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Media Communications

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Program Code: 11681 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Media Communications diploma program is designed to meet industry demands within multi-faceted areas of the communications industry. Students graduate with a diverse range of marketable skills in photography, graphic design, web design and writing, social media, and videography.

In the program, you will learn how to:

  • be effective transmedia storytellers across multiple platforms
  • produce corporate video and audio for the web and other applications
  • design, write for and edit effective websites
  • shoot professional photographic images in both the studio and on location environments
  • create and edit content using current software applications such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Premiere Pro
  • establish, operate and market your business through a course in freelance and project management
  • research, write and design communications such as media kits, blogs and brochures

Courses are designed with industry input, ensuring you are learning current and relevant information in state-of-the-art labs from industry experts – people who know the trends and effective methods of communications.

The first semester of this program is shared with the two-year Advertising and Graphic Design diploma, the three-year Journalism advanced diploma, the two-year Advertising and Marketing Communications diploma, and the three-year Public Relations advanced diploma programs, allowing the flexibility to continue in any of these five programs in second semester.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Perform the duties, tasks and activities required of a media communications specialist in business, government and the not-for-profit sectors.

  • Research and gather information in print, audio and visual formats for communications’ products and strategies.

  • Analyze clients’ communications needs and implement solutions for business, government and the not-for-profit sectors.

  • Create audio, visual and print communications according to the client’s purpose and audience.

  • Design and create content for websites, using current software applications.

  • Capture, scan, download, save, store, and manipulate digital images using current software applications.

  • Produce corporate video and audio using current software applications.

  • Create and manage content for presentations at in-house meetings and media conferences.

  • Adhere to ethical and legal guidelines in communications practice.

  • Maintain professional relationships with business associates and clients.

  • Develop a portfolio of communications’ products and strategies for a variety of projects and audiences.


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Work Placement

Students will participate in a mandatory work placement which takes place in the last semester of study. During that time, students hone their skills in professional environments, developing digital communication solutions. They build complete portfolios which, when they graduate, have them standing out from their competitors as corporate communications professionals.

The Humber Advantage

Expert Faculty

Our professors help students become the multi-skilled media professionals employers are looking for! Program co-ordinator Cathy Bidini is an award-winning commercial and fine art photographer who has been inspiring and mentoring students for over 20 years. Full-time professors Afsina Abbasi and Paul Minstrell are experts in web, design, and motion. We also have part-time professors who are leaders in their field, dedicated to sharing their experience and knowledge to best prepare students for employment opportunities in the industry.

The Humber Experience

Communication Platform

This program has a common platform with 1 common semester, giving you 5 choices.


Media Communications Showcase

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Students in Humber's Media Communications program celebrated the opening of their graduate exhibit showcase at North Campus.

Your Career

According to a study by Veronis Suhler Stevenson (VSS), a private investment firm, companies are increasing their spending on media relations and communicating their brands with stakeholders. This trend is expected to continue. The skills you learn in our program will prepare you for a career in this expanding field. As a media communications specialist, you will help organizations better engage clients, partners, employees and reporters by developing compelling external and in-house communications that inform, persuade and motivate.

With broad-ranging skills and knowledge in multimedia, marketing, web design and writing, social media, and videography, graduates find work in the marketing and communication departments of businesses, organizations or government departments, and as freelance communications professionals.

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Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
January 2021 Lakeshore Open Waitlisted
September 2021 North Open Open
January 2022 Lakeshore Open Open

Media Communications at Humber

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Journalism students premiere documentary at LA film festival

Wed, October 14, 2020

Pearl Under Pressure, a documentary short by Lucy Lau and Harmony Multani, had its public premiere at the Los Angeles Lift Off Film Festival.

The 12-minute film, the pair's capstone project for the Journalism graduate certificate program, highlights efforts to combat child abuse in Uganda. The film grew out of a health and social change intiative led by Denmark's University College Absalon with partial funding from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. 

