Broadcasting - Television and Independent Production (Formerly: Broadcast - Television)
- Ontario College Diploma
- College Code:
- Media & Design
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2017 / 2018
About the ProgramConestoga's Broadcasting - Television and Independent Production program recognizes the increasing importance of independent production in video content creation while maintaining the high quality standards demanded in the broadcast arena.
Students who are passionate for the art of visual storytelling through film and video will learn to write, shoot, edit, and perform on camera. Storytelling is enhanced through lighting, sound design, and post-production finishing, using industry-standard software to edit, composite, animate motion-graphics, and colour grade. Students work individually, and in both small and large crews. They learn to market themselves and their productions through the web and social media.
In the final semester, students have the opportunity to secure an industry placement and to choose from a number of program specializations, including short narrative film, sports mobile, freelance video, and series development. (Program specialization options are subject to minimum enrolments each year).
Conestoga Connected, a two-time national-award-winning televised program, is developed each year by students in the series development specialization.
The program's inventory of HD field cameras and professional lighting kits is continually enhanced by the acquisition of the latest ancillary gear. Students may use GoPro cameras and mounts; Osmo handheld, gimbal cameras; Fig Rig stabilizers; Glidecam mounts; and a large variety of grip equipment.
The multi-camera production experience is well-served by our fully equipped HD studio, with Ross Carbonite 2 switcher and fibre-connected Ikegami cameras, along with Tricaster flight packs and a jib, for mobile, remote production.
The Broadcasting - Television and Independent Production program will prepare students for most entry-level jobs in the industry and prepare graduates to navigate the world of freelance and contract employment, or create their own jobs through entrepreneurship.
Program InformationLength: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 65
- 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 calculation of the academic strength.
- Provided the program has available spaces, applicants meeting minimum academic strength (70% in 2016) will receive an offer of acceptance and are encouraged to tour the facilities and gain an understanding of the demanding workload and extracurricular hours required for success in the program.
- A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- The Broadcast Television program requires that students be available to shoot and edit projects and live events outside of regular school hours, including some weekends, as part of the curriculum.
- Attendance at classes is essential as many courses include hands-on, in-class assignments as part of the assessment strategy.
- Students are required to provide their own media storage solutions. This includes such things as external hard drives and SDHC cards. Details and specifications will be provided at the start of the semester and in the program information sessions.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceThe 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 OpportunitiesGraduates find freelance, contract or full-time positions as videographers, editors, writers, performers, and a variety of other production and post-production positions, within the corporate, independent production, and broadcast fields.
On average, 75% 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: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga 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.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|BRT1160||Single Camera Production
Description: It all starts with the shot. Wide shots. Medium shots. Close-ups. High angle, low angle and canted angle shots. All are elements of the visual grammar that goes into creating a compelling scene. In this course students will explore the language of visual storytelling and learn the basics of professional single camera shooting and editing. They will learn how to shoot a scene from various angles, with different sized shots, and how to edit those shots together to create a single scene that flows smoothly and seamlessly.
Description: Successful YouTubers, journalists and actors all have one thing in common, the ability to present content with confidence. This course explores on-camera performance for both scripted and non-scripted video platforms. Through discussion, coaching and group exercises, students learn techniques to enhance their confidence and ability to effectively articulate material on camera. Students will explore proper voice manipulation, creating emotion and appropriate appearance to present an impactful performance.
|BRT1260||Audio for Video
Description: Close your eyes. Imagine a baby crying, or a crowd cheering, or an out of control train careening ever faster down the tracks. All in complete silence. Audio is the element that adds life to a production. It helps connect the audience emotionally to the story. In fact, audio is a least 50% of the viewer's experience. In this course, students will learn how to use audio as a storytelling tool. They will learn about audio theory and the tools and techniques specific to video production. Basic miking, recording and audio mixing techniques will be explored through the shooting and editing of video projects.
