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Overview

Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
  • Learn more about how this program is adapting learning during COVID-19.

With BCIT’s Television & Video Production diploma program, you’ll develop all of the skills necessary for a career working behind the camera in film, broadcast television, live events, and video production. Immerse yourself in every aspect of TV and video production including writing, directing, producing, shooting, editing, lighting, and audio mixing.

Through practical, hands-on experiences on sets, in studios, and on location, you’ll learn the technical and aesthetic skills needed to tell stories visually and impact audiences around the world.

About the program

  • 2-year diploma
  • Graduate with a portfolio of professional work
  • Experience the full spectrum of TV and video production, from music videos to documentaries
  • Use industry-standard digital and HD equipment and workflows
  • Produce content in creative, high-energy teams on a weekly basis
  • Receive support for entering projects into film festivals or other competitions

Want more info? Check out our Program Details.

Work-integrated learning

Every full-time diploma program has a practicum component where students spend time with an industry partner (TV and radio stations; production, sports and entertainment companies). Practicums are typically 4 weeks long.

Students may also have the opportunity to enter co-op in level 4.

Who should apply for the Television & Video Production Diploma?

The Television & Video Production diploma program is right for you if you want to:

  • Work behind-the-scenes, not in front of the camera
  • Blend creativity with technical skills
  • Work well in team environments
  • Pursue a career as a director, editor, camera operator, lighting technician, or audio professional

Ready to get started with the Television & Video Production program? Visit Entrance Requirements to apply.

What grads can do

Graduates of the BCIT Television & Video Production diploma program have extensive experience writing, producing, shooting, and editing for TV and online audiences. You’ll gain many valuable skills that can lead to a wide variety of video and media job opportunities.

Take a look at Graduating and Jobs to see the types of roles Television & Video Production grads take on.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies

As well as textbooks and stationery, you’ll need the following resources:

  • Mobile phone with voice mail (must have silent mode)
  • Access to a computer with the following capabilities. Drive: SSD, CPU: 3GHz, at least 8G RAM (16G is preferred), HDMI port
  • my.bcit e-mail address (may forward email to an email provider of your choice)
  • Portable USB-powered hard drive for media and assignment storage – at least 500GB
  • SD memory card – 32GB – 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 equipment

We recommend that you buy a laptop (please see specifications above). It will be useful for your classroom and lab projects, though you’ll also have access to BCIT computer labs. It can be a Mac or PC – you’ll learn and use software applications that work on both systems.

Access to an inexpensive camera capable of recording HD video is also valuable for training purposes. While most 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.

Vehicle access

You are not required to own a vehicle. However, you must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle in Levels 1 through 4 in order to transport production equipment for individual and group projects.

Courses

Your courses in this program offer you a unique experience by focusing on the skills you’ll need to work behind the scenes in production for web videos, TV, podcasts, and other broadcasts. As part of your training, you’ll learn the most current, effective techniques in writing, directing, production, editing, and more. You’ll also create your own portfolio of work to demonstrate to your future employers and clients, including your own drama or documentary production.

Program Details

In this program, you’ll train thoroughly for the behind-the-scenes jobs available in the growing world of video production. This includes working closely with industry professionals to learn the skills today’s employers are looking for, all to help prepare you for your dream career as an editor, video producer, film maker, and more.

Through BCIT’s Television & Video Production diploma program, you’ll prepare and deliver programming that’s broadcast weekly on Shaw TV, streamed online, and delivered through online video services. As part of earning experience in every facet of production, you’ll rotate through various roles, including writing scripts, shooting and editing, directing, lighting, and audio mixing.

Because BCIT’s first goal is to prepare you for a successful career, 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 flexible training opportunities for students.

To give you even more current, relevant experience, you’ll participate in a 4-week practicum with a TV station, film studio, or media production company to learn on the job and develop connections throughout the industry. Students find practicums in communities throughout the province, across the country, and around the world!

Graduating & Jobs

The unique training you receive at BCIT focuses on job-relevant skills and experience so you can begin your career as quickly as possible, with the skills today’s employers need. By graduating with your own completed drama or documentary project, a professional portfolio, and the encouragement and support to enter contests, you’ll have the confidence and knowledge to help begin an exciting career.

