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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of D in the course(s) or program

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NAIT's Radio and Television programs are 2 distinct, yet interrelated full-time diploma programs. Each of these dynamic 2-year programs takes a non-traditional approach to teaching that will provide you with learning opportunities through hands-on experiences.

Undertake the typical job functions found in radio and television stations by acting as the staff for NAIT's campus radio station (NR92) and television newsroom (NAIT NewsWatch). Using industry standard digital equipment and labs, and while working in modern studios, you'll hone written, technical, communicative and production competencies.

Our instructors are highly-qualified professionals with years of industry experience and our program is well-recognized across the country. If you flip on your TV or radio at any given time, you're likely to see or hear NAIT alumni working across North America.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

In this program, you can expect to receive quality instruction from broadcasting professionals and experience hands-on training in the following areas:

  • News/sports writing and reporting
  • On-air performance
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Copywriting
  • Commercial production
  • Videography
  • Social media
  • Studio production
  • Online content creation

Program schedule

In both the Radio and Television 2-year diploma programs, the academic year is comprised of two 15-week semesters. 

In year 1, you'll take a common first semester with classmates from both the Radio and Television programs. You'll be exposed to a wide scope of communication skills and topics specific to the broadcast and production industries. In the second semester, you'll move into television-focused courses and work on projects in classrooms and labs. 

In term 3, you'll concentrate on advancing your technical skills by working on our NAIT NewsWatch television broadcast. This hands-on training will come in handy for your final term, which will consist of a 15-week work placement. Here you'll apply what you learned, gain direct industry experience, and begin networking for entry into your career. You may be placed at a radio or television station, production studio or in one of a multitude of freelance situations. 

Opportunities for further education

Graduates of the Radio and Television - TV program are eligible for transfer credit to the following programs:

  • Applied Degree in Motion Picture Arts, Red Deer College
  • Bachelor Degree in Communications, MacEwan University, University of Calgary, Athabasca University, Royal Roads University, and Griffith University

Enter the workforce with confidence

Graduates of the Radio & Television - Television program typically find entry-level employment in commercial radio stations, television stations, production houses and recording studios. Some graduates find challenging positions in large business organizations having their own production facilities.

You may also find work in the following positions:

  • Reporter/news writer
  • Anchor
  • Editor
  • Switcher
  • Production assistant/script assistant
  • Audio operator
  • Graphics operator
  • Studio camera operator
  • Electronic news gathering camera operator

What you need to succeed

The most successful students in Radio and Television are those who demonstrate a positive attitude and work ethic, enabling them to
contribute effectively in a team environment.

Our focus on group projects and industry scenarios means that students must make decisions with classmates, support the decisions of the team and respect the ideas and opinions of others. This team atmosphere creates an exciting, challenging environment for studies in Radio and Television and prepares them for the expectations of the industry work force.

Have questions? We've got answers 

Patrick Galenza, Program Chair

Linda Bethell, Program Assistant

Student Service Centre

  • Email: askNAIT@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.471.NAIT (6248)
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Term 1

ENGL1140Writing Standards
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program. Co-requisites: MARK1115, RATV1120, RATV1147, RATV1160, RATV1180.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASE159
  • Open Studies: Not Available

When a broadcast organization has multiple content providers contributing to the same media writing platform, attention must be paid to the quality of the written word and how the information is presented. This is an introductory course on the importance of following an industry style guide for writing. Students will learn how to use a style guide and put into practice writing standards to increase accuracy and consistency in their writing.

MARK1115Marketing Foundations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program. Co-requisites: RATV1120, ENGL1140, RATV1147, RATV1160, RATV1180.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA115
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In order for radio and television stations to maximize their broadcast marketing potential, all station staff must have a common understanding of marketing concepts as they relate to radio and television advertising and promotional activities. Through this introductory course students learn how radio and television marketing strategies and tactics are planned and applied.

RATV1120Journalism Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program. Co-requisites: MARK1115, ENGL1140, RATV1147, RATV1160, RATV1180.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course takes a general look at societal needs and trends when it comes to what makes news. Students will discuss news events and prepare current affairs case studies for the class in order to grasp bigger ongoing issues in the news.

