Program Duration12 Months
Next Start DatesMarch 12, 2018 September 4, 2018 March 11, 2019 September 3, 2019
VanArts' one-year Broadcasting program gives you a chance to hone your communications and storytelling talents for a mass audience. Working with industry professionals and guest speakers from Vancouver's media scene, you will be on the air every day on our campus radio station. Master the skills needed for TV news production, dive into the role of social media manager, and learn podcasting and viral video production techniques that top online influencers use to build their brand. Upon graduation, you are ready to hit the ground running with hundreds of hours in real, hands-on broadcast media experience and a demo reel representing your diverse skills.
What You'll Learn
The key courses that run through the entire year include Radio, Writing & Storytelling, Video & Audio Production, Social Media, Performance and Professional Practice.
In Term 1, you will immediately find yourself on-the-air at our campus radio station VanArts Radio. You will also begin creating content for YouTube, social media and podcasting, while being introduced to the broadcast software you’ll be using for the rest of the year, as well as in the industry. Term 1 will also include a tour of a real radio station and a chance to meet the people making the industry run.
Radio and TV Hosting Adobe Audition & Premiere Burli & iMediaTouch Podcasting and YouTube basics Social Media Basics Voice Technique Technical Media Operations
Continuing to create content for VanArts Radio and the web in Term 2, you will delve deeper into the most important skill for the broadcaster: storytelling! This includes hosting, writing and delivering news, mastering the interview and writing for commercials, features and editorials.
Voice & Movement Finding "The Natural Voice" Presentation Skills Pecha Kucha Storytelling Reading from the Teleprompter Social Media & Podcasting Content YouTube Content Features & Editorials
In Term 3 you will learn about the ways to get all of your great content seen by the most people, whether in the form of a viral video, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. You will master the art and science of social media, and learn the basics of web design to make sure your brand is well represented to the outside world.
Radio Drama Creating Characters Creating Humorous Content Viral Video & Identifying Influencers Monetization Marketing & SEO Online Community Building
While honing your craft and continuing to produce content in Term 4, you will learn what it takes to make it in the broadcast industry, with guidance by plenty of guest speakers currently working in Vancouver’s local media scene. From writing a stand-out resume to putting together a professional-caliber demo reel and final project, the final term will give you the tools you need to jump head-first into your first job.
Advanced Professional Practice Basic Web Design Demo Tape Creation Promotions & Contesting Broadcast Ratings & Regulations Copyright Resume, Cover Letter & Interview Skills
Martin StrongHead of Broadcasting & Online Media
Head of Broadcasting & Online Media
Martin Strong is a media veteran who has spent more than 20 years on Vancouver radio, including stints on CBC, CFOX, Rock 101, and Vancouver’s new FM station Roundhouse Radio. Martin is also a voice actor with countless radio and TV commercials to his credit. He can currently be heard as the narrator on the TV reality series JADE FEVER now airing on The Discovery Channel.
Martin launched his career at CFOX radio in the mid 1980‘s during the heyday of rock radio. In ‘96 he was lured to Rock 101, where he was soon teamed up with Brother Jake Edwards in the afternoon drive slot. The impact was immediate, which led Jake and Marty into the mornings where they dominated the market from 1999 until Marty’s departure in January 2011. Demonstrating his creative writing and storytelling skills, Martin also moonlighted on CBC Radio where he created, wrote and hosted “Radio Shangri-La,” a program which was broadcast nationally on both AM and FM in various time slots between 1995 and 2000.
Martin was awarded Best Local Radio Personality for his work at Roundhouse Radio, by West Ender’s 20th annual Best of the City poll in 2017.
Smitty MillerProgram Manager/Instructor
As the owner and principal performer of an entertainment production company in the US, Smitty performed around the world and managed promotions, travel and concert production for over 20 years.
Smitty holds a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Direction from the University of Denver and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University. She has managed large production projects (including all promotion, social media and web content) and has a wealth of teaching and training experience at private schools and universities. Smitty is also a Hootsuite Certified Social Marketing Professional.
While her love is teaching, currently Smitty also works as a commercial voice-over artist and podcast producer. Her current interests are in soundscaping and podcast production at her home voice-over studio. Her passions include short video documentary production, dogs, and Diet Coke.
Scott has been a media producer, consultant and instructor since 1997. Most recently he has worked with Identify Photo on a number of video productions as a producer and sound engineer for non-profit organizations and is an active musician and entertainer. Scott’s work experience also includes many years with the Gulf Islands Film & Television School as 3D Animation program manager, soundtrack composer, video mentor and co-producer of the school’s official YouTube Channel launch. He has developed websites, print materials and produced animation for his award-winning short Frog Song, the documentary Contact the People (2002 Sundance Film Festival premiere), plus sound design for Lisa Jackson’s NFB short Suckerfish and Richard Reeves’ camera-less animated film 1:1.
