Journalism (Fast-track)

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Program Code: 6412

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Fast-track program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre

Email: tdoyle@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000 ext. 8724

Centennial's unique Journalism (Fast-track) program is an accelerated offering designed for university and college graduates seeking practical, multiplatform training for careers in media and communications.

With your previous education, you enter directly into the third semester of the six semester-Journalism program and begin learning first-hand how to research, report and examine issues of our times using a wide range of contemporary media.

You hone your writing skills while exploring a variety of storytelling methods and tools to prepare you to cover everything from breaking news to in-depth features in digital, print and broadcast formats.

In this program at Centennial's School of Communications, Media and Design you:

  • Learn to write, produce and share stories in an energetic, dynamic and hands-on environment, led by a faculty of seasoned professionals and educators
  • Develop a portfolio of broadcast work, published stories and photos as you apply your skills in a real newsroom, producing an online publication, an award-winning community newspaper, a magazine and radio-television news
  • Develop new multiplatform, digital and social media skills for the evolving world of reporting and sharing
  • Travel seamlessly from the classroom to the newsroom during an exciting, 14-week field placement in the final semester of the program.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to launch a fast-paced career on the front lines of the day's events, ready to capture and share the stories that matter.

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 storyartscentre.info/mobile-learning.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
JO-211 News Reporting Story Arts Centre
JO-214 Page Design Story Arts Centre
JO-218 Imaging: Journalism Story Arts Centre
JO-223 Journalism Law and Ethics Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
JO-203 Magazine/Freelance Journalism Story Arts Centre
JO-205 Advanced Interviewing Techniques Story Arts Centre
JO-210 News Laboratory 1 Story Arts Centre
JO-217 Radio News Story Arts Centre
JO-220 Interactive Journalism Story Arts Centre
JO-226 Freelancing: Building Your Brand Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
JO-313 Entrepreneurial Project Story Arts Centre
JO-316 News Laboratory 2 Story Arts Centre
JO-317 Television News Story Arts Centre
JO-318 Journalism Career Management Story Arts Centre
JO-500 Storyworks Story Arts Centre
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
JO-350 Field Placement Story Arts Centre

Companies Offering Jobs

Journalism (Fast-Track) graduates have obtained jobs at canadianliving.com, The Huffington Post, Toronto Sun, National Post, CBC, Global TV, CTV, CP24, 680 News and more.

Program Highlights

  • The Journalism (Fast-track) program is based at Centennial's Story Arts Centre where you learn in small-sized classes and labs and benefit from one-on-one interaction with experienced faculty.
  • You are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to interact and collaborate with colleagues from a variety of media programs that share the boutique campus.
  • Journalism program activities are centred in the school's modern, professional newsroom with extensive publishing, broadcast and interactive facilities.
  • You gain real-world experience producing stories for the Toronto Observer website and the award-winning East York Observer newspaper.
  • You produce and live-stream radio and television newscasts.
  • Throughout the program you spend time in the field, guided and supported by faculty members.

Career Outlook

  • Multimedia journalist
  • Reporter
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Videographer
  • Photographer
  • Communications professional
  • Producer
  • Layout artist

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

Complete either of the following options:

  • Applicants with a record of published journalism-related work must provide:
    • An up-to-date resume
    • References
    • A selection of six-to-ten published pieces that may include clippings, printouts or airchecks of published or broadcast work from an established newspaper, news website (including university or college news media), journalism blog site or radio or television news outlet
  • Applicants without a record of published journalism must attend a program admission session where they will:
    • Complete a two-part writing test
    • Submit an up-to-date resume
    • Submit writing samples of six-to-eight pieces that may include academic essay extracts, creative (fiction) writing

Note: After applying, applicants will receive a letter with instructions on how to submit the Journalism portfolio and 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 $2,767.00 $902.00 $3,669.00
International $12,400.00 $2,097.00 $14,497.00