Gain a thorough overview of the various forms of writing for the electronic media, including dramatic writing, commercial writing, and writing for factual programs. Develop an introductory portfolio of written material, including broadcast news, commercials, and television scripts.

Drawing on curriculum from Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media, these professional courses are designed for students interested in pursuing or advancing their careers in communications and electronic media.

This program offers the following benefits:

  • Take a mix of online and in-class courses
  • Take Ryerson degree-credit courses
  • Get assistance to help pay for this program through OSAP
  • Apply for merit-based awards

What Will You Learn?

Learn from broadcasting industry leaders and gain hands-on experience at Ryerson University’s state-of-the-art Rogers Communications Centre. Whether you are just starting out in broadcast media or want to refresh your skills, this certificate program has practical courses for you.

Assignments are 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 you may view your written work.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You may be interested if you:

  • want to pursue entry-level careers in broadcasting, communications, and media
  • are a student who wants to supplement your previous theoretical education with hands-on learning experiences
  • are a professional who wants to gain additional credentials to broaden your skill set

The program draws students from diverse backgrounds and with differing levels of professional development. Some students are just getting started in broadcasting and communications, while others are established professionals looking to shift their career path or enhance their resumé and portfolio with new skills.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors are a mix of faculty members from Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media and professionals currently working in fields such as television and film, radio, and communications. Experienced and in-touch, Chang School instructors bring up-to-date knowledge to every course.


Industry and Careers

Radio and television arts (RTA) is a broad-ranging field including production, reporting, script writing, programming, management, advertising, and sales for broadcasting, communications, and media. Practical, hands-on education is the best way to gain relevant experience that will help you open doors to a new career path, or acquire new skills to apply to your current career in the broadcasting industry.

The Chang School offers you a university-level foundation certificate in media writing. Common certificate graduate career choices include the following:

  • scriptwriter
  • freelance professional
  • other entry-level positions in media writing

The Chang School is located in downtown Toronto, one of Canada’s most important broadcast centres. This certificate capitalizes on Ryerson University’s esteemed RTA faculty and expertise.

Certificate Requirements

  • 2 required courses
  • 5 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Recommended Course Sequence

Pay attention to course prerequisites when enrolling in courses. As long as you meet the individual course prerequisite requirements, you can take courses in the order that best suits your interests and schedule.

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits (including OAC English or Grade 12 U English (ENG4U))
    • With a minimum average of 70 percent


  • Mature student status



Why Register for the Certificate?

Completion of our Certificate in Media Writing Fundamentals adds value to you! Here are some great reasons to pursue your certificate:

  • Build a comprehensive base of practical, real-world knowledge and skills.
  • Earn a well-respected credential that carries significant weight in this industry.
  • Develop professional connections through your fellow students, expert instructors, and other industry specialists.
  • Make your education a priority, complete a full program of study, and enjoy the reward of achieving a milestone goal.

Awards and Financial Aid




Frequently Asked Questions

What is radio and television arts (RTA)?
Radio and television arts (RTA) is the field encompassing broadcasting, communications, and media activities. This includes radio, television, and digital media. This certificate program offers a university-level foundation in media writing.

How long will it take me to complete the certificate?
How long it takes you to complete the curriculum requirements will depend on how many courses you take per term. To graduate, you must successfully complete the certificate requirements within six years from the time you were first admitted into the program.

Can I get credit for courses that I took at other universities or colleges or for my professional work experience?
Yes. There is an Advanced Standing policy at Ryerson University that allows course credit to be granted. If the course content is similar and the grade achieved meets the required standard, or if professional work experience is similar to specific course content, course credit may be given. Up to 50 percent of the course requirements for the certificate may be gained through Advanced Standing. In the case of professional work experience, a challenge exam may be required. To discuss Advanced Standing, please contact the Academic Coordinator, Michael Coutanche, at

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Michael Coutanche, Academic Coordinator.

Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 7009


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