Julie HowgateInstructor - Public Speaking
Instructor - Public Speaking
Julie Howgate has facilitated for hugely successful organizations such as TEDX East Van, UBC Science & Engineering Dept, Peak Potentials, Master Training, Warrior Sage and World Luminaries among others. She is no stranger to working with individuals and groups and has been a speaker coach and acting teacher to over a thousand students from all walks of life. She has used her processes to help speakers reduce anxiety and improve presence and with delivering communications with clarity and integrity from scripting to presentation. As a coach, she inspires clients to lead with passion and conviction, be more effective and powerful facilitators, presenters, entrepreneur’s leaders and speakers. From Winnipeg to London to Vancouver, Julie has also performed and taught in theatre, film and television for well over a decade.
Brad GibsonInstructor - Voice Coaching
Instructor - Voice Coaching
Brad Gibson is a voice, speech and movement teacher in Vancouver, BC. He currently teaches Voice at VanArts, Movement and Voice at at Studio 58 Langara College, and is senior faculty for Canada’s National Voice Intensive. He has taught Voice and Speech throughout S.E. Asia (while based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and has worked as a professional actor and Voice and Dialect coach for theatre, film and TV in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada. His training includes a B.A.(Theatre) and B.A. (Psychology) from Simon Fraser University, and an M.F.A. (Acting) and Graduate Diploma in Voice Teaching from York University. He has also trained with Richard Armstrong and explores Middendorf Breath Movement with Juerg Roffler.
Patrick SauriolInstructor - Social Media
Instructor - Social Media
Patrick is the Executive Director for DigiBC, a non-profit organziation that represents BC’s diverse digital industries, such as video games, digital marketing, wireless technologies and digital visual effects. Previous to his time at DigiBC, Patrick served for five years as the Creative Director and Senior Copywriter for a digital marketing agency. Before that, he created a popular movie news website called Coming Attractions that broke hundreds of scoops about blockbuster Hollywood films.
He is an experienced digital leader in the areas of: creative direction, team leadership, copywriting, ideation, eCommerce strategy, growth hacking, social media, gamification and world-building. He has received a Top Entertainment Website Award from IGN (2000), was nominated for a Webby Award (1999), and has been interviewed by the New York Times, Vanity Fair, People, Entertainment Weekly & others about online subjects.
Patrick has created, supervised and launched successful strategies for websites, e-mail campaigns, social media and viral campaigns for over 60+ companies working for digital marketing agencies. His focus is on delivering a positive return on investment, be it for a VanArts graduate just launching their new online business, or an established bricks-and-mortar business seeking to up their digital results.
Marina McNeilInstructor/Advisor - Resume & Cover Letters
Instructor/Advisor - Resume & Cover Letters
Marina has been working in post-secondary advising and recruitment for over six years and is an advocate for arts & education. From large universities to small colleges she has worked on international education projects, hiring and selection committees, cultural training, and editing for textbook publications. As the Admissions Advisor for the Broadcasting & Online Media program here at VanArts, she helps prospective students with their applications and current students throughout their diploma with resume and job preparedness strategies.
From Diploma to Degree
VanArts has articulation agreements in place with several well established universities/colleges in Canada, Australia, and the UK. These degree pathways allow you to complete your bachelor’s degree in as little as one year after your studies at VanArts. This gives you the advantage of two credentials; a professional diploma and an undergraduate degree.
These partnerships may not only save you money in tuition cost, but allows you to transition easily from VanArts to the partner institution while continuing your educational pathway in your chosen field of study. For international students, completing your BA degree in as little as two years of additional study with our local university partners provides you with the option to apply for a Canadian work permit, which may lead to permanent residency or Canadian citizenship.
This list represents the pathways, universities and specific degrees available for graduates in Broadcasting at VanArts:
Discovering New Passions in Broadcasting
With expansion in to new areas of broadcasting and online media, students at VanArts are discovering new ways to take their interests & passions into exciting careers.
Meet a few of our students here and listen to their fascinating stories.
Meet James Murray
James Murray, from Saskatoon SK, is loving his job at Roundhouse Radio here in Vancouver, thanks to the skills he learned at VanArts. In this video he explains in his own words about the programs and what he’s doing now.
Meet Grant “Silky” Johnson
After taking to the airwaves for a year at VanArts as a Broadcasting student, the ink was barely dry on his diploma when Grant “Silky” Johnson accepted an offer to host the mid-day show at CJ 1230 in The Pas, Manitoba.
It didn’t take long before Grant was able to move to Edmonton for his current gig at HOT107, where they even made him into his own bobblehead!
Check out this video of Grant in action!
Ready to Go on the Air?
If these stories have inspired you, talk to us today about starting your own broadcasting career at VanArts.
Scholarships Available for March 2018 Start Date
Apply online by November 30th, 2017 (and submit all required materials within 2 weeks) to have your application considered for a partial scholarship. Please state in your letter of intent why you think you deserve a scholarship.
10% deposit upon acceptance to hold your seat
40% six weeks prior to start date
50% by end of Term 1 (3 months into studies)