Digital Content Creation

Digital Content Creation Extension Certificate 

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Digital media is redefining the way our world communicates, accesses information and shares ideas. The explosion of online, social media and mobile technologies in recent years is changing how we use and interact with digital media on a regular basis, creating incredible new opportunities and challenges. With these advances, high-quality content has become central component of marketing and strategic communication plans.

The Digital Content Creation program provides practical, in-demand skills for developing a content strategy and measuring its success; adapting messages and stories for different audiences; integrating text, images and audio-visual material; and writing, editing and delivering interesting content to attract and engage audiences.

Important Notice 

The Digital Content Creation Extension Certificate program is now suspended to new intakes.

New students: Please see our newly launched Digital Media Marketing Extension Certificate.
Current students (updated November 9, 2020): For more information, including remaining course schedules, please see below.
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  • Build a career as a digital content specialist
  • Shift your professional writing career into digital content creation
  • Enhance your talents in social media, blogging or journalism
  • Complete the 4 required courses plus 30 hours of optional courses (90-93 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 semester up to a maximum of 3 years

Classroom delivery of courses unavailable until further notice due to COVID-19.

Required Courses

Introduction to Digital Graphic Design
Be introduced to basic design principles to create visually compelling messages. Gain practical exposure to working with clients and exploring career options. Key topics include design fundamentals, design software, client communication and portfolio creation.

Subject (for registration) : Computers-Graphic Design

Subject code: XCGD 10014 18 Hours. Fee: $309   Not offered this semester

Writing and Editing for Digital Media
The rapid growth and evolution of digital media has presented tremendous opportunities and new challenges for writers and editors. Be introduced to principles, strategies and techniques for writing and editing relevant, compelling content for various digital media platforms.

Subject (for registration) : Communications

Subject code: XCOM 20010 15 Hours. Fee: $429
CRN 90319 
Online Oct. 26 - Nov. 30

Content Marketing Strategy
Promote brand awareness and build loyal communities by creating compelling content, sharing powerful stories and engaging in meaningful conversations. Develop a strategic content marketing strategy and create effective content for various channels, including print and web, blogs, online seminars and videos, infographics, and e-mail

Subject (for registration) : Marketing

Subject code: XMKT 20001 15 Hours. Fee: $429
CRN 90664 Online Nov. 16 - Dec.13

Choose either:

Social Media Analytics and Optimization
Gain practical experience with tools to measure the awareness, attention, reach and influence of your brand using social media.
It is recommended that students taking this course have a basic understanding of social media.

Subject (for registration): Computers-Specialty Programs

Subject code: XCSP 10020 12 Hours. Fee: $399
CRN 90662 Online Nov. 16 - Dec.13


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Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
Using both primary search (employing the latest SEO techniques) and paid search (using Google AdWords), learn proven best practices on running a complete search engine campaign.

Subject (for registration) : Computers-Internet/Web Design

Subject code: XCIW 10062 15 Hours. Fee: $389 Offered next in Winter 2021 semester

Optional Courses

Choose 30 hours

Advertising on Social Media

In this introductory course, you will learn how to promote your organization and its products or services by developing, launching and monitoring paid advertising on popular social media networks, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, YouTube and Reddit. The course will cover planning and budgeting, accessing advertising exchanges, designing and writing campaigns and analyzing your marketing return on investment.


Subject (for registration) : Computers-Specialty Programs

NOTE: While not required, students are encouraged to apply course concepts to their own or their organization’s social media accounts.


Subject code: XCSP 10053 15 Hours: Fee: $429   Not offered this semester

Google Analytics  

Google Analytics is a free service that tracks website traffic to help measure the success of marketing and business outcomes. This intuitive, easy-to-use tool gives students valuable insights into the volume of traffic to their website, where it’s coming from, and the highest performing pages.

In this course, students explore the basic features of Google Analytics, define important terms, and discover a number of reports that allow them to objectively measure the performance of their website.  In addition, students learn more advanced features such as how Google collects data, how to make changes at the Account, Property or View level, how to set up Filters and Goals, and are introduced to Event and Campaign tracking.

