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Building Careers in Broadcasting and Film Industry in Canada
The broadcasting and film industry offers a wide range of careers nowadays. Individuals can be
engaged in creating stories and scripts, managing and carrying out the creative production,
balancing the artistic and commercial aspects of the industry, producing series or feature films,
producing content for TV and radio shows, film appreciation and analysis, screenwriting and
editing and many more. The list of careers is endless in this industry.
Although it’s not mandatory for creative and artistic individuals to undergo a formal education in
this field to build a rewarding career; however, most careers will require individuals to possess a
technical and commercial understanding of broadcasting and film industry. A course in radio
broadcasting and film not only helps them hone their natural talent and gain necessary skills but
also exposes them to diverse career options in the industry.
As radio, films and television are dynamic fields with endless changes and advancements, and
creative expressions, it is essential for professionals to have a strong and in-depth understanding
of all aspects of the industry for consistent growth. With this, they must also be comfortable in
using the equipment and technology and digital systems. Furthermore, the professionals are
expected to possess a practical, real world experience in editing, writing, reporting, hosting and
Film and Radio Broadcast Programs in Canada
A post-secondary film and radio broadcast program is a comprehensive program that prepares
students in all aspects of the film, television and radio industry, including creative, technical and
commercial. It exposes them to a variety of industry contexts, settings and practices and
The goal of the program is to help students learn to prepare, manage and carry out the creative
development and production procedures and create new and original story ideas. It also offers
them an in-depth understanding of filmmaking, media business, portfolio production, camerawork
and lighting, and workplace issues. It focuses on an all round development of students, so that
they can easily handle communication tools, manage media businesses, publish magazines,
handle live and online shows and work in HD broadcast studios.
The broadcasting and film program is a post-secondary program that typically runs for three years
through six semesters. It covers a wide range of courses in writing for media, radio and television
production, film analysis, integrated media, screenwriting and filmmaking, sound to picture
design, documentary and factual story creation, broadcast career management and media
business and entrepreneurship.
It includes classroom learning, participation in student films and TV, working on a magazine that is
aired live and online, portfolio development and a 15-week full-time industry placement.
Interested students who have completed their secondary education can apply for this program.
They need to send their applications to the college of their choice along with a copy of secondary
school diploma certificate and scores of English Grade 12 C or University or equivalent.
In addition, they also need to complete a writing test, submit a portfolio demonstrating their
ability to tell a story and a resume that includes their media related work experience and two
letters of recommendation.
Where to Study a Radio Broadcast Program?
A number of Canadian broadcasting schools offer this program. Unfortunately not all offer full-
time industry field placement, which is an essential requirement to build a career in this field.
Centennial College’s program in broadcasting and film provides a full semester field placement,
which complements classroom education. Moreover, the program reflects high standards of
learning and offers excellent placement opportunities.