RATV1142Performance Fundamentals
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA142
  • Open Studies: Available

We don’t take courses to learn to walk, although we do it every day. So why take a course in learning to speak - for broadcast? This course will answer that and offer an introduction to vocal technique, power and variance – both individually and in group presentation settings. Crisp and clear communication is the foundation of on-air delivery and this course will allow students the opportunity to assess their vocal talents and develop both confidence and composure as a springboard to the next level in performance. From breathing as a source of sound through proper pacing, pitch control and exercising the body as a human sounding board, students will, through practice and evaluation, acquire tips and techniques to maximize their own unique presentation style and creativity.

RATV1147Media Professionalism and Communications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program. Co-requisites: MARK1115, RATV1120, ENGL1140, RATV1160, RATV1180.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course focuses on the legal and regulatory aspects of broadcast media. Students will discover laws relating to the coverage of news events and stories, the laws enforced under the Broadcasting Act of Canada, as well as rules set out by the CRTC, broadcasting’s governing body. In addition, students will experiment with time management and organization techniques to help them through the program into the industry.

RATV1160Online Media
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program. Co-requisites: MARK1115, RATV1120, ENGL1140, RATV1147, RATV1180.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Being able to interact with an audience online requires the ability to use current social media tools effectively to connect, engage and inform viewers and listeners. In this introductory course, students will learn strategies on how to encourage an audience to become an active member of an organization's online community through blogs and social media. Students will also learn to adapt and convert media to present on multiple platforms.

RATV1180Dramatic Production
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program. Co-requisites: MARK1115, RATV1120, ENGL1140, RATV1147, RATV1160.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA190
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will study examples of dramatic scene blocking, videography and audio recording and then replicate those mechanics in a classroom setting. Basic video editing skills learned in this class will complete the process.

RATV1185Media Production Fundamentals
  • Open Studies: Available

This course will cover the basic technical aspects of digital television and audio systems and processes with respect to television broadcasting formats. The practical application of using a video camera for image creation, composition and visual storytelling of a video production will be explored. Audio fundamentals in correct microphone use, sound capturing and file manipulation will support the video components of this course. Idea generation and the television preproduction and production process will also be examined.

Term 2

RATV1220Journalism In Practice
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program. Prerequisite: RATV1120. Co-requisites: (RTRA1215, RTRA1230, RTRA1238, RTRA1243, RTRA2356, RTRA1248) or (RTRA1231, RTRA1233, RTRA1235, RTRA1252, RTRA1260, RTRA1266, RTRA1276).
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students will be introduced to the world of broadcast news in this course. This course explores the basic rules of electronic journalism, starting from what makes a good news story idea, how to develop it, how to build a contact list for that story, and then how to write that story. Students will also learn about the intangibles of journalism, including best practices, ethical guidelines and sensitivity to those in the news.

RTTV1231Television News
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of television. Prerequisites: ENGL1140, RATV1147. Co-requisites: RATV1220, RTTV1233, RTTV1235, RTTV1252, RTTV1260, RTTV1266, RTTV1276.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA231
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Successful storytelling for television or digital news requires strong field reporting techniques to gather powerful interviews, engaging sound and compelling visuals. In this course, students will learn and practise basic news gathering techniques focusing on story development, detailed television script writing and producing lineups for a news broadcast.

RTTV1233Post Production Graphics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of television. Prerequisite: RATV1180. Co-requisites: RATV1220, RTTV1231, RTTV1235, RTTV1252, RTTV1260, RTTV1266, RTTV1276.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA233
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Computer generated graphics are as sophisticated as they are important in the world of television production. Students will be introduced to graphic design for television using Adobe Photoshop. Fundamental Photoshop skills are the basis of this course that also delves into technical standards and artistic composition and implementing Photoshop images in motion graphics.

