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BCIT Broadcast Television Diploma

Note: The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. The next intake will start accepting applications on November 3, 2014.

Please check our list of programs that may have space available or access our program database for a complete list of BCIT programs.


The BCIT Broadcast Television Diploma program prepares students for a career in the television, film, live event, and video production industries

You will work on projects ranging from documentaries and dramatic productions, to news, sports, live event production, commercials, and client projects. Television alumni work around the world producing a wide variety of professional media, broadcast, and online content.

BCIT Television students develop skills to:
  • Develop and shoot news, documentaries, sports and live events
  • Write, direct, shoot and edit a wide variety of programming
  • Utilize industry-standard broadcast & HD equipment and workflows
  • Produce weekly content in creative, high-energy teams
BCIT BROADCAST TELEVISION DIPLOMA
BCIT Credential: BCIT Diploma
Program Length: 2 years, Full-time
Program Start: September
Number of Courses: 26 courses, 137 credits
Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees
Internship/Practicum: 4 weeks, 5 days a week
Job Rotations: Shooting & Editing (Short Form)
 (3 weeks)
Major Project Production (Long Form)
 (6 weeks)
Production - BCIT Magazine & Live Event
 (3 weeks)
Industry Internships & Practicums
 (2 weeks)
1st Year Entry: View Requirements

BCIT TV Broadcast

Television students prepare and deliver programing which is broadcast weekly on Shaw TV, streamed online, and delivered through online video services.  Students rotate through various roles including writing scripts, shooting and editing, directing, lighting and audio mixing.

Video Production Internship

Television students participate in internships with TV stations, film studios, or production companies to learn on the job and develop connections throughout the media industry. Students find internships in communities throughout the province, across the country, and around the world!

Video Production Jobs & Careers

Graduates of the BCIT Broadcast Television Diploma program have extensive experience writing for TV and online audiences. Students gain many valuable skills that can lead to a wide variety of video and media job opportunities.

Entry-Level Positions:
  • Camera Operator
  • Video Editor
  • Independent Film Maker
Mid-Level Positions:
  • Writer
  • Production Coordinator
  • Post Production Supervisor

Program Entry

Application Process:

Admissions for September 2014 are now open

  • Applications for the next intake of the Television & Video Production program are now being accepted - you can apply online now!  Our admissions process has changed this year - View a summary of the changes.

If you are looking for general information about applying to the program, we invite you to attend one of our Business and Media monthly information sessions.  We have faculty on-hand to answer questions, and often have current students available to discuss the program.

Curriculum Development

The Television Program is currently undergoing a periodic curriculum development process.  Course outcomes, learning objectives, and implementation strategies are being revised and updated in consultation with the Program Advisory Committee, BCIT Faculty, and the BCIT Learning and Teaching Centre.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry:

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Requirements completed within the last five years
  • Related experience
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

Applications accepted November 1st** – March 31st

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Recommended for success

  • Prospective applicants are expected to have high proficiency in oral and written English. Previous post-secondary academic studies in business, law, computer science and other humanities, as well as an up-to-date awareness of current events, will prove valuable.

  • Proficiency in applied computer skills is essential for program success.

  • Completion of BCIT part-time studies broadcast and media courses is an asset.

  • Varied field experience, and post-secondary education.

  • Applicants are encouraged to attend one of our monthly Broadcast and Media Communications information session. Check the online schedule for upcoming dates and times.

Apply to program

The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. The next intake will start accepting applications on November 3, 2014.

Please check our list of programs that may have space available or access our program database for a complete list of BCIT programs.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

myCommunication

Within 3 weeks of applying to a program, you will be sent a letter in the mail confirming receipt of your application. The letter will identify your student number, BCIT e-mail address and instructions on how to login to your myBCIT account.

All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Scholarship Available:

Additional supplies and costs

In addition to textbooks and stationary, Television & Video Production students must supply additional resources to ensure they can participate in classes, and deliver assignments to meet learning outcomes.  These resources include:

  • Mobile phone with voice mail (must have silent mode)
  • Access to a computer
  • my.bcit e-mail address (may forward email to an email provider of your choice)
  • 250GB (minimum) portable USB-powered hard drive - for media and assignment storage
  • 32GB SD memory card - Class 10 and 133x or faster (used in terms 2 through 4)
  • Headphones (over-ear, or in-ear variety) with 1/8" connector
  • Access to a still camera – digital or film

Recommended

To participate in classroom and lab projects effectively, Broadcast faculty members recommend that students may consider purchasing a portable computer to utilize in addition to BCIT computer labs.  Software applications may be used on either Mac or PC platforms; BCIT students will learn and utilize both systems.