Subject (for registration): Computers- Specialty Programs

Subject code: XCSP 10055 6 Hours. Fee: $179   Not offered this semester

Social Media Strategy
Learn to create a practical and effective social media strategy. Develop social media objectives, advanced target market profiles, engagement maps and several content development frameworks. This approach is effective regardless of the channels used. 

Subject (for registration): Computers-Specialty Programs

Subject code: XCSP 10018 15 Hours. Fee: $429  
CRN 90261 Online Oct. 13 - Nov. 8

Social Media Strategies and Crisis Communication
Delve into social media strategies and determine how to utilize them as professionals. Social media used for business and organizations by public relations and communication management professionals is significantly different than personal use. Social media can also inflame online and offline issues into crisis situations. This course reviews social media strategies for public relations and communication management as well as providing direction and guidance on preparing for and navigating through crisis communications situations.

For Fall 2020, this course will be offered as a live, online class. Live, Online Class Requirements: You will use Google Suite (Google Classroom, Google Meets) to participate in this live, online class. You will need to access the class through a laptop or desktop computer that has a functional webcam and microphone. A reliable Internet connection is required. Google Chrome browser is recommended for best results.

Subject (for registration) : Basic Public Relations

Subject code: XBPR 10103 21 Hours. Fee: $449 Live, Online Class
CRN 90700 3 classes Nov. 13, 14 & 21 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fri., Sat., Sat.


Online Community Engagement
Use online communities to deepen customer trust and loyalty, increase employee engagement, manage brand reputation and stimulate marketing.

Subject (for registration) : Computers-Specialty Programs

Subject code: XCSP 10019 12 Hours. Fee: $399  
CRN 90661 Online Nov. 2 - 29

Illustrator I
Cover basics tools, techniques and concepts in digital drawing with this key industry software.  

Subject (for registration) : Computers-Graphic Design

Subject code: XCGD 10003 24 Hours. Fee: $459   Not offered this semester

Photoshop 1
Edit, retouch and customize photos—or create entirely new images—with this powerful software.

Subject (for registration) : Computers- Graphic Design

Subject code: XCGD 10004 24 Hours. Fee: $459   Not offered this semester

InDesign I
Lay out documents like a pro by mastering the tools and techniques that make InDesign an industry favourite.
Note: Optional course materials: approx. $65+GST at the BookStore

Subject (for registration) : Computers- Graphic Design

Subject code: XCGD 10006 15 Hours. Fee: $309   Not offered this semester

Introduction to WordPress
Begin to use the unique tools and capabilities of WordPress. Explore layout options and customize themes. Develop dynamic content using plugins and widgets. Learn how to maintain a WordPress site once it is set up.

Subject (for registration) : Computers- Internet/Web Design

Subject code: XCIW 10063 12 Hours. Fee: $239   Not offered this semester

Business Skills and Portfolio Creation for Digital Design
Develop valuable skills for working with clients and creating a professional portfolio. Topics include portfolio development, copyright issues, client relations, contracts and project management.

Subject (for registration) : Computers-Graphic Design

Subject code: XCGD 10001 18 Hours. Fee: $299   Not offered this semester


Foundations of Photography, Level 1
Master basic camera techniques so you can operate your digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera more effectively and creatively. Learn about camera controls, light meters, lenses, depth of field and lighting.
Note: Camera must have fully manual capabilities.

Subject (for registration) : Film, Photography & Television

Subject code: XAFT 10002 20 Hours. Fee: $299   Not offered this semester

Digital Darkroom Basics
Taking a well-exposed and well-composed photograph is a good foundation, but digital editing can enhance any image. Learn about importing, colour correction, cropping and more.
Prerequisite: Foundations of Photography, Level 1
Note: Adobe Lightroom is used.

