Broadcast - Radio

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This program requires applicants to attend an interview as part of the admission process.

About the Program

Conestoga College offers an exciting two-year Radio Broadcasting program. Once complete you will be a multi-skilled graduate that may find a career as an announcer, news anchor/reporter, creative writer, producer, promotions and social media professional, marketing and sales representative, podcaster, or digital media entrepreneur.
You will learn from broadcast professionals, in small classes that focus on hands-on learning and practical theory. Within the first few weeks of the program, you will be 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 you the opportunity to learn on equipment and software used currently in the industry.
In addition to an internet streaming station (Q2), the program features one of the largest college radio stations in Canada, 88.3 CJIQ FM. In second year, as a radio student, you will call upon your 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 you a real-world experience.
A field placement opportunity is also provided in the last semester. This is a great opportunity for you to meet more industry professionals and make contacts for potential employment upon graduation. For students who want to go further, the School of Media + Design offers a graduate certificate in Broadcast Performance and Digital Media.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2020 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 35

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2019-2020 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 (2019 / 2020) for Broadcast - Radio - Program # 1168

Doon - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00 $1348.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $2122.33 $1799.33
Year Total   $3921.66
Doon - Fall 2019 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2018-09-04)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
Full-time Program Tuition $1348.00 $1348.00
Student Priority Fee $0.00 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
Administration Fee $0.00 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Association Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI - Advocacy Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Documentation Fee $40.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $2162.33 $1799.33
Year Total   $3961.66

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2019 / 2020) for
Broadcast - Radio - Program # 1168


Doon - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $500.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $7899.33 $7076.33
Year Total   $14975.66

Doon - Fall 2019 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2018-09-04)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00
Student Priority Fee $0.00 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
Administration Fee $0.00 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Association Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI - Advocacy Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Documentation Fee $40.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $500.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $7939.33 $7076.33
Year Total   $15015.66

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 an announcer, news anchor/reporter, creative/commercial writer, audio producer, promotions and social media professional, marketing and sales representative, online host, podcaster, blogger, or digital media entrepreneur.
  • For students who want to go further, the School of Creative Industries offers a graduate certificate in Broadcast Performance and Digital Media.


On average, 80% of graduates from the last three years (2015 to 2017) 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 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 (1168)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
BRT1115 Technology 1 - 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 will be practiced in labs using industry standard software. Students will record and create audio productions and learn board operating in a live studio setting through a combination of Lab and Lecture components.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

BRT1125 Announcing Lab

Description: Students will be introduced to the fundamental skills required to become an effective announcer. They will learn to communicate with an audience through traditional media, demonstrating these skills in live radio and recorded podcast formats. Students will explore radio programming, formats, clocks, and how announcing contributes to the overall sound of a station or podcast.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

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

COMM1625 Writing for On-Air 1

Description: Students will learn skills that are unique to the world of broadcasting, such as writing for the ear, writing to time, the art of storytelling, and how imagery is a necessary part of writing for on-air. They will also learn to write scripts for a specific purpose and be introduced to research fundamentals.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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CON0101 Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Hours: 1
Credits:
Pre-Requisites:
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ETHS1360 Ethics and Industry Standards

Description: In this course, students will be introduced to the regulations and standards that govern radio programming in Canada. Students will examine various codes of conduct, including key CRTC regulations and how stations comply with them. Students will gain knowledge in the protection and respect of one's intellectual property rights as it relates to copyright and plagiarism, and be educated on defamation as outlined in the Libel and Slander Act.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
BRT1190 Technology 2 - Advanced 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. All elements involved in broadcasting from the studio will be introduced including on-air software, board mixing, VoxPro, and Voicetracking. Students will become skilled in the technical setup involved in remotes and live broadcasts. They will also explore the production side of podcasting.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1635 Introduction to 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. Students will learn and use Burli Newsroom software for scripts and editing.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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COMM1675 Writing for On-Air 2

Description: Choosing what content to use on-air is vital to audience engagement. In this course, students will build on knowledge gained in Writing for On-Air I and use those skills to create more in-depth projects, including radio features, documentaries, and podcasts. Students will acquire knowledge in what topics to choose, why, and where to source the information. They will also learn how to adjust their writing to engage with an online audience, including how to connect and market using social media.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
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COMM1685 Social Media

