Broadcasting and film program balances film and broadcast courses
Broadcasting and Film Program Balances Film and Broadcast
When a program has a split focus, there is always the chance that one aspect will get more
attention than the other. However, through a balanced approach, Centennial College’s
broadcasting and Film program has been training — for more than 30 years —some of Canada’s
best writers, directors, producers, production crewmembers and studio executives for the
broadcasting and film industry.
As one of the city’s most respected film and broadcasting schools, this offering prides itself on
offering students hands-on experience that backs up theory. As such, students study out of digital
HD broadcast studios that feature modern equipment and systems. In these facilities, students
attend a range of classes.
• Film Appreciation and Analysis: Students learn the history of film and various forms of
criticism. This allows them to gain a better understanding of the genre and an appreciation
for what makes films worth watching and making.
• Filmmaking: Students study both the art and the execution of the filmmaking process. The
emphasis is on storytelling, production, and postproduction in the making of individual and
• Screenwriting: Screenplay format, structure and narrative language are covered with an
emphasis on the art of storytelling. Course assignments include writing “Final Films” that
are then produced.
• Radio Production: An overview course, this aspect of the program examines the structure
and operation of radio stations, production companies and other related companies. The
course also covers theoretical aspects of the basic radio field and control room/studio
• TV Studio: A fully hands-on course, each lab in this class involves instruction and
demonstration followed by hands-on operation of equipment and systems in the production
of simple television programs.
• Broadcast Career Management: This class is based on a combination of classroom
instruction, weekend workshops and one-on-one time with the course supervisor. It
teaches students how to be successful in their careers.
Additionally, students participate in student films and TV, as well as the JOURNAL, a student-
produced news magazine TV show that airs live and online; and create an advanced body of
produced work for a professional portfolio.
Whether students’ ultimate goal is to work in TV or radio broadcast program, or film, they
benefit from the program’s last-semester field placement. This opportunity sees them working in
the field with professionals to enhance their resume and become comfortable with the tasks they
may complete once they launch their career. Among the companies with which Centennial College
has field placement partnerships are: CBC, CTV, Cuppa Coffee Studios, Red Apple Productions,
The Score, WNED TV Buffalo and more.
While grads are completely prepared for jobs with radio and television stations, including specialty
channels; production companies; corporate and commercial TV/Film production houses; feature
and series film producers; and web production companies, Centennial College also makes the
transition to further education seamless. This is due to educational partnerships with Athabasca
University; Davenport University, Griffith University (Australia; and University of Ontario Institute
of Technology, which allow them to apply academic credit towards further study.