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Program Code: 6402

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre


Telephone: 416-289-5000 ext. 8724

In Centennial College’s three-year journalism program, you will gain the skills you need to navigate and succeed in a changing industry.

By going from the classroom to the newsroom, you will come to understand the multifaceted and fast-paced journalism industry, which focuses on interesting people, places and things.

In this program you will:

  • Cover a variety of topics while developing the critical foundation skills you will need for the industry;
  • Apply your newsroom skills to an award-winning community newspaper, a magazine, a news website and radio-television news — all of which will make you versatile and industry-ready as soon as you graduate;
  • Develop new multiplatform skills for the evolving world of news reporting.

From covering breaking news to exploring human-interest stories, as a journalist you will be responsible for reporting events, interviewing newsmakers and examining the issues of our times.

Please note: This program requires students to have and use a mobile computing device (i.e. laptop, tablet) that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware requirements.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CO-108 Tools and Processes for Communicators Story Arts Centre
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Story Arts Centre
GNED-124 Making Sense of the Canadian Political Economy and Influence in Canadian Society Story Arts Centre
JO-102 Reporting 1 Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CO-107 Imaging: Photography Story Arts Centre
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Story Arts Centre
JO-105 Reporting 2 Story Arts Centre
JO-106 Journalism Law and Ethics Story Arts Centre
JO-208 Copy Editing Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
CO-104 Media: Theory, Workplace and Issues Story Arts Centre
COMM-180 College Communications 3 Story Arts Centre
JO-200 Reporting 3 Story Arts Centre
JO-206 Multiplatform Design Story Arts Centre
JO-216 Imaging: Photojournalism Story Arts Centre
JO-221 Interactive Journalism Story Arts Centre
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
JO-203 Magazine/Freelance Journalism Story Arts Centre
JO-205 Advanced Interviewing Techniques Story Arts Centre
JO-207 Editorial Writing Story Arts Centre
JO-210 News Laboratory 1 Story Arts Centre
JO-217 Radio News Story Arts Centre
Semester 5
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
Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
JO-350 Field Placement Story Arts Centre

Companies Offering Jobs

Companies that have hired program graduates include: Toronto Sun,, TSN, Canadian Living Online, Global TV, National Post, CTV, Sportsnet, Toronto Star and 680 News.

Program Highlights

  • You will experience one-on-one interaction with faculty members in an ultra-modern, professional newsroom.
  • The Story Arts Centre campus, from which the journalism program is facilitated, will offer you access to publishing, broadcast and Internet facilities.
  • Hands-on, real-world experience will be available through award-winning community media, including the East York Observer newspaper, Freshly Pressed magazine, the Toronto Observer news website, and radio and television newscasts available online.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College’s signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit

Articulation Agreements

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow students to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Athabasca University, Alberta
  • Davenport University, USA
  • Griffith University, Australia
  • University of Guelph-Humber, Ontario
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario
  • University of Toronto, Ontario

Career Outlook

  • Reporter
  • Photographer
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Producer
  • Layout Artist

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 (score of 170 or 171 required)

Additional Requirements

Attending a Program Admission Session where applicants will learn more about the program is highly recommended.


  • After applying, applicants will receive a letter with instructions on how to book a Journalism 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 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 For more information go to 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

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

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 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

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