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Radio, Television and Broadcast News

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Closed for Fall 2020 (International)

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

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For the Fall 2020 term, students entering first semester for this program will take their classes online. Students entering their third semester will receive instruction in a blended format, with some classes online and others on-campus.

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: $5,933
Year 2: $5,933
Year 1 (International): $20,750
Year 2 (International): $18,983

Radio Major

Year 1: $6,404
Year 2: $5,697
Year 1 (International): $20,750
Year 2 (International): $18,100

Television Major

Year 1: $5,933
Year 2: $5,933
Year 1 (International): $20,750 
Year 2 (International): $18,983

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
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Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

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Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted Oct. 2, 2019, until the program start date.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Calgary
  • University of South Wales

Radio

  • Athabasca University
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of South Australia
  • University of South Wales

Television Production

  • Athabasca University
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Gloucestershire, UK
  • University of South Australia
  • University of South Wales

To learn more, visit  Transfer Options

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
Broadcast News Major
1 $4,711 $682 $288 $252 $5,933
2 $ 4,711 $682 $288 $252 $5,933
Radio Major
1 $ 5,182 $682 $288 $252 $6,404
2 $ 4,475 $682 $288 $252 $5,697
Television Major
1 $ 4,711 $682 $288 $252 $5,933
2 $ 4,711 $682 $288 $252 $5,933

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
Broadcast News Major
1 $17,670 $682 $288 $344 $20,750
2 $17,670 $682 $288 $344 $19,100
Radio Major
1 $19,437 $682 $288 $344 $20,750
2 $16,787 $682 $288 $344 $ 18,100
Television Major
1 $17,670 $682 $288 $344 $20,750
2 $ 17,670 $682 $288 $344 $18,983

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $720 for the first year and $500 for the second year depending on the option taken.
  • Laptop deposit - $400

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.

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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Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

Delivery 

All classes for the first semester of this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. 

The third semester for this program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

How to register for classes

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

Computers and laptops

This is an e-learning program, which means you will be provided with a laptop with all the necessary software required. Find instructions on how to pick-up your e-learning laptop

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Email:  ICT.mediastudents@sait.ca

Academic Chair

Gerald Film, Academic Chair

gerald.flim@sait.ca

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

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

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