RTTV1235Television On-Air Performance
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of television. Prerequisite: RATV1142. Co-requisites: RATV1220, RTTV1231, RTTV1233, RTTV1252, RTTV1260, RTTV1266, RTTV1276.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA235
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Why do we watch certain media personalities on TV and not others? Broadcast performance is an intangible but knowing how to make it look easy, smooth and confident is a different matter altogether. This is the next step in broadcast performance that is geared specifically for the fledgling on-camera host, reporter or news/sports anchor. Students will move to the next level in performance to fine-tune their appearance, news and non-news delivery and hosting skills in a broadcast television format. Introduction to live delivery, story voicing, field stand-ups, demo reel production, sports highlight construction, combined with team dynamics and discipline in developing an info-tainment style program, will provide them with a broad team-oriented broadcast landscape, in which to challenge themselves in front of the camera.

RTTV1252Creative Production for Television
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of television. Prerequisite: RATV1180. Co-requisites: RATV1220, RTTV1231, RTTV1233, RTTV1235, RTTV1260, RTTV1266, RTTV1276.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA252
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Commercial advertising is still the primary form of broadcast marketing. This course focuses on television copywriting and production. Students will learn to write and produce television advertising that supports a client’s or station’s advertising objectives and complies with industry standards and regulations.

RTTV1260Studio Production
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of television. Prerequisites: RATV1185. Co-requisites: RATV1220, RTTV1231, RTTV1233, RTTV1235, RTTV1252, RTTV1266, RTTV1276.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This hands-on course will introduce the student to the various aspects of a studio based television production. These will include but not be limited to: television systems and formats, studio camera theory and operation, video and audio control room operation protocols and workflows. Video recording and playback formats and the operation of broadcast grade video equipment in a studio environment will also be detailed. The student will participate in several in-studio productions either as a broadcast equipment operator or as on-air talent.

RTTV1266Videography
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of television. Prerequisite: RATV1185. Co-requisites: RATV1220, RTTV1231, RTTV1233, RTTV1235, RTTV1252, RTTV1260, RTTV1276.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA266
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce the student to the operation and care of a professional portable television camera. Students will produce several video projects that will incorporate visually appealing composition and storytelling techniques. These projects include: 30 second TV commercials, news style TV stories and on-air segments of a weekly news magazine show. The course will include components on lighting and audio gathering techniques in the field, including microphone selection and usage. All student produced projects will be created using industry methods and practices.

RTTV1276Post Production: Editing
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of television. Prerequisite: RATV1180. Co-requisites: RATV1220, RTTV1231, RTTV1233, RTTV1235, RTTV1252, RTTV1260, RTTV1266.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA276
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Non-linear editing is the de facto technology for all video post-production. This course introduces students to the complicated but essential software. Basic editing aesthetics, software tutorials and content creation based assignments comprise some of the fundamentals students will learn in this course.

Term 3

RTTV2311Writing for the Web
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of television. Prerequisite: RATV1160. Co-requisites: RTTV2365, RTTV2375, RTTV2382, RTTV2383, RTTV2385, RTTV2386.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The success of a television station's online brand defines the credibility of the organization, while the amount of online traffic influences the amount of advertising revenue. In this advanced course, students will practise the most effective and interactive strategies to provide news, sports and entertainment content for a television website and promote on- air personalities.

RTTV2365Advanced Post Production
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of Television. Prerequisites: RTTV1233, RTTV1276. Co-requisites: RTTV2311, RTTV2375, RTTV2382, RTTV2383, RTTV2385, RTTV2386.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA365
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Building on the skills acquired in Post-Production Editing and Graphics, this course endeavours to hone the editing skills of the student with typical news stories that include motion and still graphics. Professional standards are taught and encouraged at all stages of learning.

RTTV2375Advanced Videography
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of television. Prerequisite: RTTV1266. Co-requisites: RTTV2311, RTTV2365, RTTV2382, RTTV2383, RTTV2385, RTTV2386.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA375
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The video camera can be used as a tool to affect the viewer in terms of mood and emotion, or it can be used to direct and hold the viewers attention in a visual sequence. Students will be instructed in the operation of a full-size professional level High Definition ENG video camera. A strong emphasis on professional level storytelling techniques and picture composition is the focus of this course. The application of engaging lighting and audio as tools to help tell a visual story will also be detailed.

