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.
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.
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)
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.