Why pursue a Graduate Diploma in Visual Journalism?
Photojournalists and videographers know that when they are on the scene of a breaking story, their traditional role is to help a reporter enhance their work through strong visual elements. With the emergence of digital media, the responsibility to report, shoot video and take pictures often now fall on the shoulders of one individual. We need critical and aesthetically oriented thinkers to accurately recount impactful visual stories through the use of photography and video.
The Graduate Diploma in Visual Journalism provides an environment for you to interact with the strong visual culture that has been produced in the press over the last decade. Offered over an 11-month period that begins in June and finishes the following April, our program focuses on digital and visual journalism production, giving you the necessary skills and training to tell factual narratives through images and video.
Under the guidance of acclaimed faculty members, recipients of prestigious honours like the Pulitzer Prize and the Society of News Design Award of Excellence, you will explore various topics related to visual journalism, including documentary and studio photography, photojournalism, and videography. Seminars and courses also supply you with a foundation grounded in the theoretical and analytical dimensions of journalism.
With opportunities to grow professionally through internships and network with working journalists, our alumni have terrific success securing jobs in visual journalism or communication.
The normal requirement for admission into the graduate Diploma is an 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. 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.
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.
Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 33 credits.
Courses. All students are required to complete 33 credits in the following sequence:
Summer Term (9 credits) JOUR 501 Research Methods for Journalism JOUR 502 Introduction to Reporting
JOUR 511 Introduction to Multimedia
Fall Term (12 credits) JOUR 500 Critical Approaches to Journalism
JOUR 523 News and Feature Photography
JOUR 527 Elements of Lighting for Visual Journalism
JOUR 536 Advanced Video Journalism
Winter Term (12 credits) JOUR 513 Journalism Ethics and the Law
JOUR 535 Documentary and Photographic Series
And two of the following courses: JOUR 503 Introduction to Visual Journalism
JOUR 507 Basics of Digital Imaging
JOUR 508 Research Project
JOUR 521 Visual Story-Telling
JOUR 528 The Digital Magazine
JOUR 531 Visual Journalism Photo Editing
JOUR 532 Documentary Video and Radio
JOUR 537 Visual Journalism Portfolio
State-of-the-art facilities provide you a vibrant digital news environment with access to radio newsrooms, a television studio and editing labs.
Students work with the latest digital equipment and software. The Equipment Depot houses professional grade equipment where you can reserve production equipment, such as Canon XA25 TV camera kits, kits for Canon 5D camera kits for photography and GoPro cameras, as well as Jn Roland 09 recorders for audio and written assignments.
The Learning Center also has numerous resources available, including:
a dubbing room for the duplication of multiple media formats
Faculty members are former or currently working journalists. They bring practical experience into the classrooms and are dedicated to producing professional journalists trained to ask important and critical questions about our world.
Opportunities for paid and unpaid internships are usually available on a competitive basis. Our internship coordinator facilitates opportunities for interested students whenever possible and organizes summer and fall internships. Former students have interned at a plethora of sites, including:
Many students have also won the prestigious CBC News Joan Donaldson Scholarship, an intensive four-month paid internship at one or more locations within CBC News and Centres.