Description: Students will evaluate current social media platforms used in the broadcasting field. Examining how they are utilized for both corporate and personal goals, branding and communication practices. Content generation and audience engagement strategies will be developed, using hands-on practice in how to effectively use each social media platform to build a relationship that connects students with their on-air and online audiences.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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TECH1420 Integrated Media Technology

Description: Numerous media platforms are now used in the radio and podcasting fields. This course introduces emerging tools and technologies. Through a series of theory and lab sessions students will become familiar with emerging tools and technologies, such as web design, graphics, photography, and video production. Students will learn to leverage the appropriate skill for a variety of media formats.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
BRT2205 Technology 3 - Multi-channel Audio Production

Description: In this course, students will apply skills learned in first year to produce advanced production pieces. Utilizing their knowledge in research, writing, audio and video editing, web design, and photography, students will create productions from concept to completion. An added emphasis will be placed on quality and creativity.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: BRT1190
CoRequisites:

BRT2210 Radio Lab 1

Description: Each student will rotate through multiple assigned operational positions on CJIQ and Conestoga College's streaming station. They will fill industry matched roles as part of the daily operations of the radio station(s). Those include, but are not limited to, Morning Show Host, Music Director, Producer, News Anchor, Sports Reporter. This course is designed to give students real-world experience.
Hours: 112
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites:
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BRT2220 Advanced News Reporting

Description: Students will apply the skills they've learned in Introduction to News to research, write, record, edit, produce and assemble news features and specialty news programming for broadcast on CJIQ and the program's streaming station. Expanded voice work includes reporter wraps and streeters. Students will learn how they can leverage social media when gathering and reporting news.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: BRT1200 or COMM1625
CoRequisites:

BUSS2000 Sales and Promotions 1

Description: Students will be introduced to the crucial role that advertising sales plays in the financial health and stability of a radio station. This includes how to build the foundation of a business relationship, exploring the relationship between sales and promotions, and how to prospect for quality clients. Students will examine the abilities, strengths, and weaknesses of data analytics used to measure audience size in various markets and identify how those numbers affect advertising contracts.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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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 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.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
BRT2240 Podcasting and Feature Production

Description: This course gives students a chance to use skills they've acquired over 3 semesters to take a deep dive into long form podcasting and documentary writing. Students will create compelling content, from start to finish, that stands out in an increasingly competitive field. Whether they're looking to inform, market, or entertain an audience, students will be taught how to combine their multi-track editing skills with their researching, announcing and writing skills to produce work that attracts an audience.
Hours: 55
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: BRT2200 or BRT2205
CoRequisites:

BRT2255 Radio Lab 2

Description: Building on skills acquired in Radio Lab 1, each student will focus on selected roles while rotating through assigned operational positions on CJIQ and Conestoga College's streaming station. They will fill industry matched roles as part of the daily operations of the radio station(s). Those include, but are not limited to, Morning Show Host, Music Director, Producer, News Anchor, Sports Reporter. This course offers students more time to focus on a specific skill, such as announcing or music programming.
Hours: 88
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: BRT2210
CoRequisites:

BUSS2010 Sales and Promotions 2

Description: Applying both theoretical and practical experience gained in Sales & Promotions 1, students will develop an effective campaign idea, and create and present a custom client proposal to a local business. Students will be able to dissect and analyze a client's marketing budget and make recommendations based on those findings. They will also develop and present a promotional campaign that is focused on increasing audience size, and time spent listening.
Hours: 33
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: BRT2230 or BUSS2000
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: 33
Credits: 2
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FPLT2276 Field Placement (Broadcast Radio)

Description: This course prepares students and facilitates a placement experience with a company/agency which has been approved by the program. Students will review employability skills in class and then practise these skills as they take an active role in securing a placement. Students will refine self-marketing techniques to establish cohesive branding of themselves at a professional level. 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.
Hours: 112
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: OHS1320
CoRequisites:

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