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Technical Communication

Available: Fall

Program Description

The Technical Communication program is an intensive learning/work experience designed to prepare you for a career as a technical communicator (writer, editor, documentation specialist) in a variety of fields.

Upon graduation, you will be able to design, research, draft, edit and produce technical documents for a wide range of audiences and purposes.

The first semester of the program prepares you for the work placement which takes place in the Winter term. An integral component of the program, the work placement experience provides you with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in the first academic semester. In turn, you'll acquire on-the-job insight and learning which will be applied to projects during the second academic semester.

Working with the Work-Integrated Learning Co-ordinator, you'll arrange and ultimately benefit from a meaningful work placement with an employer committed to helping you meet your learning goals.

The second academic semester takes place in the Summer term and focuses on project development and the acquisition of advanced design and document management skills, as well as specialized work in various electronic media. Faculty are experienced teachers of technical writing and current practitioners in the field.



2 Semesters (1 Year)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Your Career

Specialize in technical communication with our short, intensive Technical Communication program. With the skills you'll learn in just two semesters, you could launch a career as a technical writer or designer for product-user documents, reference manuals, templates, online help files, web pages, instructional and procedural documents, and various marketing and organizational materials. Industries that currently employ these professionals include computer applications and development, banking and finance, telecommunications, engineering, health and nutrition, aerospace, manufacturing, and environment and resource management.

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment.  The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility.  Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.

Work-Integrated Learning Model
  Fall Winter Summer
Year 1 Semester 1 Work Term Semester 2

Related Careers

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • A recognized degree or three year post secondary diploma from an accredited institution; OR
  • Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with 3 to 5 years of documented work experience in a related field. Relevant references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the college level.

Applicant Selection

  • Applicants will be selected on the basis of their academic credentials, work record (if applicable) and attendance at a mandatory orientation session where a formal assessment of writing and reading skills will be administered. It is expected that applicants will be computer literate.
  • All applicants must complete a writing sample and computerized language test at the Seneca Newnham Campus.

The Importance of Learning Skills

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.

Program Costs

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Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Co-ordinator

Anna Parker 416.491.5050 ext. 33133

Program Chair

Beth Agnew 416.491.5050 ext. 33440

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network