Broadcasting – Television

The Broadcasting – Television program at Algonquin College, recognized by the Broadcast Educators’ Association of Canada, covers all aspects of the television production process with equal importance given to technical operations and the creative side of production.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Related Programs:
Broadcasting – Radio

Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 0381X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program provides students with the formal training to become leaders in the television production industry. The curriculum covers the creative side of production, as well as technical operations. Following a hands-on approach, students explore all aspects of in-studio and field production, news writing, camera operations and editing. As many projects are completed outside of class hours, students must be prepared to work on evenings and weekends.

This program is a member of the Broadcasting Educators Association of Canada.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at . Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s Connections Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are self-starters.
  • Can adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills.
  • Have the ability to carry cameras and other production equipment.
  • Thrive in a creative environment.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in television stations, media centres, production houses, and community cable systems as studio and field crew members,editors, motion graphic artists, directors, researchers and producers. Opportunities may also exist for graduates wishing to freelance or start their own production companies.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Operate industry standard production equipment, in studio and on location, to create television, video and /or web content for multiple platforms.
  • Deliver television, video and digital or web content via multiple platforms in formats that meet current broadcast industry standards.
  • Participate in the planning and preparation of television, mobile and/or Web productions that meet industry standards and regulations.
  • Monitor and maintain the technical quality of productions during recording and broadcasts using resources, equipment and protocols which meet with industry standards.
  • Participate in marketing activities to promote independent productions and/or a station`s brand and products.
  • Plan and prepare interviews, scripts and reporting content for use in television, video or digital media productions.
  • Use business skills and accepted industry practices in the creation of television, video and/or web productions.
  • Keep current with the needs of the television and digital media broadcast industry using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development.
  • Conduct work safety in accordance with all applicable acts, regulations, legislation, and codes to ensure personal and public safety.
  • Use a variety of post-production skills and techniques to enhance and complete television, digital, web and/or video productions.
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.



    Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
    Level: 01 Hours
    ENL1813M Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
    TVA1500 Television Operations I Topics covered include basic terminology, TV scanning, waveform monitoring, lighting, camera theory, production switchers, VTRs and distribution devices, and digital audio and video technologies.

    Co-requisites: TVA1501
    TVA1501 Studio Production I Students are introduced to the working fundamentals of a television production studio. Both production and operation skills/competencies with respect to live multi-camera production are developed to meet first term learning expectations. The importance of working in a team environment and using correct control room terminology is stressed throughout.

    Co-requisites: TVA1500 and TVA1565
    TVA1530 Introduction to Post-Production Students are introduced to the digital tools required to edit and finish short video and audio productions in both standard definition and HDTV. Students will develop an understanding of how to integrate motion video, music, narration and graphic elements into editing projects using industry level post production software and hardware. 30.0
    TVA1543 News Writing I Students gain skills to research and write TV news scripts. Emphasis is on developing the skills needed to enter the field of television news reporting by learning how to identify and find news stories, how to develop news contacts, how to interview people and how to cope with deadlines.

    Co-requisites: TVA1501 and TVA1565
    TVA1546 The Art of Photography Students explore the impact great photographers have had on modern society. To fully appreciate photography as an art form, the technical aspects of photography, as well as the art of seeing through the lens are examined. Composition is stressed as it goes hand-in-hand with depth of field and lens theory. 45.0
    TVA1565 Electronic Field Production I Students are introduced to single camera video production. Using one camera to visually tell stories is the norm in television news and documentary work. Interviews and action are covered from a variety of different angles with the same camera. Students learn how to move cameras using handheld techniques and tripods, set up a variety of field equipment, compose images, properly expose video, add lighting and record audio. Components are technical in nature and teamwork is required to complete most assigned projects. 60.0
    Level: 02 Hours
    ENL2018 Communications II: Screen Based Storytelling Students learn the art of storytelling for a variety of screen-based showcases. Scripts for TV dramas, sitcoms, animation, advertising, and online vehicles are crafted, using industry-standard formatting. In addition, the arts of pitching, marketing and show-running are examined.