Read more about Lau and Multani's film and their experience documenting the stories of women and children in Uganda.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Equipment Requirements

Upon acceptance to the program, you must have access to the following:

  • NIKON D5600 with kit lens 18-55VR II (additional lenses are recommended but not required)
  • External storage devices: A USB flash/thumb drive (8 GB+) and an external USB hard-drive (500 GB+)
  • Subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud is strongly recommended for first-year and required of second-year students
  • Web hosting is required for second-year students for presentation of their portfolio website

Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1, 3

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs
Students are required to have: a MacBook Pro laptop, a Nikon D5600 DSLR camera (as indicated on the program website along with other items) and a subscription to the Adobe CC suite. MacBook Pro with 16gb ram or higher and a graphics card. MacBook Air will not work with this program. DSLR Nikon D5600 camera, or equivalent DSLR camera system. Subscription to Adobe CC.

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Cathy Bidini, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4239
cathy.bidini@humber.ca

Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,740.64
  • international: $15,874.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

WITHIN HUMBER

View Honours Degree 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

 

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$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

View Honours Degree 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of six semesters of full-time study plus a work term.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

Apply for this degree starting in Fall >   

$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Professional Communication

Royal Roads University and Humber College have agreed to facilitate the block transfer of graduates of the following Humber diploma programs:

  • Broadcasting-Radio
  • Broadcasting - Television/Videography
  • Journalism
  • Media Communications

into the third year of Royal Roads University's Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication. Humber graduates applying for such transfer credit must have met all entrance criteria to the BA in Professional Communication program. Entrance to all programs at Royal Roads University is on a competitive basis.

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Phone: 250.391.2528
Toll free: 1.877.778.6227

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Media - Digital Design

Humber students who have successfully completed the Media Communications Diploma  with a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 (62.5%) or 4.5 out of 7.0 and who meet all other admission requirements will be granted 36 credit points (1.5 years) towards  the Bachelor of Media - Digital Design or the Bachelor of Media - Journalism and Nonfiction Writing at Macquarie University.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Media - Journalism and Nonfiction Writing

Humber students who have successfully completed the Media Communications Diploma  with a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 (62.5%) or 4.5 out of 7.0 and who meet all other admission requirements will be granted 36 credit points (1.5 years) towards  the Bachelor of Media - Digital Design or the Bachelor of Media - Journalism and Nonfiction Writing at Macquarie University.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

BBA Marketing

Students who complete a 2 year diploma at Humber will be granted 60 credit hours toward the completion of a bachelor degree program at Davenport University. You will need to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (approximately two years of full-time attendance) to meet residency and program requirements and to complete your bachelor degree program. Students must complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours to earn a bachelor degree. The total credit hours will include the completed 2 year diploma classes plus any courses completed through Davenport University.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

BA (Hons) Media (Taught Route)

Humber and Robert Gordon University (RGU) have entered into an agreement where graduates of Humber's Media Communications Diploma program may receive advanced entry into Year 3 of RGU's BA (Hons) Media or BA (Hons) Public Relations programs.

Applicants must:

  • have completed Humber's Media Communications program with a total of 60 credits
  • have acheived a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above
  • submit a suitable reference from a Humber faculty member
  • provide satisfactory evidence that the applicant meets the general English language requirements of the University (where the applicant's first language is not English)
  • have the requisite visa to enter the United Kingdom for study purposes

Application process:

Students should apply on the website: www.rgu.ac.uk/apply.

For further information, contact: admissions@rgu.ac.uk

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner postsecondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

BA (Hons) Public Relations

Humber and Robert Gordon University (RGU) have entered into an agreement where graduates of Humber's Media Communications Diploma program may receive advanced entry into Year 3 of RGU's BA (Hons) Media or BA (Hons) Public Relations programs.

Applicants must:

  • have completed Humber's Media Communications program with a total of 60 credits
  • have acheived a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above
  • submit a suitable reference from a Humber faculty member
  • provide satisfactory evidence that the applicant meets the general English language requirements of the University (where the applicant's first language is not English)
  • have the requisite visa to enter the United Kingdom for study purposes

Application process:

Students should apply on the website: www.rgu.ac.uk/apply.

For further information, contact: admissions@rgu.ac.uk

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner postsecondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Applied Management

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the four-year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. 

Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business. 

For more information please contact: admissions@unb.ca.

Please note:  Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Cathy Bidini, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4239
cathy.bidini@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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