Douglas College

Professional Communication (Post-Degree Diploma)

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Program Information

School:Douglas College
Faculty:Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Field of Study:Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Description:This program is for undergraduate degree holders in any discipline who want a career as a professional communicator. Students will gain experience writing in a variety of genres, editing both print and online documents, designing and producing documents using industry-standard software, and working on projects in teams and individually. They will also participate in a professional experience (a job or project) that requires a significant amount of writing. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to work as professional communicators in sectors including business, government, non-for-profit, and publishing. They may work in-house in positions such as communication coordinators, corporate communicators, information officers, public relations practitioners, writers, editors, designers, or journalists, or they may establish their own freelance practice as a writer, editor, or designer.
URL:Professional Communication (Post-Degree Diploma) at Douglas College
Length:1 Year(s)

Admission Requirements


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  •  Grade12 English 

All applicants for admission to the College must satisfy at least ONE of the following criteria: BC secondary school graduation (or the equivalent in another school system); one course short of BC secondary school graduation; 19 years old by the end of the first month of the first semester of attendance; 17 years old on the first day of the first semester of attendance and has not been in school for at least one year; or completion of a certificate or equivalent from a special needs program and has been in school for 12 years.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Work Experience
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from an approved institution of a different country. Any applicant who earned their credential in a language other than English must meet the Douglas College English language proficiency requirement. Applicants must also submit a letter of application and writing samples. In the letter, applicants must describe their prior educational and work experience as well as explain how completion of the diploma program will help them meet academic and/or career objectives. For the writing samples, applicants must select material (a combined total of 8–10 pages) that highlights their writing ability in at least three genres (for example, an academic essay, website copy, and a technical manual). Applicants should not include samples of collaborative writing; they may include excerpts from longer works. Electronic submission of the letter and writing samples (PDF format) is preferred.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 28, 2017