Subject (for registration) : Film, Photography & Television

Subject code: XAFT 10020 15 Hours. Fee: $279   Not offered this semester

Copyediting and Proofreading
Learn copy editing to ensure that documents are accurate, clear, correct, consistent and complete. Fix usage, grammatical, punctuation and mechanical errors, and maintain a consistent editorial style. Study the proofreading process and learn how to mark copy for correction.
Recommended prerequisite: Editing Fundamentals
Textbooks (required - available at the BookStore): The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications, 3rd edition, Amy Einsohn, approx. $40+GST; Proofreading: Meeting Professional Editorial Standards, Editors Association of Canada, approx. $40+GST

Subject (for registration) :Communications

Subject code: XCOM 20003 20 Hours. Fee: $449  Not offered this semester


David Howse Instructor Bio - David Howse - Change Management
David administered the world’s largest Facebook Group for marketers (Marketing 2.0) in 2007. Originating in Lethbridge, Alberta, he established David Howse Marketing, a one-man operation that grew its client base by gaining the trust of local businesses.  In the fall of 2015, his company merged with Salmon Dev Studios Inc. a specialized IT company to form Matterhorn Business Solutions Inc.

David manages and executes marketing strategies for several prominent Calgary businesses in a range of sectors.  Clients include Borger Group of Companies, Waterford Station Land Development, and Q Haute Cuisine. For more details, visit

David has a marketing diploma from College of the North Atlantic and a management degree from the University of Lethbridge.

Karen Richards CE Bio - Marketing - Karen Richards
As the Word of Mouth Marketing Strategist at Mount Royal University, Karen combines marketing, grassroots community initiatives, a love of brand, technology and social media to ensure she, and the university, are always ahead of the curve. Karen's passion is embracing and creatively implementing word of mouth marketing principles to meet business goals while cultivating a loyal community in person and online that help spread the good word about MRU.

Karen holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary, is an active member of the international Word of Mouth Marketing Association, presenter and workshop facilitator and is personally very active in the Calgary community using social media to create unique events and connect people with businesses, charities and each other.

Lizzie MacNeill ce_img_lizzie
Lizzie MacNeill leads partnerships, social media and PR for, an Instagram marketing platform with over 2 million users. Before joining Later, Lizzie led social media and communications teams across Canada in the non-profit and retail sectors to help brands grow and monetize their online audience. She was the former social media manager at Hockey Canada and Saje Natural Wellness.

Lizzie is an alumni of Mount Royal, completing the first two years of her Bachelor of Communications – Public Relations program at the institution before transferring to Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. to complete her Bachelor of Professional Communications with an emphasis on social media.

Kat Macaulay
As an early adopter of social media, Kat is a “pioneer” of the new rules of marketing and public relations. She was named an entrepreneur to watch by Inc. Magazine, and her work has been featured in publications both nationally and internationally.  

Kat is known for making difficult topics easier to understand and more entertaining. She’s worked with some of the world’s largest brands and counseled dozens of senior leaders, helping them navigate and leverage social media in ways that matter.  

Last December she founded the Facebook Live show “Social Media Questions with Kat”  where she responds to social media and digital marketing questions from marketers, business owners and entrepreneurs.  

Kat holds a degree from Mount Allison University in History and Political Science, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations from NSCC. But her social media education began in 2005 when she accepted an invitation to Facebook and continues today.  

When Kat isn’t busy teaching, she’s planning her retirement to Cape Breton.  

You can find Kat at and on Facebook

Nancy Smith
Nancy Smith loves to help businesses understand and develop strategies for social media. As an early adopter and avid social media user, it has been a natural transition for her to apply knowledge from her marketing career to assist brands such as Travel Alberta, SportChek, and Samsung.

As a passionate advocate for social media, Nancy has been an instructor at Mount Royal University since 2015 in the Social Media and Marketing and Strategic Communications programs. Nancy is also an acclaimed speaker, with more than 10 years of experience providing workshops and sessions at large-scale conferences dealing with issues related to social media.

As the mother of a teen, Nancy can also relate to the challenges parents face in today’s digital world. Realizing that there was a gap in the information available for generating positive discussions, she has recently launched as a resource for parents in order to provide the practical advice that parents were looking for—and that kids needed. She enjoys helping adults learn about the positive aspects of social media and working with kids on how they can be responsible social citizens in a rapidly changing global environment. She is an author of a book, Social Citizens: A Positive Approach to Social Media & Parenting in a Digital World .

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For information about this program:
403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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