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Broadcast Systems Technology

Open for Fall 2020

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

Program Highlights

Prepare for a career installing, maintaining and repairing electronic and computer equipment for television and radio stations, post-production facilities or equipment manufacturers with courses covering hardware, operating systems and troubleshooting.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $5,978
Year 2: $5,978
Year 1 (International): $19,937
Year 2 (International): $19,937

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


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.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020 

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The Broadcast Systems Technology (BXST) program is a two-year diploma preparing you for employment installing and maintaining electronic and computer based equipment for the broadcast industry.

Program Details

Program description

The Broadcast Systems Technology (BXST) program is a unique program and prepares you for employment installing and maintaining electronic and computer based equipment for the Broadcast industry. You will discover how to maintain and repair broadcast equipment as the electrical signal flows from the source through the audio and video mixing consoles to the station’s link to the transmitter and then to your home. You may also be involved in the design of facilities. You will also acquire professional and business skills and learn comprehensive technical applications that will help you achieve a great career in the broadcast industry.

Your career

Opportunities exist in many areas, including television and radio broadcast stations, systems and networks, post-production facilities, educational television and audiovisual systems, equipment manufacturers (technical field support) equipment sales and communications providers. Career progression may lead to employment as assistant chief and chief station engineers.

There is a major migration from analog systems to digital audio and video systems with the most prominent being High Definition Television (HDTV). It is common to have facilities that employ both analog and digital systems or just one or the other. The broadcast industry is now enhancing the delivery of content through streaming audio and video over the Internet.

  • Graduates of the Broadcast Systems Technology program have a 100% employment rate

Student success

Characteristics of a successful student in this program include:

  • Enjoy keeping up-to-date on new technological developments, continue to take training and enjoy learning new skills.
  • Are able to manage their time and work effectively while facing deadlines.
  • Able to work independently with little supervision but can also perform as a vital member of a team of professionals.
  • Pay attention to detail and take personal pride in their technical problem-solving skills.
  • A working knowledge of the MS Office Suite would be an asset.

Credentials and accreditation

After successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Broadcast Systems Technology.

This program is accredited by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE).

Transfer options

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

  • NAIT
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of New Brunswick, Saint John

To learn more, visit transfer options.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

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

Admission requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • at least 50% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or 60% in Math 30-2, or 65% in Applied Math 30
  • at least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2
  • a minimum 20 level science (excluding Science 24 and 26)
  • 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 Broadcast Systems Technology 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.


Program outline

View additional Broadcast Systems Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

First year

Semester 1

Course codeCourse nameCredit
CMPH-211 Computer Hardware and Operating System Essentials 3.0
COMM-256 Professional Communications and Presentation Skills 3.0
CPNT-220 Introduction to Networking 3.0
ELCM-211 World of Broadcasting 3.0
ELTR-209 Troubleshooting Electrical Circuits 3.0
Semester 1 total 15.0

Semester 2

Course codeCourse nameCredit
CMPS-268 Broadcast Communications Systems 3.0
DIGI-252 Digital Logic Troubleshooting 3.0
ELCM-254 Structured Cabling 3.0
ELTR-263 Troubleshooting Electronic Components and Circuits 3.0
HREL-250 Business Dynamics 3.0
Semester 2 total 15.0
First year total 30.0

Second year

Semester 3

Course codeCourse nameCredit
ELCM-314 Broadcast RF Fundamentals 3.0
ELCM-323 Broadcast Systems Instrumentation 3.0
PROJ-304 Project Preparation 3.0
SYST-300 Acoustic and Audio Systems 3.0
SYST-305 Video Standards and Systems 3.0
Semester 3 total 15.0

 Semester 4

Course codeCourse nameCredit
ELCM-364 RF Transmission Systems 3.0
PROJ-354 Capstone Project 3.0
SYST-350 Advanced Audio Systems 3.0
SYST-355 Playout and Automation 3.0
SYST-365 Broadcast Video Equipment 3.0
Semester 4 total 15.0
Second year total 30.0
Program total 60.0


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. 


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $4,993 $462 $288 $235 $5,978
2 $4,993 $462 $288 $235 $5,978

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $18,727 $462 $288 $460 $19,937
2 $18,727 $462 $288 $460 $19,937


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • 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 $1,000 for the first year and $500 for the second year.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

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


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Inspiring Stories

The program is ideal for anyone who likes TV and live productions, says Brandon, who valued how teachers combined theory and lab work.

Brandon Harmen
Broadcast System Technology | 2016

"It's a hands-on experience. It gave us the experience that is relevant for what we're going to be doing in the industry."

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