May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
    
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Radio, Television and Broadcast News - Radio

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus)


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Are you ready to make waves in radio broadcasting, podcast production, voice acting and more? The Radio major within the Radio, Television, and Broadcast News program at SAIT is your ticket to an exciting career in audio entertainment and communication.

At SAIT, we understand the power of the spoken word and the art of audio storytelling. Our Radio major offers an exceptional learning experience that combines classroom instruction with hands-on training and real-world exposure.

You’ll get hands-on experience by hitting the airwaves on SAIT’s campus radio station, saitradio.com. Whether you dream of being a radio personality, newscaster, DJ or podcast host, you’ll have the chance to hone your skills in a real broadcasting environment. 

Build advanced audio production experience by learning the art and science of audio production with our facilities and equipment. Learn advanced multi-track digital audio production techniques, ensuring you have the technical skills to create high-quality content that stands out in today’s competitive media landscape.

Craft compelling stories that capture your audience’s attention. Our program provides extensive training in creative writing, helping you develop the ability to script engaging and entertaining radio segments, podcasts and other audio content.

Finally, develop an understanding of the importance of marketing and promotion in the media industry. Gain valuable insights into promotional planning and execution to effectively connect with your target audience and build a loyal following.

Take it from our graduates

Our radio broadcasting program has a record of producing successful graduates who make their mark in Calgary, Canada, and even on the international stage. 

Many of our graduates are radio personalities and DJs, hosting their own shows and engaging audiences. Some work behind the scenes as producers or writers, contributing to and shaping stories. Others have discovered opportunities as voice actors for animation, videos or commercials. 

Our alumni network includes individuals who have achieved remarkable success, such as the SAIT radio grad who became the imaging director and head sound designer for Howard Stern’s stations on Sirius XM.

This program involves two years of full-time study, along with an industry practicum in your fourth semester.

Are you ready to be the next voice that captivates the airwaves? SAIT’s Radio major within the Radio, Television, and Broadcast News program is your gateway to a rewarding and dynamic career. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes


Those in radio are innovative, directive, social and methodical.

You need:

  • creativity
  • self-confidence
  • friendliness and a positive attitude
  • good voice projection and enunciation
  • excellent writing and reading skills
  • an accurate memory
  • the ability to “ad-lib” and provide interesting small talk
  • a high level of enthusiasm
  • adaptability and perseverance
  • passion for your work
  • the ability to work with a wide variety of people
  • the ability to give and take constructive criticism.

You should enjoy working with music, videos and other news and entertainment, entertaining others and finding innovative solutions to problems. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities


You will participate in a four-week practicum at a participating radio station in positions related to writing/advertising, production or on-air. 

Credential


Upon successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Radio, Television and Broadcast News diploma with a major in Radio. 

Program length


2 years

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible


This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Not eligible for CAJG


This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers


Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts (50011)
  • Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations (51120)
  • Broadcast technicians (52112)
  • Audio and video recording technicians (52113)
  • Announcers and other broadcasters (52114)
  • Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts (52119)
  • Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators (53111)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada


Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet all the following requirements or equivalents:

  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada


All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Application process


When applying in the application portal, select Radio, Television and Broadcast News. You will be able to select Radio as your major during the application process.

Program outline


The Radio, Television and Broadcast News - Radio diploma requires 61.5 credits (26 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

Required courses


You must take all of the following courses to complete this program.

Suggested schedule of study


Books and supplies


Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a standard computer hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore’s website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date. Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn’t receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you’re in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Progression


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Advanced Digital Technology program advising


For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School for Advanced Digital Technology.

Phone: 403.284.8543
Email: sadt.advising@sait.ca 

Program outcomes


Broadcast News major

  1. Apply communication skills effectively and appropriately within the Radio, Television and Digital on-line world.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviours that reflect the expectations of the industries.
  3. Interact professionally within the work environment.
  4. Manage technical and administrative activities which support the organization.
  5. Plan, design, or work through projects or tasks from start to finish using well-defined objectives and outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to use computer software and hardware related to the creation of television, radio and on-line productions.
  7. Continuously assess personal strengths and areas for development to set personal learning goals.
  8. Use appropriate leadership skills to move quickly toward conflict resolution, and compromise to allow the team to move forward.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to critique process and product.

Radio major

  1. Apply communication skills effectively and appropriately within the Radio industry.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviours that reflect the expectations of the Radio industry.
  3. Interact professionally within the work environment.
  4. Manage technical and administrative activities which support the organization.
  5. Plan, design, or work through projects or tasks from start to finish using well-defined objectives and outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to use computer software and hardware related to the creation of Radio productions.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to create effective scripts; including client interaction, creative meetings, research and editing skills.  
  8. Demonstrate technical ability to voice, edit, mix and produce effective commercials and features.
  9. Continuously assess personal strengths and areas for development to set personal learning goals.

Television major

  1. Apply communication skills effectively and appropriately within the Television industry.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviours that reflect the expectations of the Television industry.
  3. Interact professionally within the work environment.
  4. Manage technical and administrative activities which support the organization.
  5. Plan, design, or work through projects or tasks from start to finish using well-defined objectives and outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to use computer software and hardware related to the creation of television/video productions.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to move a script into production including production meetings, location scouting, budgets, facilities, equipment and personal.
  8. Continuously assess personal strengths and areas for development to set personal learning goals.
  9. Use appropriate leadership skills to move quickly toward conflict resolution, and compromise to allow the team to move forward.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to critique process and product.

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