Some job opportunities in television and video production include:

  • Camera Operator
  • Video Editor
  • Independent Film Maker
  • Media Relations Personnel
  • Freelance Producer
  • Wedding and Live Event Videographer and Producer
  • Scriptwriter
  • Production Coordinator
  • Post-Production Supervisor
  • Producer

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 and NOWTV, Vancouver
  • CBS, New York
  • EUROSTEP, London, UK.

The range of program formats extend through: Educational Programs, News & Information Programs, Music & Variety to Live Sports Broadcasting.

David Griffiths, Instructor

David began working in video production in 1988 as a volunteer for Shaw Cable in Prince George, British Columbia. Following Shaw Cable, David started 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 in 1992, David began working in live sports broadcasting as a Chyron operator and programmer, then moved into Directing, Technical Directing, and Broadcast Engineering for seven years. While continuing to work in live sports broadcasting, David worked has also worked in Post Production for Studio Post and Imaging in Vancouver, B.C., and rapidly developed skills in Video Compression, Media Authoring, Graphics and Animation, as well as Editing.

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 as an online editor for episodic television programs, as well as working with the Vancouver Canucks.

Ashif Jivraj, Program Head

Ashif Jivraj has been the Program Head since September 2020.

Michael Moss, Instructor

Mike 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.

  • Recipient of the CBC 25 year service award
  • 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.

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.

Ken Kaneko, Instructor

  • UBC Graduate, BFA in Technical Theatre and Design
  • 30 years as a Camera Operator, Editor, FD in local entertainment TV
  • Camera Op local sports, Replay Op Canucks

Cindy Leaney, Instructor

Cindy produced and directed original content for Showtime UK/CTV, CBC Television, Global, Bravo, Vision, Fashion Television, Much Music, TVO, & Knowledge Network.

Cindy directed on location in Canada, the US, England as well as Northern Ireland, Argentina & Czechoslovakia.

  • Content Editor & Co-Writer. Producer Workbook 5
  • Former Vice President. Board of Directors. Women in Film + TV – Vancouver

Sandro Licastro, Instructor

Sandra has worked on everything from live events to video games.

  • Production Generalist
  • 10 years with Proshow Audiovisual and Broadcast
  • Semi professional cat herder

Advisory committee

  • Carly Plett, Director of Photography
  • David Seeman, Business Manager, News/Studio, CTV
  • Gary Milne, Broadcast Manager
  • Gerry Belec, Global TV
  • Glenn Elliott, Technical Director, Global TV
  • Heather Hawthorn-Doyle, Executive, OMNI Film Productions – Chairperson
  • Jayne Akizuki, Independent Video and Television Producer
  • Jim Reis, Senior Producer, Shaw TV/Cable
  • John Ritchie, Executive Producer, Force Four Entertainment
  • Ken Anderson, Vice President, Camera Division – SIM Vancouver
  • Lauren Guilfoyle, Head of Production – Zoic Studios
  • Todd Giroux, Robot Post
  • Tim Lewis, President, Proshow
  • Ken Anderson, General Manager, Sim Digital
  • Stu McNish, Oh Boy Productions
  • Paul Brettell, Canucks Sports & Entertainment

Learning during COVID-19

Blended learning

This program will be delivered using a blended format during COVID-19. This means that, while most your coursework will take place online, there will also be regular in-person sessions.

Additionally, you will attend the Burnaby Campus for on-campus sessions. The exact dates and times for in-person learning will be determined by your instructors.

Your schedule

You will be expected to attend online classes and complete group work between the hours of 8:30am – 5:30pm PST, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Technology requirements

Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications for requirements.

Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

Safety on campus

As this program will be delivered in a blended format, you will be required to attend campus in person. Our Occupational Health and Safety team has assessed our classrooms and labs to ensure we practice safe operating procedures in accordance with public health and safety guidelines, as well as WorkSafeBC standards for post-secondary institutions. Here’s an example of how we have done this with great success for our automotive programs.

Services and support

Instructors will continue to be available to students remotely, including five dedicated office hours per week.

Our Student Services staff continue to offer advice, care, and support as needed to optimize your learning experience. Many services, including student health services, counselling and student development, and peer tutoring are offering phone or virtual appointments to BCIT students.

Contact Us

General Enquiries

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

Contact a Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:

  • Program selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

Special Projects

BCIT Television & Video Production looks for a limited number of projects for professional clients and organizations between September and June each year.

We train our students to correctly value the highly specialized skillsets they are developing. We do not accept requests for volunteers or other unpaid positions.

If you have a project suggestion (preferably with at least 1 month notice), please submit a Project Request form.

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