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

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For the Fall 2021 semester, courses for first-year students will be delivered online (OS,OR).
Courses for second-year students will be delivered in a blended format (OA,OS,OR and OF/CLAS). Some courses are delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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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: $7,083
Year 2: $7,083

Year 1 (International): $21,694
Year 2 (International): $22,500

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

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

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021.
  • Applications for spring 2022 open June 14, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022
Winter 2022 Jan. 10, 2022 Aug. 19, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Dec. 16, 2022

How to apply

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.
  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020.
  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications open June 14, 2021.

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

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,750 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $7,083
2 $5,750 $792.20 $287.77 $252 $7,083

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $20,361 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $21,694
2 $21,167 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $22,500

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

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: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see computer and lap top requirements under next steps.
  • 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.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Sept. 1 on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

How to register for classes

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

Computers and laptops

This program has custom hardware and software requirements.
An Apple Mac computer is required. Expect to pay approximately $1,200 for a laptop and port adapter that meet these minimum requirements:
  • 13-inch MacBook Air (March 2020 or newer) or 13-inch MacBook Pro (mid-2017 or newer)
  • Intel Core i5 processor (quad-core processor required for March 2020 MacBook Air)
  • 8 GB RAM or greater
  • 256 GB or greater solid-state drive (SSD)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Mac OS Catalina (10.15) or newer
  • Up-to-date antivirus and malware protection software
  • USB-C adapter with Gigabit Ethernet, memory card reader, 4K HDMI and 2 x USB-A ports

New Macs can be purchased at a discount through Apple Canada’s store for higher education.

Licenses for the following software must also be purchased:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud for Mac (latest release, full-access subscription)
  • Camera Bits Photo Mechanic for Mac (latest release, standard version)

Education discounts are available for both Creative Cloud and Photo Mechanic.

Required equipment/tools

  • An internet connection at home, either wired or wi-fi wireless
  • A digital SLR or mirrorless camera, lenses and related accessories (specific recommendations can be found at saitphoto.ca)

Full details on the recommended equipment for first-year students can be found on saitphoto.ca.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Contact 

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

Academic chair

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

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

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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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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