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Advertising and Marketing Communications (AMC) Management

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0763 | Open for International Students
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Overview

There are few careers as exciting, creative, and uniquely challenging as Advertising. We train students to deeply understand the consumer psyche and develop marketing communications messages that reach and influence target consumers. Are you a “people person”? Do you love digital media and all things online? Are you a strong communicator who likes ideas, persuasion and the creative side of business? Advertising may be for you. Read on…

This program includes amazing experiential learning opportunities and small class sizes that prepare students for an exciting career in advertising and marketing communications, where there are labour shortages in major markets. This means a wealth of job opportunities!

Our Learning Extends Past the Classroom:

  • FUSE Mentorship Program
  • Student-run AD agency
  • Community client work
  • Case competitions
  • Career matching
  • Greg awards
  • Degree completion
  • International Exchange options
  • Disney internship

Your skills will be developed in an Apple-based communications center with access to the latest industry software including MAC OS applications, Final Cut Pro digital video editing software, Microsoft Office for Mac, and the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications.

Program Details

Code 0763
Start Date September
Credential Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Campus Kingston
Program Length 3 Years
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students

Program Highlights

You will be exposed to and practice the complete realm of advertising communications: creative planning and media buying, direct response and digital advertising, content development including blogging and video production. You will prepare advertising campaigns for real clients that embrace all elements of communications. You will learn how to evaluate and recommend various marketing communications solutions to resolve business problems. Additional hands-on practical experience is gained from our innovative student-run Ad agency (6th semester) where students assume agency staff roles and devise integrated campaigns to meet client needs.

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Program Outline

2020-2021

COMM 34 provides instruction and practice in college and workplace communication skills with an emphasis on the development of strategies to organize and express ideas in a clear and professional manner suitable to a variety of audiences. Course work also provides opportunities for the development of writing, grammar, research, citation, analytical, reading, and listening skills.

Entering a new environment presents challenges as we transition to a new set of values and expectations within a new organizational culture. This course is designed to examine the process of adjustment and to equip students with strategies for making successful transitions.

This course provides students with a sound grounding in the field of marketing. Emphasis is placed on the formulation and management of integrated marketing strategies that play a role in achieving organizational objectives. Students will examine the role of marketing in society and will develop an enhanced awareness of the marketing process. This course examines the consumer market for goods and services and then proceeds to examine the major decision areas of marketing: identifying and selecting targets; product; price; distribution; and marketing communications.

This is the first, in a series of courses, which will provide you with the computer skills to be effective in marketing communications. You will learn the Mac OS and some of the Apple apps that help you create video, audio and other functions that help produce content. You will create persuasive presentations using MS PowerPoint, build budget sheets with MS Excel and fine tune your report writing using MS word. You will be introduced to Vector drawings through Adobe Photoshop. (Next term you will learn about bitmap images through Adobe Photoshop.) You will create your own bldg through WordPress, thereby giving you a professional presence on the web. As a basis for all your communications with your faculty and fellow students, and with future employers, you will use a PIM (Personal Information Manager) to manage your contacts,send and receive email, and organize and manage your time (keeping track of test dates, assignment deadlines etc).

This course examines the role, influence and importance of media today and the ways in which the various media can shape the thinking of the various segments of societies. Students will examine how each type of media and the elements in marketing communications blend together to produce the cultures in which we live. Assignments will require that students use critical-thinking skills to analyse and interpret the many messages of the information age.

This course introduces students to the world of marketing communications and the various components of the marketing communications mix. The course will show the relationships between the various forms of communications and how an organization uses them individually and collectively to resolve business problems. Businesses today are searching for integrated solutions, hence the need for coordinated planning of all forms of marketing communications.

This course introduces the concepts and theories of leadership to help students develop the skills essential to becoming leaders in the workplace, the community and in society. Course content focuses on self-managed leadership and explores related innovation, communication, problem-solving, group dynamics, empowerment, and conflict management concepts. By way of practical exercises, students are encouraged to examine systematically their own leadership potential.

Prerequisite(s): HUMA 53

This course covers the basic requirements for the development of visual communication materials in the advertising and marketing industry. The course's main goal is to nurture creative thinking combined with visual communication skills by utilizing tools such as Adobe Photoshop. At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to think creatively and objectively to achieve goals of clients via marketing materials and produce printed and digital creative materials that will be evaluated by real clients. 

Prerequisite: MCOM1

This course is designed to improve your communication skills in the field of marketing communications. You will learn how to read and write creatively. Reading and writing creatively will help prepare you to write advertising copy, news releases, reports, as well as scripts for broadcast or video productions. You will learn how to research topics through traditional means by searching the Internet. To succeed in this course you will need an open mind, positive attitude, willingness to change, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

Prerequisite: COMM34

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the advertising industry and the role that advertising plays in achieving marketing and business objectives. Key topics that are discussed include client-agency relations, fundamentals of strategic planning, creative planning, media planning, and advertising research. Core advertising concepts are covered by lecture and discussion, assignments, a major term project, and student presentations.

