Arts and Entertainment Journalism

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Program Code: 6442

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Graduate Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre

Email: thecentre@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 5100

The Arts and Entertainment Journalism program is a cross-disciplinary offering that gives you a solid grounding in this exciting field, including a strong focus on reporting, criticism, social media, imaging and multi-platform design.

This two-semester Journalism program is perfect for those with a passion for music, theatre, film, television, dance or culture. In your courses, you learn to write snappy, relevant and market-driven stories for multiple platforms. You'll also learn the social science aspect of pop culture in a Canadian and global context, and develop the critical voice and critical thinking that are essential to working in the industry.

To round out training, you gain an understanding of arts promotion and publicity, and complete a six-week industry field placement. Upon completion of the program, you will have a portfolio of writing samples produced in a variety of media including album, concert and theatre reviews, columns and profiles.

Please note: This program requires you to have and use a mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware and software requirements. For more information, please visit Mobile Learning Programs.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
AENJ-701 Arts Interviewing Story Arts Centre
AENJ-702 Imaging for Arts and Entertainment Story Arts Centre
AENJ-703 Research Techniques Story Arts Centre
AENJ-704 Developing a Critical Voice Story Arts Centre
AENJ-705 Law and Ethics Story Arts Centre
AENJ-706 Entertainment Multiplatform Reporting 1 Story Arts Centre
AENJ-707 Craft of Writing Story Arts Centre
AENJ-708 Entertainment History Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
AENJ-711 Entertainment Design Story Arts Centre
AENJ-712 Entertainment Industry Story Arts Centre
AENJ-713 Personal Marketing and Branding Story Arts Centre
AENJ-714 Arts and Entertainment Online Story Arts Centre
AENJ-715 Entertainment Multiplatform Reporting 2 Story Arts Centre
AENJ-720 Field Placement Story Arts Centre
AENJ-799 STORYWORKS Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

  • There is a strong focus on developing entrepreneurial skills along with personal branding to help you stand out in the industry.
  • You have the ability to work with faculty drawn from all sectors of the industry, and to participate in client-focused projects.
  • The Story Arts Centre campus, where the program is based, offers access to publishing, radio and television broadcasting facilities along with a fully functioning newsroom.
  • Hands-on, real-world experience is available through award-winning community media, including the East York Observer newspaper and the Toronto Observer news website and a variety of student-generated online platforms.

Career Outlook

  • Arts and Entertainment reporter
  • Freelance writer
  • Online journalist
  • Photographer
  • Publicist
  • Online marketing professional

Academic Requirements

  • College diploma or university degree in any discipline
  • We will consider applicants who have successfully completed partial post-secondary education (minimum two years) and have relevant work experience

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory program admission session where applicants will:

  • Complete an editing exercise
  • Submit a portfolio of writing samples and a resumé

Note: After applying, applicants will receive a letter advising how to book the program admission session.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. The program's individual incidental fees have not been included. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $3,983.00 $973.00 $4,956.00
International $13,283.00 $2,256.00 $15,539.00