    Prerequisites: ENL1813M
    TVA1502 News Writing II Students improve their ability to find and write news stories for broadcast and social media. Students develop skills in researching, writing, producing, shooting and editing news stories. Creative and technical aspects of video journalism are addressed.

    Prerequisites: TVA1543

    Co-requisites: TVA1507 and TVA1566
    TVA1507 Studio Production II Students enhance their knowledge of the working fundamentals of a television production studio. Learning both production and operation skills continues students' multi-skilled development, with entry-level industry expectations being the primary goal. The importance of using correct terminology and of working in a team environment is stressed throughout. The production of entertainment and educational programs that meet industry standards are emphasized.

    Prerequisites: TVA1500 and TVA1501 and TVA1565

    Co-requisites: TVA1502 and TVA1536 and TVA1566
    TVA1536 Television Operations II As students strive to achieve a higher level of production skills, they must be able to operate the production equipment skillfully. Students enhance their knowledge in the areas of signal distribution/patching, audio/video, VTRs, post-production tools, full utilization of studio and facility, advanced audio operation and signal quality control.

    Prerequisites: TVA1500

    Co-requisites: TVA1507
    TVA1547 Digital Post-Production and Motion Graphics I Students are introduced to digital video and audio editing, as well as the implementation and workflow of static and motion graphics into productions. They develop skills in non-linear editing, compositing and post-production audio. Both off-line and online techniques are covered in detail.

    Prerequisites: TVA1530
    TVA1566 Electronic Field Production II The focus is on Electronic News Gathering (ENG), with exercises mirroring industry time constraints, precision and onsite creativity when shooting news stories. Students also begin to create more refined images by looking critically at composition, subject placement, backgrounds and lighting. Further emphasis on production planning, interview techniques and storytelling with the camera provide the foundation for producing mini-documentaries in each class. Components of the course are technical in nature. Teamwork is required to complete most assigned tasks.

    Prerequisites: TVA1565
    Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
    GED0381 General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

    Equivalencies: ARC9001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1001 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED1896 or PSI0003
    Level: 03 Hours
    TVA1515 Electronic Field Production III Students are introduced to equipment and techniques that help produce a more accomplished image. Students gain experience using focal lengths, aperture, filtration, film-style lighting and camera dolly mounts, all to create a unique mood and look. Short narratives are chosen for production. Components of the course are technical in nature and teamwork is required to complete most assigned projects.

    Prerequisites: TVA1566

    Co-requisites: TVA1548 and TVA1567
    TVA1548 Studio, Life Style and News Production I Students refine their skills by rotating in production and operational positions in a digital 16:9 format television studio. Emphasis is placed on the pre-production process. Students develop their skills in visualization, production techniques, directing, and studio and control room practices for several types of live studio productions. Teamwork is stressed throughout.

    Prerequisites: TVA1507 and TVA1536
    TVA1560 Production and Business Management I Through a series of lectures and guest speakers, students gain an excellent appreciation of what is involved in the development, management, and marketing of a property, whether it is a relatively low budget student production or a major Canadian release. Students learn the basics of how to budget for productions and how to seek funding for Canadian independent productions. Professional presentation of proposals is emphasized, as are the logistics of setting up a company. 45.0
    TVA1567 Remote Broadcast I Multi-camera coverage of community or sports events is a significant part of many broadcast schedules. Students are introduced to the preparation, planning, technical considerations and teamwork required to cover a variety of these types of events. Skills and knowledge acquired are used for mobile productions and delivered on multiple digital platforms.

    Prerequisites: TVA1507 and TVA1536

    Co-requisites: TVA1515
    TVA1569 Digital Post-Production Motion Graphics II Hands-on training in the world of visual blending, motion graphics and compositing is provided. Students advance one step further in post-production as they develop higher skills in non-linear editing. Theoretical and operational concerns are explained, demonstrated and practised. Instruction in the finer elements of editing, such as addition of titles, sound effects, special effects, music and/or narration is included.

