February 23, 2021

Belleville, Ontario, February 23, 2021 – Building on its legacy as a national leader in media studies for more than 50 years, Loyalist College has launched three leading-edge content creation programs:

“Streaming has unleashed unprecedented demands for new and niche content as individuals consume more media than ever before on a variety of platforms, such as Netflix, Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and Crave,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President and CEO. “With ongoing social distancing measures, appetite for original content continues to grow, spawning exciting new careers and entrepreneurial opportunities. To capitalize on the digital disruptions, our media students will harness emerging technologies and explore human experience platforms through hands-on learning and exciting field placements. They will pioneer the ever-evolving media industry, continuing the journey of award-winning alumni whose critically acclaimed videos, images, articles and podcasts have informed the ways in which we understand and respond to the issues of our time.”

The two new diploma programs share a common first year with the Photojournalism and Radio programs. They expand the College’s suite of several media industry-driven programs, including Animation & Game Development, Advertising & Marketing Communications – Creative Design, and Public Relations – Event Management. Applications are currently being accepted for September 2021.

“I strongly believe that the broad range of education offered at Loyalist College allows for building a very strong foundation,” said Loyalist alumna Jessica Pearce, Visual Effects Editor and Post Production Asset Manager for films such as Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Episode VIII), Alita: Battle Angel, and TV series including The Mandalorian. “Whether you want to be in front, or behind the action – these programs offer you everything you need to make it in today’s ever-changing media industry. The programs and professors help you find your passion and calling. They work with you to make sure you are learning the necessary skills, tools, and techniques that can carry you forward into a successful career.”

Students will gain hands-on experiences in the College’s Digital Media Centre, an all-platform newsroom, featuring video editing suites, a television studio, interview booths, audio production booths and meeting rooms. In the common first year, students in the four diploma programs will learn alongside each other, gaining cross-platform content creation skills in audio, visual, digital, and print while learning how to succeed in industry or as entrepreneurs.

Advanced Filmmaking – Digital Content Creation
One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate

This program is designed to take filmmaking skills to the next level through contemporary digital content and interactive storytelling techniques to create productions for a range of audiences. Through integrated crew work, students will develop advanced skills in the pre-production, production and post-production phases of content creation. For those who have freelance or entrepreneurial aspirations or who want to work in the entertainment industry or with a media agency, Loyalist College faculty have extensive industry connections to help students secure a four-week placement of their choice.

Broadcasting – Television, Filmmaking & Digital Content Creation
Two-Year Ontario College Diploma

In this hands-on program, students will learn a full spectrum of skills ranging from television production and digital filmmaking to web streaming and interactive content creation. They will create engaging content and deliver it through any medium. In providing access to digital cameras, audio, lighting and grip equipment, Loyalist College enables students to tell stories with impressive production values and create meaningful work for their portfolios.

Journalism – Communications
Two-Year Ontario College Diploma

The face of journalism and information is changing as fast as new events occur, but good storytelling, solid research and creative content development remain essential. Journalists, communications professionals and content creators adapt to new means of delivering information through a range of platforms while telling stories which resonate with the communities they serve. Students earn a competitive edge with reporting, writing and editing skills for online, television, radio and print within this ever-evolving industry.

Interested in applying to Loyalist College? Email before March 14, 2021 to receive a free $95 application voucher.

About Loyalist College
Ranked one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges and #1  in the country for industry research income as a percentage of total research income, Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. As Ontario’s Destination College, the College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Of 2017-18 Loyalist graduates, 88.5 percent were employed within six months after graduation. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist College offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 3.7 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $382 million annually to the regional economy – based on a March 2020 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit

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Contact: Kerry Lorimer, Director, Marketing, Communications and Recruitment
Loyalist College,, 613-969-1913, ext. 2536