Proposed Fall 2020 Delivery
Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Fall semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Analyze the elements of storytelling in texts and choose appropriate narrative techniques and forms for a variety of writing projects.
Create documents suitable for a diversity of audiences and purposes using advanced linguistic and rhetorical skills.
Create documents that adhere to standards of structure/formatting for standard print and electronic forms such as informational articles, reports, blog posts, and web site copy, and strategically repurpose content across these forms.
Integrate new communications technologies into an existing media toolkit.
Manage a multifaceted editorial project or communications campaign from the planning stages through completion, using a team-oriented, collaborative leadership style.
Adapt a consistent, unique writing voice to different platforms and genres.
Assess the needs of complex communications campaigns and then select and deploy appropriate strategies to meet those needs, using knowledge of communications theory and audience analysis.
Produce and/or edit error-free publications for both print and on-line environments, through the use of grammar and mechanical rules, correct and relevant editorial terminology, and copy-writing and style guides.
Analyze the structure and mechanics of a variety of document forms, both electronic and print, and apply substantive, line-level, and copyediting revisions as appropriate.
Analyze the media landscape and the range of communications fields to plan ways to navigate the industry and market oneself.
Create an online portfolio and social media profile to market writing skills to potential employers and freelance clients.
Select suitable and credible research sources for strategic applications to a range of advanced communication challenges.
Students complete a twelve-week work placement beginning in May which allows them to gain valuable practical and professional experience.
You are probably someone who enjoys reading and has never minded the writing assignments you’ve been required to complete on your educational path so far. You should be creative minded, detail oriented, and enjoy not only writing but also drafting and revising. You’re probably the one that your friends already call on to look over a document and make sure the wording is just right, because your feedback is always constructive but sharp.
In today's increasingly text-based world, writing is everywhere. Yet not everyone can create documents with both accuracy and readability. Your job as a writer is to become very good at language skills such as grammar, style, and mechanics. Since the writing career can be very versatile, communications directors are looking for writers with solid knowledge of the foundations of writing and editing who can quickly learn the subject matter of their businesses.
The Professional Writing and Communications program is delighted to have the following professionals on the program’s advisory committee.
Graduates of this program may find employment in the following areas:
This is a post-graduate certificate. You must already have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a university or college.
For our internship programs, we attempt to secure balanced representation from both public and private sectors that have communications departments and/or use the skills of professional writers. Students do not need to find their own internships.
We have an internship advisor who tries to match students’ interests, skills, and career goals with placement organizations; however, while every student will receive a meaningful work placement that will contribute to their learning and development as professional writers, we cannot guarantee that a student will be placed with their desired organization. The placement process is designed to balance student interests, skill sets, and aptitudes with a placement organization’s need and availability.
Students handle the variety of assignments typical for that workplace, and are mentored to become an active member of that team. They will be involved in tasks such as writing, editing, revising, research, team meetings, and other duties as required by their internship supervisor. The program’s Professionalism Skills: Internship Preparation course prepares students for their internship. If a student has a particular interest in an organization, they are invited to provide the details to our internship advisor.
Internships are principally located in the Greater Toronto Area. We work to set up internships that pay either a competitive wage, a stipend, or an honorarium. While a few internships are unpaid, they provide a challenging and creative experience in competitive sectors.
One entrance scholarship is available. The deadline for applications is September 30. For more information about how to apply, please visit the website.
Scholarship Value: $1000
This annual award is presented to the graduate of the Professional Writing and Communications Postgraduate Program who has achieved the highest overall GPA.
Award Value: $500
This annual award is presented to a graduate of the Professional Writing and Communications Postgraduate Program who has demonstrated both academic excellence and leadership in the program.
Award Value: $500
Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study.
According to the Conference Board of Canada, the ability to communicate tops the list of essential employability skills that employers require. The ability to read carefully, write effectively and think critically provides the foundation to get, keep and progress on a job.
Graduates are able to find employment in a variety of service industries such as finance, hospitality and health services, as well as in government, not-for-profit organizations, corporate communications, and publishing and digital media.
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