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Professional Writing and Communications

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Program Code: PW511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 3 semesters Delivery Mode (Semester 1 Delivery Fall 2021)  : OnlineCurrent Students can view program delivery 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

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Analyze the elements of storytelling in texts and choose appropriate narrative techniques and forms for a variety of writing projects.

  2. Create documents suitable for a diversity of audiences and purposes using advanced linguistic and rhetorical skills.

  3. 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.

  4. Integrate new communications technologies into an existing media toolkit.

  5. Manage a multifaceted editorial project or communications campaign from the planning stages through completion, using a team-oriented, collaborative leadership style.

  6. Adapt a consistent, unique writing voice to different platforms and genres.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Analyze the media landscape and the range of communications fields to plan ways to navigate the industry and market oneself.

  11. Create an online portfolio and social media profile to market writing skills to potential employers and freelance clients.

  12. Select suitable and credible research sources for strategic applications to a range of advanced communication challenges.


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Work Placement

Gain on-the-job experience in a 12-week (400 hour) work placement. Our industry partners offer both virtual and in-office placements that are either paid, unpaid or honorarium-based. Placements are principally located in the Greater Toronto Area and take place during Semester 3.  


Is Our Program Right For You?

Do you love storytelling? Reading? Listening to podcasts? When you’re walking down the street, do you spot the typos and errors on signs and in storefronts? Do you sometimes find yourself quietly correcting the copy on the websites you visit?

If this sounds like you, come join our dynamic community of creative-minded writing professionals.

Our program provides a supportive environment where you can learn from experts who will show you how to take your writing to the next level. By practicing and experimenting with different styles and forms of writing, you’ll build the skills, discipline and confidence you need to excel in the communications market.

Added bonus? You’ll form lifelong friendships with members of your writing cohort.

Info Session

Watch the "Power Up Your Credential!" Info Session to learn more about the Professional Writing and Communications program.


Joining the World of Professional Writing

In today's increasingly virtual and 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. Communications directors and hiring managers are always looking for writers who understand the foundations of writing and editing and 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 its advisory committee.


Career Overview

Graduates of this program may find employment as

  • Communications specialists or coordinators
  • Freelance writers
  • Web copywriters
  • Editors
  • Social media managers
  • Social media marketing specialists
  • Report writers
  • Proposal writers
  • Grant writers
  • Project Managers
  • Journalists

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


Awards

Professional Writing and Communications Specialist Entrance Scholarship

One entrance scholarship is available. 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
September 2021 Lakeshore Open
January 2022 Lakeshore Open
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2021 Lakeshore Open
January 2022 Lakeshore Opening Soon

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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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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 2021-2022 fee for three semesters is:

  • domestic: $5,612.12
  • international: $18,048.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

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 6.5 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. 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 additional details, see Joining Us from Canada.

Watch Humber graduates celebrate their graduation from the University of Gloucestershire.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. For more information, please contact srickardhughes@glos.ac.uk

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Program Specific Questions

Meaghan Strimas, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 72034
meaghan.strimas@humber.ca


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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