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    Broadcasting - Television

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

Program Description

Your studies in RTVT provide you with professional training in television production skills. You’ll gain a high degree of competency that will enable you to begin a career within the broadcast industry.

You’ll gain fundamental skills in visualization, script writing, and audio/video production necessary to create and produce effective television programming.

You are best suited for this program if you are interested in television production within television stations, production companies, and post–production companies.

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 programming.
  • Operate equipment necessary for the production of effective television and/or video programming.
  • Function effectively as part of an operations and/or production team in the delivery of programming.
  • Apply production and business 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 to 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 television production. The four–semester Broadcasting – Television program prepares you for a career in television stations and cable television systems. With your RTVT diploma, you’ll find exciting opportunities to work as a television producer, television programmer, production co– ordinator, production manager, video camera– person, video editor, technical director, and post production audio mixer.

You may also find employment in video production and post–production companies, audio visual departments of corporations, school boards, fire and police departments and government.

Joint Program with York University

Program Code: RTYT

Seneca College and York University offer a joint program which allows students to earn a Seneca diploma in Broadcasting – Television 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.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Broadcast Education Association, Canada (BEAC)
  • Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB)
  • Ontario Association of Broadcasters (OAB)
  • 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.

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Field Placement

The RTVT program includes a valuable field placement that allows you to put your studies to practice in a professional broadcast setting. You’ll be required to complete 100 hours of field placement before graduating from the program.

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):

Important Academic Dates

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


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
RTV100 Visual Skills I 3
RTV101 Introduction to Broadcasting 1
RTV116 Audio Production I 3
RTV141 Media Writing 3
RTV180 Introduction to Photography and New Media 2
SCA361 Television Production I 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
PSY204 Perception and Communication 3
RTV117 Audio Production II 3
RTV142 Scripting for Visual Media 3
RTV172 New Media II 2
RTV230 Visual Skills for Broadcast Television 3
SCA362 Video Production II 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
RTV118 Audio Production III 3
RTV300 Electronic Field Production and Post Production I 3
RTV347 Computer Graphics for Television I 3
RTV500 Advanced Television and Video Lighting 4
SCA363 Television Production III 5
SCA971 Production Planning 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
RTV119 Audio Production IV 3
RTV400 Electronic Field Production and Post Production II 4
RTV447 Computer Graphics for Television II 3
SCA364 Television Production IV 5
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
choose one of:
RTV143 Advanced Media Writing 3
RTV270 Improvisation Skills 3
RTV328 Television: Sales, Marketing, and Management 2
RTV600 High Definition Videography 4

Contact Us

For more information, please visit:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Margita Petersons
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22804
International Admissions Advisor: Julie Leong
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22380
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Tina Tuzi
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33001
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Blair Richardson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33199
Program Coordinator: Greg Davis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33313
Program Acting Chair: Michael Maynard
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33335
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