Academic Calendar Fall 2020


Essentials of Journalism associate certificate

This four-course certificate (12-14 credits) offers an introduction to journalism and closely aligned areas of study. It can serve up to three key purposes:

  1. Act as a sampler for students wondering if journalism school might be right for them.
  2. Offer some journalism-inspired knowledge on how to gather, interpret, and present information, a skill-set of value to prospective employers.
  3. Increase students’ capacities to follow the news with a heightened awareness of how it is put together, making them better citizens overall.

This certificate can be taken on its own. It can also complement many majors and minors at UFV, such as majors in English, Sociology/Anthropology, and Visual Arts. It can also be a relevant add-on to the Bachelor of Media Arts degree.

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.

Entrance requirements

New students should apply to Qualifying Studies. Students will be required to meet the admissions requirements for the university, 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 nine credits per semester.

Program outline

Course Title Credits
MACS 235/ JRNL 235 Introduction to Journalism in Canada 3
CMNS 300/ JRNL 300 Introduction to the Practice of Journalism 3
Two of: 6-8
MACS 130 Mass Communication in Canada  
CMNS 175 Writing for the Internet  
ENGL 215 Creative Writing: Creative Non-Fiction  
SOC 254 Writing for the Social Sciences  
CMNS 301/ JRNL 301 Advanced Practice of Journalism
VA 365/FILM 365/JRNL 365 Documentary Video Storytelling
VA 366/FILM 366 Documentary Video Production
MACS 369/ JRNL 369 Media Law and Ethics
ENGL 373/ JRNL 373 Creative Writing: Advanced Creative Non-Fiction

Note: Many of these courses have prerequisites. Students wishing to complete this certificate in only four courses must take CMNS 175, CMNS 300/JRNL 300, MACS 130, and MACS 235/JRNL 235.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering for 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).


Students must complete at least 50% of the credits required in the certificate (2 of the 4 courses) at UFV.

Graduation requirements

Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.50 in the four courses to be eligible for the certificate, with a minimum grade of C in any individual course. The program must be completed within 10 years.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Current Students