May 24, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
    
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Radio, Television and Broadcast News - Broadcast News

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus)


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Are you ready to step into the spotlight and make your mark in the world of media? The Radio, Television, and Broadcast News program’s Broadcast News major is your gateway to an exciting career as a news or sports anchor.

Maybe you’d like to be a sideline host for Hockey Night in Canada? Or a content creator with your own YouTube channel, podcast or website? This program will help you get there.

Hands-on training for the real world

You’ll receive extensive, hands-on training that equips you for the broadcast environment. We understand the importance of real-world experience, and you’ll have plenty of it.

Journalistic integrity and deadline respect

Our curriculum emphasizes the core principles of broadcast journalism, instilling in you the value of journalistic integrity. You’ll learn to craft compelling stories while upholding the highest ethical standards. You’ll master the crucial skill of meeting deadlines.

Diverse roles in real-life simulations

Prepare to wear many hats! In our real-life simulations, you’ll take on various roles that mirror the dynamic world of broadcast news.

Whether you’re a reporter on the frontlines of breaking news, a producer orchestrating a live broadcast, a web editor shaping online content, a newscaster or sports anchor, a live reporter capturing events as they unfold or a weather presenter, you’ll gain invaluable experience that sets you apart.

Challenging, creative, and career-ready

Our broadcasting program is designed to challenge your skills, stretch your creativity, and prepare you for a rewarding career in various media-related fields.

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

You’ll emerge with a solid content creation and broadcasting foundation, ready to make your mark in the industry.

Traits, skills and aptitudes


Those in the broadcast field are innovative, social, and methodical.

You need:

  • curiosity
  • initiative, persistence and resourcefulness
  • objectivity and integrity
  • creativity
  • an accurate memory
  • communication and interview skills
  • research and critical thinking skills
  • physical and emotional stamina to cope with the pressures of competitive, fast-paced work
  • solid news judgment
  • an interest in people and current events.

You should enjoy finding new approaches to stories, dealing with people, generating interest in news stories, and compiling information methodically. You will also need composure and poise on camera or the microphone. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities


In your final semester, you will complete a four-week practicum placement with an approved media-related employer. 

Credential


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

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):

  • Editors (51110)
  • Authors and writers (except technical) (51111)
  • Technical writers (51112)
  • Journalists (51113)
  • Managers, Publishing, Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and Performing Arts (50011)
  • Announcers and other broadcasters (52114)

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 Broadcast News as your major during the application process.

Program outline


The Radio, Television, Broadcast News - Broadcast News diploma requires 60 credits (21 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


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 > 

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.

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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