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Professional Communication (Post-Degree Diploma)

Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Communications
Credits: 30.0
Length: One year
Campuses: New Westminster
Credential: Post-Degree Diploma
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
program overview
This program is for undergraduate degree holders in any discipline who want a career as a professional communicator. Students will gain experience writing in a variety of genres, editing both print and online documents, designing and producing documents using industry-standard software, and working on projects in teams and individually. They will also participate in a professional experience (a job or project) that requires a significant amount of writing. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to work as professional communicators in sectors including business, government, non-for-profit, and publishing. They may work in-house in positions such as communication coordinators, corporate communicators, information officers, public relations practitioners, writers, editors, designers, or journalists, or they may establish their own freelance practice as a writer, editor, or designer.
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 50% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Required courses:  
CMNS 3000 Communication Professions 3.00
CMNS 3900 Professional Experience 3.00
CMNS 4000 Professional Communication Portfolio 3.00
Select seven courses from the following thirteen options:
CMNS 3100 Language, Institutions and Power 3.00
CMNS 3102 Language Studies for Professional Communication 3.00
CMNS 3103 Research Report and Proposal Writing 3.00
CMNS 3200 Professional Editing 3.00
CMNS 3316 Conflict Resolution: Advanced Practices 3.00
CMNS 3400 Document Design 3.00
CMNS 3401 Visual Communication 3.00
CMNS 3500 Technical Communication 3.00
CMNS 3501 Writing for the Web 3.00
CMNS 3600 Writing for Magazines and Trade Publications 3.00
CMNS 3700 Public Relations Writing 3.00
CMNS 3800 Special Topics in Professional Communication 3.00
CMNS 3901 Directed Studies in Professional Communication 3.00
Total Credits   30.00
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from an approved institution of a different country. Any applicant who earned their credential in a language other than English must meet the Douglas College English language proficiency requirement.
  • Applicants must also submit a letter of application and writing samples. In the letter, applicants must describe their prior educational and work experience as well as explain how completion of the diploma program will help them meet academic and/or career objectives. For the writing samples, applicants must select material (a combined total of 8–10 pages) that highlights their writing ability in at least three genres (for example, an academic essay, website copy, and a technical manual). Applicants should not include samples of collaborative writing; they may include excerpts from longer works. Electronic submission of the letter and writing samples (PDF format) is preferred.
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

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curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.