Broadcasting & Online Media

Our school’s broadcasting program is made for media careers of the 21st century. Start by going on the air every day in our campus radio station, mastering the broadcast skills needed for TV news reporting, radio station hosting, and sports commentary. Go on to learn how to be a podcaster, a YouTube video personality, a social media marketer or create viral videos for the web. It all begins here!

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Program Duration

12 Months

Next Start Dates

March 11, 2019 September 3, 2019 March 9, 2020 September 8, 2020

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 a Hootsuite Platform-Certified social media manager, and learn podcasting and viral video production techniques that top online influencers use to build their brand.

Upon graduation, you will be 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.

Listen in on our students now!

What You'll Learn

Term 1

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 you are expected to acquire your Hootsuite Platform Certification for social media management.

Check out the VanArts Radio Blog for stories written by our students, our podcast The View from VanArts, and our YouTube Channel for more examples of student projects.

Radio and TV Hosting Adobe Audition & Premiere Burli & iMediaTouch Podcasting and YouTube basics Social Media Basics Voice Technique Technical Media Operations Hootsuite Certification

Term 2

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

Term 3

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

Term 4

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

The Faculty

Martin Strong

Head of Broadcasting & Online Media

Martin Strong

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.

Scott Hastings


Scott Hastings


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 Howgate

Instructor - Public Speaking

Julie Howgate

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 Gibson

Instructor - Voice Coaching

Brad Gibson

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 Sauriol

Instructor - Social Media

Patrick Sauriol

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 McNeil

Instructor - Resume & Cover Letters

Marina McNeil

Instructor - 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.

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:

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Student Stories

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 Matthew Grobe

Broadcasting student Matthew Grobe, from the USA, has accepted an internship at National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate KCUR 89.3 FM in his home state. Here’s Matt in action recently at VanArts, interviewing Oscar-nominee and LAIKA animation director Graham Annable.

Meet Alexis Hart

Students like Alexis Hart are applying the skills they learned at VanArts to new forms of online media.

Alexis is the Brand Manager for the eco-friendly Casus Grill, creating content, blogging and managing social media. She produces videos and marketing imagery for the company’s social channels.

Ready to Get Started?

If these stories have inspired you, talk to us today about starting your own broadcasting career at VanArts.

Tuition Costs


$18,750.00 CAD


$23,750.00 CAD

Additional Information

Scholarships Available for September 2018 Start Date

Time is running out, but we are still considering applications for partial scholarships. Start your application today and state in your letter of intent why you think you deserve a scholarship.

Payment Schedule

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)

Supplies and Equipment
In addition to tuition, most programs have some costs related to supplies and equipment.

  • Writing utensils & notebook for notes & ideas
  • Headphones (proper monitor headphones; no earbuds/wireless)
  • 16GB Flash Memory stick
  • 16GB SDHC Card (Class 10 or higher)
  • Memory Card Reader
  • External Hard Drive (1TB)

Estimated Cost: $200
*These are estimates only and assume that no required supplies or equipment are currently owned.

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