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Radio, Television and Broadcast News

Open for Fall 2017

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Train to be an on-air radio personality, television news reporter or producer through this program that spans three media types through courses in writing and reporting, media ethics, digital editing and more.

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Grad Employment Rate

$32,000

Median Starting Salary

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Broadcast News Major

Year 1: $5,786
Year 2: $5,346
Year 1 (International): $17,895
Year 2 (International): $16,354

Radio Major

Year 1: $6,227
Year 2: $5,126
Year 1 (International): $19,436
Year 2 (International): $15,583

Television Major

Year 1: $5,346
Year 2: $5,346
Year 1 (International): $16,354
Year 2 (International): $16,354

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: review of your submission package (career and program investigation report, resumé, and references) and a selection session. 

When can you apply?

Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to June 1, 2017. 

Program Details

Program description

Radio, Television and Broadcast News (RTBN) is divided into three majors: Radio, Television and Broadcast News. Students choose the option that best fits their individual skills or interests in preparation for a challenging, creative and exciting career in the media.

Radio students gain valuable industry experience by operating SAIT's campus radio station (accessible worldwide at radio.sait.ca). Students progress from mastering audio basics to advanced digital multi-track production, perform duties in the sales and promotions departments, and rotate through station positions including on-air personality, creative director, and production manager. Students also receive training in music directing, traffic management, and news and sports delivery, to round out this exciting and worthwhile career path.

Television students learn the fundamentals of writing, directing, producing, and editing through live production and assembling prerecorded video and audio elements. A strong emphasis is placed on hands-on learning and innovation in both single and multi-camera environments. Students work in teams to produce information and news programs, live event programming (such as sports), variety programs, documentaries, commercials, and public service announcements. Students also become familiar with the technical aspects of television media by working with broadcast-quality equipment such as High Definition cameras, switchers, digital audio consoles, graphics work stations, servers and computer-based editing systems.

Broadcast News (BN) students learn how to research and objectively present a story. They receive extensive, hands-on training. The program provides realistic experiences behind and in front of the camera and microphone. Students are trained to work effectively in both the radio and television environment. BN students learn the importance of meeting deadlines while maintaining a respect for journalistic integrity. Students take on many roles in our newsroom, including reporter, producer, line-up editor, news and sports anchor, and weather reporter.

The RTBN program involves two years of full-time study. Each of the program's two years is divided into two semesters. There is a single intake each year, with classes commencing in September and finishing in late April. A four-week industry practicum is required in the fourth semester.

All Radio, Television, and Broadcast News students participate in laptop e-learning curriculum. Students lease a PC laptop computer from SAIT, which are equipped with various software applications. Internet access, training and technical support are provided throughout the program.

Your career

Graduates find work in the broadcast, cable and film industries, both as salaried employees and freelancers.

Graduates of this program are working at media outlets around the province, across the country, and abroad.

Student success

Students with previous academic success usually are more successful in SAIT programs.

Credential

Upon successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Radio, Television and Broadcast News.

Accreditation

There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for more information.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to June 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted by June 1 to be included in selection. Once the program is full, qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

If you meet the admission requirements, you'll be invited to a selection session. Selection will begin in January and sessions will be scheduled every six to eight weeks.   If you are located more than 300 km from Calgary and can't attend a selection session without hardship, alternative arrangements for submission will be considered.

  • You must bring a completed submission package to the selection session.
  • You will be asked to give a brief personal introduction and provide specific written information. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and to do a tour. 
  • Expect to be interviewed in a group by an instructor panel.
  • You will be advised of your status within four weeks of the selection session.

The submission package will consist of the following:

  • A career and program investigation report
  • Resumé
  • Two letters of reference
  • Broadcast News applicants are expected to provide a short (two minute maximum) video synopsis of their career and program investigation report (as an .avi or .mov file on a CD).

Please wait until you have received an invitation by email to attend a selection session from the School of Information and Communication Technologies before generating these items. You will be given detailed information in the email as to what is required.

Applicants will be offered a seat or waitlisted, based on an evaluation of the submission package and the applicant's suitability as determined during the selection session.

Step 4: Apply to Radio, Television and Broadcast News and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Complete your submission package and attend a selection session. 

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication During Selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add rtbn.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Courses

Program outline

Broadcast News Major

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMP-267 MS Office and Web Design Basics 1.5
JOUR-206 Writing Fundamentals for Media 3.0
JOUR-207 Introduction to Broadcast News 3.0
LDSH-239 Leadership in Broadcasting 1.5
PRDT-217 Audio Video Production 3.0
PRES-209 Speech and Presentation 3.0
Semester 1 Total - Broadcast News Major 15.0

 

