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Public Relations – Corporate Communications

Master practical and theoretical aspects of business communication.

Sheridan emphasizes the creative, critical and strategic skills prized by employers in corporate communications and public relations.

Making statements that matter

Can corporate communications be considered an art form? That's how Sheridan approaches the subject. It's a unique approach among business communications programs, and it produces student work that stands out. The courses in this program feature hands-on, project-based assignments. You'll be working for real-world clients, not just doing classroom exercises.

Hands-on, project-based assignments

  • Write persuasive and informative copy for internal and external publications, news releases, conference presentations, speeches and public service announcements.
  • Express yourself in a variety of public forums such as media interviews and news conferences.
  • Create websites, blogs, podcasts, video content, email blasts and other online communications.

Fast-track to employment

It takes less than a year to earn a Public Relations – Corporate Communications graduate certificate from Sheridan. You'll build a portfolio, get real-world experience and master both practical and theoretical aspects of business communications. You'll spend the last five weeks of the program in an onsite job placement, working with professionals.

Additional information

Sheridan not only emphasizes the critical, analytical and strategic skills prized by employers in corporate communications and public relations, it weaves social media and diversity communications into all aspects of tactical delivery. You'll do more than write catchy prose; you'll learn how to generate buzz, influence attitudes and motivate behaviour.

Sheridan students have taken top honours in the Canadian Public Relations Society's (Hamilton Chapter) Pinnacle Awards for excellence in Public Relations.

Additional skills provided by the program

  • Producing internal corporate communications plans and activities — the fastest-growing segment of the industry.
  • Preparing strategic plans, crisis responses, media campaigns, fundraising initiatives and other planning documents.
  • Developing strategic communication campaigns that integrate all of the above elements.

By year's end you'll have the skill set and the confidence to step directly into the workplace.

Classes for the Corporate Communications program are held at Sheridan's Trafalgar Road Campus, Oakville, Ontario.

  • Ontario College Graduate Certificate

    • Full-time
    • 1 yr (2 semesters)
    • Program code: PPRCC