The ICCIT may first appear as a timely response to the current trends of digital media and communication technologies -- such as mobile devices, social media and information systems -- that are now so pervasive in our culture and economies. However, it was more than ten years ago that the first program – the CCIT Major was launched to address the emergence of new technologies that were being developed and that were seen at the time as the future of communications. Starting with this first program, we have envisioned the shift from traditional media to digital media and all the technical, social and cultural change that this shift would entail. The CCIT program anticipated that in order to produce and engage with this new media, students would require not only a strong theoretical understanding and sense of history of communication and its technologies, but also the technical skills to design, create and edit with the latest tools.
Quickly following the start of the CCIT Major program, the Digital Enterprise Management (DEM) Specialist program was introduced to complement CCIT with a focus on management in an age where technological innovation has become one of the most significant factors of long-term business viability.
Two more programs have recently been added or created to form the current Institute’s selection of academic streams that address various areas of communication and digital media. The first of these additions, the Professional Writing and Communication (PWC) Major and Minor programs, are long-established UTM programs with thematic and student affiliations to CCIT. PWC reinforces the ongoing importance of flexible and reflective writing, concise research skills and meticulous editing -- across disciplines and in various formats -- for both traditional and new media. The newest program in the Institute, the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Specialist, will aim to prepare students for the next shift toward immersive and interactive environments and new forms of communication that acknowledge the changing dynamic between content creation and consumption.
Housed at the University of Toronto Mississauga, the ICCIT offers students the opportunity to study at the internationally prestigious University of Toronto in a more personal and tranquil setting. The CCIT and DEM programs are offered jointly with the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Oakville campus), a renowned school of media arts. The IDM program is a joint program with the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the St. George campus, a graduate division with an reputation of excellent research and innovation.