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Journalism

Waitlisted for Fall 2017

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn the fundamentals of journalism and start a career working for publications or in communications or public relations. Specialize in photojournalism to perfect your photographic style or focus on your writing with courses in editing, layout and design.

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Grad Employment Rate

$34,000

Median Starting Salary

Next Information Session

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,966
Year 2: $5,966
Year 1 (International): $18,523
Year 2 (International): $18,523

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available. 

When can you apply?

Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to Sept. 5, 2017.

Program Details

Program description

Journalism in the 21st Century is an exciting world that offers many opportunities for those seeking to build a career. News Writing, and photojournalism are the main skills taught in the Journalism program; other specialties including advertising and public relations, publication design, and online journalism are also covered in the first year of study.

In the second year of the program, students may concentrate either on photojournalism or print and online journalism studies.

Photojournalism - Students study advanced lighting, feature, sports, advertising, lifestyle, portraiture, studio, location and staff photography techniques, in addition to portfolio strategies as they apply to digital photography systems and applications required by print media publications.

Students secure their own placements, which are approved by the program, to complete a 4-week work experience internship.

Print and Online Journalism - Students study professional techniques of writing, editing, designing, and laying out newspapers and magazines using desktop publishing techniques. They also practice special photo techniques.

During the last two semesters, students complete a practicum, usually at newspapers and magazines.

Your career

Graduates from this program in the Print and Online Journalism option may find employment with newspapers and magazines, public affairs, advertising agencies, and other information and entertainment media, as a reporter or technical writer.

Graduates from the Photojournalism option may find employment with newspapers and magazines, wire services agencies, public relations and advertising agencies, and other information and entertainment media, as an independent photojournalist, photographer, photographic editor
or page designer.

Student success

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Journalism with a major in Photojournalism.

Accreditation

There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for more information.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to Sept. 5, 2017.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Journalism and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Second year Photojournalism Option

  • Based on academic standards and portfolio content of published work, applicants will compete for one of the 16 seats available.

Marking: The photo instructor will work with industry professionals to evaluate and rank submitted student portfolios. This rank will be added to specified academic marks.

Courses

Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder:

Journalism General
Journalism - Photojournalism
Journalism - Print and Online


First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PHOT-216 Visual Journalism I 3.0
PREL-218 Marketing and Communications for Journalists 3.0
PUBL-210 Media Software for Journalists 3.0
RSCH-203 New Research for Journalists 3.0
WRIT-230 Writing for Journalism 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

 

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
JOUR-251 News and Feature Writing 3.0
JOUR-254 Online Journalism I 3.0
JOUR-258 Ethics for Print and Online Journalists 3.0
PHOT-256 Visual Journalism II 3.0
PUBL-261 Publication Planning and Design 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Photojournalism Option

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
JOUR-302 News Writing and Editing 3.0
PHOT-320 Lighting and Illustration for Photojournalists I 3.0
PHOT-325 Photojournalism for Print Media I 3.0
PHOT-334 Advanced Workflow for Photojournalists 3.0
PHOT-336 Visual Journalism III 3.0
Semester 3 Total - Photo Journalism Option
15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PHOT-350 Lighting and Illustration for Photojournalists II 3.0
PHOT-353 Freelancing and Portfolio Production 3.0
PHOT-355 Photojournalism for Print Media II 3.0
PHOT-366 Visual Journalism IV 3.0
PHOT-385 PJM Work Experience 3.0
Semester 4 Total - Photo Journalism Option
15.0
Second Year Total - Photo Journalism Option
30.0
Program Total - Photo Journalism Option
60.0

Print & Online Journalism Option

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
JOUR-302 News Writing and Editing 3.0
JOUR-304 Online Journalism II 3.0
JOUR-305 Visual Reportage and Storytelling 3.0
JOUR-318 Journalism Projects I 6.0
Semester 3 Total - Print & Online Journalism Option
15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
JOUR-357 News and Opinion Writing 3.0
PRCT-375 Journalism Practicum 3.0
PREL-364 Public Relations Writing and Design 3.0
PROJ-368 Journalism Projects II 6.0
Semester 4 Total - Print & Online Journalism Option
15.0
Second Year Total - Print & Online Journalism Option
30.0
Program Total - Print & Online Journalism Option
60.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $5,023 $440 $523 $5,986
2 $5,023 $440 $523 $5,986

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $18,108 $440 $523 $19,071
2 $18,108 $440 $523 $19,071

SAIT fees

Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and supplies*

  • First-year books and supplies cost approximately $500.
  • A $400 security deposit to use a SAIT issued laptop.
  • All first-year Journalism students are required to purchase a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (approximately $1,200) and electronic flash (approximately $500). Cameras and flashes must meet requirements that will be specified by your photography instructors.
  • The second year Photojournalism option is a fully digital program. Students may wish to upgrade digital camera equipment that will be compatible to program specifications. In the second year, Photojournalism option, you can expect additional costs up to $8,500 for digital photography equipment, supplies and books.
  • Second year Print and Online Journalism option, books and supplies cost approximately $400.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Information and Communications Technologies
403.284.8543
ict.info@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Expert professors and hands-on classes improved Jessica’s writing skills and equipped her for the realities of working in the world of media.

Graduating from the program, Elizabeth feels she has the training and technical skills to be on the same playing field as photographers already working for news outlets. She appreciated the course included video production – a growing area of photojournalism – and that her instructors connected her with a major media outlet while still in classes.

Katrina did not feel ready to get a job in her industry when she first started studying at SAIT, but is leaving the program feeling prepared and eager to work - in large part due to the knowledgeable instructors.

Jessica Phillips
Journalism | 2016

“I feel 100 per cent ready to dive in.”

Elizabeth Cameron
Journalism | 2016

“It prepared me to actually work in the industry.”

Katrina Tollefson
Journalism | 2016

"They all brought different life experiences to the classroom," she says. "You leave ready to face the world."