Radio & Television Arts

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to work behind the equipment, or in the eyes and ears of the public, in the world of radio and television.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2016 Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Do you want to work in the fast-paced world of radio and television? Do you see yourself on the street, camera on your shoulder, capturing the latest event? Or on the air, introducing the latest hit, or preparing to interview one of the latest newsmakers? This program prepares you for a career both behind the equipment and in the public eye (or ear).

In the first year, you get a taste of all the functions going on in a radio or TV station. You learn the theory behind how a station works, and get lots of hands-on time operating the cameras, microphones, lighting, editing, and other technical equipment. You hone your writing skills, scripting ads and promo copy, producing those scripts, and researching and writing interview outlines for both media. In the second year, you can concentrate your studies in one of three areas: Television Production, Radio Performance & Studio Production, or Broadcast Journalism.

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Student Highlights

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    Highlight"The hands-on experience and the opportunities to make valuable connections."
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    Favourite"Being able to host/co-host my own radio show on our campus radio station."
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    Highlight"High tech industry standard radio and television facilities that really make me feel like I am already in the business. "

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
  • Interview – Qualified applicants (with complete applications) are invited to an interview to demonstrate verbal and written communication skills. The interview is also an opportunity to present your video, audio, or written work. If you do not respond to your invitation, or if you miss a scheduled interview, your application will be cancelled.
  • Interview Process – Detailed interview requirements: Radio & Television Arts Entrance Requirements (PDF 157KB)

Choose NSCC

  • You learn in an environment that provides professional studios and the latest technology and equipment. Facilities and equipment provide a real-world learning environment.
  • Learn from experienced instructors with strong ties to industry.
  • You learn by doing – During this two-year program, you're introduced to the needs and expectations of this industry, and you practise and repeat those skills until you are proficient. You build your foundation skills and polish and perfect them by operating the campus radio station (CCKC) and producing a regular cable TV program.
  • You get genuine experience through work term assignments in the industry. This practical experience, and the contacts you make, are your edge to a successful entry into this competitive market.

Employment Opportunities

  • Radio and television stations.
  • Related industries, including advertising, audio-visual production, and public relations.
  • You may start your own business venture in video or audio production.
  • This is a highly competitive field, but our graduates have successfully found employment, here in Nova Scotia and across the country.

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional Co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) – in a field related to your program – between your first and second year.

Concentration Options

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
RTVJ 2000   Journalism I
RTVJ 2010   Television Operations I
RTVJ 2030   Radio I
RTVJ 2040   Digital Tools I
RTVJ 2050   Media Writing I
RTVJ 2100   Journalism II
RTVJ 2200   Television Operations II
RTVJ 2300   Electronic News Gathering and Electronic Field Production
RTVJ 2400   Digital Tools II
RTVJ 2500   Work Experience I
RTVJ 2600   Radio Production Techniques I
RTVJ 2700   Sound and Audio Process
RTVJ 2800   Commercial Writing
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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