Algonquin College

Professional Writing

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Program Information

School:Algonquin College
Faculty:School of Media and Design (Ottawa)
Field of Study:English Technical and Business Writing
Description:This two-year Ontario College Diploma program provides students with the broad base of skills and knowledge required to begin careers as professional writers. Students learn to research, write and edit for print and the Internet in a wide variety of formats. The courses are designed so that students gain an understanding of how professional writers change their voice depending on the context in which they are writing. Students also acquire the necessary skills to write independently and collaboratively in freelance and organizational settings.

Students learn from professionals from a variety of writing fields. Students have the opportunity to experience a field placement or explore topics of interest in a project-based course.
URL:Professional Writing at Algonquin College
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $1,513
International: $6,090
Careers:Authors and WritersTechnical Writers

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Direct entry into second year: Applicants with a degree in a field that demands a high level of writing (e.g. English literature, Creative Writing, History, Journalism, Political Science), may enter directly to the second year of the program. Holders of other degree types may be asked to complete an eligibility test. During the Fall semester, direct-entry students receive three hours of coaching per week to review material from Level One and Level Two. Applicants should contact the coordinator directly for more information.

Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based)

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on June 26, 2018

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