Holland College | Journalism and Communications Post-Graduate Certificate

Journalism and Communications Post-Graduate Certificate

Start Date: January
Length: 1 Year
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Certificate, Journalism and Communications
  • Post-secondary degree or two-year post-secondary diploma
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program. 

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

First-year international students pay an additional $4,000 CAD student fee, second-year international students pay an additional $3,250 CAD student fee (2020/2021 only).
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees First Year
Tuition $3,819
Lab Fee $300
Student Union $168
Health Insurance Fee $420
Fitness Centre Fee $80
Grad Fee  $100
Total $4,887
1stinstallment due first day of class $2,807
2ndinstallment due Sept 6 $2,080
Other Program Costs First Year
Books $100
Equipment $100
Total $200
Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • daily or weekly newspapers
  • public relations firms
  • information services
  • radio and television stations
  • as freelance writers

Program Overview

If you have already graduated from a university or hold a diploma and want to work in the field of journalism or communications, this one-year program is right for you. You will develop practical journalism and communication skills to increase your employability and prepare you for the world of freelance writing.

In just one year, you will be able to write a basic news story, which is also the ideal form of news release, since it is more likely to be used by a news organization without major – or any – alterations.

You will learn the storytelling techniques used throughout the industry, how to interview people in order to gather information effectively, and how to use social media to get your story out. At the end of your first term, you will apply those skills practicum to get a sense of what it’s like to work in a professional setting.

In your second term, in the fall, you will take a law course to ensure you understand the ins and outs of defamation, the use of sources, and concerns about contempt of court. You will spend a term honing your reporting skills in print, on-line and broadcast settings, and you will learn the practicalities of being a freelance journalist, including how to pitch stories, billing, taxes and how to set up your own website.

Careers, adventures, and what the bosses say!

Read testimonials from some of our graduates. Whether they are working for print, broadcast, or web-based media, are freelancing or in a related field, or have been doing something completely different, such as teaching, their Journalism training has helped them achieve their goals.

If you're an adventurous spirit, you'll appreciate these stories from Journalism graduates Tori Vail and Gwydion Morris, and the interview that Journalism alumna Jillianne Hamilton did with Matthew Lawrence, who biked across North America ... twice!

Find out what employers say about our program.


Journalism and Communications

Study Journalism and Communications and learn how to write in a clear, concise manner in this two-year course. Practice storytelling techniques and develop the skills to collect information in an accurate and timely manner. This program prepares students for new and exciting jobs as digital journalists, mobile-journalists, communications specialists, content providers, and print journalists.


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