The Graduate Diploma in Visual Journalism, starting in June and ending in April, gives you the skills required to tell impactful stories through still photography and video. The digital media landscape now makes it possible for individuals to shoot, edit, and write their own stories in a visually based multimedia practice. Our program educates students to think critically and aesthetically. Under the guidance of our faculty, many of whom are working photojournalists, you will explore various forms of visual journalism including daily news photography, documentary and studio photography. Our courses provide a foundation in the theoretical and analytical dimensions of journalism. The program offers various internships and opportunities to connect with working journalists, all with an eye to offering real opportunities in the working world of visual journalism.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 33 credits.
9 credits – Summer Term
JOUR 501 - Research Methods for Journalism (3 credits)
JOUR 502 - Introduction to Reporting (3 credits)
JOUR 511 - Introduction to Multimedia (3 credits)
12 credits – Fall Term
JOUR 500 - Critical Approaches to Journalism (3 credits)
JOUR 523 - News and Feature Photography (3 credits)
JOUR 527 - Elements of Lighting for Visual Journalism (3 credits)
JOUR 536 - Advanced Video Journalism (3 credits)
12 credits – Winter Term
JOUR 513 - Journalism Ethics and the Law (3 credits)
JOUR 535 - Documentary and Photographic Series (3 credits)
And two of the following courses:
JOUR 503 Introduction to Visual Journalism (3 credits)
JOUR 507 Basics of Digital Imaging (3 credits)
JOUR 508 Research Project (3 credits)
JOUR 521 Visual Story-Telling (3 credits)
JOUR 528 The Digital Magazine (3 credits)
JOUR 531 Visual Journalism Photo Editing (3 credits)
JOUR 532 Documentary Video and Radio (3 credits)
JOUR 537 Visual Journalism Portfolio (3 credits)
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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.
Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students are eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.
Get hands-on experience in print, radio, television and online reporting over an 11-month period from June to April, in a streamlined program that familiarizes you with today's ever changing digital media landscape.