Public Relations – Event Management
Available as a one-year program
"I knew that my undergrad degree alone would not get me far in the competitive field of international development; at Loyalist we applied that theory to hands-on, practical skills. Now I’m responsible for helping to provide compelling Canada-wide communications, so employees are more effectively informed and engaged to accomplish World Vision Canada’s goals, objectives and mission. I couldn’t be happier about where I am in my career and the opportunities I’ve been given to grow."
- Public Relations 2008
- Manager, Strategy and Internal Communications, World Vision Canada
"All the things that I learned and loved at Loyalist have been rolled into one great job in Tyendinaga. I’m using my rec and leisure, accounting and public relations skills. It’s funny because sometimes I wondered how I would use all the things that I was learning in class. Now I am definitely using them in my career. I realize how one program built upon the other, enabling me to gain the skills I needed for this position."
- Recreation and Leisure Services 2008, Accounting 2009
- Public Relations 2010
- Recreation Coordinator, Tyendinaga Township
"Loyalist prides itself on being an integral part of its students' graduate and career success. With a substantial list of university transfer agreements and financial support, the opportunities at Loyalist are boundless, which is what attracted me to make the move from Halifax. "
- Sports Journalism 2012
- Public Relations 2013
- Online Operations Coordinator, Basketball Nova Scotia
"I use what I learned in the Public Relations program in my job every day. I took away tangible skills and practical experience in planning and executing events that were the building blocks for my career development."
- Public Relations, 2012
- Event Coordination Manager, The Lavin Agency (Toronto)
"As an Account Coordinator, I am responsible for media monitoring, event management, crafting media lists, research and many unexpected tasks on a frequent basis. I have gotten to work on several great client accounts, from major health care and pharmaceutical companies to household names like Nestle Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart and the Heart & Stroke Foundation. "
- Public Relations 2013
- Account Coordinator, Environics Communications
"Loyalist PR gave me a well-rounded set of skills that benefit me on a daily basis. The program prepared me for writing for many different platforms and audiences. I also gained valuable skills in problem solving and event planning that have been very useful in my current position."
- Public Relations 2014
- Account Coordinator, Aerial Communications
"A year ago I was in full panic mode. I had just graduated from university, but didn’t have anything close to resembling a job opportunity in my field of study. One year later I have landed a job at a great company—a direct result of the Public Relations program at Loyalist."
- Public Relations 2013
- Research Associate, Ipsos Canada
"The Loyalist College Public Relations program built the foundation for my success as a large-scale event manager. This program teaches you how to create relationships, produce and execute marketing strategies and build tactical events from the ground up. The small class sizes, knowledgeable professors and hands-on experience through placements were all key factors in bringing my career dreams to fruition."
- Public Relations, 2008
- Alumni Relations Officer, Brock University
One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- Start Date
Note: The name of this program recently changed
Public Relations – Event Management – formerly Public Relations and Event Management
Find your career
People come to PR and event management from different backgrounds — from journalism and sociology to fitness and the non-profit sector. In just eight months, you’ll develop skills that will make you an asset in any industry:
- Graduates find dynamic opportunities working for government, hospitals, schools, businesses, advocacy groups and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), as well as public relations firms.
- You could work as a PR specialist, event manager, fundraiser, media relations specialist, public affairs expert, publicist, or campaign manager.
- Many jobs offer extensive opportunities for travel.
- Entry-level jobs include producing digital media packages, media monitoring, organizing interviews and news conferences, creating visual presentations and planning special events.
- Average entry-level salaries for Ontario graduates range from $40,000 to $44,999* and vary depending on the sector and location. Many graduates in urban centres earn more than $100,000.
