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Visual Journalism (GrDip)

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 details

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.

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. 


Your completed application will include:

Please apply online. Read the how-to guide for application procedures.  

Visual Journalism Diploma n/a n/a Jan. 15

Courses typically offered include:

  • News and Feature Photography
  • Documentary and Photographic Series
  • Documentary Video and Radio
  • Critical Approaches to Journalism
  • Journalism Ethics and the Law

Consult the graduate calendar for a complete list of current courses. All courses and assignments are conducted in English.

Teaching assistantships are available and awarded to students exhibiting strong writing or visual skills. These positions are awarded on a competitive basis and valued at $18 per hour.

A number of departmental awards are also available for graduate students, including the Sportsnet Diploma Scholarship in Journalism, valued at $4,000, and the Visual Journalism Award.

Please also consult Concordia’s graduate funding page and Financial Aid and Awards.

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
  • a complete selection of CD sound effects
  • 8 OS X Apple computers with Internet access
  • an extensive video archive

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.

Their research and creation interests include:

  • Visual storytelling
  • Photojournalism
  • Documentary
  • Long form narrative and literary journalism
  • Investigative and data journalism
  • Audio podcasting
  • Digital storytelling
  • Journalism law and ethics
  • Political economy of media
  • Issues of race, gender and ethnicity
  • Science journalism
  • New models in journalism

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:

  • Montreal Gazette
  • CBC/Radio-Canada
  • CTV
  • CJAD
  • Sportsnet
  • Eastern Door
  • The Suburban

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.

Our graduates are nationally recognized journalists striving to fight injustice in world awash with misinformation. They are known for their intelligence and rigour.

Our alumni find great success as photojournalists, videographers, documentary filmmakers, producers, television hosts, and editors in news and media outlets around the world.

Recent graduates can be found working at:

  • Al Jazeera
  • BuzzFeed
  • CBC/Radio-Canada
  • CNN
  • CTV News
  • Montreal Gazette
  • Vice

Contact us

Tel.: 514-848-2424 ext. 5283

7141 Sherbrooke Street West, CJ 3253
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H4B 1R6

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