The BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma program provides the necessary skills to work both in front of a microphone and behind the scenes. You will have an active role in operating all departments of a fully licensed FM radio station in Metro Vancouver while learning interviewing skills, announcing techniques, creating your on-air radio personality, and much more. Many grads fill a variety of media positions across Canada including: program director, on-air personality, play-by-play announcer, creative writer, audio producer, and much more.
BCIT Radio students learn to:
|BCIT BROADCAST RADIO DIPLOMA|
|BCIT Credential:||BCIT Diploma
|Program Length:||2 years, Full-time
|Number of Courses:||29 courses, 143.5 credits|
|Total Tuition/Cost:||Learn about Tuition & Fees|
|Internship/Practicum:||4 weeks, 5 days a week|
|Job Rotations:||Work at Evolution 107.9FM
(news, sports, documentaries, production)
|1st Year Entry:||View Requirements|
|Advanced Placement:||View Requirements|
Radio students operate Evolution 107.9, a fully licensed FM radio station. All news, sports, and feature stories are written and presented on-air by second year students. Students also participate in various marketing opportunities throughout the community with the Evolution Promo Team.
Radio students participate in a four week internship to learn on the job and develop connections in the media industry. Many students find internships in communities throughout BC and even across the Canada.
Graduates of the BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma program have extensive experience running and operating a radio station. Students gain valuable skills that can lead to a wide variety of job opportunities.
Applicants must register for and pass an entrance exam that evaluates English literacy, current events awareness, general knowledge and geography. Only qualified applicants will be interviewed.
If an on-campus interview is not possible, a telephone interview may be arranged.
In each of the programs, students are graded against industry and professional standards and must achieve these standards during their terms of study in order to graduate.
Students must participate in a series of industry work experience assignments and field trips to local and provincial broadcast and related operations facilities during their tenure in all Broadcast and Media Communications programs. Students with part-time employment require flexible hours to accommodate the work schedules of the various programs.
The Radio Arts and Entertainment program always receives more applications than available seats, so apply early.
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.
Structurally, our program begins in the classroom with introductory concepts in 1st year, moves into on-air simulations, and concludes with live broadcasting in a four-week practicum.
2nd year begins with more advanced concepts such as statistics and business law. The 2nd year offers a continuation of radio station operations along with weekday classes. Evolution 107.9fm operations comprise a thirteen week shift rotation with a different shift for students each week.
In the second half of 2nd year you are given the opportunity to focus on your chosen specialty while running Evolution 107.9fm, providing you with real world training in the area your career will initially focus on. At the end of this term you complete a four-week industry internship.
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.
Upon completion of your learning, you will be rewarded with a diploma from the Broadcast & Media Communications Department. This diploma can be laddered into a communications degree at several institutions, including Royal Roads University and Athabasca University. We even have an articulation agreement with Murdoch University in Australia!
If full-time studies aren’t a viable option for you, we offer many of our courses – including the entire first year of the diploma program – through part-time studies. The 15 course part-time program earns you a Broadcast Certificate through evening and weekend courses which are offered in the spring, fall, and winter terms.
The first step to your successful media career begins right here.
Graduates are employed throughout B.C. and the world over, wherever radio, television, cable facilities and audio and video production operations exist. Graduates find employment in entry-level positions including:
Prepares students for careers in radio and related fields in the media. Extensive instruction is given in on-air performance and operations, interviewing, commercial copywriting, digital and analog production, 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, promotion, 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 CFML (cable 104.5 FM in Greater Vancouver and on the Internet) in second year.
New media technologies and techniques are being introduced in all programs. A digital focus co-exists with analog technology, as both are found extensively in industry.
Do you have a degree, diploma, or completed a substantial amount of post-secondary courses? You may qualify for advanced placement into the Broadcast Radio program. Students that qualify for advanced placement can enter the program in the beginning of the second year depending on the number of transfer credits received.
Acceptance into advanced placement 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)
Advanced Placement is limited and must involve thorough consultation with a faculty member prior to applying.
For more information about eligibility requirements and the application process, please download the Radio Arts and Entertainment Advanced Placement Guide [PDF].
The BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment faculty has been preparing students for the many facets of the broadcasting industry longer than any other British Columbia facility. 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 bring to you includes: on-air broadcasting; the music business, audio production; news; programming; freelance production; sales; promotions; and creative copywriting. Each member of the teaching staff has extensive industry experience along with prior training in adult education.
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