Broadcast - Radio
- Ontario College Diploma
- College Code:
- Media & Design
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2014 / 2015
About the Program
Our exciting two-year Radio Broadcasting program features the largest college radio station in Canada - 88.3 CJIQ FM. Radio Broadcasting students learn from broadcast professionals in classes that offer a mix of practical theory and hands-on learning.
Radio Broadcasting students learn critical skills with specific attention to on-air performance, announcing, audio production, creative writing, research and interviewing, news presentation, sales, marketing, and promotions. Our facilities feature state-of-the-art broadcasting studios, allowing students to learn on equipment and software used by professionals.
In second year, radio students bring together their first-year skills in broadcast performance, technical operations, news and creative areas to become fully immersed in the operation of 88.3 CJIQ FM. Our radio station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week and gives students a real-world learning experience.
Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2014 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 35
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- Applicants meeting minimum academic strength (70% in 2013) are invited to begin the selection process which requires them to:
- Attend a scheduled interview and submit samples of creative written work as follows:
- 1. a half page on someone you admire who is currently working in the broadcast radio business;
- 2. an explanation of why you have a passion for radio;
- 3. a written statement outlining why we should invite you to come into our Broadcast Radio program.
- Final selection is made using a formula which combines academic strength with the scores on the submitted written work and interview.
- A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- The interview will be conducted by program faculty. Please allow 20 to 30 minutes for an interview.
- The interview may be conducted by telephone for students living outside the region of Kitchener/Waterloo.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa.
*Fees for recreation/athletics, graduation/alumni, insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies, are additional.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website
. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Aid/Awards
Graduates find employment as announcers, commercial and imaging producers, sales representatives, creative writers, news reporters and anchors, promotions and marketing assistants, music programmers.
95% of 2011-2012 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $41,800.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
For more information on the PLAR process, please contact 519-748-5220 ext 2260, e-mail email@example.com or visit the testing website.
- Collaborate in the planning and preparing of accurate radio programming.
- Produce radio programming in an efficient manner.
- Correctly operate broadcast technology software.
- Function effectively as part of a team in the delivery of radio programming.
- Apply organizational, cost control, marketing, and time management skills to complete tasks efficiently and meet deadlines in the workplace.
- Ensure that all work is presented in compliance with applicable laws, statutory obligations, regulations and industry principles and practices.
- Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance and maintain currency with technological changes.
- Critically evaluate the quality of product being presented for broadcast.
Program Advisory Committees
The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees
Domestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca
or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
60 Corporate Court
Canada N1G 5J3
International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form
. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.