Application Information

Application Information

To qualify for admission to INCA, students must be eligible for admission to the First Nations University of Canada/University of Regina.

For detailed information or advice pertaining to academic rules, regulations, or degree requirements please refer to University of Regina Academic Calendar or contact the Registrar’s Office at 306.790.5950 extension 3105.

Staff at the FNUniv Registrar’s Office will help guide you through the process of registering, and FNUniv’s academic advisors are on hand to help ensure you choose the right classes to achieve your goals.

You may take individual INCA courses to supplement your education, or enroll to receive a Diploma in Indigenous Communication Arts (INCA).

A two-year, 72-credit-hour program of studies, the INCA Diploma provides academic training and professional experience that supports the entry of Indigenous people into all areas of the communications industry and multimedia storytelling, including Indigenous and mainstream media, independent media production, and strategic communications. Diploma holders are eligible to enter the School of Journalism to continue their education. Therefore, the basic requirements of the INCA program are those of the Pre-Journalism Program.

INCA students take INDG 281 and 282 and INCA 283 and 284 as electives in the Pre-Journalism Program of the Faculty of Arts. In addition to the pre-journalism requirements, INCA students take INCA 200 (Summer Institute in Indigenous Communication Arts) and INCA 290 (Internship). There are additional recommended electives, such as INCA 100, with room in your calendar to explore Indigenous Fine Arts, Indigenous Studies and many other courses that will complement your learning.

INCA prepares students for a broad-based future by requiring that they complete courses including Indigenous history and politics, oral traditions, community-based research, business management, traditional and contemporary communication systems, languages, and art.  INCA students master basic skills needed for reporting for multi-platform media, including print, radio, TV and online journalism, and can also study strategic communications and business management for working in strategic communications or launching their own media enterprises.

Admission to Indigenous Communication Arts

In order to receive the Diploma in Indigenous Communication Arts, a student must have a GPA of at least 65.00% based on all courses being used for the certificate. The Diploma in Indigenous Communication Arts is structured as follows

Proficiency in English must be well above average, and it is strongly recommended that applicants have basic computer skills.

Credit hours  Diploma in Indigenous Communication Arts Required Courses

The INCA Diploma – Required courses

Arts Core Requirements 
0.0ARTS 099
3.0ENGL 100
3.0Any course in MATH, STAT, CS (except CS 100), ECON 224, PHIL 150, 352, 450, 452, 460, SOST 201
3.0Any course in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS that has a laboratory component, or GEOG 121
3.0One of: ENGL 110; PHIL 100; RLST 245, 248; SOST 110
6.0Two language courses (or one six-credit course) in the same language other than English.
3.0Any course in ANTH; GEOG 100 or 120; INDG 232, 234, 238, 332, or 432;RLST (except RLST 181, 184, 186, 188, 284, 288)
Requirement met in majorAny course in HIST, CATH 200, CLAS 100, IDS 100 or INDG 208, 210, 215, 216, 218, 219, 221, 228, 229, 230 or INDL 241, 242
any one of INDL 240 AA-ZZ
Requirement met in majorAny course in ECON, GEOG (except GEOG 100, 120, 121, 309, 321, 323, 325, 327,329, 333, 411, 421, 423, 429, or 431), INDG 236, 258, 305, 358, IS, JS, LING 270, PSCI, PSYC, SOC, SOST or WG
Requirement met in majorAny course in INCA, INDG (except for INDG 208, 210, 215, 216, 218, 219, 221, 228, 229, 230, 232, 234, 236, 238, 258, 305, 332, 358, 432), INHS
any one of ENGL 214, 310 AA-ZZ; GEOG 344; HIST 310; JS 350, 351; KIN 105; LING 230, PSCI 338
SOC 214 or other courses approved by the Faculty of Arts as having substantial indigenous content, including special studies.
6.0Two courses chosen from two of the following:
ECON 100
HIST 200, 201, 202 (history course emphasizing Canadian history)
PSCI 230 (A course in political science emphasizing Canadian politics and government)
6.0INCA 200
3.0INCA 283
3.0INCA 284
6.0INCA 290
3.0INDG 281
3.0INDG 282
Open Electives 
18.0Six elective courses
72.0Total: 65.00% PGPA or 60.00% UGPA required