Television, radio and social media content is evolving at a rapid pace and this program provides you with the knowledge and practical skills to succeed in this constantly evolving sector. Students in this program produce and publish rich, diverse content for a wide variety of live and pre-recorded platforms while mastering the use of social media for professional and personal broadcasting.
NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific laptop and software requirements for this program click here.
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NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.
Whether you’re interested in the creative, technical or business side of radio, television, web or social media content creation, the two-year Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media program offers the practical experience you need to excel in this fast-paced industry. Through community involvement and hands-on learning opportunities, you will explore traditional and emerging broadcasting methods, as well as marketing, entrepreneurial and management techniques.
As a graduate, you will be skilled in planning, promoting, creating and hosting both live and pre-recorded content for a variety of media platforms using current software, broadcast technologies and social media. Your skills in these areas could lead to employment in a radio or television station, video production company or social media channel.
Each year, the Faculty of Media, Art & Design (MAD) looks forward to hosting our annual MAD 48-hour Film Challenge where three participating programs (Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media, Photography and Video Production) suspend most classes for a four-day week of movie-making magic! Hundreds of students participate under guidance from MAD staff, faculty and administration. Students are mixed into interdisciplinary groups and given 48-hours to produce, shoot and edit their very own short film. Each group, comprised of seven to eight students, is also given a line of dialogue, genre, prop and character type, all of which must appear in their short film.
The Faculty of MAD also runs a 48-hour Stop-motion Animation Challenge at the same time for students in the Animation – Digital Production program.
The finished films from both Challenges are juried by industry professionals at the Oshawa Cineplex Odeon (yes, there are prizes). The screening is free and open to the public.
For more information, be sure to follow MAD 48-hour Film Challenge on Facebook.
And check out the website.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2022-23 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
Durham College also offers degree completion opportunities with a number of Canadian and international institutions. Sample diploma-to-degree opportunities include:
Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.
A Mac notebook computer is recommended. Please see the hardware requirements document for details.
NOTE: A one-year subscription in Adobe Creative Cloud™ is included in full-time tuition and will be available for new students in the first week of classes.
DO NOT PURCHASE THIS SOFTWARE PRIOR TO STARTING THE PROGRAM.
Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your greatest work. One simple membership gives you and your classmates to the very latest versions of all the Adobe professional creative desktop applications like Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and more — plus new features and upgrades as soon as they're available. And that's just the beginning. With Creative Cloud™, everything you need to create intuitively and collaboratively is included.
Free downloadable software (please download and install prior to the start of classes):
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NOTE: These requirements were accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change. Please be aware that hardware and software versions are subject to change and will be updated as needed. For further information and FAQs click here.
Your learning experience is complemented by a seven-week field placement at the end of the fourth semester where you will gain real-world experience at a radio station, television station or other media company.
As part of their program, Broadcasting - Radio and Contemporary Media students work directly with real industry clients, including not-for-profit and community organizations, on a variety of projects. Doing so provides students with access to real-time coaching and feedback from their professors. The experiences also promote teamwork and help students to develop and test the vital soft skills necessary to succeed their chosen field.
Check out behind-the-scenes action from several recent student-client collaborations in the DC student-produced videos below:
Recently our students worked with commercial radio station 105.9 The Region in York Region to create a series of podcasts that were broadcast on the station. Here is a link to one of the shows students produced: