Certificate in Creative Technologies in Digital Journalism

Launching in January 2020, SFU’s new Certificate in Creative Technologies in Digital Journalism introduces students to diverse forms of public communication while drawing on journalistic traditions that are being transformed by digital platforms and data-driven communication. Along with courses in contemporary arts, communication, publishing, and interactive arts and technology, students will complete a formal exchange with Griffith University at their Gold Coast Campus in Australia to complete further coursework. Students with this certificate will gain interdisciplinary, international experience in creative technologies and digital journalism and receive a unique credential that will prepare them to enter the rapidly changing field of journalism. 

Program highlights

  • A student in any faculty at SFU may pursue this certificate through the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology. 
  • Students must complete a minimum of 23 units (7-9 courses), including core creative technologies courses, elective courses in digital journalism at SFU, and additional coursework in digital journalism at Griffith University in Australia.
  • Courses at Griffith University are offered in their Trimester 1 (February-June) with the first exchange in Spring 2021.
  • Certificate may be completed in three semesters of full-time study. 
  • Units applied for this certificate may also count towards students’ majors/minors.

Eligibility Requirements

A student in any faculty at SFU may pursue this certificate through the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology. Normal university grade point average requirements apply for entry into all FCAT courses. Students must also meet SFU's eligibility requirements for international exchange

Exchange to Griffith University

Students will apply to go on exchange through SFU International Services for Students. Exchanges take place from late February to mid-June during Trimester 1 at Griffith University. The first available exchange will begin in February 2021, and the deadline to apply for that exchange is May 25, 2020.

Financial Support

Students can apply for the FCAT International Mobility Award which provides a minimum of $1,000 in funding to cover some of the cost of the exchange to Griffith University. 

Program Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 23 units, including core creative technologies courses, elective courses in digital journalism at SFU, and additional coursework in digital journalism at Griffith University.

Core Courses (Students must complete two core courses)

CA 130 – Fundamentals of Film (4)

CA 149 – Sound (3)

CA 150 – Introduction to Acting (3)

CA 160 – Introductory Studio in Visual Art I (3)

CMNS 226 – Digital Media Communication Techniques (3)

CMNS 253W – Introduction to Information Technology: The New Media (3)

PUB 101 – The Publication of Self in Everyday Life (3)

PUB 201 – The Publication of the Professional Self (3)

IAT 202 – New Media Images (3)

IAT 235 – Information Design (3)

Digital Journalism Courses (Students must complete at least two Digital Journalism Courses)

CMNS 235 – News Media, the Public, and Democracy (3)

CMNS 325 – Visualization and Visual Culture in Communication (4)

CMNS 326 – Applied Media Workshop: On the Hill (4)

CMNS 331 – News Discourse as Political Communication (4)

CMNS 425 – Applied Communication for Social Issues (4)

CMNS 426 – Video Design for Social Communication (4)

PUB 210W – Fundamentals of Professional Writing (3)

PUB 212 – Public Relations and Public Engagement (3)

PUB 332 – Graphic Design in Transition: Print & Digital Periodicals (4)

PUB 448 – Publishing and Social Change: Tech, Texts, and Revolution (4)

PUB 480 – Special Topics in Publishing (4)*

IAT 313 – Narrative and New Media (3)

IAT 344 – Moving Images (3)

CA 390 – Filmmaking IV (4)

CA 393 – Filmmaking V (4)

*PUB 480 is a special topics course. It is applicable as an option only when offered as PUB 480 Journalism as a Publishing Problem.

International Component at Griffith University

Students must take one of:

2506LHS – Global Journalism, Media and Communication

2521LHS – Data Journalism

And at least two of:

1531QCA – Making Visual Media

1703QCA – Ideas in Interactive Media

2515LHS – Media Relations

2686QCA – The Photographic Message

2652QCA – Intro to Photo Media Practice

Any remaining units needed to bring total units to 23 should be chosen from the list of Digital Journalism Courses.

 

Send us a message or meet with an advisor to learn more

If you have questions about the exchange to Griffith University, contact a Study Abroad advisor at studyabroad@sfu.ca.

Be sure to include:

  • your full legal name
  • SFU Student ID number
  • area you are interested in studying, if known
  • confirm that you have attended or watched Study Abroad 101.

 

If you have questions about the required courses for this certificate and/or course planning, visit the advisor in your program:

SIAT advising

Except for holidays listed in the SFU Calendar, drop-in advising times for the week are:

  • Monday, from 1pm-3pm
  • Tuesday, from 1pm-3pm
  • Wednesday, from 12pm-2pm
  • Thursday, from 1pm-3pm
  • Friday, from 1pm-3pm

You can book an advising appointment by emailing siat_advising@sfu.ca or iat-one@sfu.ca at least one day in advance. Your email should include your name, student number, and the date and time you would like to meet. Please come prepared for advising with a copy of your Advising Transcript and a self filled-in Undergraduate Majors Checklist.

More details about SIAT advising.

CMNS advising

The Communication Advising office is in K9650 in Burnaby and HC 3574 in Vancouver.  Our advising area in Surrey is located in the SIAT Administrative Office in Podium 2 level of the campus. Please refer to the Online Advising Schedule for drop-in hours and appointments only, and Please bring a printed copy of your current Advising Transcript (sorted by 'both') to every advising meeting.

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SCA advising

If you would like to book an SCA advising appointment, please go to: scabookings.sca.sfu.ca.

Log in to access the advising calendar. Click on an available time slot and fill in the information in the pop up menu. Appointments can be made up to two weeks in advance. Students can cancel or change their appointments at any time by logging into the system. You must bring your advising transcript with you to your appointment.

 

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