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BCIT Diploma in Television and Video Production

Note: The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for September 2015 will be accepted starting November 1st, 2014 (or next business day).

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


BCIT’s Television and Video Production diploma develops all of the skills necessary for a career in any form of visual media production: film, broadcast television, live event, and video production.  Students are immersed in production from the very beginning of the program, where they will develop skills to write, direct, produce, shoot, edit, light, and mix audio.

Through practical, hands-on experiences on sets, in studios, and on location, students learn the technical and aesthetic skills with which they can tell stories visually.  Course work in writing, planning, business, and post-production supports both individual and team-based production activities throughout the program.

BCIT Television & Video Production students develop skills to:
  • Develop and shoot short films, news and documentaries, sports and live events
  • Write, direct, shoot and edit a wide variety of program genres
  • Utilize industry-standard Digital and HD equipment and workflows
  • Produce content in creative, high-energy teams on a weekly basis
BCIT DIPLOMA IN TELEVISION AND VIDEO PRODUCTION
BCIT Credential: BCIT Diploma
Program Length: 2 years, Full-time
Program Start: September
Number of Courses: 28 courses, 114.5 credits
Total Tuition/Cost: Learn about Tuition & Fees
Internship/Practicum: 4 weeks, 5 days a week
1st Year Entry: View Requirements

BCIT TV Broadcast

BCIT Television and Video Production students prepare and deliver programming 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 and Video Production 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 Diploma in Television and Video Production 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 processing

Applications accepted November 1st (or next business day) to June 15th

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

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

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

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Broadcast Entrance Exam - BCST 0001*

  • Two letters of reference from an employer, volunteer organization, other full-time industry professional, or teacher. While letters are not required to be related to broadcast or media skills, they should help to illustrate the applicant’s experience, team skills, work ethic, etc.

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

*All applicants for the Television and Video Production program must successfully complete an entrance examination that evaluates English literacy, general knowledge, and broadcast industry awareness. Applicants must successfully complete the exam prior to being considered for selection. Students must register online to participate in the entrance exam invigilated at the BCIT Burnaby Campus. Out of town applicants must contact the Television & Video Production admissions faculty to make special arrangements for taking the entrance exam.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Apply to program

The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for September 2015 will be accepted starting November 1, 2014 (or next business day).

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

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

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 - Rated 133x or faster (used in terms 2 through 4)
  • Headphones (over-ear, or in-ear variety) with 3.5mm connector (no mobile phone headphones)
  • Access to a digital camera

Recommended

To participate in classroom and lab projects effectively, Television and Video Production 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; Television and Video Production 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 BCIT 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 and 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: $200; Level 3: $2,250; Level 4: $300

(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

Curriculum Changes

The BCIT Television and Video Production Program has recently undergone a curriculum re-development process. Course outcomes, learning objectives, and implementation strategies have been revised and updated in consultation with the Program Advisory Committee, BCIT Faculty, and the BCIT Learning and Teaching Centre. If you are returning to this site, some information about the program may have changed. Please review all information carefully.


Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BCST 1101 Media Technology Fundamentals 1 3.0
  BCST 1120 Television and Video Production 1 6.5
  BCST 1124 Writing for Video Production 3.0
  BCST 1125 Introduction to Visual Media 2.0
  BCST 1223 Production Planning 3.0
  BCST 2207 Introduction to Non-Linear Editing 3.0
  BUSA 1620 Computer Applications for Broadcasting 3.0
  COMM 1212 Communications for Television and Video Production 3.0
  ORGB 2510 Organizational Behaviour 2.0
 
Level 2 (15 weeks plus 5 week practicum) Credits
  BCST 1109 Introduction to the Media Industry 2.0
  BCST 2120 Television and Video Production 2 8.0
  BCST 2123 Production Management 3.0
  BCST 2218 Introduction to Motion Graphics and Visual Effects 3.0
  BCST 2219 News Production Practicum 6.5
  BCST 2222 Media Technology Fundamentals 2 3.0
  BCST 2224 Writing for Television 3.0
  BCST 3318 Non-Linear Video Editing 3.0
  COMM 2212 Production Development and Proposals 3.0
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BCST 3120 Television and Video Production 3 11.0
  BCST 3218 Advanced Motion Graphics and Visual Effects 3.0
  BCST 3317 Non-Linear Audio Editing 3.0
  BCST 3324 Advanced Writing for Television 3.0
  BCST 4318 Post-Production 3.0
 
Level 4 (15 weeks plus 5 week practicum) Credits
  BCST 4120 Television and Video Production 4 13.0
  BCST 4419 Industry Practicum 6.5
  BLAW 3300 Broadcast Law 3.0
  BUSA 1201 Television and Video Production Management 3.0
  COMM 4412 Communications for Employability 3.0
 
Total Credits: 114.5

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 and 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  “Television and Video Production 1” course which introduces core camera, audio, and lighting skills, students study digital video editing, writing for video production, 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 the 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

“Television and Video Production 2” picks up where “Television and Video Production 1” 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.
Other classes in Term 2 introduce more advanced concepts such as “Introduction to Motion Graphics and Visual Effects”, 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 “News Production Practicum”, where they work with the Broadcast & Online Journalism students to create our weekly "BCIT Magazine" news program.
This provides students a 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 and local newscast production skills are further developed through a news rotation working with Broadcast & Online Journalism students.
Students also work within their production companies to create an original short live show of their own creation either in studio or on location.

Term 4 - Year Two, January

Continuing from Term 3, student production companies work on an original television project while continuing to building their single camera shooting and editing experience through live-to-tape training.  As well, students gain practical experience working with real clients to produce videos that meet the clients’ needs.

Students 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 cooperative learning opportunity to those students who both demonstrate a firm grasp of the skills and techniques taught in the program, and maintain a strong GPA throughout all of their classes.


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, film, and audio and video production operations exist.
The Television and Video Production program is not a film training program, however we utilize production methodologies similar to digital film making in our training process. Our alumni work in film, television and video, and other web and emerging 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 independent and feature film productions, in news, sports, and live event production, as video editors, as camera operators, as producers and production coordinators, as film and video staff, scriptwriters and media relations personnel.

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.

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, General Manager, 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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