Communications and Media Fundamentals

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Program Code: 6416

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Story Arts Centre

Email: mcountryman@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 5100

The Communications and Media Fundamentals program at Centennial College is an intensive one-year preparation undertaking. If you are looking for a pathway to pursue further post-secondary education, consider this offering, which helps you to develop communication skills while offering an introduction to the communications and media industries.

With guidance from experienced Communications and Media Fundamentals program faculty members and practical application of theory, you obtain the fundamentals for short and long-term success.

In the Communications and Media Fundamentals courses, you:

  • •Partake in creative exploration and experimentation with contemporary digital and social media production tools
  • •Create and maintain a forum in social media networks using rich media applications
  • •Apply theoretical principles to produce practical and focused written communications and media solutions
  • •Research and describe media forms, audiences, platforms, and "traditional" and "non-traditional" communication methods
  • Use appropriate vocabulary, terminology, basic numeracy and communicative strategies necessary in the communications and media environment
  • •Apply developed English language skills to a presentation portfolio
  • •Write and present in basic narrative formats for a variety of media platforms
  • •Examine roles and responsibilities of a global citizen in personal and professional contexts
  • •Examine beliefs, values and behaviours that form individual and community identities and the basis for respectful relationships
  • Apply knowledge of communications and media workplaces, environments and practices to develop job search strategies and early career success strategies
Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CO-108 Tools and Processes for Communicators Story Arts Centre
CO-111 Introduction to Media Story Arts Centre
CO-116 Developing Communications Portfolio Skills 1 Story Arts Centre
CO-118 Multimedia 1 Story Arts Centre
FNED-205 Exploring Digital Culture Pt 1 Story Arts Centre
1A
COMM-140 Essential English Skills Story Arts Centre
1B
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Story Arts Centre

Semester Note

Students will take either COMM-140 or COMM-160/161 based on English test scores.
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CO-117 Building Communications Portfolio Skills 2 Story Arts Centre
CO-201 Introduction to Media Writing Story Arts Centre
CO-218 Multimedia 2 Story Arts Centre
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Story Arts Centre
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Story Arts Centre
FNED-206 Exploring Digital Culture Pt 2 Story Arts Centre

Semester Note

Students will take either COMM160/161 or COMM-170/171 depending on which course was taken in the first semester.

Program Highlights

Upon successful completion of the Communications and Media Fundamentals program, you will receive an offer to one of following programs at Centennial College's School of Communication, Media, Arts and Design:

  • •Three-year advanced diploma Advertising and Marketing Communications Management program
  • •Three-year advanced diploma Journalism program
  • •Three-year advanced diploma Broadcasting and Film program

Career Outlook

  • Journalist
  • Broadcaster
  • Advertiser
  • (all with additional education)

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Note: Applicants who apply to, but who do not meet the admission requirements for the Broadcasting and Film, Journalism, or Advertising and Marketing Communication Management programs may receive an alternate offer to the Communications and Media Fundamentals program.

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. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $902.00 $3,669.00
International $12,400.00 $2,097.00 $14,497.00