Media Experience (MECP)
Available as a one-year program starting in September or January
- Program Code
One-year Ontario College Certificate
- Start Date
September and January entry
Find your career
A certificate in Media Experience will prepare you for further studies at Loyalist. Explore your options while learning skills that can be applied in your chosen diploma program:
- Art and Design Foundation
- Radio Broadcasting
- Film and TV Production
- Journalism and Communications
Is it for you?
This program is designed for students with an interest in media, arts and design, who may be:
- Recent high school graduates who are unsure what career path to follow.
- Mature applicants seeking a career change.
- Applicants who want to explore their choices before committing to a diploma program.
- College students looking for a change of program.
What faculty members say
“Photojournalism is like a loaf of bread and you can find your specialty slice, we expose students to all of it. Media Experience shows all the loaves of bread in the bakery. It allows students to get to know the faculty, experience what they’re going to be doing and gain confidence. It gives them a head start.”
Coordinator and Professor, Photojournalism
Get a hands-on, creative introduction to media that will lead you to a career you will love:
- Balance your time between the lab and the classroom, working on a range of media-based projects.
- Get practical experience in design, visual and oral storytelling, media writing and presentation.
- Observe, practise and implement new skills each week, sampling a buffet of media and design-related activities.
- Work with cutting-edge technology in Loyalist’s Digital Media Centre.
- Get hands-on practise with video recording, Photoshop and state-of-the-art editing equipment.
- Learn from industry guest speakers and faculty in various programs.
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Students build strong connections with professors who are committed to helping each student find their path.
- Media Experience faculty all still work in their industry and draw from a wide range of professional experience in radio, TV and video production, web design, art direction, magazine writing, digital art and illustration, commercial and voice acting, printmaking, sales and marketing.
- Through specialization, students also have access to the entire faculty in the School of Media, Arts + Design.
- First Year - Semester One
- MECP1005 Asked and Answered
- Prepare, analyze, be curious, listen and interpret: students develop solid techniques in the art of interviewing and asking questions. Whether following up on a source, learning about a new product or delivering a message, the ability to ask the right question at the right time and interpret the answer correctly is a trait that will be beneficial throughout a career in media.
- COMM1057 Communications 1
- Good communication abilities are essential, both in college and in business. Using a combination of lectures, exercises, group discussions and assignments, students in this course develop their written and verbal skills in order to express themselves with clarity and creativity.
- PHOT1000 Digital Photography
- Students are introduced to the basic elements and principles of photography while learning the processes of composition, framing and lighting. Software is introduced to teach editing and manipulation techniques. Skills are developed in portraiture, nature, architectural, industrial and artistic photographs, while photographic theory is contextualized by examining the work of important contemporary and historical photographers.
- ACCT1006 Financial Management
- Students examine the financial planning process beginning with an understanding of income, taxation and budgeting for short- and long-term goals. Investments and retirement strategies including estate planning will be covered.
- MECP1008 Search and Research
- Media students need to be able to research and find information quickly. This course sharpens students’ ability to find the resources they need to complete a variety of projects. Library materials, computer databases and primary research using observation and interview will be utilized, with accuracy and timeliness being the double focus.
- MECP1003 Visual Communications
- The impact of a still or moving image can remain with us, changing the way we view the world. This course mixes concrete technique with a sense of artistry. Students begin by working with still images and move into video production.
- RADB1021 Voice Development 1
- Announcing Techniques introduces the student to the use of the voice, the mechanics and anatomy involved in speech, and the development of good vocal habits and style. This course will demonstrate the techniques required to maintain clarity in speaking through correct articulation, pronunciation, vocal quality and effectiveness, and the importance of practice to improve vocal performance for radio broadcasting.
- MECP1006 What's Out There
- There is an array of career opportunities available in the media industry, including careers about which the general public is usually unaware. Students are encouraged to ask questions and join in discussions in order to focus their own career paths, both in their college experience and beyond, through shadowing one or more media programs at Loyalist College.
- First Year - Semester Two
- MECP1021 Community Connections
- Basic to a career in the media industry is an understanding of the community around us. Students connect with community leaders to gain insight into their surroundings and apply the lessons to their creative work.
- MECP1002 Computer Applications
- Convergence is the future of media and the computer is the vehicle that has enabled various media to work as one. Students demonstrate the ability to navigate through a variety of software, manage their files and create product that conforms to the criteria specific to a defined medium.
- MECP1001 Media Presentations
- At one time or another, everyone is faced with having to present an idea or issue to someone else. This, in fact, is a presentation. Starting with this basic concept, the presentations course focuses on the development of a practical toolkit that students can use whether they are pitching an idea for a commercial campaign, a new radio program, a news feature item or a photo story.
- MECP1000 Media Writing
- Effective writing is a fundamental attribute of any career in the media industry. Students write using a variety of styles and formats and target well defined audiences. Through projects, students will write for advertising, radio, television and online use.
- MECP1004 The Critical Mind
- Students explore a variety of media messages and define both the intent on the part of the source and the result to the audience or consumer. They will examine different and multiple ways to deliver messages and content. Students evaluate their own work to consider communication techniques and intention. They will move from being media literate to media savvy.
- MECP1022 The Learning Portfolio
- Students select an area of specialty and create a targeted portfolio. This should enhance students’ skill levels and increase the likelihood of their success in the program of their choice.
- MECP1023 The Media Experience
- Students explore career options in one field of media and connect with a representative of the industry to gain insight into the area of media that they will pursue.
*Courses subject to change.
Turn your certificate into a diploma
A certificate in Media Experience prepares students for diploma studies at Loyalist, with the potential to earn assignment or course exemptions. Seven weeks of one-on-one mentorship with a faculty advisor in your program of choice will give you a strong introduction to:
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2018 – 19)
- Domestic Tuition/Ancillary Fees: $4,322.54 (two semesters)
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, and
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
- Many jobs in the media, and some field placements, require a valid driver’s licence. Students are encouraged to get a driver’s licence and maintain a clean driving record.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
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