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
AUDI-279 Broadcast News Technical Operations I 1.5
COMP-269 Social Media in Broadcasting 1.5
JOUR-256 Reporting I 1.5
JOUR-263 Broadcast Newswriting 3.0
JOUR-264 Broadcast News Radio News I 1.5
JOUR-265 Broadcast News TV News I 1.5
POLS-252 Reporting in Canadian Political Systems 1.5
PRES-225 Stage Production II 3.0
SPCH-262 Broadcast News Speech I 1.5
VDEO-230 Electronic News Gathering Editing 1.5
Semester 2 Total - Broadcast News Major  18.0
First Year Total - Broadcast News Major 
33.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
AUDI-329 Broadcast News Technical Operations II 1.5
JOUR-306 Reporting II 3.0
JOUR-314 Broadcast News Radio News II 3.0
JOUR-315 Broadcast News TV News II 3.0
PRES-320 Presentation I 1.5
SPCH-312 Broadcast News Speech II 1.5
VDEO-345 Electronic News Gathering Production I 1.5
Semester 3 Total - Broadcast News Major 15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
JOUR-354 Media Ethics 1.5
JOUR-356 Reporting III 3.0
PRAC-391 Broadcast News Practicum 1.5
PRES-350 Presentation II 1.5
VDEO-355 ENG Production II 1.5
JOUR-363 Broadcast News Sports 3.0
JOUR-364 Broadcast News Radio News III 3.0
JOUR-365 Broadcast News TV News III 3.0
Semester 4 Total - Broadcast News Major 15.0
Second Year Total - Broadcast News Major 30.0
Program Total - Broadcast News Major 63.0

Radio Major

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
AUDI-203 Introduction to Radio 3.0
COMP-267 MS Office and Web Design Basics 1.5
JOUR-206 Writing Fundamentals for Media 3.0
LDSH-239 Leadership in Broadcasting 1.5
PRDT-217 Audio Video Production 3.0
PRES-209 Speech and Presentation 3.0
Semester 1 Total - Radio Major 15.0

 

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ADVR-254 Radio Advertising I 1.5
AUDI-251 Radio Operations I 6.0
AUDI-252 Radio Production I 3.0
COMP-269 Social Media in Broadcasting 1.5
JOUR-262 Radio Broadcast News I 1.5
PRES-225 Stage Production II 3.0
SCPT-250 Radio Scriptwriting I 1.5
Semester 2 Total - Radio Major 18.0
First Year Total - Radio Major
33.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ADVR-304 Radio Advertising II 3.0
AUDI-322 Radio Production II 3.0
AUDI-324 Radio Operations II 3.0
JOUR-312 Radio Broadcast News II 1.5
PRES-322 Radio Announcing I 3.0
SCPT-300 Radio Scriptwriting II 1.5
Semester 3 Total - Radio Major 15.0

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ADVR-354 Radio Advertising III 1.5
AUDI-372 Radio Production III 1.5
AUDI-374 Radio Operations III 3.0
JOUR-362 Radio Broadcast News III 1.5
PRAC-397 Radio Practicum 1.5
PRES-342 Radio Announcing II 3.0
SCPT-350 Radio Scriptwriting III 1.5
Semester 4 Total - Radio Major 13.5
Second Year Total - Radio Major 28.5
Program Total - Radio Major 61.5

Television Major

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
COMP-267 MS Office and Web Design Basics 1.5
JOUR-206 Writing Fundamentals for Media 3.0
LDSH-239 Leadership in Broadcasting 1.5
PRDT-217 Audio Video Production 3.0
PRES-209 Speech and Presentation 3.0
VDEO-205 Introduction to Television Production 3.0
Semester 1 Total - Television Major 15.0

 

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
VDEO 253 Producing for Television 3.0
VDEO 255 Post Production 3.0
VDEO 257 TV Production 3.0
WRIT 260 Writing for Television 3.0
VDEO-251 ENG/EFP Camera & Production 3.0
Semester 2 Total - Television Major 15.0
First Year Total - Television Major
30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
VDEO 301 TV Production II 3.0
VDEO 302 Producing for Television II 3.0
VDEO 303 Post Production II 3.0
VDEO 304 Electronic News Gathering/Electronic Field Production Camera and
Production II
3.0
WRIT 310 Writing for Television II 3.0
Semester 3 Total - Television Major 15.0

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PRDT 351 Television Project Management 6.0
PROJ 356 Television Capstone 1.5
VDEO 353 Post Production III 3.0
VDEO 354 Remote Electronic News Gathering/Electronic Field Production III 3.0
WRIT 350 Feature Writing for Television 1.5
Semester 4 Total - Television Major 15.0
Second Year Total - Television Major 30.0
Program Total - Television Major 60.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Broadcast News Major

Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $4,843 $420 $523 $5,786
2 $4,403 $420 $523 $5,346

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $16,952 $420 $523 $17,895
2 $15,411 $420 $523 $16,354

Radio Major

Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $5,284 $420 $523 $6,227
2 $4,183 $420 $523 $5,126

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $18,493 $420 $523 $19,436
2 $14,640 $420 $523 $15,583

Television Major

Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $4,403 $420 $523 $5,346
2 $4,403 $420 $523 $5,346

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2016/17 total
1 $15,411 $420 $523 $16,354
2 $15,411 $420 $523 $16,354

SAIT fees

Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $260

SAIT Students' Association fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $720 for the first year and $500 for the second year depending on the option taken.
  • A $400 security deposit to use a SAIT issued laptop.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Information and Communications Technologies
403.284.8543
ict.info@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

Brett was grateful the program allowed him and other students to learn hands on from the start, saying he feels more than prepared to work in a newsroom.

For more than three decades, Joanne has been a voice over Calgary airwaves. The call letters of the stations have changed, but the essentials of her job, the fundamentals she learned at SAIT, have not.

Brett Bauer
Radio, Television and Broadcast News | 2016

"Our teachers instilled in us the skills we had would be practical," he says, adding those looking to work in television or news radio will find no better program.

"They'll come out confident."

Joanne Johnson
Radio, Television and Broadcast News | 2013

“A lot of what I do on the radio every day goes back to the basics we were taught at SAIT,” she says. “It was all part of the groundwork for what I’d need to do to be successful in this career.”