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Radio Arts and Entertainment

Podcasts, YouTube video series, streaming radio, audio books, commercial web series, sports coverage, and of course, traditional radio—all these media arts industries are looking for more and more skilled people to run, host, program, and manage the growing amount of content in today's digital world.

To give you the real-world skills and experience you need for a successful career in media arts and entertainment, BCIT has developed this job-focused, two-year program. In this program, you'll prepare for a media career in a variety of fields by studying things like audio, video, reporting, coordinating, and event planning. Additionally, you'll get invaluable hands-on experience with two practicums and work at Canada's only student-run radio station, Evolution 107.9.

About the Radio Arts and Entertainment program

  • Two years, full-time
  • Courses from September to May
  • 90% of grads find work in a related industry within 3 months of graduating
  • The only campus in Canada where students run every aspect of the school radio station, Evolution 107.9
Learn more bout why BCIT's program has one of the best reputations in the industry on the Program Details page.

Who should apply for BCIT's Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma?

If you’re interested in a unique career in new entertainment media, including digital and analog radio, podcasts, broadcasts, and more, this program is for you.

You’ll be successful in this program and career if you are:
  • Flexible and can think on your feet
  • Creative
  • Energetic and outgoing
  • Lively
  • Dynamic
  • People-smart and a savvy problem solver
If you’re excited for a career in the media arts, start your journey today by applying on our Program Entry page.

Your experience matters

Do you already have some experience working in radio or digital broadcast? Or have some post-secondary course work? You might qualify for advanced placement to help speed your education and entry into your new career in media arts.

What grads can do

With so much practical experience throughout the program, BCIT graduates are prepared with the knowledge and skills required to launch into a career in media arts. In fact, 90% of graduates find work within a related industry within three months of graduation.

Learn more about the career opportunities awaiting you on our Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

Entrance Requirement Overview

Students with part-time employment require flexible hours to accommodate the work schedule of this program.

The Radio Arts and Entertainment program always receives more applications than available seats, so apply early.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Fine Arts: one of the following:
    • Arts Education 11 or 12 course (Drama, Fine Arts, Music, Visual Arts, or Dance) (67%) or
    • Writing 12 course (67%) or
    • Three credits of post-secondary Arts or Fine Arts from a recognized institution (67%) or
    • Three credits BCIT Broadcast and Media Communications Part-time Studies (BCST course) (67%)

  • BCST 0002 – Radio Arts and Entertainment Full-time Diploma Program Entrance Exam* (50%)

*All applicants for the Radio Arts and Entertainment program must successfully complete an entrance examination that evaluates English literacy, current events awareness, and general knowledge. Applicants must successfully complete the exam prior to submitting an application. Local applicants must register online to participate in the entrance exam invigilated at the BCIT Burnaby Campus. Out of town applicants must contact the Radio Arts and Entertainment admissions faculty to make arrangements for taking the entrance exam remotely. After completion of the exam, results are will be posted online to your myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions which are held on the first Monday of each month during the school year (September to June) at 1730 in the Broadcast Centre, Building SE10 on the Burnaby campus. (When the first Monday of a month is a holiday, the meeting is held on the second Monday.)

  • The prospective applicant is expected to have high proficiency in oral and written English. Previous studies in fine arts, communications, political science, history, psychology, business, law, computer science, and other humanities, as well as an up-to-date awareness of current events, will prove valuable.

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

  • BCIT Broadcast and Media Communications Part-time Studies courses.

  • Varied experience in any broadcast or digital media, public relations, marketing, sales or sports organization.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: show proof of meeting all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

Direct Entry – are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

BCIT accepts applications starting:

  • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting any other requirements with your application. View the Direct entry sheet [PDF] for details.

Apply to program

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

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

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for 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:

Level 1: $1,380; Level 2: $331; Level 3: $200; Level 4: $300

(General estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

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


In the Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma program, you'll learn the industry of media arts, audio production, and more with a mix of practical experience and in-class study. In addition to classes like Music & Media Business, Journalism, Script Performance, and Sound Design, you’ll get hands-on experience with our student-run radio station, Evolution 107.9, and two in-the-field practicums.

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BCST 1111 Media Performance 1 6.0
  BCST 1113 Journalism 1 3.0
  BCST 1300 Advertising: Theory and Techniques 3.0
  BCST 1310 Marketing Foundations 2.0
  BCST 1320 Sound Design 1 2.0
  BCST 1350 Policy, Regulation and Ethics in Society 1 3.0
  BCST 1380 Script Performance 2.0
  COMM 1113 Business Communication 1 3.0
  ORGB 2325 Organizational Behaviour 2.0
Level 2 (15 weeks plus five-week practicum) Credits
  BCST 2209 Practicum 1 7.0
  BCST 2211 Media Performance 2 4.0
  BCST 2213 Journalism 2 3.0
  BCST 2214 Music & Media Business 2.0
  BCST 2305 Online Design 4.0
  BCST 2320 Sound Design 2 2.0
  BCST 2335 Marketing: Sales and Public Relations 3.0
  BCST 3315 Documentary Production 2.0
  COMM 2213 Business Communcation 2 3.0
  OPMT 1319 Statistics and Research Techniques 2.0
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BCST 3310 Media Lab 1 16.0
  BCST 3316 Career Development 2.0
  BCST 3360 Project Proposal 2.0
  BLAW 3300 Broadcast Law 3.0
Level 4 (15 weeks plus four-week practicum) Credits
  BCST 4340 Capstone Project 2.0
  BCST 4409 Practicum 2 7.0
  BCST 4410 Media Lab 2 17.0
  BUSA 1200 Business Concepts 3.0
Total Credits: 110.0

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 need for qualified job applicants in media arts and entertainment fields like digital shows, radio broadcast, audio recording, and music has never been greater or more exciting. That's why BCIT's Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma program has been developed by industry professionals to give students the most up-to-date, necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in this challenging, creative field.