MCOM 14 Creative Development for Print and Broadcast provides the student with the skills to create marketing communications (marcom) for both Print and Broadcast media. The fundamentals of copywriting and layout techniques for Print are explored as well as script writing and production for Broadcast. The building of marcom themes and slogans are explored as well as creative thinking and creative planning. Student teams will develop a series of marcom materials, based on a creative brief and ad plan, for a client.

Prerequisite: MCOM13

Consumer behaviour is a discipline that looks at why people and organizations buy goods and services, when and where they buy them, how they use them, the frequency with which they purchase them and the decision-making processes they follow. This component of the field of marketing derives its theory and application from disciplines such as communications, psychology, sociology, cultural anthropology, and economics to describe and understand how customers, both individuals and organizations, are likely to behave.

Upon completion of this course you will be better prepared to predict customer actions, determine the needs of target markets, and understand how not only consumers but also businesses, governments, and not-for-profits make choices in the market place. In addition, this course will cover both domestic and international markets and includes significant discussion of on-line customer behaviour and the impact of the Internet on market behaviour.

This practical course will introduce you to electronic publishing and the development of marketing materials for traditional and social media marketing. You will use Adobe Creative Suite software for layout (InDesign), vector drawing (Illustrator) and photo-manipulation (Photoshop) to create effective printed marketing communications pieces. You will build on the skills learned in the prerequisite course MCOM2 and apply them using the publishing tools presented. The objectives of the course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the process of developing, managing and planning marketing campaigns with clients, as well as the principles and practice of electronic publishing. 

Prerequisite: MCOM2

The course introduces students to the strategic planning process for media campaigns that are designed to meet organizational objectives. Students will learn the steps involved in building a media strategy and how to assess relevant information about the strengths and weaknesses of each medium. Students will also develop their persuasive communication skills in order to confidently "sell" a media plan or sales package in report and presentation formats.

This course is designed to help students to develop, practice, and apply oral and written communication skills necessary for a successful career search. A major component of this course will be the development of professional career-search materials and presentation skills necessary to promote a student-generated career portfolio for examination by a prospective employer.

Students will use these materials and techniques to apply for jobs/placements in their field. In addition, students will gain greater self-awareness by engaging in personal development activities and will develop an understanding of the changing nature of work and the economy.

This course will cover conventional and digital elements of direct marketing management, including list management, fulfillment, creative strategy and execution, testing, and calculating the expected profitability of the direct marketing campaign utilizing a variety of interactive strategies to entice consumer conversion.

This course provides students with knowledge of essential research techniques applicable to communications and marketing problem solving. Both secondary and primary research techniques are studied and applied in a practical research project. Media research data from a variety of industry sources is also studied.

Prerequisite: MCOM19

This course will integrate key business concepts and practices to give the student an appreciation of the diversity of roles that must function together for an organization to be successful. The essential skills required for effective interaction and decision-making will comprise the bulk of the course.  Key topic areas include:  management principles and practices, ethics and social responsibility, organizational strategy, motivation and leadership, information technology, and accounting and financial management. Students will also be exposed to the attributes, skills, tools and knowledge that are required to become a successful entrepreneur or to function in an entrepreneurial type of organization. Core competencies to be explored include evaluating business opportunities, developing a business plan and sourcing financial alternatives. 
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore, specialize, and become certified in an area of digital marketing practice in a self-directed manner, with one on one guidance and support from a faculty mentor. Students work with faculty to identify marketing practice(s) in which they want to develop a deeper understanding and competence. This course provides students with additional knowledge, skills, and expertise in the area(s) of digital marketing, which are in-demand by employers.

Social Media Marketing (SMM) is not just about networking through social channels. SMM is about developing marketing communications strategies that achieve marketing goals, through social media channels. MCOM42 will explore the many social channels and suggest ways in which these social media outlets can be used to engage audiences, and integrate with traditional media, to persuade consumers to buy.

Students will learn the basics of visual communication used in the production of video for a wide variety of formats and end uses. Classes will be in a laboratory and studio setting using professional video production equipment. Technical skills include camera basics, lighting, audio production, linear and non-linear editing.

