Apr 10, 2020  
PUBLISHED 2018-2019 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2018-2019 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Broadcast Systems Technology

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Program Description

The Broadcast Systems Technology (BXST) program is a unique program and prepares you for employment installing and maintaining electronic and computer based equipment for the Broadcast industry. You will discover how to maintain and repair broadcast equipment as the electrical signal flows from the source through the audio and video mixing consoles to the station’s link to the transmitter and then to your home. You may also be involved in the design of facilities. You will also acquire professional and business skills and learn comprehensive technical applications that will help you achieve a great career in the broadcast industry.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

Your Career

Opportunities exist in many areas, including television and radio broadcast stations, systems and networks, post-production facilities, educational television and audiovisual systems, equipment manufacturers (technical field support) equipment sales and communications providers. Career progression may lead to employment as assistant chief and chief station engineers.

There is a major migration from analog systems to digital audio and video systems with the most prominent being High Definition Television (HDTV). It is common to have facilities that employ both analog and digital systems or just one or the other. The broadcast industry is now enhancing the delivery of content through streaming audio and video over the Internet.

  • Graduates of the Broadcast Systems Technology program have a 100% employment rate

Student Success

Characteristics of a successful student in this program include:

  • Enjoy keeping up-to-date on new technological developments, continue to take training and enjoy learning new skills.
  • Are able to manage their time and work effectively while facing deadlines.
  • Able to work independently with little supervision but can also perform as a vital member of a team of professionals.
  • Pay attention to detail and take personal pride in their technical problem-solving skills.
  • A working knowledge of the MS Office Suite would be an asset.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT diploma in Broadcast Systems Technology.


This program is accredited by the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE).


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 50% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or 60% in Math 30-2, or 65% in Applied Math 30, AND,
  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
  • A minimum 20 level science (excluding Science 24 and 26)
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Program Outline

Total Credits 60

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