Introduction to Journalism certificate
This four course (12-13 credit) certificate is designed for students in programs or in workplace environments that may require basic journalism skills and knowledge. The certificate focuses on the introductory elements of journalism. Students will learn to write news reports, feature stories, and opinion columns. They will develop interviewing skills and will be exposed to other media formats such as radio, television, and the internet. They will have an overview of issues in mass media and of journalism in Canada. Writing non-fiction for books and magazines will also be offered.
This certificate is given as a completion credential. Any student successfully completing the four courses is eligible for the certificate. Some students might complete the certificate while enrolled in their current programs, while others may be admitted to UFV for the purpose of taking the certificate.
New students should apply to the Arts Studies program path. Students will be
required to meet the admissions requirements for Arts Studies, as well as meet
the individual course prerequisites.
Students currently enrolled in post-secondary programs are required to meet
only the course prerequisites.
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Other than the $25 graduation fee, there are no additional fees for the
certificate. Students will be eligible for financial aid if they are currently in a program that is eligible for student loan funding and take a minimum of 9 credits a semester.
Students are required to have a GPA of at least 2.5 in the four courses to be eligible for the certificate, with a minimum of a C grade in any individual course. The program must be completed within 10 years.
Students are required to take at least 6 credits toward the certificate through UFV (a 50%
Certificate requirement: 12-13 credits
||Mass Communication in Canada
|MACS 235/JRNL 235
||Introduction to Journalism in Canada
|CMNS 300/JRNL 300
||Introduction to the Practice of Journalism
|Plus one of:
|CMNS 301/JRNL 301
||Advanced Practice of Journalism
|VA 365/FILM 365/JRNL 365
||Documentary Video Storytelling
|ENGL 373/JRNL 373
|MACS 369/JRNL 369
||Media Law and Ethics
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.