Full-time Diploma 6110dipma

Radio Arts and Entertainment: On-Air and Online Storytelling


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 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.

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 four weeks in duration. In addition to practicum, students may have the opportunity to enter co-op in level four.

Who should apply for the BCIT 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.

International Students

International students should be aware this program has mandatory industry rotations and a final practicum and you are responsible for ensuring that you hold a valid co-op work permit for this work placement. The co-op work permit is separate from the study permit for having authorization to work up to 20 hours per week during your studies.

For more information, please contact the BCIT International Student Centre.

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.

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.

Apply to program

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.

myCommunication

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

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

Advanced Placement

Conditions

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through direct entry. Please note that applications are considered based on:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

Direct entry

If you are new to the program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level, you can apply for direct entry to level 3. Note that direct entry is limited and must involve thorough consultation with the Program Head prior to applying.

BCIT accepts complete applications from November 1st* to March 31st*.

*or next business day

Submit the following with your online application:
  • Proof of meeting all general entrance requirements

  • Course-by-Course Self-Assessment Form [PDF] showing that you have formal, accredited, post-secondary training in a recognized Broadcast program, with courses equivalent to the required courses listed below. Detailed course outlines will be required to determine equivalency.

  • Official transcripts of previous education*

*If you have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, you will require a basic evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered.

Completion of the following courses (or equivalents) is required:

Level 1
Course Course Name
BCST 1111 Media Performance 1
BCST 1113 Journalism 1
BCST 1300 Advertising: Theory and Techniques
BSCT 1320 Sound Design 1
BCST 1350 Policy, Regulation and Ethics in Society 1
BCST 1380 Script Performance
COMM 1113 Business Communication 1
ORGB 2325 Organizational Behaviour
Level 2
Course Course Name
BCST 1310 Marketing Foundations
BCST 2209 Practicum 1
BCST 2211 Media Performance 2
BSCT 2213 Journalism 2
BCST 2305 Online Design
BCST 2320 Sound Design 2
BCST 3315 Documentary Production
BCST 3360 Project Proposal
COMM 2213 Business Communication 2
OPMT 1319 Statistics and Research Techniques

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Direct entry FAQs

  • When should I apply?


  • It is recommended that you apply when you have met all of the entrance requirements. All entrance requirements must be met before being considered for entry.

  • When will I be accepted?


  • Once your application has been assessed and has been approved for direct entry, a seat must become available in the program you have selected. Seats for level 3 in September are given out starting in June, after first-year students have obtained their final grades and the number of available seats has been determined. Seats will be given out over the course of the summer.

  • Can I take courses in advance to reduce my course load?


  • In order to maintain a competitive application, it is recommended that you take no more than two courses per term ahead of time. A maximum of two courses per level are eligible for credit. Note that this will not reduce your full-time program tuition.

  • When will I get my timetable?


  • Print your timetable one day prior to class start by logging into my.bcit.ca and going to Student Self-Service. You must be registered in your courses in order to access this feature.

  • When can I buy my books?


  • It is recommended that you wait until the first week of classes before buying textbooks. Your instructors will tell you which books to buy.

To register for a Part-time Studies course, visit Register for Part-time Courses or contact Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Still have questions? Review the Admissions FAQ or contact Program Advising.

Costs & Supplies

Additional Supplies and Costs

Radio Arts & Entertainment 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 audio and video recording capacity
  • Access to a computer
  • Portable USB-powered hard drive - for media and assignment storage
  • Headphones (over-ear or in-ear) with a 3.5mm connector
  • 3.5mm Female to 1/4 Inch Male Stereo Headphone Adapter Jack
  • Minimum 32GB 80MB/s SDHC Class 10 Memory Card

Recommended

To participate in classroom and lab projects effectively, 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.

Access to an inexpensive audio recorder and digital camera capable of recording HD video are also valuable for training purposes and use on individual and group projects.

Vehicles

Radio Arts & Entertainment students are not required to own a vehicle. However, students must have a valid driver's license and may need access to a vehicle in order to complete work necessary for certain individual and group projects.

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.

Courses

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 1320 Sound Design 1 2.0
  BCST 1350 Policy, Regulation and Ethics in Society 1 3.0
  BCST 2305 Online Design 4.0
  BCST 3315 Documentary Production 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 2320 Sound Design 2 2.0
  BCST 3360 Project Proposal 2.0
  COMM 2213 Business Communication 2 4.0
  OPMT 1319 Statistics and Research Techniques 2.0
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BCST 1300 Advertising: Theory and Techniques 3.0
  BCST 1310 Marketing Foundations 2.0
  BCST 1380 Script Performance 2.0
  BCST 2214 Music & Media Business 2.0
  BCST 2335 Marketing: Sales and Public Relations 3.0
  BCST 3310 Media Lab 1 16.0
  BCST 4340 Capstone Project 2.0
  BLAW 3300 Broadcast Law 3.0
 
Level 4 (15 weeks plus 4-week practicum) Credits
  BCST 3316 Career Development 2.0
  BCST 4409 Practicum 2 7.0
  BCST 4410 Media Lab 2 17.0
  BUSA 1200 Business Concepts 3.0
 
Total Credits: 111.0

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

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

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, music industry, audio and video production, news and sports, web and social media content writing and management, sales, marketing, and advertising. Each member of the teaching staff has extensive industry experience along with prior training in adult education.
  • Kathryn Stewart, Program Head
  • Brian Wiebe, Instructor
  • Dennis O'Neill, Instructor
  • Kevin Ribble, Instructor
  • Todd Hancock, Assistant Instructor

Advisory committee

  • Shushma Datt, Owner, Spice Radio, i.t. Media Broadcasting
  • Mike Eggen, Senior Account Executive, Bell Media Vancouver
  • Brian Adler, Producer/Co-Founder, Mom and Dad Production Inc.
  • Mike Whittingham, Program Director, TSN 1040, Bell Media Vancouver
  • 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, Brand Partnership & Sponsorship at Music Heals Canada
  • 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, Communications Coordinator, BC Assessment
  • Russel Lolacher, Director of Web and Multimedia Services, BC Ministry of Transportation
  • Ross Hawse, Former Regional Manager, BC South, Vista Radio

Contact Us

General Enquiries:

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

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

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

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"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

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"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
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