The Value of Our Degrees
A Message from Our Chair
The Value of Our Degrees
As we begin a new school year, I would like to draw your attention to a few positive numbers related to our varied fields in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film. These facts and figures only scratch the surface, but they provide some indication of the value of a degree in Communication, in Media, in Film, or in Popular Culture. Critical, theoretical knowledge of these areas are strong assets to society and to culture. Furthermore, these degrees are increasingly relevant to the job market, a topic that seems to drive so much of the current discussion related to higher education.
Here is some evidence that the intrinsic value of our work here is quantitatively transferable to the marketplace:
- A recent study on the impact of culture in Niagara shows an overall economic impact of $595 million dollars added to the economy, with great potential for growth if the sector is nurtured and promoted. You can read about the report here: http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2013/07/30/culture-a-595-million-boon-to-niagara-study or check out the study itself here: http://www.niagararegion.ca/government/initiatives/culture-plan/pdf/CulturePlanWEB.pdf.
- The Ontarion Media Development Corporation (OMDC) offers some eye-opening data about Ontario's burgeoning creative industries in this media release from last winter: http://www.omdc.on.ca/news_publications/News_Releases/Strengthening_Ontario_s_Creative_Industries_s1_p802.htm
- In this report submitted by the OMDC to the government of Canada in 2010, you'll find information on the positive impact of growth in digital media, including the fact that "...content creators make a major contribution to the Canadian economy — $36 billion in GDP and 662,000 in direct jobs": http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/028.nsf/eng/00285.html
- And, of course, this trend isn't just a Canadian reality. This report from the National Endowment for the Arts in the US talks about the extensive economic impact created by cultural industries: http://www.nea.gov/news/news11/Research-July.html
These numbers suggest that the world is more ready than ever to welcome our graduates, our scholarship, and our passion for our related fields.
We hope you will take this to heart, and that you will make the most of your time with us at Brock.
Scott Henderson, Chair of the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film