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
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: mid 80s.
  • English at 75%.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

2+2 Agreement: Journalism Diploma from Conestoga College

Students who have successfully completed Conestoga College's two-year Journalism Diploma with a 75% average or better will be eligible for admission into Laurier's Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Journalism program.

Block Transfer Credit Agreement: Journalism and Broadcast Television Diplomas

Graduates from a two-year Journalism diploma program or two-year Broadcast Television diploma program can apply as transfer students to Laurier’s Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Journalism program.

Learn more about our college transfer agreement.

Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

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, 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.

Similar Programs

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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"This program provides the opportunity to apply what you learn in class – on top of all the critical thinking skills you learn as well. This program teaches you how to tell stories in a compelling and truthful way, ask tough questions, think critically and properly use social media. You’re equipped with a backpack of skills employers are desperately seeking."

Chandler Berardi, Digital Media and Journalism graduate

"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.

"This is an amazing program! For anyone who is passionate about media, journalism and/or advocacy, this program provides the perfect blend of academic knowledge and practical skills."

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.