Access to a inexpensive camera capable of recording HD video is also valuable for training purposes. While most of assignments require the use of our broadcast-quality professional equipment for production and post-production, digital video cameras or digital SLR cameras can be valuable for use on some individual and group projects.

Vehicles

Television & Video Production students are not required to own a vehicle, however students must have a valid driver's license and access to a vehicle in Levels 1 through 4 in order to transport production equipment necessary for individual and group projects.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Student spending above and beyond tuition depends largely on individual preferences and practices. The following estimates provide a range of spending:

Television
Level 1: $2,550; Level 2: $50; Level 3: $2,250; Level 4: $55

(General estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BCST 1101 Technical Introduction 3.0
  BCST 1120 Video Basics 10.0
  BCST 1124 Writing for Television 3.0
  BCST 1223 Television Production Planning 3.0
  BCST 2207 Advanced Computers for Television 3.0
  BUSA 1620 Computer Applications for Broadcasting 3.0
  COMM 1112 Communication for Broadcasters 1 3.0
  ORGB 2510 Interpersonal Relationships 2.0
 
Level 2 (16 weeks plus four-week practicum) Credits
  BCST 2209 Practicum 1 7.0
  BCST 2218 Essentials of Post Production and Online Media 3.0
  BCST 2220 Video Production 15.0
  BCST 2222 Theory of Colour Television Systems 3.0
  BCST 2224 Dramatic Writing for Television 3.0
  BCST 3317 Non-linear Audio Editing 3.0
  BCST 3318 Non-linear Video Editing 3.0
  COMM 2212 Communication for Broadcasters 2 3.0
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BCST 3320 Video Production 18.0
  BCST 3322 Television News 4.0
  BCST 3325 News Shooting and Editing 1 4.0
  BLAW 3300 Broadcast Law 3.0
  COMM 3312 Corporate Writing for Television 3.0
 
Level 4 (16 weeks plus four-week practicum) Credits
  BCST 4409 Practicum 2 7.0
  BCST 4420 Video Production 2 18.0
  BCST 4425 Shooting and Editing 2 4.0
  BUSA 1201 Television Management 3.0
  COMM 4412 Project Writing for Television 3.0
 
Total Credits: 137.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The Television & Video Production Program has a course structure designed to start students with the basics necessary to quickly adapt to a professional production environment, then allow the freedom to work on larger team projects.

Term 1 - year one, September

In addition to the core "Video Basics" course, students study non-linear video editing, writing for television, technical concepts, production planning and more.  Students are introduced to technology and skills at a pace that allows both enthusiasts and newcomers the opportunity to build their competencies together.

Term 1 is our most heavily academic term, and requires students to have strong time management skills in addition to a focus on academic achievement.

Term 2 - year one, January

"Video Production" picks up where "Video Basics" leaves off, and gives students the opportunity to refine and expand their skills through small productions designed as team projects. Individual components in term 2 are designed to continue to expand and test their camera, editing, and lighting skills.

Classes introduce more advanced concepts such as "Essentials of Post Production and Online Media", which familiarizes students with compositing, animation, and special effects. Technical courses in video and audio post-production, as well as writing and communication courses expand core skills from Term 1.

Practicum - year one, April

Upon completing Term 2, students enter in a four-week "in-house" practicum, where they work with the Broadcast & Online Journalism students to create our weekly "BCIT Magazine" news program.

For the television students, this provides a real-world chance to enhance their single-camera shooting and editing skills, while producing a live-to-tape broadcast in a realistic newsroom environment.

Term 3 - year two, September

Term 3 begins in September of the second year of the program. Students form themselves into production companies which are tasked with planning, shooting, and editing a dramatic scene. Student production companies choose projects which meet both course guidelines and their own areas of interest.

In addition, single-camera shooting and editing techniques are maintained through a news rotation working with Broadcast & Online Journalism students.

Students arrange time in the local broadcast and production industry, where they can gain valuable experience and industry contacts as they work for production companies, post-production facilities, film and independent productions and television stations.

Term 4 - year two, January

Continuing from Term 3, student production companies work on a major project while continuing to building their single camera shooting and editing experience through live-to-tape training and live, location production of sports and special events.

Students have the opportunity to participate in four-week industry practicums where they can build experience and relationships with employers in the field of their choice.

The final term in the program offers a unique benefit to students who are able to find paying work in the industry; students may elect to "co-op out", and work full-time for a paying employer. This option allows students to finish their academic term by correspondence, so they may work and gain valuable expertise while still earning their academic credential.