|BRT1270||Television Studio Production
Description: To an outsider, the mix of multiple monitors, buttons and sounds within a busy television control room can seem like chaos, but it's actually an environment where everyone is fulfilling an essential role that ultimately results in a slick and seamless television program for the viewing audience. Welcome to the inside. This course introduces students to basic, multi-camera, studio production tools and techniques with a heavy emphasis on teamwork and best practices. Directing, switching, audio, camera operation and video control are among the many crew roles that students will perform to produce programs within the television studio environment.
|COMM1085||College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|BRT1150||The Business of Television and Independent Production
Description: The industry that develops, produces, and delivers video content is constantly evolving in response to the changing landscape created by technology, culture and business. In this course students examine the current lay of the land in the television and independent production industries from funding models to applicable laws, ethics, standards and practices. The past, future and interconnectedness of both television and independent production are explored to help make sense of current conditions and future forecasts.
Description: Some of the most shared, viewed and liked videos tell a great story. Factual storytelling is the basis of documentaries, news reports and engaging web series. This course explores the skills necessary to conceive and produce editorially driven, non-fiction content for a variety of video platforms. Through assignments, students will research, interview, shoot and edit a variety of short and long stories. A selection of stories produced will be lined up and presented in a live-to-tape studio environment using the skills learned in TV Studio Production. By the end of this course, successful students will be able to create compelling video content that will stand out.
|BRT1280||Location Production and Lighting
Description: Often the difference between a production that looks okay and one that looks amazing is the lighting, but lighting is about much more than illumination. It can be used as a storytelling tool to expand the emotional pallet of a scene by reflecting the tone or the mood of the story, or even a person's character traits. In this course, students will further their knowledge and skills in single camera production through applying several common lighting techniques within a variety of productions.
|BRT1290||Graphics and Motion Graphics
Description: Graphics and motion graphics play an increasingly important role within the production and post-production environment. They can set the mood within a title sequence, enhance storytelling by providing additional information, and simplify difficult concepts through data visualization. Animated graphics can add excitement and an additional layer of meaning. Using industry-standard imaging and motion graphics applications, students will apply design principles and elements of design to create aesthetically pleasing and technically sound graphics for the screen, including titles, lower thirds, credits and infographics.
Description: Alfred Hitchcock once said, “To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script.” A good script is the foundation upon which your projects will be built. In this course, students will learn how to write compelling scripts for video and film using proper split-script and standard screenplay formats. Plot, character development and effective storytelling structure will be explored through the writing of scripts, some of which will be “greenlighted” and taken forward into production by the students.
|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 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 employed. 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 employers.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Description: Beyond basic editing lies a world of layering and manipulating video, sound and special effects to engage viewers in the storytelling. This is the world of Advanced Post-production. Students will adopt a problem-solving approach toward applying the techniques of video compositing, colour grading, and audio post-production with an emphasis on motivated decision-making.
|BRT2140||Web Design and Delivery
Description: Online video delivery has become an essential component of modern business and marketing strategies. In this course, students learn how to market themselves and their videos through a custom, portfolio website that they create and strategic use of social media platforms. The skills learned will be a valuable asset to take into today's job market.
|BRT2280||Series Development and Production
Description: All the skills and knowledge gained in the first year of the program come together in this course, which allows students to plan and produce a television show with original content. Working in teams, students will learn how to develop and pitch a series and create multiple episodes by integrating and expanding existing knowledge of interviewing, performing, scriptwriting, shooting, editing, graphics, production planning tools and live studio production. This course also takes production one step further, as students will discover how to plan and prepare remote coverage and multi-camera operation in the field.
|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.
