Communications - Professional Writing

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Program Code: 6440

School: School of Communications, Media and Design

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Graduate Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre

Email: kmcconvey@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000 ext. 2847

The Communications - Professional Writing program will prepare you to work as a versatile communications professional. With a focus on assessing audience needs and delivering thoughtful and relevant content, combined with effective project management techniques, you will develop the skills you need to produce content for a variety of professional settings and styles.

This innovative School of Communications, Media and Design program will encompass a wide range of communications disciplines and vocational skills, including:

  • Web copywriting
  • Technical writing
  • Proposal writing
  • Presentations and speech writing
  • Business writing
  • Content management
  • Information design and data visualization

During the second semester, you will participate in a specialized two-week Digital Storytelling module where you will explore the effect technology and emerging media (including social media and game design) have had on storytelling.

As a student of the Communications – Professional Writing program, you will have the advantage of creating a diverse and professional portfolio that will include training modules, complex visual aids (such as infographics), and compelling layouts for many different print and virtual platforms. Thanks to your well-rounded training, you will be able to launch a career that can go the distance in a variety of roles, in both the profit and non-profit sectors.

Please note: This program requires students to have and use a mobile computing device (laptop running Windows or OS X) and software that meets or exceeds the school’s recommended requirements.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CMPW-700 Content Bootcamp Story Arts Centre
CMPW-701 Technical Writing Story Arts Centre
CMPW-702 E-Learning Curriculum Design & Development Story Arts Centre
CMPW-703 Web Copywriting Story Arts Centre
CMPW-704 Webtools Story Arts Centre
CMPW-705 Emerging Media & Applications Story Arts Centre
CMPW-706 Visual Design and Layout Story Arts Centre
CMPW-707 Structure and Strategy Story Arts Centre
CMPW-708 Editing Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CMPW-710 Digital Storytelling Story Arts Centre
CMPW-711 Proposal Writing Story Arts Centre
CMPW-712 Presentation & Speech Writing Story Arts Centre
CMPW-713 Multiplatform Content Creation Story Arts Centre
CMPW-714 Information Design Story Arts Centre
CMPW-715 Project Management Story Arts Centre
CMPW-716 Content Management Story Arts Centre
CMPW-717 Report Writing Story Arts Centre
CMPW-720 Field Placement Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

  • The Content Bootcamp, a two-week intensive workshop at the beginning of the first semester, will build on your academic writing skills, polishing your writing for a professional audience.
  • A vocational program at its core, the Communications – Professional Writing program will prepare you for a writing career with longevity. Every course will have you producing professional quality work so that you graduate with a polished and diverse portfolio.
  • Unique second-semester course components include creating training modules, implementing training programs, and leading virtual or live training sessions to complement the content and documentation created in first semester courses.
  • The Digital Storytelling course, a standout feature, will encourage you to think critically about the future of communications, and its role in business, technology and society in general. You will have the opportunity to collaborate on a creative communications project, exploring what it means to be a communicator in a digital world.
  • A field placement opportunity in the final semester will provide you with valuable experiences in a variety of industries. Program faculty will work with you to place you in an organization relevant to your long term career goals.

Career Outlook

  • Technical writer
  • Communications coordinator
  • Editor
  • Web copywriter
  • Proposal writer
  • Instructional designer
  • Report writer/Business analyst

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:

  • Submit a portfolio consisting of three writing samples completed in the last two-years; applicants without a portfolio of work can complete a one-page user guide assignment to fulfill this requirement
  • Complete an in person test comprised of two parts:
    • Three long-form writing exercises
    • A short answer questionnaire

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

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $4,452.00 $902.00 $5,354.00
International $12,400.00 $2,097.00 $14,497.00