*Source: Employment Profile Provincial Report, Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
Our grads get great jobs
- Manager, Event Coordination, The Lavin Agency (Toronto)
- Senior Media Relations Manager, Toronto FC
- Special Events Coordinator, Brock University Alumni Relations Office
- Marketing Coordinator, Shorelines Casino (Belleville)
- Event Management and Communications Coordinator, Albert College
- Special Events Coordinator, Municipality of Port Hope
- Communications Coordinator, Quinte Conservation (Quinte West)
- Marketing & Communications Officer, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corp. (Ottawa)
- Communications Officer, Smith School of Business, Queen's University
Is it for you?
No matter what kind of background and education you bring to the program, you can build on it for a successful career in PR. Strong candidates for this program possess:
- Excellent communication skills
- Good judgment
- The ability to multitask
- An enthusiasm for motivating others
What employers say
“I have been working with the Loyalist PR program for several years as both a placement supervisor and an employer of a recent graduate. The students were bright, outgoing and prepared. The program is polished and professional and well thought out. My last placement student was so skilled that I hired him!"
Communications Manager, Quinte Conservation
No textbooks! Students enjoy a combination of project-based learning and hands-on experience that goes beyond the classroom. In this intensive, eight-month program you will:
- Learn from guest speakers in the industry.
- Develop a solid portfolio of relevant workplace skills.
- Participate in a speed-mentoring event and micro-networking session.
- Meet with industry professionals and PR agencies in Toronto.
- Stage a mock disaster during Crisis Communications Week.
- Plan and host special events such as concerts and wine tastings in neighbouring Prince Edward County.
- Write clear, targeted communications materials that deliver your message persuasively.
- Build relationships with media and stakeholders, plan special events, market for corporate and non-profit, deliver compelling presentations, prepare for media interviews and handle crisis situations.
- Use new media, social media and graphics creation to promote your message.
Finish your studies with a four-week field placement, applying your learning on the job. Our students have completed placements with:
- Government agencies
- Toronto International Film Festival
- Toronto Argonauts football team
- Canadian Wildlife Federation
- World Vision Canada
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- First Year - Semester One
- PROM1002 Fundraising Fundamentals
- Current economic realities require organizations of all shapes and sizes to compete for a limited number of donor dollars. This course examines the close, and often challenging, relationship between fundraisers and public relations professionals. Students are introduced to the principles of effective fundraising, campaign planning and development, case statement writing, volunteer recruitment and management, special events, corporate partnerships and the codes of conduct governing fundraising.
- PROM1000 Introduction to Public Relations
- This course is designed to advance the student’s knowledge of the origins, philosophy and practice of public relations, and to provide an understanding of the evolving role of the PR practitioner. This course explores a number of integrated public relations approaches (including employee, media, investor and community relations), and explains their significance in achieving overall communication objectives.
- PROM1011 Media Presentations 1
- Using a variety of multimedia resources, this course guides students in the delivery of a series of informative and engaging presentations. This course emphasizes the importance of effective verbal, non-verbal and para-verbal communication, and provides practical opportunities for student application of individual and group presentation skills both inside and outside the classroom.
- PROM1003 PR Case Studies 1
- One of the best ways to learn about public relations is by studying notable cases within the profession. This course allows students to research and analyze a selected series of public relations case histories from the private sector, while applying value-added skills such as critical thinking, strategic planning, problem solving and issues-based management.
- PROM1004 Public Relations Writing 1
- Solid writing and editing skills are at the core of a PR professional's success. This course guides you in writing for a variety of select audiences. Course materials focus on developing strong brand messaging, pitching the media effectively and developing compelling brand journalism tools. Using Canadian Press (CP) style, you will learn to apply your knowledge to create a number of key PR writing tools such as news releases, feature articles, web copy, video scripts, media kits, blogs, social media messaging and more.
- PROM1001 Visual Storytelling 1
- This course introduces you to desktop publishing for communications. The focus of study is on the underlying principles of design and the techniques for putting them into action. Practical application includes personal branding packages, corporate branding work and alternative media design.
