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Broadcast - Radio

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Media & Design
Program Code:
1168
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

Our exciting two-year Radio Broadcasting program produces graduates that may find careers across Canada, as announcers, news anchors and reporters, commercial writers, audio producers, social media and promotion professionals, marketing and sales representatives, online hosts, podcasters, bloggers and digital media entrepreneurs.

Students learn from broadcast professionals, in small classes that focus on hands-on learning and practical theory. Within the first few weeks of the program, students are working in the studios, learning 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 digital audio studios, providing students the opportunity to learn on equipment and software used by professionals.

In addition to an internet streaming station, the program features one of the largest college radio stations in Canada, 88.3 CJIQ FM. 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 the stations and their online presence. Both operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and give students real-world experience.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 35

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Broadcast - Radio - Program # 1168

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Broadcast - Radio - Program # 1168


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Financial Assistance

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 Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates find employment as announcers, news anchors and reporters, commercial writers, audio producers, social media and promotion professionals, marketing and sales representatives, online hosts, podcasters, bloggers and digital media entrepreneurs.

On average, 83% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

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.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details for 2017 / 2018
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
BRT1110 Introduction to Audio

Description: In this course, students will learn the basic attributes of sound such as amplitude and frequency. Typical equipment used to capture and manipulate audio will be introduced, including microphones and mixers. As well, editing and mixing digital audio is practiced using industry standard software. Students will record and create audio productions throughout the semester. This course is a combination of Lab and Lecture components.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BRT1120 Announcing

Description: Students will be introduced to the fundamental skills required to become an effective announcer. Students will learn proper breathing, articulation and inflection techniques and will demonstrate these skills in live and recorded applications.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BRT1130 Station and Streaming Operations

Description: Students will be introduced to the organizational structure of a terrestrial and streaming radio operation. They will learn the function of personnel who work behind the microphone and behind the scenes. Program formats and broadcast regulations and standards will also be examined.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BRT1140 Writing for Broadcast

Description: Students will learn skills that are unique to the world of broadcasting. They include writing complete stories in units of 15, 30, 60 and 90 second lengths. Students will also create audio features resulting in ideas and strategies that will transform words into images.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

LIBS1460 Introduction to Meteorology

Description: The course will focus on the principles that will enable a student to attain a basic understanding of the atmosphere and its processes. It will also examine how information is gathered and presented in a typical weather forecast. In addition, it will show how society is affecting world climate by its impact on ozone depletion and air quality, thus enabling the student to understand the cause/effect relationship between human activity and resulting changes in the atmosphere and climate.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
BRT1180 Radio Programming

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: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BRT1190 Introduction to Audio Production

Description: Students will apply the fundamentals of audio learned in first semester to create more complex projects typically heard on radio stations, such as recorded commercials and features. Added emphasis will be put on the quality and creativity in the productions required for professional broadcast. Remote studio setup will also be introduced as students perform live radio shows away from the main studios.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BRT1200 Introduciton to Radio News

Description: Students in this course will learn what news is, the basics of how to develop story ideas, and the standard radio news story types. This includes learning and applying the CP Style Guide, developing and employing interviewing skills and understanding legal issues. They will also gather, write, prepare and present effective newscasts.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BRT1210 Broadcast Platforms and Technology

Description: Students will learn computer software utilized at radio stations for the operating of on-air and recorded programming in addition to software used to schedule music and commercials. Students will also explore basic website design and create content that can be used for streaming and podcasting purposes.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BRT2230 Radio Sales and Promotions

Description: Students will be introduced to the crucial role advertising sales plays in the financial health and stability of a radio station. This includes an examination of the evolution of media sales, the strengths and weaknesses of competing media, contests and promotions and audience rating methodology used by Numeris.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
BRT2200 Audio Production

Description: From concept to completion, the student will create, edit and produce audio material. Production pieces will include documentaries, music and spoken word features, promos and radio station imaging.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: BRT1190
CoRequisites:

BRT2210 On-Air Operations

Description: Each student will rotate through assigned operational positions. Activities will include live and pre-recorded on-air (announce) positions, news, programming and production.
Hours: 112
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites: BRT1130
CoRequisites:

BRT2220 Advanced Radio News

Description: Students will apply the skills they've learned to research, write, record, edit, produce and assemble news features and specialty news programming for broadcast on CJIQ and the program's streaming station.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: BRT1200
CoRequisites:

ENTR2070 Media Freelancing and Entrepreneurship

Description: In this course, students are introduced to the importance of initiative, creativity, delivery and business acumen in taking their own journalistic projects from idea to public view. Pitching ideas, pricing and valuing one's own work, establishing one's brand, building business relationships, and the financial aspects of running a small business are all important parts of freelancing, independent production and contract work in today's media environment. Students learn how to market their skills and talents outside of traditional employer-employee relationships.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 4
BRT2240 Advanced Audio Production

Description: Students will create audio content using advanced production skills. Projects include the creation of audio and creative demos, writing and producing of commercials, public service announcements, features, imaging and promos.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: BRT2200
CoRequisites:

BRT2250 On-Air Specialization

Description: Students will master skills in a specific area of study which they will choose. Areas include on-air performance (announcing), audio production, news, programming or creative commercial writing and production.
Hours: 112
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites: BRT2210
CoRequisites:

BRT2260 Advanced Radio Sales and Promotions

Description: Students will create client lists and submit sales proposals for potential CJIQ clients. This includes conducting a sales needs analysis, designing and presenting an advertising proposal and developing compelling creative. Students will also create a contest promotion that can be used on CJIQ for a Numeris ratings survey.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: BRT2230
CoRequisites:

FPLT2270 Field Placement (Broadcast Radio)

Description: The emphasis on this course is planning for your success. This includes creating a network of industry contacts, adopting a positive attitude, demonstrating confidence and effectively marketing your brand. Students will be required to complete a Field Placement at a radio station or production studio. Or, students may elect to do an optional Practicum assignment.
Hours: 159
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
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Program Outcomes

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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 before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

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