RTTV2382Applied Television News
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of Television. Prerequisites: RATV1220, RTTV1231. Co-requisites: RTTV2311, RTTV2365, RTTV2375, RTTV2383, RTTV2385, RTTV2386.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA382
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Working in the television news industry requires an understanding of time deadlines, production challenges and commitment to teamwork needed to produce a successful news broadcast. Students in this advanced course will practice news gathering techniques by participating in news conferences and scrums, and reporting on sporting and entertainment events. In addition to team duties, the students will assist in lineup development to deliver a broadcast ready newscast

RTTV2383Advanced Feature Storytelling
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of Television. Prerequisites: RATV1220, RTTV1231. Co-requisites: RTTV2311, RTTV2365, RTTV2375, RTTV2382, RTTV2385, RTTV2386.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The art of storytelling is a sought-after skill in television news. The development of an original story including research on background information, story focus and treatment of the subject is a marketable ability for television journalists. Students will individually research, write and produce longer "ratings style" news and entertainment features with special emphasis on story perspective, character development and enhanced production techniques.

RTTV2385Applied Television News Production
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a Plan of Television. Prerequisite: RTTV1260. Co-requisites: RTTV2311, RTTV2365, RTTV2375, RTTV2382, RTTV2383, RTTV2386.
  • Course Equivalencies: RTA385
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The responsibilities and positions of a working cast and crew as they relate to a multi-camera high definition studio production are applied to a weekly student-produced news and entertainment program. This program is aired on a commercial broadcast cable and satellite television channel and students will be expected to apply professional level broadcast standards to the production. The practical application of studio protocols and workflows will be a highlight of this course.

RTTV2386Advanced Television Performance
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program with a plan of Television. Prerequisite: RTTV1235. Co-requisites: RTTV2311, RTTV2365, RTTV2375, RTTV2382, RTTV2383, RTTV2385.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This advanced course will take students from the practice field to the pressures of the real game. Students will challenge themselves in a number of on-air positions as part of NAIT NewsWatch, our half-hour news program that airs to a viewing audience. They will work towards performing news and non-news, both in-studio and in the field, to an entry-level professional standard and be expected to prepare and present themselves in a professional manner during a public performance. On-set interaction, dynamic and diverse delivery, dealing with technical direction and prompter technique are some of the skills they will acquire. As part of this real-life on-air environment, critique sessions will follow production to provide feedback and direction to on-air student performers as they advance through the course.

Term 4

RATV2492Industry Work Placement
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Radio and Television program. Prerequisites: RTRA1215, 1230, 1238, 1243, 1245, 1248, 2315, 2324, 2344, 2345, 2357, 2384 or RTTV1231, 1233, 1235, 1252, 1260, 1266, 1276, 2311, 2365, 2375, 2382, 2383, 2385, 2386.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The transition from a campus based broadcast operation to a professional operation can require an adjustment. During this field placement, students will develop an understanding of the pace of the daily operations of a radio or television station or media production centre and apply their industry basic skills through hands on tasks supervised by professionals employed in the industry.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $150
Tuition Cap: $1,883

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $623
Tuition Cap: $7,814

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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The tuition and fee amounts are valid for the current academic year and are subject to change for subsequent intakes. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. The approved tuition and fee information for your intake will be available in April.

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Jan 06, 2021

Term Start Date: Jan 06, 2021

Entrance Requirements

  • 60% in Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 20-1 or 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20*
  • Grade 11 Science*
  • Grade 11 Social Studies*
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

*One media or fine arts course from Grade 11 or Grade 12, or NAIT’s RATV100 or RATV200 or RATV300 may be used as a substitute for the Math, Science, or Social Studies requirement. Only one substitution is permitted. Science 24 is not acceptable

OR

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 24 post-secondary credits or 8 post-secondary courses* within an accredited or recognized arts degree or diploma with an Admission GPA of 2.0 based on the most recently completed post-secondary credits
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

*Please note that acceptance into the program does not guarantee transfer credits. Transfer credits evaluation will take place after the student is accepted into the program.

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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