Langara College’s Creative Arts and Industries one-year Publishing diploma program has changed its name to Digital and Print Publishing.
As a result of a comprehensive program review, the name change recommendation was made to Langara’s Education Council “to better reflect the breadth of the curriculum and employment opportunities gained by graduates of the program.” (Education Council Meeting, March 19, 2019)
Students starting the program starting in September 2019, will complete the diploma under the new Digital and Print Publishing designation while current students will have the choice to graduate under either program name.
Digital and Print Publishing is a one-year diploma program where students gain hands-on publishing experience by building a professional portfolio including online publishing, website creation, and a print publication with a readership of over 40,000.
Graduates of the program find careers as graphic designers, content strategists, communications officers, production artists, writers, book and magazine editors, web designers, online content managers, and social media coordinators.
Q&A with Digital and Print Publishing Program Coordinator, Josue Menjivar.
Why was there a need to change the program name?
Our program has always taught online publishing but by only having Publishing as the name, it appeared we were only print focused. International applicants also mentioned that they assumed Publishing was about book printing. After speaking with our advisory committee and contacting alumni via surveys, we decided on a name that reflects more of what we do.
What you are hoping the name change will accomplish?
We have an excellent program and by the name change, we aim to attract a wider range of students interested in design, typography, writing, editing, and coding.
What will be the benefit for the students graduating from this program?
The Digital & Print Publishing Program benefits the student by teaching so many transferable skills. We teach graphics software at a professional level, design theory and practice, writing and editing for publishing such as blogs and online articles, as well as web development, and content management. Our students come out of the program with job ready skills.
Pacific Rim Magazine is award-winning publication edited, written, illustrated, designed, and coded by Langara Digital and Print Publishing students. PRM is distributed each spring to subscribers of The Globe and Mail and has a readership of over 40,000.
Division Chair, Creative Arts