    Prerequisites: TVA1547
    Elective: choose 1 Hours
    TVA1559 Writing for Film and Television I Students learn elements of writing for film by writing a pitch, short treatment and two drafts of a short drama or comedy script suitable for production in semester IV. Students also learn to write a one-page pitch for a short documentary. Included is a study of the emerging market for episodic and serialized web series and students pitch a web series concept which becomes the focus of Writing for Film and Television II. 45.0
    TVA1562 Advanced Technologies I Students explore finishing, sweetening, archiving, and delivery of sound and motion video/graphics. They also study fundamental theories that govern the production and post-production of finished media material. 45.0
    Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
    GED0381 General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

    Equivalencies: ARC9001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1001 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED1896 or PSI0003
    Level: 04 Hours
    TVA1518 Remote Broadcast II Working in teams, students plan, shoot and promote on social media, a minimum of four multi-camera events outside the studio. Students also partner with local broadcasters to gain experience using remote links and specialized mobile equipment.

    Prerequisites: TVA1548 and TVA1567

    Co-requisites: TVA1519
    TVA1519 Electronic Field Production IV Students create significant content to the highest standards. Projects may include documentaries, dramas, series pilots, music videos, commercials and corporate programs. Resource management is stressed throughout, and the creative, pre-production, recording and post-production stages are scrutinized for a professional approach and execution. Deliverables and deadlines mirror industry standards. Components of the course are technical in nature and teamwork is required to complete most assigned projects.

    Prerequisites: TVA1515

    Co-requisites: TVA1518
    TVA1544 Production and Business Management II From cost reports to negotiating crew and talent, advanced training for emerging producers and production managers is provided. Students acquire the tools and develop the skills necessary to make a successful transition into a busy TV production office. From development through to post-production, this hands-on course in how to manage a television production is a must for students considering a producing career.

    Prerequisites: TVA1560
    TVA1564 Digital Post-Production and Motion Graphics III Students combine digital audio/video post-production techniques, 2D and 3D motion graphics/compositing using myriad of up-to-date media software. Emphasis is placed on implementing, finishing and delivery of a production.

    Prerequisites: TVA1569
    TVA1570 Industry Familiarization Students are introduced to the broadcast and production environments in which they work after graduation. Through onsite visits and interaction with industry professionals, students become more familiar with private and public sector facilities, current working conditions and various skills sets used outside the College. 45.0
    TVA1571 Studio, Life Style and News Production II Students improve and refine their skills in the editorial, operation and production techniques required to produce life style, news and multi-camera live productions. Students concentrate on those positions of particular interest to them, whether it is anchoring, directing, producing or camera work. Students continue to apply skills learned through the weekly production of a news program.

    Prerequisites: TVA1548
    Elective: choose 1 Hours
    TVA1535 Writing for Film and Television II Students learn to write for a variety of television genres by creating an original webseries. Students generate pitch bibles and sample scripts, learning skills transferable to writing for broadcast and cable television.

    Prerequisites: TVA1559
    TVA1563 Advanced Technologies II Students move into the virtual environment, creating newsrooms, sound stages and other television environments with the latest industry software.

    Prerequisites: TVA1562

    Fees & Expenses   

    2016/2017 Academic Year

    Total Fees for the first year of the program:

    Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $8,641.62. *

    International tuition/ancillary Fees: $18,167.66. *

    * Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

    Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit

    Books and supplies cost approximately $1,100 in the first year and $1050 in the second year. Students must purchase their own laptop computer and software. Computers and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s Connections Store at educational discounted rates. It is recommended that students purchase their own digital SLR camera in the first year.

    Admission Requirements   

    2017/2018 Academic Year

    College Eligibility

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
    • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
    • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
    • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

    Program Eligibility

    • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
    • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
      • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. OR
      • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20


    Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

    Application Information

    Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
    60 Corporate Court
    Guelph, Ontario
    N1G 5J3

    Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

    International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

    For further information on the admissions process, contact:

    Registrar`s Office
    Algonquin College
    1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
    Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
    Telephone: 613-727-0002
    Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
    TTY: 613-727-7766
    Fax: 613-727-7632

    Additional Information

    For more information, please contact Jeremy Atherton, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5123 or or Diane Banks, Marketing Officer, at ext. 2510 or
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