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Bachelor of Professional Arts Communication Studies
Athabasca University is a leader in open, online and distance education, serving over 40,000 students a year from across Canada and 90 countries around the world. AU’s academic programs and research activities are distributed among five faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Business, Health Disciplines and Graduate Studies, and the university offers over 850 courses in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree, diploma and certificate programs. Anyone 16 or older is eligible for admission to undergraduate study, regardless of previous educational experience. AU courses are offered through two modes of delivery: individualized study and grouped study. Students can start individualized study courses on the first day of any month and establish their own work schedule within the time allowed to complete a course (six to 12 months). They are assigned a tutor for the duration of the course. Individualized study courses are supported by learning packages (learning materials and resources delivered online or in print). The amount of online activity varies from course to course, but AU is in the process of transferring all courses to the Moodle online delivery platform. Grouped study courses follow a traditional university schedule and engage students as part of a program cohort. Undergraduate grouped study courses are usually delivered in classrooms at collaborating institutions such as public colleges, hospitals or aboriginal learning centres. Most graduate courses are offered online using a grouped study format. Many students enrolled at other post-secondary institutions take AU courses to help them complete their degrees, transferring the credits earned to their home institution. Still others take individual courses out of personal interest or for professional development. Distance education through AU allows students to tailor a program to suit their needs and interests while maintaining their involvement in other personal, professional or community commitments.
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Program Type Bachelors
Credential Type Degree
Length 4 Years
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning Only
The BPA Communication Studies major is available to:
- graduates of an approved two- or three-year communications-related diploma (e.g., public relations, advertising, journalism, multi-media, broadcasting, library and information studies, and marketing);
- graduates of a previous undergraduate university degree in an unrelated discipline (with at least one year of professional practice relevant to the Communications Studies major); or,
- students with a minimum of two years of university-level coursework (with at least one year of professional practice relevant to the Communications Studies major).
Coursework and credentials must have been obtained from a college, university, or institute of technology approved by Athabasca University.
Courses are designed for self-study at home, in the workplace or wherever a student chooses to work. Course materials and resources are provided online or in print form. Students interact with their professors, tutors, classmates (in grouped study courses) and student services providers through computer-mediated communication or by telephone.
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2017/08/01 to 2018/07/31*.
Tuition $6,670.00 Year One
Mandatory Fees N/A Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments N/A Year One
* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.
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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available
Updated May 10, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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