Why English at Okanagan College?
There is always something going on in the English Department. We are home to Kalamalka Press, the Vertigo Voices Reading Series, the Mackie Lake House Writer-in-Residence Program, Ryga: A Journal of Provocations, the Red Dot Players, Word Ruckus: A Festival of Words and Community, KIdsWWwrite, the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, the 3-Hour Short Story Contest, and much more!
Faculty in English at Okanagan College are interested in language and literature, and in the way words work in our lives and communities. A diverse group of scholars, writers, editors, and designers, OC faculty encourage students to read critically and write creatively, and to engage with the way language shapes our view of the world and our place in it.
The Okanagan area is home to many talented writers and poets, both established and aspiring. Enjoy the inspiring literary environment at the college and in the community. Join our friendly, supportive, and active community of learners. Learn and grow as you benefit from Okanagan College’s small class sizes, affordable tuition, and dedicated faculty.
Take advantage of our wide variety of education options.
- Graduate with one of our two-year credentials:
- Begin your university studies with us. Our English courses are fully transferable to universities throughout British Columbia and beyond.
- Choose from over 70 English courses and a growing number of Fine Arts courses.
- Study where you live. Classes are available on all Okanagan College campuses.
Diploma in Writing and Publishing
Obtain a well-rounded education through applied training in print and web-based publishing, production and design, accounting, marketing, and management, as well as in creative, cultural, and professional communications. Gain a solid grounding in four areas:
- Creative and literary writing
A portfolio system ensures that students are able to demonstrate to prospective employers how lessons learned in the classroom contribute to the broad skill set of a qualified professional.
Careers for Writing and Publishing graduates are found in book, magazine, and internet publishing, professional writing, journalism, creative writing, marketing, media and graphic design.
Graduates who want to further their education can transfer to degree opportunities at universities throughout BC. Consult with an Okanagan College Education Advisor regarding suitable course selection. View the BC Transfer Guide for individual course transfer equivalencies.
An emerging field of study at the College, our innovative Fine Arts courses currently focus on art history, typography, and book design. Students studying book design work with both traditional letterpress techniques and the most up-to-date digital technology.