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Write your future as a professional or freelance writer

Communication and Professional Writing Ontario College Graduate Certificate program

Level up your writing skills to deliver on-point messages that influence decision-making and drive results. Build your portfolio and professional network.

Program code PROW
Duration 1 year
Credential Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Delivery Full-time
Program delivery method(s) Online What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

As a student in this program, you will focus on professionalizing your communication skills through intensive practical writing activities and the application of relevant theoretical content. You will plan, create, edit, and deliver messages for a range of audiences, purposes, and mediums, including print, social media, and web-based contexts. Through a combination of independent and collaborative learning, you will complete projects that provide experiential learning opportunities, including case studies, writing workshops, and project management assignments. To initiate professional development and build the entrepreneurial skills required for industry and self-employment, you will gain real-life experience through participation in a placement, which is the first step in building your professional network and gaining practical experience for the future.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2024 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

What are the admission requirements for the Communication and Professional Writing program?

Communication and Professional Writing admission requirements

Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, degree or equivalent work experience in a related field or discipline.

Selection Process

Applicants must submit a current resumé and a cover letter to demonstrate academic competencies and/or relevant work experience. To ensure success in this program, students will require strong communication skills and proficiency in word processing and computer skills. 

Additional information

Students require access to a laptop for all in-class learning.

What career paths can I take in communications and professional writing?

Your Communication and Professional Writing graduate certificate gives you many career opportunities

Graduates enhance their professional experience in fields that require advanced communication skills. Potential areas of employment include, but are not limited to, writing for social media and web-based environments, engineering, business, and social services, as well as within the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Graduates also may pursue careers as self-employed entrepreneurs.

What courses are included in the Communication and Professional Writing graduate certificate program?

Course overview

12 Program Courses
1 Placement

 Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Communication and Professional Writing program outline.

  • PROW 1000 – Principles of Professional Writing
  • PROW 1001 – Collaboration and Project Management
  • PROW 1002 – Copywriting Fundamentals
  • PROW 1003 – Research for Professional Writing
  • PROW 1004 – Format, Layout, and Design
  • PROW 1013 – Fundamentals of Style

Your course delivery method(s)

Online

This program is delivered online. You’ll learn remotely and won’t be required to come to campus. Online learning can be synchronous – you’ll meet with your professor for online classes at scheduled times – or asynchronous – you’ll complete online learning modules on your own.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

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