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Media Studies and Professional Communication Diploma Media Studies and Professional Communication

Red Deer College

Red Deer College
The Media Studies and Professional Communication Diploma program (MSPC) will be the only locally delivered professional communication credential in the Central Alberta Region, a region of over 300,000 people. Offering a balance of liberal arts education in media studies and workplace skills training in professional communication, this credential will prepare graduates for a wide range of employment settings in an evolving field and a rapidly changing media landscape. Most existing diploma programs in Alberta in the field of professional communication prepare graduates for jobs in specific areas such as broadcasting or graphic design. The Media Studies and Professional Communication Diploma, with its combination of academic study and practical application (through a required practicum), will give students the critical thinking abilities that equip them with transferable skills to communicate effectively in a variety of employment situations. Graduates will have both a marketable, employment-ready diploma that will help them find work in corporate, government, and not-for-profit settings, and an established pathway to continue their studies in a bachelor's degree in communication studies or a related discipline. The required practicum component will benefit graduates by giving them relevant and recent experience to leverage into future employment. Local organizations will also benefit from the opportunity to have practicum students assist them with various communications tasks. A focus on applied learning and community service learning will provide students with career-ready skills and will connect them with the local business community. Part-time instructors who work in the field will create another opportunity for students to learn the most current practices in the industry.

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Red Deer College
100 College Boulevard
Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta, T4N5H5, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Minimum 50% in ELA 30-1 and 50% in one 30-level course from Group A or C. OR One year of full-time post-secondary study (minimum 24 credits) with a minimum GPA of 2.0


Note 1: Students admitted to the program based on successful completion of one year of full-time academic study at the post-secondary level, but without ELA 30-1 or equivalent, will need to complete English upgrading during their first year of admission. As a result, it may take longer than four terms of full-time study to complete the MSPC diploma.


Note 2: Students intending to transfer to a university program are advised to ensure they have met the entrance requirements for that program (e.g. ELA 30-1, Social Studies 30, etc.) before taking the university transfer courses that are part of the MSPC program. Students may choose to take the 30-level requirements while completing the requirements of the MSPC diploma program, though as a result, it may take longer than four terms of full-time study to complete the diploma.


Note 3: In addition to the program admission requirements, applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency. Refer to the Admission section of the Academic Calendar for further information.


Other Requirements:

Note: Government requires people who work directly with young children to have a current immunization record and a Police Information Check. While not an admission requirement for the program, some practicum agencies and field placements may require Police Information Checks of students working in their organizations. Information about obtaining Police Information Checks will be provided to students after they have been admitted to the program. Some programs may require medical examinations, as well.


Note: Students with Study Permits that are admitted to a program that has a practicum or clinical placement in childcare, primary/secondary school teaching or health service field occupations must complete their Medical Authorization as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada one month prior to the start of classes.

Application Deadline
Applications open October 1st of each year for the following September.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated April 08, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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