Communication Studies Diploma

Faculty of Business & Professional Studies
School of Communication

Credential
Diploma

Program Highlights

Gain the skills and abilities you’ll need start a career in communication, or to move on to upper level university courses in communication studies.

The Communication Studies Diploma is a two-year, 60-credit program that provides a foundation for students who are aiming at careers in:

  • journalism
  • public, community and government affairs
  • media relations
  • radio or television
  • audio visual programming
  • media administration and research
  • publishing
  • policy analysis
  • communications project development
  • writing and editing.
  • Identify, evaluate and apply major theoretical traditions in communication studies.
  • Assess and explain the development of communication media, practices and industries.
  • Demonstrate critical media literacy as both producers and consumers of communication.
  • Employ basic research methods for projects in communication and media studies.
  • Analyse the perspectives from which diverse stakeholders engage in communication.

Intakes

CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallBoth
North VancouverSpringBoth

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$3,908 $1,134 $5,042
Year 2$3,908 $1,134 $5,042
Total$7,816 $2,268 $10,083

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

Program Requirements

Core CMNS Courses

Total credits: 15.00

Choose 3.00 credits from the following list
CMNS 231Cultural Industries in Canada3.00 credits
SOC 223Media and Society3.00 credits

 

Choice

Total credits: 3.00

Choose 3.00 credits from the following list
CMNS 209History of Media3.00 credits
CMNS 253Society and Digital Media3.00 credits

 

Choice

Total credits: 6.00

Choose 6.00 credits from the following list
CMNS 222Communication and Ideology3.00 credits
CMNS 235Understanding News3.00 credits
CMNS 236Understanding Television3.00 credits

 

Choice

Total credits: 6.00

Choose 6.00 credits from the following list
CMNS 190Writing for Popular Media3.00 credits
CMNS 209History of Media3.00 credits
CMNS 222Communication and Ideology3.00 credits
CMNS 235Understanding News3.00 credits
CMNS 236Understanding Television3.00 credits
CMNS 253Society and Digital Media3.00 credits
CMNS 255Interpersonal Communication3.00 credits
CMNS 270Visual Communication3.00 credits
CMNS 295The Culture of Advertising3.00 credits
CMNS 353Technology and Everyday Life3.00 credits
CMNS 353Technology and Everyday Life3.00 credits
CMNS 360Strategic Communication3.00 credits
CMNS 370Photography as Communication: Fact and Fiction3.00 credits

 

Electives

Total credits: 30.00

Required
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
Choose 27.00 credits from the following list

Note: At least 3 credits must be designated as Quantitative/Analytical.

Humanities (Art History, History, English, Foreign languages, Linguistics, Philosophy, Studio or Performing Arts) credits9.00 credits
Science/Applied Science (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Engineering, Geography, Geology, Math, Physics or Kinetics) credits6.00 credits
Social Science (Anthropology, Criminology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology {except SOC 223} and Women's Studies) or Business credits12.00 credits

 

Total program credits: 60.00

Important Dates

Application Dates

Jan 2, 2018 - Aug 7, 2018

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 9, 2018

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 27, 2018  4 p.m.

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - Dec 4, 2018

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Nov 13, 2018

Fee Payment Deadline

Dec 18, 2018  4 p.m.

Application Dates

Jan 8, 2019 - Aug 6, 2019

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

English 12 or English 12 First Peoples or equivalent with a minimum grade of "B"

For students with previous post-secondary experience, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a scale of 4.33) or equivalent.

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.

A letter of intent and resume must be submitted by all students with previous post-secondary experience, and may be requested of other applicants.


For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).

Admission Notes

Please note that the admission requirements are minimum requirements. Admission is competitive. 

ENGL 100 is a required course in the Communication Studies diploma. In order to enroll in any English course, students must submit the results of the Capilano University English Diagnostic Test (EDT) or the Language Proficiency Index Test (LPI) unless they meet the EDT/LPI exemptions.

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