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Professional Communication Diploma PD Douglas College

Professional Communication Diploma PD Douglas College

Douglas College, Canada

About This Program

Pursue a career as a professional communicator in Canada.  This Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication of Douglas College is for undergraduate degree holders in any discipline.

You will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and other competencies to work in sectors including business, government, non-for-profit, and publishing.

After completing this program, you will be conferred a Post-Degree Diploma in Professional Communication.

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Course Delivery

This Professional Communication (Post-Degree Diploma) is offered at the New Westminster campus of Douglas College.  It is taught full-time for one year.

You will also participate in a professional experience (a job or project) that requires a significant amount of writing.

Please note that you will be responsible for your own transportation to complete co-op, externship, internship or practical lab requirements when these are included in a program.


You may check the following career opportunities, depending on your work experience and academic background:

  • Communication coordinators
  • Corporate communicators
  • Information officers
  • Public relations practitioners
  • Writers
  • Editors
  • Designer
  • Journalists.

Or, you may establish your own freelance practice as a writer, editor, or designer.

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Learning Outcomes

Once you have completed this program, you should be able to display the following competencies:

  • Writing in a variety of genres;
  • Editing both print and online documents;
  • Designing and producing documents using industry-standard software; and
  • Working on projects in teams and individually.

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Course Outline

All of the courses listed below have three credits.  To complete this Accounting Post-Degree Diploma program, you must pass 30 credits during your one year of study.

  • Required courses
    • CMNS 3000:  Communication Professions
    • CMNS 3900:  Professional Experience
    • CMNS 4000:  Professional Communication Portfolio
  • Select seven courses from the following thirteen options
    • CMNS 3100:  Language, Institutions and Power
    • CMNS 3102:  Language Studies for Professional Communication
    • CMNS 3103:  Research Report and Proposal Writing
    • CMNS 3200:  Professional Editing
    • CMNS 3316:  Conflict Resolution: Advanced Practices
    • CMNS 3400:  Document Design
    • CMNS 3401:  Visual Communication
    • CMNS 3500:  Technical Communication
    • CMNS 3501:  Writing for the Web
    • CMNS 3600:  Writing for Magazines and Trade Publications
    • CMNS 3700:  Public Relations Writing
    • CMNS 3800:  Special Topics in Professional Communication
    • CMNS 3901:  Directed Studies in Professional Communication

Course Info

Course Code : PDPCOM

College : Language, Literature & Performing Arts

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : Post-Degree Diploma

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Registration & Service Fee:  34
  • Base Tuition Fee:  8,700 (for 15 units)
  • Students' Union Fee :  62.40
  • Other Student Activity Fees:  47.70
  • U-Pass: 164

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what Douglas College expects will be your reasonable international fees.  Textbooks and mandatory health insurance have not been included
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Intake Dates :

There are three intakes per year:

  • Fall (usually September)
  • Winter (usually January)
  • Spring (usually May)

IVC however, accepts applications for an intake date up to 7 months before the start of classes.  This preparation period includes:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office of the college;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

The long period will also allow you sufficient time to:

  • Review for the English language proficiency exam;
  • Collate your documents;
  • Put together funds for the initial Tuition Fee payment and maintenance funds.

So be sure you apply early!  After all, you deserve the best professional service we can offer.

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of Douglas College.  You must comply with the following requirements:

  • You must be a graduate from a recognized degree granting post-secondary institution with a minimum 3-year bachelor degree; and
    • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 60% (or equivalent) during the bachelor degree program
  • You must also submit a letter of application and writing samples.
    • In the letter, you will describe your prior educational and work experience as well as explain how completion of the diploma program will help you meet academic and/or career objectives.
    • For the writing samples, you must select material (a combined total of 8–10 pages) that highlights your writing ability in at least three genres (for example, an academic essay, website copy, and a technical manual).
    • Electronic submission of the letter and writing samples (PDF format) is preferred.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT):  Overall score of 83, minimum 20 in all sections;
    • IELTS (Academic Module):  Overall score of 6.5, no band below 6.0.

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