelling, ultimately impacting what information is delivered to and retained by audiences. Don’t miss out on the latest news, events, and insights from the Faculty of Engineering and Design. Find us on social media! Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Network with us on LinkedIn: Follow us on Instagram: Connect with Us Online!