- First Year - Semester Two
- PROM1008 Event Management
Event management is an important adjunct to public relations and a key tool to leveraging promotional efforts. This course covers the important rationale and logistics of planning, coordinating and staging an event, whether a community festival, corporate, sports, non-profit or fundraising activity. You will gain hands-on experience by planning, executing and evaluating two community-based events.
Co-requisite: PROM 1006, PROM 1007
- PROM1013 Field Placement
The Public Relations Field Placement connects you with off-campus professionals who challenge you to hone your skills in such areas as PR writing, campaign creation, strategic analysis, communications planning and measurement. You will be responsible for locating and organizing your own four-week work placement with the support of the program's placement advisor. The nature of the placement and responsibilities must be approved by the program coordinator.
Prerequisite: PROM 1000, PROM 1001, PROM 1002, PROM 1003, PROM 1004, PROM 1011
- PROM1007 Media Presentation Skills & Interviewing
The public relations specialist is often the point person for media interviews, acting as a frequent spokesperson for internal and external media outlets. In this course, you will learn how to prepare for media interviews, how to deliver key messages effectively and how to handle crisis situations.
Prerequisite: PROM 1011
Co-requisite: PROM 1006, PROM 1008
- PROF1027 Professional Portfolio
- As as student you will be supported through building a professional digital portfolio and preparing for their work placement. You will identify your own strengths and weaknesses and create a plan to succeed during their time participating in their internship. You will be introduced to best practices in the work place so you are fully prepared for the experience.
- PROM1009 Public Relations Case Studies 2
This course guides you in researching and analyzing a selection of public relations cases from the public sector, while refining skills in strategic planning and analysis, problem solving and issues-based management.
Prerequisite: PROM 1003
Co-requisite: PROM 1006, PROM 1007
- PROM1005 Public Relations Techniques
This course focuses on the application of public relations theory and principles. You will be guided in the application of PR skills such as audience identification, qualitative and quantitative research, strategic planning and measurement to a variety of client projects. Team-building and leadership skills are also emphasized in this course.
Prerequisite: PROM 1000
Co-requisite: PROM 1007, PROM 1008, PROM 1009, PROM 1010
- PROM1010 Public Relations Writing 2
Building on an existing knowledge of writing for public relations, this course guides you in producing a variety of online and print writing samples for select clients. This course directs you in writing query letters and feature articles for publication in local media. You will demonstrate skill and understanding in creating, adapting and uploading written content on a template-based website, with attention and care to elements such as SEO, headings and sub headings as well as appropriate use of hyperlinks in copy.
Prerequisite: PROM 1004
Co-requisite: PROM 1006, PROM 1007
- PROM1006 Visual Storytelling 2
In this course, you will be faced with industry-related design challenges and will apply advanced visual communication problem-solving for event promotion, personal branding and corporate communications. Using current workplace software, you will build on foundational knowledge and expand on your skills in page layout and design for public relations. You will have a comprehensive understanding of fundamental design principles, be able to explain, create, edit and save effective visual elements, used to support written messaging and overall branding. You will effectively use appropriate software to design the visual elements of a marketing or communications campaign (Canva, Adobe Spark, Adobe Creative Suite – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign).
Prerequisite: PROM 1001
Co-requisite: PROM 1005, PROM 1007, PROM 1008, PROM 1009
*Courses subject to change.
Turn your certificate into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your post-graduate studies at Loyalist College. The following is a list of agreements that are currently in place. There are many more options, and new agreements are added annually. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements. Click here for more information about university transfer agreements.
- Athabasca University – Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2023 – 24)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,308
- Total: $4,030.08
- Additional Program Costs: $228
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc.
*Fees related to programs that are less than or greater than two semesters will be adjusted accordingly. Fees are subject to change. Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist College 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
- A diploma or degree from a recognized college or university.
- Applicants with significant related work experience will be considered for entry based on a review of their demonstrated competencies and academic credentials.
- Computer literacy as it relates to online communication.
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.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
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