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Visual Journalism Graduate Diploma

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.30 scale.
  • Some experience in journalism, photojournalism or a media-related field is considered an asset.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants should understand that admission is contingent upon a sound undergraduate academic record, strong letters of recommendation, and a convincing letter of intent, which clearly describes their interest in the program. Students should be aware that course instruction and assignments are in English, and although it does not determine acceptance, applicants are advised that a working knowledge of French is important.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 33 credits.

Please see the Journalism Courses page for course descriptions.

Visual Journalism Graduate Diploma (33 credits)


credits of Summer Term courses:


JOUR 501 Research Methods for Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 502 Introduction to Reporting (3.00)
JOUR 511 Introduction to Multimedia (3.00)


credits of Fall Term courses:


JOUR 500 Critical Approaches to Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 523 News and Feature Photography (3.00)
JOUR 527 Elements of Lighting for Visual Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 536 Advanced Video Journalism (3.00)


credits of Winter Term courses:


JOUR 513 Journalism Ethics and the Law (3.00)
JOUR 528 The Digital Magazine (3.00)


credits chosen from the following courses:


JOUR 505 Advanced Reporting (3.00)
JOUR 508 Research Project in Journalism Studies (3.00)
JOUR 510 Multimedia Journalism Tools and Design (3.00)
JOUR 521 Visual Story-Telling (3.00)
JOUR 532 Documentary Video and Radio (3.00)
JOUR 535 Documentary and Photographic Series (3.00)
JOUR 537 Journalism Portfolio (3.00)
JOUR 542 International Journalism (3.00)
JOUR 550 Journalism Practicum (3.00)
JOUR 598 Special Topics in Journalism (3.00)

Please note that some electives may not be offered in a given term or year. 


Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations.
  2. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  3. Graduation Requirement. To graduate, students must have completed all course requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.70.

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