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Waitlisted for Winter 2020 (International)

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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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $6,008
Year 2: $6,008
Year 1 (International): $19,824
Year 2 (International): $19,824

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


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?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2019 open Oct. 3, 2018.
  • Applications for winter 2020 open May 1, 2019.
TermProgram start
*Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019
**Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020
*Fall start: students will study for two semesters per year with a summer break in between.
**Winter start: students will study Jan. to Aug. with a fall break in between for both years of the program.

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 & 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.

Your Career

Graduates from this program in the Print & 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.

  • Graduates of the Journalism program have a 90% employment rate.

Student Success

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

Credentials and accreditation

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


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

Transfer Options

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


  • 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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2019 start: applications open Oct. 3, 2018.
  • Winter 2020 starts Jan. 6, 2020. Applications open May 1, 2019.

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.


Program Outline

View additional Journalism program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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


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
Second Year Total - Photo Journalism Option
Program Total - Photo Journalism Option

Print & Online Journalism Option

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
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


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
Second Year Total - Print & Online Journalism Option
Program Total - Print & Online Journalism Option


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.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 total
1 $5,023 $462 $523 $6,008
2 $5,023 $462 $523 $6,008

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 total
1 $18,839 $462 $523 $19,824
2 $18,839 $462 $523 $19,824


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302

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.


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Inspiring Stories

With a background in anthropology, Chelsea felt an education in journalism would compliment her existing education. She enjoyed experiencing many events around SAIT and Calgary while taking photos as part of her program. 

Andrea believes journalists play an essential role in society by sharing what's happening worldwide. She's always had an interest in the industry, eagerly reading through magazines and newspapers. Upon graduation, she was completing an internship in social media at Alberta Health Services. 

Justin praised his instructors who made classes fun but also prepared him to leave SAIT and go right to work.

Parker had heard SAIT's photojournalism program was well-respected and the skills he'd learn would help him hit the ground running. Now ready to start his own career, he says everything he heard was true.

Brought to SAIT by her mom to check out an open house, the visit opened the door for Maddie who knew she loved to write but didn't know what options were available to her. The Journalism program taught her website and design programs that helped her secure a full-time job before graduation.

Chelsea Kemp
Journalism (Photojournalism major) | 2018

"I really like that it's a two-year program and you get practical experience."

Andrea Juarez
Journalism (Print and Online major) | 2018

"I think I grew professionally and personally," she says. "Getting to know so many people from different cultures and learning from former journalists. That was something I really appreciated." 

Justin Schellenberg
Journalism | 2017

"In terms of becoming a journalist, I'm more than ready," he says. "They did their job well."

Parker Crook
Journalism | 2017

"Everything they taught us was relevant," he says. "It prepared anyone willing to do the work for working in community news."

Maddie Burton
Journalism | 2017

"I've always been shy. Having to go out and interview people (for class) helped me and prepared me for my job interview."

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