Field placement provides the student the opportunity to work with practitioners in advertising and/or public relations so that they may familiarize themselves with the realities of the workplace in this field. Students will demonstrate resourcefulness and initiative in uncovering opportunities and, working with their faculty supervisor, secure a work placement suitable for their skills and abilities.
Prerequisite: 4th Semester APR student ready for graduation

This course is designed to teach students how to apply critical thinking concepts to ethical problems. Initially, students learn various aspects of critical thinking and evolve form the knowing stage of critical thinking to the evaluation stage of critical thinking. Students also have an opportunity to explore the ethical process and are exposed to the philosophical aspects of ethical reasoning and progress towards problem solving strategies in relation to controversial issues.

This course examines the role and nature of sales promotion strategies and event marketing in the context of integrated marketing communications (IMC) planning and execution.  Students learn about the strategies and tactics used at both business-to-business and business-to-consumer trade shows and how to apply the key principles of project management when organizing or participating in event marketing. 

This course introduces students to the world of public relations/corporate communications and its important role in the marketing communications mix. Students will work with real and simulated client problems to understand how public relations can be used as a cost-efficient and effective way to communicate to the full range of an organization's publics. Students will design, develop and deliver a fully conceived public relations campaign, including the execution of appropriate media relations materials. Students will also delve into organizational case studies, thoroughly analyzing all relevant components of corporate communications.

The focus in this course will be digital marketing strategy targeted through search based marketing tactics and conversion sites development. Students will build marketing strategies that centre on a web platform such as a website, blog or wiki that optimize conversion through both paid and organic search engine marketing (SEM) and SEO (search engine optimization).

MCOM55 provides the student with the skills to develop content for digital and traditional media. The combining of words and pictures that are memorable and meaningful and engage and persuade consumers is the basis for effective messaging. As experts in Interactive Marketing have pointed out: "Content is King!" As important as media selection, or a compelling offer or even the product; a well-crafted message is an essential element of good marketing communications. Students will learn specific tactics to create content as well as improve their creative thinking skills.

VIDE35 is the focus on the Production elements of digital videos based on concepts and scripts developed in VIDE30. These concepts were established as a result of having needs assessment meetings with assigned clients and the agreement between the student(s) and the client on a course of action that is in line with the client's marketing needs, The student will be a part of a team that will shoot, edit and produce two videos that reflect the marketing needs of the client and can be used by the client for a variety of purposes. This is an experiential course that requires students to attend weekly Production meetings with the instructor, work on assigned tasks Students are expected to contribute to team objectives and to contribute on a regular basis. Teams are responsible for arranging times to shoot, edit and produce their projects - deadlines are outlined in the delivery schedule. Only projects that are submitted on time will be eligible for a Greg Award.

Prerequisites: VIDE30

This course is the ultimate hands on, interactive learning experience there is in the Advertising and Marketing program. You will be exposed to how a real creative agency operates and how to solve your client's marketing related problems. We will go from the bidding process to execution of the materials required to achieve the client's goals.

Students in the third year of the Advertising/Integrated Marketing Communications program have spent two and a half years learning the entire spectrum of the IMC mix. This course integrates all disciplines learned into one comprehensive Advertising/IMC campaign for an actual Kingston community client. Students will focus on the strategic development of a campaign that is appropriate, realistic, creative, cost-effective and results-oriented for clients.

Students will be expected to prepare a fully professional annual or seasonal Advertising campaign strategy including all related IMC components vis a vis client briefings, and culminating in a final pitch to clients. The campaign will be of a caliber that clients may implement the proposed campaign using their own resources.

The purpose of field placement is to provide the student with an opportunity to work with practitioners in any area of marketing communications, so that they may experience the realities of the workplace in their chosen career area. Students will demonstrate resourcefulness and initiative in uncovering opportunities and, working with their faculty supervisor, secure a work placement suitable for their skills and abilities.

Prerequisite: Students must have successfully completed all courses in the first 4 semesters in the AMC/IMC program.

Requirements

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, or U or M level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older.

Fees

2021-2022

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$4,024.86 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,184.25 CAD
Total
$5,209.11 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$16,500.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,886.66 CAD
Total
$18,386.66 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Kingston

Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

New Gym
Kingston Campus Exterior
Kingston Campus

Career Opportunities

The skills learned are adaptable to any industry and are in high demand. Graduates find employment in diverse areas, including: advertising agencies, and on the client-side with big brands, corporations, small businesses, and in the not-for-profit sector. Occupations include: Marketing Communications Coordinator, Copywriter, Social Media Community Manager, Media Sales Rep, Client Services, Digital Marketing Coordinator, Blogger, PR Coordinator, Event Planner, and more..

Other Information

Programs at St Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at ontariocolleges.ca and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.

Program Contacts

Program Contact
Kathy Patterson
kpatterson@sl.on.ca
613.544.5400 ext. 6743

Admissions Information
Contact a member of our recruitment team
ask@sl.on.ca
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting

International Students Contact
international@sl.on.ca
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514