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All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

Overview

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.

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 & 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 practicums, usually at newspapers and magazines.

Credential

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

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities with newspapers and magazines, public affairs offices, advertising agencies and other information and entertainment organizations. Potential positions include: 

  • journalist 
  • reporter 
  • technical writer 
  • public relations specialist 
  • public affairs officer 
  • photojournalist 
  • photographic editor 
  • page designer   

Career potential for graduates varies slightly by major.  
 

Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $6,596  
Year 2: $6,596

Year 1 (International): $21,472 
Year 2 (International): $21,472

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

How to apply

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.

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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

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.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Courses

Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
JOUR-302 News Writing and Editing 3.0
JOUR-301 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 Code Course Name Credit
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.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

 Photojournalism

  • Athabasca University
  • Griffith University
  • Mount Royal University
  • Royal Roads University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of South Wales

 Print and Online

  • Athabasca University
  • Griffith University
  • Royal Roads University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of South Wales

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $5,374 $682 $288 $252 $6,596
2 $5,374 $682 $288 $252 $6,596

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $20,159 $682 $288 $344 $21,472
2 $20,159 $682 $288 $344 $21,472

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

Find out about  tuition and financial aid.

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Student Guidelines

Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies. 

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Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 4, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

Delivery 

All classes in this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an adjustable block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is an e-learning program, which means you will be provided with a laptop with all the necessary software required. Find instructions on how to pick-up your e-learning laptop

Required equipment/tools

  • Wi-Fi Connection at home for online connection
  • DSLR camera (details for camera gear outlined on saitphoto.ca). We recommend students discuss camera gear with instructors at Orientation to purchase by their first PHOTO 216 class. 

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone:  403.284.8897
Email:  ict.mediastudents@sait.ca

Academic chair

Sandra Lee, Academic Chair
Email:  sandra.lee@sait.ca

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

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

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