Journalism - 297

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
Master the skills of effective, fact-based communication through experience in print, radio, television, and the ever-expanding opportunities on the web.

Program Highlights

  • Canada's first journalism program to incorporate accessible media production as part of the core curriculum.
  • Cutting-edge multimedia tools and skills that will uniquely position you in the content creation job market after graduation.

What you'll learn

  • Principles and practices of professional journalism.
  • Professional story telling and communication skills.
  • Research and data evaluation techniques.
  • How to effectively use social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to engage an audience.
  • Content production for real organizations.

Mohawk's Journalism program has the highest overall student satisfaction rate of any 3-year journalism program in Ontario.

Mohawk's Journalism program gives you the practical skills and knowledge to succeed as a journalist or communications professional in today's multimedia news environment.

Whether you want to be a print or television reporter, on-air host, or work behind the scenes, you'll receive the hands-on training and experience you need to enter the exciting world of journalism.You will practice the craft of reporting with state-of-the-art digital equipment, under the guidance of industry professionals.

Third year students live broadcasting during Hamilton Comic Con: 

Program Length

3 academic years (period of 8 months) includes a 7 week field placement

University graduates fast track option

Students with a university degree are eligible to enter directly into the second year of the program after taking a seven-week intensive journalism fundamentals course in the spring semester. Other candidates applying for entry into the fast-track option will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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Tuition and Fees

2018 - 2019 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Ancillary Fees $717.02 $653.92
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Mandatory Program Fees $56.50 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,504.49 $1,504.49
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,278.01 $2,158.41
Total 1st Year Fees $4,436.42

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2018 - 2019 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,342.97 $7,342.97
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fee Plus Tax $56.50 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $7,849.47 $7,717.97
Total 1st Year Fees $15,567.44

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information


Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Excellent reading and writing skills
  • Strong interest in news and current affairs
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Volunteer experience at a media outlet is an asset
  • Students will pay a digital print fee
  • Students will require an external hard drive

Option are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Through a field placement course where you will produce content for a real organization.

  • As a member of Ignite News you will produce content on a variety of platforms, including, YouTube, 101.5 The Hawk, Cable 14 and our newspaper.

  • Participate in real-life projects for external clients through The Agency, Mohawk’s student-run advertising agency.

  • Through a mix of on-campus labs and simulations

Field Placement

The Agency

the agency

The Agency is an experiential learning facility operating within the McKeil School of Business at Mohawk College. Students from a variety of programs including Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing, Graphics and Broadcast Media collaborate in developing real world marketing and communications solutions for selected non-profit organizations and start-up companies in the greater Hamilton area.

All projects with our client/partners are integrated into the curriculum and students are marked on what they do. They work under close faculty supervision as they develop effective marketing communications solutions relevant to meeting clear client objectives.

Learn more about The Agency



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Reporter
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Content Creator/Developer
  • Multimedia Journalist
  • Public Relations/Corporate Communications
  • Social Media Manager
  • Copywriter
  • Researcher
  • Producer/Director

Where you could work includes:

  • Digital Media Outlets
  • Newspapers, Magazines and Trade Publications
  • Television and Radio Stations: Report on Air or work behind the scenes as an Editor, Writer or Producer.
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Corporate settings both large and small
  • As an independent content creator

Communications Media Practices Post Grad Certificate

Over two consecutive Spring/Summer terms, Mohawk’s Communications Media Practices Post Grad Certificate offers hands-on experience creating content for different platforms, including multimedia, video, online, audio and print.

This program will appeal to students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of media production to complement their degree or diploma. Details at Communications Media Practices - 266

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information

Journalism Laptop Program

A laptop purchase is recommended, but not required for the Journalism program. Having access to a laptop with program related software allows students to work on audio video, and other projects at home, and in the field. This reflects a trend in the industry and dovetails with Mohawk’s emphasis on anytime/anywhere blended learning.

Mohawk College currently has a partnership agreement with Apple® Canada. If you decide to purchase a laptop we recommend that you wait until late spring/early summer so you can take advantage of educational discounts online at Mohawk's Custom Online Apple Store.

To Access Mohawk's Custom Online Store

Log into your MyMohawk account. Click on the Technology Solutions Tab and navigate to the Computer Store. Once you arrive to our Mohawk College custom Apple® Online store, select the "Recommended Systems" link at the top right corner to view a list of the MacBook Pro laptops we recommend for this program.

Provided below are our recommended minimum laptop and software requirements, should you choose to purchase one

  • 13-inch
  • 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 or higher, Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x4GB
  • 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide (English)
  • Accessory Kit

Approximate Cost: $1,500

You should also purchase an USB 3.0 external hard drive with at least 1 TB capacity. Here are a couple of examples:

  1. Costco Portable Hard Drive (opens in a new tab)
  2. Tiger Direct Portable Hard Drive (opens in a new tab)

Recommended Software

If you choose to buy a laptop, here are the recommended software applications:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: This suite includes Photoshop, InDesign, Audition and Premiere, for roughly $22 per month.

Mohawk College makes every effort to keep all our educational costs to a minimum, these costs are subject to change. Additional costs may apply.

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