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Radio, Television and Broadcast News

Open for Fall 2021

Waitlisted for Fall 2021 Radio Major

Waitlisted for Fall 2021 Television Major

Closed for Fall 2021 (International)

Length: 2 years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Upcoming Information Sessions

For the Fall 2021 semester, all courses in this program will be delivered online (OA, OS, OR) or Broadcast, Radio and first-year Television students.
Second-year Television students will have their courses delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS). Some courses are delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options

Overview

Train to be an on-air radio personality, video content producer or journalist through this program that spans multiple media platforms. Learn through courses in writing and reporting, video and audio production, scriptwriting and more.

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

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 available in the fourth semester.

Radio Major  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 Major Television students learn the fundamentals of writing, directing, producing, and editing through live production and assembling pre-recorded 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 Major 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 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.

Credentials 

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

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in broadcast, cable and film production. Potential positions include: 

  • on-air personality 
  • producer 
  • editor 
  • production assistant 
  • reporter 

Related careers include: 

  • communications specialist 

Tuition and fees per year*

Broadcast News Major

Year 1: $6,373
Year 2: $6,373
Year 1 (International): $21,159
Year 2 (International): $20,240

Radio Major

Year 1: $6,877
Year 2: $6,121
Year 1 (International): $21,159
Year 2 (International): $20,240

Television Major

Year 1: $6,374
Year 2: $6,374
Year 1 (International): $21,159
Year 2 (International): $20,240

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

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Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020 and are accepted until the program start date.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021  April 29, 2022

Radio, Television and Broadcast News Diploma

This class made video shares some of the many reasons why students have enjoyed studying television production at SAIT.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020 until the program start date but are subject to change.

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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four 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: Apply to Radio, Television and Broadcast News and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

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 ict.mediastudents@sait.ca to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Courses

Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Broadcast News Major

First Year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMP-267 Introduction to Digital Productivity Applications and Web Design 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 Code Course Name Credit
AUDI-200 Technical Operations for Broadcast News I 3.0
JOUR-253 Broadcast News for Digital I 3.0
JOUR-267 Broadcast News for Radio I 3.0
JOUR-270 Broadcast News for Television I 3.0
JOUR-273 Field Reporting I 3.0
Semester 2 Total - Broadcast News Major 15.0
First Year Total - Broadcast News Major
30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
AUDI-300 Technical Operations for Broadcast News II 3.0
JOUR-303 Broadcast News for Digital II 3.0
JOUR-317 Broadcast News for Radio II 3.0
JOUR-320 Broadcast News for Television II 3.0
JOUR-323 Field Reporting II 3.0
Semester 3 Total - Broadcast News Major 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
AUDI-350 Technical Operations for Broadcast News III 3.0
JOUR-353 Broadcast News for Digital III 3.0
JOUR-367 Broadcast News for Radio III 3.0
JOUR-370 Broadcast News for Television III 3.0
PROJ-371 Broadcast News Capstone 3.0
Semester 4 Total - Broadcast News Major 15.0
Second Year Total - Broadcast News Major 30.0
Program Total - Broadcast News Major 60.0

Radio Major

First Year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
AUDI-203 Introduction to Radio 3.0
COMP-267 Introduction to Digital Productivity Applications and Web Design 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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
COMP-267 Introduction to Digital Productivity Applications and Web Design 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 Code Course Name Credit
VDEO-251 Electronic News Gathering/Electronic Field Production Camera and Production 3.0
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
Semester 2 Total - Television Major 15.0
First Year Total - Television Major
30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
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.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

Broadcast News

  • Athabasca University
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary

Radio

  • Athabasca University
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary

Television Production

  • Athabasca University
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary

To learn more, visit  Transfer Options

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
Broadcast News Major
1 $5,040 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,373
2 $5,040 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,373
Radio Major
1 $5,544 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,877
2 $4,788 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,121
Television Major
1 $5,040 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,373
2 $5,040 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,373

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 fees and program total. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
Broadcast News Major
1 $19,826 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $21,159
2 $18,907 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $20,240
Radio Major
1 $19,826 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $21,159
2 $18,907 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $20,240
Television Major
1 $19,826 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $21,159
2 $18,907 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $20,240

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Sept. 3. Watch your inbox for the time and location.

Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Contact 

403.284.8453

ICT.mediastudents@sait.ca

Academic Chair

Gerald Flim, Academic Chair

gerald.flim@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Student Guidelines

Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies. 

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Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

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

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