Department of Media Studies

A bridge between thinking and practicing media

Department Faculty:

  • Robin Davies
  • Joy Gugeler
  • Ravindra Mohabeer, Ph.D. – Chair
  • Debra Pentecost, Ph.D.
  • Doug Stetar
  • Alanna Williams
  • Department Technician:

  • Chris Alemany
  • Contract Faculty:

  • Ashley Blacquiere
  • Richard Boyce
  • Affiliated Faculty:

  • Daniel Burgoyne
    x Daniel Burgoyne

    Daniel Borgoyne, Chair, Department of English, VIU, developed INTR 100, “Popular Culture and University Writing” and INTR 101, “Digital Media and Literature,” with Media Studies faculty member, Doug Stetar. Daniel is often engaged in co-teaching these INTR course offerings. http://english.viu.ca/daniel-burgoyne

  • Kevin Mazutinec
    x Kevin Mazutinec
  • Honourary Associate:

  • Marshall Soules
  • Support Staff

  • Ros Davies
    x Ros Davies


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    Richard Boyce


    Email: Richard.Boyce@viu.ca
    (250) 753-3245 ext. 2120

    Richard Boyce

    Areas of focus

    • Documentary filmmaker and Cinematographer


    Teaching focus

    • Introduction to Digital Technology
    • Documentary filmmaking



    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University (Film Production)
    Master of Fine Arts, University of British Columbia (Film Production)


    Richard Boyce is a documentary filmmaker with 25 years of experience. As a cinematographer Boyce has shot documentary films with some of Canada’s most respected filmmakers, in extreme conditions from the icy streets of Montreal to the heat of the Sahara Desert, across the USA and Canada, to the wilds of the Pacific Coast Rainforest. Richard founded Island Bound Media, producing films focusing on social issues and the environment.  In 2012 he was awarded at Toronto’s 2012 Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival for “giving voice to individuals, communities, struggles or stories that are under-represented in the media… demonstrating the power to inspire reflection and positive action towards the social and ecological health of the planet.” His work, many shorts and three features: RAINFOREST, COASTAL TARSANDS, and THE STREET, has broadcast and screened theatrically, receiving awards including: Best Mountain Culture Award at the Whistler Film Festival, and the People’s Choice Award at HOT DOCS in Toronto. Richard worked on the ground breaking website www.HomelessNation.org, awarded the UN-based World Summit Award, and a Canadian New Media Award for providing homeless people across Canada with the tools to voice opinions and stories via text, photos, and videos