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Visual Journalism (GrDip)

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Graduate Diploma (GrDip)
Program type
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
1 year
33 credits
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Program overview

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.

Program structure

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. 


Admission requirements

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.

Application process

Application deadlines






January 15

Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

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.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

Out-of-province students

Get $2,000 in special funding for graduate diploma programs. Learn more

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