Description: Figuring out your dream job and discovering how to go about getting that career is the goal of this practical course. From learning about what opportunities exist in the television and independent production fields, to how to go about branding yourself and creating a professional online presence, this course helps students make the transition from college to obtaining work in their desired field. Students will come away from this course with a polished cover letter, resume, demo reel, social media presence and interview skills that will help them secure their faculty-approved, Industry Placement in the subsequent semester and work after graduation.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
|FPLT2080||Field Placement (Broadcasting Television and Independent Production)
Description: This course facilitates a placement experience with a company/agency which has been approved by the program. Students will take an active role in securing a placement by practising employability skills learned through preparatory courses. Engaging in the work environment of a professionally relevant company/agency will allow students to apply their education and skills contributing to their mutual benefit. Appropriate workplace behaviour and etiquette is expected as students use this opportunity to expand their network of industry contacts and effectively market their personal brand. Through this experience, students can cultivate confidence, escalate awareness of industry practices, add to their resume & portfolio, and contribute to their own career success.
Electives: Program Option
Student must complete a minimum of 140 Hours
View Program Option Electives
Please note that all courses may not be offered in all semesters. Go to your student portal for full timetabling details under "My Courses".
Description: From start-ups to large corporations, most companies rely heavily on video to get their message out. This intensive course is designed to give students the confidence and skills they need to produce videos for a variety of clients upon graduation. Applying the skills learned in the program so far, students work with real, outside clients to understand the message they want to convey, capture it in a comprehensive proposal and produce the desired corporate video. Writing treatments, creating storyboards, budgeting resources, and production scheduling are among the skills taught that will prepare the graduate to generate income as a freelance videographer. Students will also update their demo reels to include their strongest material from this course to increase their professional online presence in the freelance video field.
Description: Live sports coverage continues to garner the largest television audiences - from the Stanley Cup, to the Superbowl, to the Olympics. As technology expands, audiences continue to demand excellent live coverage of sports. This course allows students to plan, propose, schedule, budget and execute multi-camera, mobile shoots for a variety of seasonal sports. Building on the skills acquired in the prerequisite course, students will host, interview athletes on-location, shoot and edit pre-produced material to use during live events, create graphics and produce all aspects of live sporting events. Students will also update their demo reels to include their strongest material from this course to increase their professional online presence in the sports mobile field.
|BRT2325||Advanced Series Development and Production
Description: The satisfaction of seeing an original idea come to fruition on the screen is the reason many people love working in television and independent production. This course allows students to discover how to develop, pitch, propose, schedule, budget and create an original television series that will be distributed either online and/or on cable television for a specific audience. Building on the skills acquired in the prerequisite course, students will host, interview guests on location and/or in studio, shoot, edit, create graphics and produce all aspects of a factual-based series. Students will also update their demo reels to include their strongest material from this course to increase their professional online presence in the series development and production field.
Description: In the words of Stanley Kubrick, “The best education in film is to make one.” The first time you see a film of yours flicker to life on the screen is an emotional experience. There's nothing else quite like it. Knowing that an idea that first sparked and crackled into being in your imagination is finally out there in the world is scary, nerve-wracking and ultimately very rewarding. In this immersive course students will pour their energy and all of the knowledge and skills they have gained in the program so far, into realizing their vision by creating a number of original, short, narrative films or documentaries. Solid storytelling and strong production values will be emphasized throughout.
- Operate industry standard production equipment, in studio and on location, to create television, video and/or web content for multiple platforms.
- Deliver television, video and digital or web content via multiple platforms in formats that meet current broadcast industry standards.
- Participate in the planning and preparation of television, mobile and/or web productions that meet industry standards and regulations.
- Monitor and maintain the technical quality of productions during recording and broadcasts using resources, equipment and protocols which meet with industry standards.
- Participate in marketing activities to promote independent productions and/or a station's brand and products.
- Plan and prepare interviews, scripts and reporting content for use in television, video or digital media productions.
- Use business skills and accepted industry practices in the creation of television, video and/or web productions.
- Keep current with the needs of the television and digital media broadcast industry using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development.
- Conduct work safely in accordance with all applicable acts, regulations, legislation, and codes to ensure personal and public safety.
- Use a variety of post-production skills and techniques to enhance and complete television, digital, web and/or video productions.
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