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Where Can I Study Communications in Beautiful British Columbia?


Human behaviours, social interactions, and other interpersonal patterns and trends are always evolving. The ways in which we make connections now are vastly different from the methods we used in the past, especially with technological advancements and the rise of social media. With something as vital as human interaction constantly changing, it’s important for there to be effective resources so we can stay educated on the changes in communications. For those of you studying in British Columbia who are interested in learning more about the field of communications and the areas of study surrounding communications, there are many institutions and programs for you to choose from.


Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Bachelor of Arts in Communications

SFU works very closely with both Langara and Douglas College; specifically, students from Langara who have graduated from the Journalism Program are given almost a full-year of credit at SFU through a pre-approved transfer. When transferring from either Langara or Douglas, students can enter SFU’s Bachelor of Arts in Communications which is within the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology. The discipline of communications specifically offers subject areas such as “Media and Culture, Technology and Society, and Political Economy and Policy.” (Simon Fraser University) Similarly to UBC, the Bachelor’s Degree program is four years long, unless students have obtained a previous transferable certificate or diploma, in which case the duration would be closer to two years long. SFU has also recently introduced their own Certificate in Digital Journalism program that is two years in length. If a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications sounds like something you would like to pursue, SFU’s website would be a valuable page to look into for more details.

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Langara College

Department of Journalism Certificate or Diploma

When looking into communications studies, one of the main routes to follow within communications is the path of journalism. Langara College offers a journalism program within their Department of Journalism that allows students to obtain a Journalism Diploma or Certificate. If students opt for a certificate, the duration of the program is one year, whereas a diploma is two years. The program gives students many different skills such as “in-depth research, creative and multi-platform storytelling, and knowledge of how the media industry works.” (Langara College) After students have received a certificate or diploma from Langara in the Journalism Department, their credits are transferable to other institutions so, if they wish, they can complete their Bachelor’s Degree elsewhere. If you’re interested in learning about the Journalism program at Langara and potentially transferring later on, take a look at Langara College’s website.

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Douglas College

Associate of Art’s Degree in Communications

Douglas College offers their own communications program that allows students to obtain their Associate of Arts Degree in Communications. The program is two years long and enhances students’ “writing, speaking, communication and interpersonal skills to help [them] excel in careers in communications, business, marketing, journalism, media and public relations.” (Douglas College) Furthermore, in most cases, an associate degree allows students to transfer directly into a third or fourth-year Bachelor’s Degree program at another university. For more information about the program and potentially transferring universities after having completed the Associate in Arts Degree, check out Douglas College’s website.

Transfer between institutions

Both colleges offer wonderful Journalism and Communications programs respectively, and they are very accommodating when it comes to transfers between institutions. Two specific institutions that work very closely with Langara and Douglas when it comes to transfers are the University of British Columbia, or UBC for short, and Simon Fraser University, also known as SFU.

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Digital equipment such as phones and tablet in video shooting position

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Bachelor’s Degree of Media Studies

UBC offers a Bachelor’s Degree of Media Studies in the Faculty of Arts that fits well with a previous Certificate or Diploma from either of the colleges I aforementioned. The program is four years long (or closer to two years long, if a previous certificate or diploma has been obtained) and draws on a number of different studies such as “Art History, Visual Art, English, and German critical media theory, Creative Writing, Journalism, Film Studies, Film Production, Information Studies, and Computer Science,” (University of British Columbia) so there is a number of opportunities for students with various different disciplines. If students wish to carry on with a Bachelor’s Degree of Media Studies at UBC, they can further pursue their Graduate studies with a Master’s Degree in Journalism. If this degree interests you, UBC’s website has more information about the program.

BC Transfer Guide

For all of the Colleges and Universities I have aforementioned, it’s important to make sure courses are applicable and transferable when considering a transfer. For students who are thinking about transferring between institutions, please check out our article on the BC Transfer Guide for more information on the complexities of transferring.

An Ever-Changing Discipline

Despite communications being an ever-changing field of study, it’s importance and relevance only grows as communication in society continues to evolve. British Columbia is blessed to have some wonderful institutions such as Langara and Douglas College that allow students to learn and pursue their education in many different fields with various different programs, so if you’re looking into post-secondary studies, I would encourage you to start your research with those two institutions. Thank you for reading, and happy communicating!

Sources: Langara College, Douglas College, UBC, SFU

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