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Public Relations

PRPDSchool of Creative Industries

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Flex / Full-time

Credential

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Duration

2 Semesters

Program Contacts

David Kilgour

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6208
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Program Overview

Your career in communications starts here.

Learn the ropes of the growing public relations industry through a combination of virtual courses, classroom workshops, and hands-on assignments. Set your own pace on a career path that leads to a management position in public relations delivered with flexibility that suits your lifestyle. Our PR program covers communication strategies, event management, media relations, digital marketing, social media, and more. 

You’ll explore a wide range of skills that include corporate communication, event planning and execution, strategic planning, writing for web, social media, print and broadcast media, and podcast production. Learn from industry professionals how organizations create and maintain engaging relationships with their publics. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Attend classes virtually or in-person 
  • Hands-on assignments and labs 
  • Gain real-world experience by planning and executing community events 
  • Develop social media skills and master digital marketing 
  • Learn how to create PR strategies across various platforms 
  • Cambrian is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Business Communicators 

Admissions

Admission requirements

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree program from an Ontario College or equivalent.

OR

Applicant must possess five years of work experience in a related field (or combination of education and work experience) as judged by the College to be equivalent. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their related experience and a cover letter outlining their competencies and preparedness for the program (any and all post-secondary transcripts must still be submitted).

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Program Delivery

Program delivery

2024-2025

Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year  

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
PRO 1132Public Relations Strategies I3
PRO 1133Digital Marketing3
PRO 1134Media Relations3
PRO 1130Event Planning & Theory3
COM 1161Communications Research3
PRO 1135Public Relations Writing I3
COM 1162Communications Design3
 Credits21
Semester 2
PRO 1143Personal Branding3
PRO 1142Public Relations Strategies II3
PRO 1145Public Relations Writing II3
PRO 1144PR Agency3
COM 1171Crisis Communications3
COM 1172Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility3
PRO 1140Event Production4
 Credits22
 Total Credits43
Note:

Part-time students will be provided with a pathway to complete this program on a part-time basis.

Fees

Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$7,036.30Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,608.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

Have you said, “school can wait another year”? Don’t sacrifice your future any longer – you can do it!

Whether it’s fear, financial reasons, or something else that is impacting your decision to start school, we’re here to listen to you and help in any way we can!

Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Creative Industries

Looking to further your craft and pursue a career where your creativity can lead to a fulfilling career? At Cambrian, a program in Creative Industries allows you to tap into your talents and develop skills that can allow you to pursue that ideal job. You’ll learn from industry professionals who have been able to create and succeed in the modern workplace.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates are prepared for positions in public relations and communications with a skill set that is relevant to many diverse fields in today’s economy. For example, thousands of public relations practitioners the world over contributed to crucial communications surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Graduates may choose to open their own agency or perhaps to work at a large corporation or a grassroots not-for-profit. There is a wealth of opportunity for communicators across all sectors in this growing industry. Graduates will find employment opportunities as:

  • Social media coordinator
  • Communications officer
  • Event manager
  • Marketing communications manager
  • Digital media specialist
  • Strategic communications planner
  • Publicist
  • Media relations manager
  • Content marketing manager
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Need a career coach?

Explore how this program can lead to a great career! Cambrian’s Career Coach platform is a user-friendly, online tool that provides up-to-date and comprehensive labour market data to help you explore career options, salary expectations for the Greater Sudbury region, and more!

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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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