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Professional Writing and Communications

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Program Code: PW511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 2 semesters Delivery Mode (Fall 2020)  : Online Current Students can view program and course details at Current Student Resources  
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Program Overview

Humber’s Professional Writing and Communications graduate certificate program supports you as you learn and practise the craft of writing while building a professional portfolio. This unique program provides you with the core transferrable skills you need to build a successful career in a variety of communications roles. Building on foundational skills such as storytelling, drafting, editing, pitching, interviewing and research, you will build proficiency in areas such as media writing, social media management, project management and design.

With a focus on writing for different audiences and purposes, as well as using current technologies to maximize the impact of your message, you will be well-positioned to enter the workplace with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as a professional writer/communications specialist across a variety of sectors. You will also learn how to think strategically in preparation for taking on leadership positions within communications departments or starting your own freelance writing business.

The program will create a community of writers and support collaboration, networking, professional development and publication.

Courses Learning Outcomes

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.


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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.


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Work Placement

Students complete a twelve-week work placement beginning in May which allows them to gain valuable practical and professional experience.


Is Our Program Right For You?

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.


Joining the World of Professional Writing

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.


Advisors

The Professional Writing and Communications program is delighted to have the following professionals on the program’s advisory committee.


Career Overview

Graduates of this program may find employment in the following areas:

  • Communications coordinator
  • Freelance writer
  • Web copywriter
  • Editor
  • Social media coordinator
  • Report writer
  • Proposal writer

This is a post-graduate certificate. You must already have a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a university or college.


PWRT 5900: Internship

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.


Awards

Professional Writing and Communications Specialist Entrance Scholarship

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

Academic Excellence Award in Professional Writing and Communications

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

Excellence in Professional Writing

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

Your Career

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.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2020 Lakeshore Open Open

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • Letter of Intent

  • Please submit a one-page letter of intent (350 words) outlining your interest in this field of study. Your letter should express why you have an interest in professional writing and communications and in Humber's Professional Writing and Communications graduate certificate program.

    Submission Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1, 2

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs Recommended Specs
Processor Windows: Intel* Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon* 64 Processor; macOS: Multicore Intel processor Quad Core; Multicore Intel Processor
OS Microsoft Windows 7 (64-bit) with Service Pack 1 or Windows 10* (64-bit); macOS 10.13-10.15 Windows 10
Memory 8 GB RAM 16 GB RAM
Storage 5 GB of available hard-disk space SSD recommended
Monitor 1024 x 768 display, 13 inches 1920 X 1080 display recommended; 17 inches preferable
Other USB3 ports, Wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac; 32-bit video card Built-in Ethernet port and USBc port; 32-bit video card

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Meaghan Strimas, Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 72034
meaghan.strimas@humber.ca

Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $5,647.62
  • international: $17,027.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $2,823.81 $8,303.50
Tuition $2,304.90 $7,784.59
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $434.91 $434.91
Compulsory Student Government Fee $64.00 $64.00
Optional Student Government Fee $20.00 $20.00
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

 

Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $2,823.81 $8,303.50
Tuition $2,304.90 $7,784.59
Compulsory Ancillary Fee $434.91 $434.91
Compulsory Student Government Fee $64.00 $64.00
Optional Student Government Fee $20.00 $20.00
Program Ancillary Fee $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Master of Arts (MA) Creative and Critical Writing (distance)

Humber College and the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) have entered into an agreement to facilitate transfer from Humber's Professional Writing and Communications graduate certificate program to UoG's MA in Creative and Critical Writing (via distance learning). Students from Humber who have successfully completed the graduate certificate in Professional Writing and Communications, in addition to completing a first degree (bachelors) or equivalent, will receive credit for two-thirds of the MA, leaving just the final dissertation module to be completed.

International students should demonstrate and must provide evidence that they have attained a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall. Alternative acceptable English Language qualifications can be found at: www.glos.ac.uk/study/international

Students will be expected to attend an Academic Induction preceding entry to the program. Students admitted to the UOG program will pay the appropriate annual tuition fee rate. The definitive fees will be those published here: http://www.glos.ac.uk/international

Students admitted to UoG from Humber will be eligible to receive the international bursary relevant to our partners and the Canadian market. This award, and its ruling terms and conditions, is subject to change on an annual basis. For September 2020/January 2021 entry the applicable bursary is £3,000, and will be automatically applied against tuition for successful applicants from Humber. Please note that the bursary is only available to students who are studying full-time at the UoG on campus in the UK, and completing a full degree (not available for distance learning or master's stage students).

For more information, please contact:

James Seymour
Director of Communications, Marketing & Student Recruitment
jseymour2@glos.ac.uk

or

Shandin Rickard-Hughes
International Marketing & Student Recruitment Manager, Americas
srickardhughes@glos.ac.uk

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Meaghan Strimas, Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 72034
meaghan.strimas@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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