Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2010/2011)
5.12 Diploma in Professional Writing

Program Co-ordinator: TBA

5.12.1 Program Description

The Diploma in Professional Writing (DPW) aims to develop students’ skills in a variety of genres such as the report, feature article, satirical commentary, speech, song lyric and review. Students complete 24 credit hours in which they are introduced to professional writing as a process: they draft, revise and edit their work in preparation for publication in various media.

The 6 credit hour instructional field placement is completed in a professional situation, e.g., a division of the University, an arts organization, government or the media. Students also attend seminars on professional writing and submit journals about their work experience.

5.12.2 Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Diploma in Professional Writing should include a letter of application, a transcript (if the applicant is a student or a graduate of a university program), and a portfolio of work. Admission to the diploma is limited. The following are eligible to apply:

  1. students taking a Bachelor of Arts or another degree program;

  2. graduates of a Bachelor of Arts or another degree program; and

  3. individuals without a degree who wish to develop skills in writing and editing. Such applicants must meet the prerequisite requirements for the Diploma in Professional Writing courses.

5.12.3 Program of Study

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work, including:

  1. One of English 2010 or English 2020

  2. English 3910, English 3920, and English 4914

  3. One of English 3817, English 3911, English 3912, English 3913 and English 3914.

  4. One of English 3900, 3901, 3902, 3903, 4910, 4911, 4912, 4913.

  5. English 5200 (6 credit hours).

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