Program OverviewPrinter Friendly
The Communications – Professional Writing program will prepare you to work as a versatile communications professional. This graduate certificate program will combine assessing audience needs and delivering thoughtful and relevant content with effective project management techniques as you develop the skills to write and produce copy for a variety of professional settings and styles.
The innovative courses in this program will encompass a wide range of communications disciplines and vocational skills, including:
- Web copywriting
- Technical writing
- Proposal writing
- Writing for social media
- Content marketing
- Presentations and speech writing
- Content management
- Information design and data visualization
- Digital storytelling
As a Communications – Professional Writing student, you'll 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 various print and virtual platforms (brochures, newsletters, websites and more). With your well-rounded training, you'll be able to launch a writing career that will go the distance, taking on a range of roles in both the profit and non-profit sectors.
- The Content Bootcamp, an intensive two-week 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, Communications – Professional Writing will prepare you for a writing career with longevity. As such, in every course you'll produce professional quality work so you graduate with a polished and diverse portfolio.
- Unique second-semester course components will 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'll 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 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.
To support your learning, this program requires you to have access to a mobile computing device that meets minimum hardware requirements.
Program OutlinePrinter Friendly
|Course Code||Course Title|
|CMPW-706||Visual Design and Layout|
|CMPW-707||Communications Strategy & Planning|
|CMPW-709||Technical Communications 1|
|CMPW-722||Policy & Procedure Writing|
|ENGL-700||Professional English Communications|
Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners
Career Options, Academic Pathways and PartnersPrinter Friendly
Successful graduates of this program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.
Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.
|Partner Institution||Degree Program|
|Davenport University||Master of Business Administration|
Please visit our Outbound Pathways webpage for more information on articulation agreements.
For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.
- Technical writer
- Communications coordinator
- Social media officer
- Web copywriter
- Proposal writer
- Instructional designer
- Report writer/business analyst
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- Degree or a three-year college diploma in any discipline
- We will consider applicants with partial post-secondary education (minimum two years / 8 credits and in good academic standing) and relevant work experience
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:
- Editing of a passage for a specific audience
- Completion of a questionnaire
- After applying, applicants will receive a letter advising how to book the program admission session.
- Students who are accepted into the program will be required to complete an English language assessment upon registration. Students who test below the required COMM 170/171 English proficiency level will take the ENGL-700 Professional English Communications course or the pre-requisite English COMM course for ENGL-700 in the first semester.
How to Apply
How to ApplyPrinter Friendly
1. Apply Online
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.
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.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2020.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Ancillary Fees||Total|