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BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment Diploma

Note: The September 2015 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for direct entry may be submitted. Applications for September 2016 will be accepted starting November 1, 2015 (or next business day).

The BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma program prepares students for a career in media behind the scenes or in front of a microphone or camera.

You will learn vocal development, radio journalism, media marketing and advertising, the Canadian broadcast media system, professional voicing, audio production, the business of the music industry, online design, documentary production and career development. You will also have an active role in operating all departments of a fully licensed FM radio station in Metro Vancouver.

Many BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment grads work across Canada and around the world in a variety of media and media-related positions.

Evolution 107.9 FM Radio

Radio Arts and Entertainment students operate Evolution 107.9, a CRTC-licensed FM radio station. All on-air content, including news, sports, advertising messages, and short and long-form features, are written and presented by second year students. Students also participate in various marketing opportunities throughout the community with the Evolution 107.9 Promo Team. Evolution 107.9 is also the radio play-by-play voice of the Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team.

Radio Internship

Radio Arts and Entertainment students participate in a four week internship with a radio station, TV station, marketing firm, or production company to learn on the job and develop connections within the media industry. Many students find internships in communities throughout British Columbia, across Canada, and around the world.

Radio Arts & Entertainment Jobs & Careers

Graduates of the BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma program have a strong foundation in vocal and script performance, writing, broadcast journalism, marketing and advertising, audio and video production and social media.

Students gain valuable skills that can lead to a wide variety of broadcast and media-related job opportunities.

  • News/Sports/Entertainment Anchor
  • On-Air Host
  • Digital Audio Producer
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Sales Representative
  • Play-by-Play Announcer
  • Reporter
  • Technical Producer
  • Voice-Over Talent
  • Podcast Producer
  • Music Director
  • Media Relations Coordinator
  • Interviewer
  • Researcher
  • Web Designer
  • Promotions Coordinator
  • Commercial Copywriter

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:
    • Fine Arts/Arts Education 11 or 12 (67%) or
    • Three credits of post-secondary Arts or Fine Arts from a recognized institution (67%) or
    • Three credits BCIT Broadcast Communications and Media course (BCST) (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, general knowledge, and broadcast industry awareness. Applicants must successfully complete the exam prior to being considered for selection. 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 special arrangements for taking the entrance exam.

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 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, keyboarding and applied computer skills is essential for program success.

  • BCIT Broadcast and Media Part-time Studies courses.

  • Varied experience in any broadcast or digital media, public relations, marketing, sales or sports organization, and post-secondary education.

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

Note: The September 2015 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for direct entry may be submitted. Applications for September 2016 will be accepted starting November 1, 2015 (or next business day).

BCIT accepts only 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.


Your in-class experience at BCIT's Radio Arts and Entertainment program provides a foundation like no other school. You will be on the air in Metro Vancouver and via the web, around the world. Your on-air performance, documentaries, production work, advertising messages and news and sports stories will be broadcast on our FM radio station, Evolution 107.9. You will learn and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in a variety of positions at radio or television stations (or related media industry). This will involve producing audio and video projects in groups and on your own using cameras and non-linear editing, digital audio software, and other systems to communicate effectively with your listeners and viewers.

Our live broadcast studios are located on campus and anchor the program. We have replicated the infrastructure found in most radio stations and designed a weekly rotation, enabling each student to move from one job position to another. This means you have the opportunity to apply your classroom theory to a lab setting with regular instructor feedback. The lab – Evolution 107.9 FM – is licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which means we are required to fulfill the same regulatory requirements as any other radio station. Evolution 107.9 FM is a Modern Album Adult Alternative rock music format and is heard via an on-air signal (107.9 FM), streaming audio (www.evolution1079.com), iTunes radio (under College/University) and on free mobile apps for both Android and iPhone.

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 BCIT Radio Arts & Entertainment Program is carefully designed to offer a challenging environment through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on lab experiences.

Structurally, our Program begins in the classroom with introductory concepts in announcing, script performance, music and media business, journalism, media policy, and sound design in first year, moves into on-air simulations, and concludes with live broadcasting in a four-week practicum. Hands-on training with broadcast equipment begins as well. You also will study marketing and advertising, organizational behavior and business communication.

Check this out! You will get to record and interview artists like two time Juno award winner Dan Mangan, who visited Evolution 107.9 back in 2010.

Second year begins with more advanced concepts in career development and media law, plus the development of a capstone term project. The second year offers a continuation of Evolution 107.9 FM operations along with weekday classes. Evolution 107.9 FM operations comprise a thirteen week shift rotation with a different shift for students each week.

For example, you might be Digital Content Producer working on the Evolution 107.9 website one week, 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. on-air personality the next, Weekend Evening News anchor the following week, Video Producer the following, and then creator of a daily mini-documentary audio feature the next, etc.

In Term 4, you are given the opportunity to focus on a chosen specialty while running Evolution 107.9 FM, providing you with real world training in the area your career will initially focus on. This term also features a course called Business Concepts, which provides you with a foundation of language and understanding of issues in business, economic and geo-politics. At the end of this term, you'll complete a four-week industry practicum.

Check this out! Monday mornings in the Radio Arts and Entertainment Program come and go a little faster with a yoga class focused on movement and voice.

Additional information

Alterations in course offerings and hours may occur because of adaptation to changing industry conditions and demands. Some classes and practicums operate around the clock and on weekends to emulate industry situations.

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

With your BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment Diploma, you are a graduate of one of the most well respected broadcast and media communications schools in Canada.

Your diploma can be laddered 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!

Your diploma will be highly recognized in the broadcast industry throughout Canada. Most of the people you hear on the radio in British Columbia – and many of the television personalities you see – are graduates of BCIT’s Radio Arts and Entertainment program. Many more work behind the scenes in radio, television, social media, film, media relations and sports marketing!

The first step to your successful media career begins right here.

Job opportunities

Graduates are employed throughout BC, Canada, and the world, wherever radio, television and audio production operations exist. Graduates find employment in positions including: News/Sports/Entertainment Anchor, On-Air Host, Digital Audio Producer, Social Media Coordinator, Marketing Coordinator, Sales Representative, Play-by-Play Announcer, Reporter, Technical Producer, Voice-Over Talent, Podcast Producer, Music Director, Media Relations Coordinator, Interviewer, Researcher, Web Designer, Promotions Coordinator and Commercial Copywriter.

Radio Arts and Entertainment Careers

Prepares students for careers in radio and related media fields. Training includes basic broadcast skills and academic courses. Extensive instruction is given 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. Full digital facilities provide training on current industry equipment. Business and management issues are also an integral component of the program, including sales, marketing, music programming, human resources, and management information systems. In addition to academic courses, students receive much practical experience via structured simulations in first year and operation of radio station Evolution 107.9 FM in second year.

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

Admissions Contact - Radio Arts & Entertainment

Brian Wiebe

604-432-8595 | brian_wiebe@bcit.ca

Student Internship Contact - Radio Arts & Entertainment

Kathryn Stewart

604-456-8025 | kathryn_stewart@bcit.ca

Administrative Contact - Broadcast and Media Communications

Judy Phipps

604-432-8863 | broadcast@bcit.ca

If you are looking for general information about applying to the program, we invite you to attend a Broadcast and Media Communications monthly information session.  At each Information Session, there is a faculty member on-hand to answer questions and you'll receive a tour of our facility, studios, and radio station - Evolution 107.9 FM.

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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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