Additional Information

As BCIT strives to prepare students for successful careers, we regularly update and adapt our course offerings and hours to meet changing industry conditions and demands. Some classes and practicums may take place outside of normal class hours, including evenings and weekends to offer additional training opportunities for students.

Program length

Two years, full-time

The program runs from September to May each year.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs


Job Opportunities

Graduates are employed throughout B.C. and the world over, wherever television, cable facilities and audio and video production operations exist.

The Television & Video Production course is not a film training program, however we utilize similar production methodologies to traditional film making in our training process. Our alumni work in both film and television & video production environments and indicate that our production techniques have prepared them well for their roles.

As a program that aims to give students the widest possible opportunity for finding their passion within the production community,

Many of our alumni have found employment in both independent and feature film productions, as video editors for features and independent productions, as news or production camera operators, producers and production assistants, film and video staff, scriptwriters and media relations positions.

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Robert Nason, Instructor

Rob has been employed in Television Production since 1962 as a Television Operations Technician in Camera, Audio & Lighting, Technical Director, Director, Technical Producer and Manager, Broadcast Operations for: CHSJ-TV, Saint John, CBC Halifax, CBC Toronto, CKVU-TV, Vancouver, NOWTV, Vancouver, CBS, New York & EUROSTEP, London, U.K. The range of program formats extend through: Educational Programs, News & Information Programs, Music & Variety to Live Sports Broadcasting.

B. A. (UBC 1969), M. P. S. (N.Y.U. 1982)

David Griffiths, Instructor & Admissions Coordinator

David Griffiths began working in video production in 1988 as a volunteer for Shaw Cable in Prince George, British Columbia. Working in a volunteer cable television facility gave David a firm grasp of the broadcast technology, and enabled him to start as a full-time employee of CKPG Television in 1990. In 1992 David moved to Burnaby BC, and enrolled in the Television & Video Production course at BCIT to expand his skill set.

After graduating from BCIT's Television and Video Production course in 1992, David began working in live sports broadcasting as a Chyron operator and programmer, then moved into Directing and Technical Directing for seven years. While continuing to work in live sports broadcasting, David worked for Studio Post and Imaging in Vancouver, B.C., and rapidly developed skills in Video Compression, DVD Authoring, Graphics and Animation, as well as Editing and Post Production.

David has been a faculty member in the Television & Video Production program at BCIT since 1999, and continues to work as a freelance editor in feature films, technology consultant for local post-production companies, and continues to work as an editor and online editor for episodic television programs.

Ashif Jivraj, Program Head

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Michael Moss, Instructor

Michael Moss began his working life in pro audio sales, he also volunteered as a DJ at the campus radio station at Langara College, was a roadie in the local music scene and was a partner in a mobile disco business. Looking for a career in media he applied at CBC Television and spent the next 30 years working at their Vancouver studio. Mike began in Telecine (Film Transfer), and over the years moved on to Master Control, Videotape recording, video switching, ENG editing, EFP (Field) Audio, studio camera, audio operator and finally landed a job as Supervising Technician for the CBC Vancouver Newsroom. Here Mike supervised the crew who worked on live remotes, Election coverage and daily live news production.
Later advancing to the position of Manager of TV Post Production at CBC Vancouver, Mike supervised the Production Editing, Graphic Design, Audio Post Production and Server Ingest/VTR area. Mike worked with producers on numerous TV shows and documentaries.
Mike now works as an independent media technical consultant, technical producer and editor.
Mike is a recipient of the CBC 25 year service award, is a past member of the National Press Photographers Association and the Western Association of Broadcaster Engineers. Mike was most recently Chair of the BCIT Television Program Advisory Council and continues to advise faculty on industry trends.

Dan Moscrip, Instructor

Dan Moscrip comes to BCIT with a wealth of television production experience. His career began in 1978 at Victoria Cable 10. For 25 years he worked at Knowledge Network, where he was a Senior Producer/Director. Dan has more than 1000 broadcast programs to his credit including documentaries, drama, promotions, short vignettes, instructional telecourses, and informational series. He has extensive experience with single camera electronic field production; multi-camera location webcasts; remote mobile-based productions; and hundreds of hours of multi-camera studio directing – both recorded and live. He also owned Looking Glass Productions Ltd., an award winning video production company based in North Vancouver.

His work has been recognized by the International Health & Medical Film Festival, the New York Festivals, the Columbus Film & Video Festival, the AMTEC (Association for Media & Technology in Education in Canada) Festival and others. Dan is also a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcaster's Quarter Century Club in recognition of 25 years of honourable and distinguished service to the broadcasting industry of Canada.

