Our exciting two-year Radio Broadcasting program features the largest college radio station in Canada - 88.3 CJIQ FM. Radio Broadcasting students "learn by doing" from broadcast professionals. Our radio classes offer practical theory with "hands on" learning.
Radio Broadcasting students will 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 the 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/2013 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter Location: Doon (Kitchener) Start: September First-Year Capacity: 35 Tuition: Please refer to Program Fee Chart for information *Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. *Recreation/Athletics, Graduation/Alumni, Insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies are additional.
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.
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).
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 course used in the calculation of academic strength.
Twenty (20) additional marks are added to each post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength. Please note: Beginning with the application cycle for Fall 2014, post-secondary courses used in the calculation of academic strength will receive a bonus of ten (10) marks.
Applicants meeting minimum academic strength (70% in 2012) 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. explain to us why you have a passion for radio
3. 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 submitted written work and interview.
A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process
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.
For program information call the Information Centre for details at 519-748-5220 ext. 3656.
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.
Description: Students will learn the essentials of audio production, including how to achieve good levels, how to use broadcast microphones and how to digitally edit audio for Radio and Television Productions. This course is a combination of Lab and Lecture components. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will be introduced to the fundamental skills required for becoming an effective radio announcer including proper breathing techniques, articulation, modulation, interpretation and script preparation and presentation. This course is a combination of Lecture & Lab. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will be introduced to the organizational and departmental structures of radio stations. In addition, they will learn the function of radio station personnel who work behind the microphone and behind the scenes. Program formats will also be examined. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will learn proper sentence structure, storytelling skills using logic and flow and the effective use of verbs and adjectives. The course will stimulate ideas and strategies that will transform words in images. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: In this introductory level course, students learn to apply knowledge from interpersonal relations and group dynamics to working in a team. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing effective communication skills with individuals and groups. Group cohesiveness and group decision-making will be discussed. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce the key elements that make up successful music and news/talk program formats. Students will study competitive radio markets, target demographics, CRTC regulations and the on-air execution of top-rated radio stations. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will learn the fundamental elements of radio production including the collection and assembly of appropriate sound elements (music beds/sound effects) and the recording of effective commercials and features. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students in this course will learn to gather, write, prepare and present effective news, weather and sports casts. This includes learning and applying the BN Style Guide, developing and employing interviewing skills and understanding legal issues. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will be learn computer software specific to radio stations including Media Touch Operating System, Music Master Scheduler, RCS Selector and Natural Log Traffic system. This course is a combination of lecture and lab. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Creativity is an essential life skill. It is a way of turning challenges into opportunities, seeing new solutions to old problems, seeing old problems in new ways, and anticipating the future. The course will ignite your creative potential by exploring the creative process and apply strategies to unblock creativity by using a unique collection of ?tools?. Creativity is by nature, a transdisciplinary concept that enables thinking, adopting ideas, adapting and adjusting our knowledge to any given situation. Welcome to Creative Recovery! Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: From concept to completion, the student will create, edit and produce audio material for broadcast on CJIQ FM. Production pieces will include documentaries, music and spoken word features, commercials, promos & Public Service messages. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: BRT1190 CoRequisites:
Description: Each student will rotate through assigned CJIQ operational positions. Activities will include the live delivery of on-air programming, the development of station promotions and the planning and execution of remote broadcasts. Hours: 120 Credits: 8 Pre-Requisites: BRT1130 CoRequisites:
Description: Students in this course will be immersed in a radio station news department environment where the emphasis is on meeting specific deadlines while achieving excellence in the presentation of news, feature stories, on-the-street interviews and voicing actualities. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: BRT1200 CoRequisites:
Description: This course will introduce students to the crucial role sales plays in growing the revenue of a successful radio station. This includes an introduction to BBM, constructing and understanding rate cards and building client lists. In addition, students will learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of competing media and will be introduced to the fundamentals of marketing. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will apply advanced production techniques toward all pre-recorded materials broadcast on CJIQ FM. This includes the overall branding of CJIQ with liners and promos as well as the creation of superior features, commercials and documentaries. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: BRT2200 CoRequisites:
Description: Students will be required to demonstrate advanced performance skills while rotating through all of the positions that drive the weekday operation of CJIQ. Students will also be assigned to lead and guide 1st year students during their introduction to CJIQ. Hours: 120 Credits: 8 Pre-Requisites: BRT2210 CoRequisites:
Description: Students will create and submit sales proposals for potential clients of CJIQ. This includes conducting a sales needs analysis, designing an advertising plan thats unique for each client, developing compelling creative and executing the campaign. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: BRT2230 CoRequisites:
Description: The emphasis on this course is planning for employment. This includes writing an effective resume, developing an outstanding cover letter, conducting research on a potential employer and confidently preparing for the job interview. In the final 4 weeks of the semester, students will participate in a work related activity at a radio station or production studio. Students will also contribute a total of 16 hours during the full semester toward a project related to their goals in the industry Hours: 165 Credits: 6 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Graduates find employment as announcers, commercial and imaging producers, sales representatives, creative writers, news reporters and anchors, promotions and marketing assistants, music programmers.
89% of 2010-2011 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $29,394.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities see the Government of Canada web site: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
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For more information, please visit Financial Aid/Awards.
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.