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Certificate in
Media Writing Fundamentals

Students will receive a thorough overview of all the various forms of writing for the electronic media, including dramatic writing, commercial writing, and writing for factual programs. Practical assignments will be supported by theoretical material that provides fundamental instruction in dramatic theory and marketing theory, and will provide both a context and a critical lens through which students may view their written work.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M courses, including OAC English or Grade 12 U English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 70 percent or higher, or mature student status.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Admission Application

Students seeking admission to this program are required to complete an application for pre-approval. To obtain an application, click on Forms and Documents, or call 416.979.5035. Completed application forms along with all of the appropriate documentation should be taken to the Program Open House. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Students not wishing to complete the Certificate in Media Writing Fundamentals may take individual courses from the certificate program for general interest and the application process is not necessary.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of seven courses (two required courses plus five electives), with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

The order in which the required courses are taken should be considered carefully so as to meet the prerequisites for the desired elective courses.

CRTA 102   Broadcasting and Media Production:  Creative Processes
CRTA 212   Broadcasting and Media Production:  Media Writing

Electives (select five)

CDMP 125   Film Studies:  Fiction Screenwriting
CDMP 126   Film Studies:  Non-Fiction Screenwriting
CRTA 941   Broadcasting and Media Production:  Dramatic Writing
CRTA 942   Broadcasting and Media Production:  Advertising Copywriting
CRTA 943   Broadcasting and Media Production:  Comedy Writing
CRTA 944   Broadcasting and Media Production:  Writing for Animation
CRTA 945   Broadcasting and Media Production:  Writing for Factual and Reality Programs