Dan studied television production at the British Columbia Institute of Technology earning a Diploma of Technology in Broadcast Communications and has completed the BC Instructors Diploma Program through Vancouver Community College. As a practitioner of life-long-learning he has furthered his education with courses in writing, acting, directing, financing, pitching, and project management.

David Berenbaum, Instructor

Dave began his career in television volunteering for Rogers Community Cable before attending and graduating from BCIT's Full Time Television program in 1992. After graduation, he worked at a local station in Master Control and freelanced on a variety of sets as a camera and lighting assist.

Turning his focus to post-production, Dave found a home cutting commercials and corporate videos eventually ending up at The Eyes where he propelled to the position of Vice-President. While at The Eyes, Dave produced and directed many award winning television series for Canadian and US networks as well as supervised all aspects of post-production.

Dave is now back in the edit suite cutting docu-reality and docu-drama programming while simultaneously on the faculty teaching editing.

Glenn Graham, Instructor

Glenn Graham worked as a management consultant prior to joining BCIT's School of Business. He has 17 years of experience not only leading client service delivery teams but also delivering various types of business-to-business and business-to-consumer research, analysis, and strategy development assignments. These assignments have focussed primarily on the development of market entry strategies, business plans, and strategic plans. Other types of assignments have included market/industry studies, competitor analysis studies, consumer behaviour research studies, product development/product pricing studies, demand analysis studies, feasibility studies, and business process improvement/program effectiveness reviews. He holds two Bachelor degrees and a Master's degree from Simon Fraser University.

He has taught in both the part time studies program and the full-time day program. At the present time, he is teaching ORGB 1105, Organizational Behaviour, BUSA 2005, Principles of Management, ORGB 2325, Organizational Behaviour, and ORGB 2510, Interpersonal Relationships. In the past, he has taught BUSA 2005, Principles of Management, BUSA 2100, Introduction to Management, HRMG 3105, Human Resource Management Fundamentals, and ORGB 1105, Organizational Behaviour. In addition, he has acted as faculty advisor to students engaged in delivering the end-of-credential consulting project in BMGT 4900 and HRMG 4900.

John Foster, Instructor

John began instructing at BCIT in April 2000. He is lead instructor in Electronic Commerce in the School of Business. From 2011 he has been instructing in the full-time program. From 2007 to 2011 John had the opportunity to live in Tokyo where he taught at Temple University's Japan campus.

Along with instructing business, computer and IT courses for many years he has worked as a stockbroker, has planned and launched a small business, written and consulted on numerous business plans, planned and implemented an array of web sites and engaged in IT project management including work with Microsoft on Windows Mobile and Windows Vista.

John Foster has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University (Australia), and an honours Certificate in Electronic Commerce from the British Columbia Institute of Technology

Advisory committee

  • David Seemann, Business Manager, News/Studio, CTV
  • Deepak Sahasrabudhe, Soma Television Ltd.
  • Gary Milne, Broadcast Manager
  • Gerry Belec, Global TV
  • Glenn Elliott, Technical Director, Global TV
  • Heather Hawthorn-Doyle, Executive, OMNI Film Productions
  • Jim Reis, Senior Producer, Shaw TV/Cable
  • John Ritchie, Executive Producer, Force Four Entertainment
  • Mike Clotildes, CKPG
  • Murray Wooding, CBC
  • Oliver Eichel, Knowledge Network
  • Todd Giroux, Robot Post
  • Tim Lewis, President, Proshow - Chairperson
  • Ken Anderson, General Manager, Sim Digital
  • Stu McNish, Oh Boy Productions
  • Paul Brettell, Canucks Sports & Entertainment

Contact Us

Admissions Coordinator

David Griffiths
email: david_griffiths@bcit.ca
After applying for the program, if you have any questions regarding your application status, document submission, decision timeframe, etc.

If you are looking for general information about applying to the program, we invite you to attend one of our Business and Media monthly information sessions.  We have faculty on-hand to answer questions, and often have current students available to discuss the program.

Special Projects

BCIT Television & Video Production looks for a small number of special projects each term to help service learning outcomes for our students.  If you have a project suggestion (preferably with at least 2 months notice), please click on the link below and provide as much detail as possible on our request form.

Submit Your Project Request Here


Film & Production Liaison - BCIT Burnaby Campus

Robert Nason
phone: 604-432-8403
email: robert_nason@bcit.ca

Information on Film and Television Production at the BCIT Burnaby Campus, Locations & Rates.

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