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Radio Television Journalism - Television Production

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

Overview

In this concentration, you develop the skills to produce digital media content for television and web-based platforms.

You learn how to create scripts and run-downs for TV and online content while managing client-based productions.

Throughout your studies, you're immersed in both studio and on-location production environments, giving you opportunities to experience all aspects of producing media content.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Choose NSCC

  • Faculty maintain strong ties to industry and keep current with television production standards and technology.
  • You learn the techniques and processes of television production by doing and practising.
  • Your education is supported by high-quality equipment and facilities.

2021-22 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of Radio Television Journalism – Year 1 or Advanced Standing.
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Radio Television Journalism program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) completed from a recognized public institution within the past ten years that meet the Academic Requirements of the full first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2021-22 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,620
Tuition (International):
$11,690

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates find employment with broadcasters, cable companies, production companies and post-production companies. Job titles include camera operators, editors, digital media technicians, mobile/remote production crew, etc. There are increasing opportunities for freelance work and entrepreneurial endeavours.

Future study options

  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

RTVJ 3000 - Diversity and the Media
This course examines the media’s role in shaping perceptions about social groups and the ways in which these groups are sometimes underrepresented or misrepresented by the media. Learners will learn how to more accurately and thoughtfully report on issues across differences of race, culture, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation through a combination of in-class and in-the-field work. They will also learn to reflect critically on their own role in telling the stories of others.

RTVJ 3020 - Electronic News Gathering Production Techniques
This course will further enhance and continue to provide the learner with Electronic News Gathering techniques and industry standard practices most commonly used in field and/or mobile production. Using a variety of digital video cameras, learners will record stories on a weekly basis as part of a production team. A major emphasis is the practical ongoing assigned projects including those in concert with Television Operations III and Advanced Digital Editing courses.

RTVJ 3050 - Media Law and Ethics
This course provides an introduction to legal and ethical issues as they apply to the media in Canada and the connection between the rights of, and restrictions on, journalists as it pertains to freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Knowledge of the law can assist media professionals in their day-to-day activities. Ethical values like fairness, respect, and truthfulness can guide them in their decision-making. Familiarity with the law as it applies to copyright, defamation, and other areas can help them assess the limits of what they can do. Current cases in the news as well as those media professionals will be used as lesson examples.

RTVJ 3400 - Television Operations III
This course is designed to provide the learner with advanced studio techniques and practical experience in the application of theoretical knowledge to all phases of TV News production. This course will cover the various production equipment within our training facility. A major emphasis is the practical ongoing assigned projects including those in concert with ENG Production Techniques and Advanced Digital Editing courses. The learners work as part of a team on a weekly production including a News Magazine program.

RTVJ 3600 - Advanced Digital Editing
The course will explore various editing software applications. Learners will use a variety of editing tools to effectively tell stories for Broadcast, Mobile and Web. Software includes but not limited to: Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. A major emphasis is the practical ongoing assigned projects including those in concert with ENG Production Techniques and Television Operations III courses.

RTVJ 4000 - Media Entrepreneurship
This course develops fundamental skills associated with entrepreneurial awareness and approaches in the media industries. It will expose learners to resources and tools available to support self- employment initiatives and help identify personal skill sets and strengths aligned to traditional employment models and the growing freelance market place.

RTVJ 4050 - Mechanics of Media Writing II
This course builds on the fundamentals of media writing introduced in first year. Learners will focus on key principles and specific requirements of writing for TV, radio and online media. Learners will have the opportunity to work with a range of source material in developing and writing stories.

RTVJ 4400 - Television Operations IV
This course is designed to provide the learner with intensive practical experience in the application of theoretical knowledge to all phases of TV Magazine Style production. The learners work as part of a team to produce a weekly Magazine Style program.

RTVJ 4500 - Work Experience II
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep an electronic journal. This is a course of 120 hours spread over five weeks.

RTVJ 4600 - Television Major Project
This course is designed to prepare the learners for industry realistic production activities. Working with external clients, the learner will produce industry standard content for Broadcast, online and mobile platforms.

RTVJ 4800 - Digital Portfolio
This course is designed to guide learners through the process of building an online portfolio. This course will introduce learners to various Digital Media tools used to create portfolio content.

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