Digital Media and Journalism (BA)

The media environment is rapidly changing and evolving. Learn how to strategically use technology to create and share content with diverse audiences. Gain practical training to create professional-quality digital content so that you can tell compelling stories and harness digital and social media. By studying the broader social, political and economic issues shaping media environments, you’ll also know how to generate responsible content that engages your audience.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you’ll get in the Digital Media and Journalism program:

  • Take skills-based training in digital audio, video, photography, imaging, graphic design, and web design as part of the certificate in Digital Media Production.
  • Take a research-focused or a professional practicum course in your upper years and apply what you are learning in the classroom to the real world.
  • If you are considering graduate studies, add a Research or Instructional Assistantship to your resume.
  • Complete a capstone project in an area that interests you as part of your final year and present it to the public.

Check out the Digital Media and Journalism Experience Guide.

 

2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies

 

Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*

 

students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)

Admissions

Format: full time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or May (spring term)     OUAC code: UVQ

Program Details

Digital Media and Journalism at Laurier

Our Digital Media and Journalism program will provide you with the critical thinking and technical skills you’ll need to work in the fast-paced and fast-changing world of media. Your comprehensive education in journalism, media production, public relations, and digital and social media will prepare you for a career as a digital media professional in a competitive environment where credible news outlets and organizations of all kinds fight for visibility in our media-saturated world.

When you graduate, you’ll be able to produce professional quality digital content, tell compelling stories and harness the power of digital and social media. You will also understand the broader social, political, cultural and economic issues shaping today’s media environments helping you to generate the kinds of compelling content that make for a responsible, balanced and memorable media experience.

New Certificate in Digital Media Production

The new Certificate in Digital Media Production, which is a required part of the program, will complement your theoretical learning with skills-based training in digital audio, video, photography, imaging, graphic design, and web design. The certificate courses are completed over the duration of the four-year degree and are from both the Digital Media and Journalism program, as well as the User Experience Design program. The certificate courses include:

  • Audio Storytelling
  • Videography
  • Photography and Visual Imaging
  • Graphic Design Studio
  • Web Design

As a Digital Media and Journalism student, you’ll be automatically admitted to the Certificate in Digital Media Production as part of the honours program. The certificate is exclusively available to students in Digital Media and Journalism.

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Professional Writing Minor
  • Leadership Option
  • Indigenous Studies Option/Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Reporting and Writing for News
  • Cross-Media Storytelling
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Audio Storytelling I
  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • Modernity and Contemporary World
  • Academic Literacy: Social Sciences
  • Academic Literacy: Humanities
  • 0.5 elective credits

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Integrated Media Lab
  • Public Speaking
  • Videography II

See more of our Digital Media and Journalism course offerings.

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Community Service-Learning

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Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses at Laurier integrate service in the community with what you are learning in your classes. Placements are approximately 10 weeks and take place on a weekly basis from the second week of classes to the final week, typically for two hours per week.

CSL placements consist of volunteering at a local community service, such as a soup kitchen or a children's treatment centre. It’s a great way to apply classroom knowledge and gain practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, develop your network, and graduate with experience.

Interested? Learn more about Community Service-Learning.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"One feature of Laurier’s Digital Media and Journalism program that drew me in is the class sizes. With classes on the smaller end, you have so many opportunities to build relationships with your instructors and classmates! Through my time in the program, I’ve gained a support system of people who really want to see me succeed."

Serena Austin, Digital Media and Journalism student

"This program is truly incomparable to any other journalism program in Ontario. It prepares you to enter the job market with a competitive edge over recent journalism or communications grads."

Savannah Dale, Digital Media and Journalism graduate

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • communications specialist
  • digital media content developer
  • documentary maker
  • editor/publisher
  • media analyst
  • reporter/news correspondent
  • social media relations/strategist
  • technical writer
  • writer/author

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Brantford Campus

The Brantford campus is woven into the downtown core of the City of Brantford and is home to more than 3,000 students. Close to great walking and biking trails, you get the best of both worlds.

There are many ways to tour our Brantford campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

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"This program gave me professional practical work experience in video production through its classes and creative assignments. I now run a digital media studio full-time where we tell our clients’ stories through filmmaking and animation. These media skills help me comprehend and navigate complicated and ever-growing media platforms through critical thinking and technical skills learned during the program."

Talha Naeem, Digital Media and Journalism graduate

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.