In this program, you'll receive extensive instruction in on-air performance and operations, interviewing, media writing, online and social media, digital production, marketing and advertising for media and news, and sports reporting. As part of your instruction, you'll get valuable experience in our full digital facilities on current industry equipment.

In addition to academic courses, you’ll receive much practical experience via structured simulations, practicums, and work on Canada’s only student-run radio station, Evolution 107.9.

In fact, at our on-campus radio station -- which is available as streaming audio, through iTunes radio, and broadcast through on-air signal -- you’ll get to record and interview artists like Juno award-winner Dan Mangan.

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

BCIT’s Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma is offered at one of the most respected media arts schools in Canada—and for you, that means you'll have the skills, experience, knowledge, and credentials to begin a successful career in this exciting field.

With your diploma, you'll be eligible to continue your studies into a communications degree at several institutions, including Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. We even have an articulation agreement with Murdoch University in Australia!

Some career opportunities in media arts available to you as a BCIT graduate include:
  • News/Sports/Entertainment Anchor
  • On-Air Host
  • Digital Audio Producer
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Media Sales Representative
  • Play-by-Play Announcer
  • Reporter
  • Technical Producer
  • Voice-Over Talent
  • Podcast Producer
  • Music Director
  • Media Relations Coordinator
  • Interviewer
  • Promotions Coordinator
  • Commercial Copywriter

Advanced Placement

Do you have a degree, diploma, or completed a substantial amount of post-secondary courses? You may qualify for direct entry into the Radio Arts & Entertainment program. Students that qualify for direct entry can enter the program at the start of second year depending on the number of transfer credits received.

Acceptance into direct entry is dependent on a number of factors including: seat availability, course transfer credits, and the number of applications received. Most applicants are required to complete additional course work before entering their desired program. Early application is strongly recommended.

Entry into the start of Year 2 (September)

Application process opens on November 1st*
* or next business day

When applying for advanced placement, you must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your online application.

For more information about eligibility requirements and the application process, please download the Radio Arts & Entertainment Advanced Placement Guide [PDF].

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

The BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment faculty has been preparing students for the many facets of the broadcasting industry longer than any other facility in the province. Our enviable track record means you will learn from only the most qualified instructors who possess a unique combination of skill-sets. These skills have been developed not only by working in industry, but also as educators.

There are five full-time faculty dedicated entirely to the Radio Arts and Entertainment Program. They are not paid by the hour on a part-time basis. Each instructor is responsible for specific areas of the curriculum and the program is designed to enable access to any instructor for assistance.

The range of experience our faculty brings to you includes: on-air broadcasting, the music business, audio production, news, programming, freelance production, sales, marketing, and advertising. Each member of the teaching staff has extensive industry experience along with prior training in adult education.

Advisory committee

  • Shushma Datt, Owner, Spice Radio, i.t. Media Broadcasting
  • Mike Eggen, Senior Account Executive, Bell Media Vancouver
  • Brian Adler, Director of Production & Traffic Management, SoMedia Networks
  • Mike Whittingham, Program Director, TSN 1040, Bell Media Vancouver
  • Chris Munshaw, Director of Hockey Operations, Simon Fraser University Men's Hockey
  • Cal Koat, Owner, Calcopyrite Communications Inc.
  • Simone Grewal, On Air, Digital Content Editor, Social Media & Online Blogger Z953, Newcap Radio
  • Chris Duncombe, Director of New Media, Corus Radio
  • Taryn Stephenson, Promotions Coordinator for AM650, LG104.3 & Z953, Newcap Radio
  • Pamela Jones, Owner, Soundswrite Communications
  • Erin McKinley, Senior Media Relations Advisor, Coast Capital Savings
  • Steve Pratt, Partner, Pacific Content
  • Taralynn Reburn, Account Manager, Corporate Partnerships, Vancouver Canucks
  • Stephanie Pound, Marketing Administrator, Richardson Sport, Inc.
  • Russel Lolacher, Director of Social Media, BC Ministry of Transportation
  • Ross Hawse, Regional Manager, BC South, Vista Radio

Contact Us

General Enquiries:

Brian Wiebe
Admissions Coordinator
604-432-8595 | Brian_Wiebe@bcit.ca

Judy Phipps
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8863 | broadcast@bcit.ca

Kathryn Stewart
Student Internship Coordinator
604-456-8025 | Kathryn_Stewart@bcit.ca

Out of Town Entrance Exam Enquiries:

Angelina Shine
Program Assistant, Broadcast & Media Communications
604-451-7198 | Angelina_Shine@bcit.ca

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“BCIT was a great place for me. I met amazing people and walked away from my two year experience with the skills I needed to work in the broadcast industry. I have great memories of my time spent there, and definitely recommend it to anyone interested in a career in media.”
Tamara Taggart, CTV Bell Media News Anchor, Class of 1991.


“The Radio Arts & Entertainment program taught me all the necessary skills to become a successful broadcaster and gave me the confidence to believe in myself. It shaped me to become very versatile in different areas in media and I am so happy with the decision to go to BCIT. I would highly recommend the Radio Arts & Entertainment program to anyone considering a career in media, broadcast, or communications.”
Simone Grewal, Z95.3 On Air, Digital Content Editor, Social Media & Online Blogger, Class of 2002.


"This Program gave me great building blocks for strong communications skills, such as storytelling, understanding your audience, and pushing my creativity, that I definitely still use today. Those two years, and the great people I shared them with, continue to be important to my career." Russel Lolacher, Web and Social Media Director, BC Government, Class of 2004.
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