Digital Media Theory and Practice

FILM 260/3.0


Survey of digital media theories and online mass communication practices, with emphasis on social and mobile technologies. Course considers the impact of digitalization on the creative and culture industries.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be better equipped to:

  1. compare and contrast new and old media based on its form, impact, and accessibility
  2. analyze how new media affect the political processes and the production, content and consumption of news
  3. identify particular ways in which new media affect the significance of the expansion of surveillance and the dynamics between surveillance, security and safety.
  4. discuss how new media change the way we think about the world, our place in it and ultimately our own identity
  5. develop a persuasive argument, grounded in theory, in support of, or against, the adoption of new media


Summer (July–August) 2023
Course Dates
Delivery Mode


10% - Quizzes (x6)
2% - Participation
58% - Mastery Questions (x3)
5% - Final Project Peer Review
25% - Final Project Final Draft

** Evaluation Subject to Change **

Live Sessions

This course has two live sessions. It is not mandatory for students to attend them live. They can watch their recordings whenever their schedules permit. Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.

Please note: there is no textbook or software to purchase, and no previous experience with graphic design required for this course.

Instructor Information


Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.

There are no textbooks required to purchase for this course. All of the weekly readings are online and linked from onQ.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 20 hours a week in study/practice and online activity for this course.


This course was super interactive and I loved every minute of it! The course content was interesting and informative and the format was very cutting edge compared to what I have done before with Queen's. Professor Gauthier's use of modern day technology and media really brought online education into today's digital age unlike other courses I've been part of!

- Course evaluation, FILM 260: Digital Media Theory and Practice (2018)

My favourite course at Queen's so far and I am in fourth year! Love it - could not praise enough! Philippe provides a great learning experience by creating an effective, interactive, and fun learning environment through lecture notes, videos, etc. His interactive study notes are especially a pleasure to work from. So engaging and really brought the content to life and sparked my interest in many of the topics covered. This course is extremely accessible for all types of people and learning preferences. 

- Course evaluation, FILM 260: Digital Media Theory and Practice (2018)