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    Broadcasting - Radio

Program Code:RTVR
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

As a student in RTVR, you’ll gain pre–professional training in radio production and presentation skills necessary for a career as a radio announcer, radio station disc jockey, music programmer, radio scriptwriter, or radio broadcaster.

You’ll acquire a high degree of competency that will enable you to begin your career within the broadcast industry. Your studies will focus on fundamental skills in on–air presentation, script writing, and audio production necessary to create and produce effective radio programming. You are best suited for this program if you are interested in radio broadcasting in the context of radio stations.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Collaborate in the planning and preparing of accurate radio programming.
  • Produce radio programming in an efficient manner.
  • Correctly operate broadcast technology software.
  • Function effectively as part of a team in the delivery of radio programming.
  • Apply organizational, cost control, marketing, and time management skills to complete tasks efficiently and meet deadlines in the workplace.
  • Ensure that all work is completed in compliance with applicable laws, statutory obligations, regulations, and industry principles and practices.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance and maintain currency with technological changes.
  • Critically evaluate the quality of product being presented for broadcast.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Applicant Selection:

  • As this is an oversubscribed program, applicants will be required to attend an orientation session and complete a mandatory $55 pre-admissions screening test. Please click here for a practice test. Applicants will also be required to complete program–related assignments. A pamphlet with your testing information is available here.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets: \
    • Grade 12 Mathematics;
    • Basic computer skills including, Windows or Macintosh operating system, word processing (preferably Microsoft Word), and spreadsheet software (Excel).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Launch your career in radio. Graduates from our Broadcasting – Radio program pursue careers in radio stations as radio show hosts, producers, scriptwriters, and sales and promotions staff. With your RTVR diploma, you’ll also find opportunities in audio production houses, training departments of companies, corporations, school boards, fire and police departments and government.

Joint Program with York University

Program Code: RTYR

Seneca College and York University offer a joint program which allows students to earn a Seneca diploma in Broadcasting – Radio and a York University Bachelor of Arts Degree. This program is for students who have completed two years of a B.A. program, or three years of an honours B.A. program at York University. Information on the joint program may be obtained from the Advising Centre, Faculty of Arts, York University, or from the Admissions Office, Seneca College

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Field Placement

You’ll benefit from the real work experience gained in one hundred hours of field placement in a professional broadcast setting. This component of the curriculum is both critical to your career success and a requirement for graduation.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Broadcast Education Association, Canada (BEAC)
  • Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB)
  • Ontario Association of Broadcasters (OAB)
  • Industrial Television Association (ITVA Canada)
  • Radio Marketing Bureau
  • Corporate Television Association
  • Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA)
  • Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE)

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is the pre-requisite.

For more information, please visit:

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Currently under review.

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
RAD101 Introduction to Radio Programming 2
RTV101 Introduction to Broadcasting 1
RTV111 Radio Production I 3
RTV112 Introduction to Sound 2
RTV141 Media Writing 3
RTV170 Introduction to New Media 2
RTV195 Announcing Skills I 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC394 Effective Business Writing 3
RTV172 New Media II 2
RTV201 Industry Relations 2
RTV211 Radio Production II 3
RTV212 Digital Audio 2
RTV295 Announcing Skills II 3
RTV518 Music Programming 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
RAD142 * Copywriting for Radio 3
RTV173 Advanced New Media-Radio 2
RTV225 ** Radio Promotions 3
RTV311 Radio Production III 3
RTV325 Sales and Marketing 3
RTV395 Announcing Skills III 3
RTV514 Radio News 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
RTV411 Radio Production IV 1
RTV412 Radio Documentary 2
RTV494 Intro to Talk Radio 2
RTV495 Announcing Skills IV 3
RTV511 Radio Station Operations 3
RTV704 Media Issues 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
and one of the following
RTV143 Advanced Media Writing 3
RTV270 Improvisation Skills 3
RTV312 Advanced Digital Audio 3
RTV335 Sales and Marketing II (CRA course) 3
RTV595 Advanced Announcing 3

* Full credit course offered weeks 1-7 only.
** Full credit course offered weeks 8-14 only.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Julie Leong
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22380
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Tina Tuzi
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33001
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Jim Carr
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33179
Program Acting Chair: Michael Maynard
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33335
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