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Communications Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career in Corporate Communications, Marketing Communications and more

Communications is a term that actually encompasses a number of different career paths. Communications training can include anything from marketing and media interaction to writing and design. Communications programs at Ontario colleges cover all these aspects of the industry to give students the well-rounded knowledge base they’ll need for successful careers in communications.

If you’re driven, ambitious and think you can handle the many hats that make up a communications career, here’s what you need to know. More

Communications Courses

Communications programs are often targeted to a specific area, such as corporate communications, technical communications, marketing communications and more. In general, however, they share many of the same foundations. Communication courses can typically be divided into three categories:

  • Creative. Creative skills in communications help students develop excellent written and verbal skills, as well as design and multimedia skills, so they’ll be equipped to handle all forms of communications, from press releases to websites and social media.
  • Business. Courses such as career management, project management, media law, and written and oral presentation will give students an understanding of the business side of a communications career.
  • Public Relations. Courses in media and client relations will give students the skills and professionalism required to handle the press and connect with clients, even during times of high stress.

General Communications Program Requirements

Ontario college communications programs may be offered as advanced diploma or graduate certificate programs. For advanced diploma options, requirements typically include an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, with additional credit requirements varying by program. For graduate certificate programs, students must show proof of completion of a degree or diploma program in a related field.

Communications Jobs and Salaries

Communications professionals are needed across many industries, from advertising and marketing firms to media, technology, government agencies, non-profit organizations and more. Possible roles that can be held with a communications credential include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Copywriter
  • Media Planner
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Event Planner
  • Media Sales Representative

Salaries are difficult to predict as they will vary by position and industry. As a guideline, entry-level salaries typically start between $30,000 and $35,000 per year, while high salaries in the industry can be upwards of $60,000 to $80,000 per year.

Ontario Colleges Offering Communications Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of communications programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details 911 Emergency and Call Centre Communications DURHAM OSHAWA CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

911 Emergency and Call Centre Communications


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: EMCC
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details 911 Emergency and Call Centre Communications DURHAM OSHAWA OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

911 Emergency and Call Centre Communications


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: EMCC
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Advertising and Marketing Communications GEORGIAN BARRIE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Advertising and Marketing Communications


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ADMC
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Bachelor of Digital Communications HUMBER LAKESHORE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Digital Communications


  • Program Length: 8 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: DC411
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Bachelor of Public Relations HUMBER LAKESHORE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Public Relations


  • Program Length: 8 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 22221
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Bachelor of Public Relations (Honours) (CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION) CONESTOGA DOON CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Public Relations (Honours) (CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION)


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1278C
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (BACH OF ARTS OR BACH OF SCIENCE) SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (BACH OF ARTS OR BACH OF SCIENCE)


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PCCIT
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: COLLABORATIVE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Emergency Telecommunications FANSHAWE LONDON CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Emergency Telecommunications


  • Program Length: 15 WEEKS
  • Program Code: EMT1
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Emergency Telecommunications FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Emergency Telecommunications


  • Program Length: 15 WEEKS
  • Program Code: EMT1
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Government Relations SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Government Relations


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: GRM
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Government Relations SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2017 - May Visit

Government Relations


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: GRM
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Government Relations (Co-op) SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Government Relations (Co-op)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: GRMC
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
Notes:

Show details Government Relations (Co-op) SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2017 - May Visit

Government Relations (Co-op)


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: GRMC
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Integrated Marketing Communications CONESTOGA DOON CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Integrated Marketing Communications


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1243
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Pre-Media DURHAM OSHAWA CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Pre-Media


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PRMD
  • Credential: CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Professional Writing ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Professional Writing


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 3001X01F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Professional Writing and Communications HUMBER LAKESHORE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Professional Writing and Communications


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PW511
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Public Relations ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0468X01F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Public Relations ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0468X01F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Public Relations CAMBRIAN BARRYDOWNE (SUDBURY) CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Public Relations


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: PRPG
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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