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 declare 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 January 2021.
  • Certificate may be completed in three semesters of full-time study. 
  • Units applied for this certificate may also count towards students’ majors/minors.

Admission Requirements

A student in any faculty at SFU may declare 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

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.

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 January 25, 2020

late February - mid June
late February - mid June

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.