Broadcasting - Television and Communications Media - 651

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
A creative real-world media education with a curriculum focus that includes: visual technologies, technical operations, industry certifications, post-production, screenwriting, studio and field assignments

Broadcasting - Television and Communications Media is a three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program offered at Fennell Campus in Hamilton, Ontario.

Broadcasting - Television and Communications Media program is an award winning real world media education program that merges the student's artistic concepts with the technological tools.

Students produce material for a variety of different media platforms: broadcast television, websites, transmedia, corporate, documentaries and independent films. Students are engaged and connected to the media industry beginning the first semester. Mohawk College has extensive post-production courses and is the few AVID Certified College in Ontario.

By the final year of the program, students will write, produce and edit their capstone production. The students will also partake in the industry as an intern.

With their real world education, Mohawk College Broadcasting Television students graduate with strong visual communications, are knowledge focused, and have extensive development hours on the media industry crafts and applications. Our graduate success encompasses: writers, directors, editors, producers, technical producers, media management, field sound, post production sound, technical directors, graphic design, and media innovators.

Program Highlights

  • Competitive award-winning
  • Learn from industry professionals
  • Develop skills in directing, producing and writing for all formats of media production program
  • State of the art training facilities and production resources
  • Produce independent and documentary productions
  • Sports media production
  • Mobile Production facilities
  • AVID Certified Learning Partner: Certified Learner and Professional User Certification, Pro Tools Certification
  • Career and entrepreneurship portfolio development
  • Client-based projects with Mohawk College and community partners
  • Field Placement (7 weeks - 245 hours - Semester 6)
  • Industry retraining and development for media professionals
  • Mac laptop based programs

Minimum requirements for admission to the Broadcasting - Television and Communications Media Advanced Diploma program

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent (minimum 65%)
  • This is a high demand advanced program. Applicants may be requested to provide additional information or attend informational/interview sessions
  • Applicants may be requested to provide additional information or attend informational/interview sessions
  • Prospective students should possess excellent communication skills and should demonstrate a strong interest in media production
  • Volunteer experience at a media outlet is an asset
  • Communications Technology and Media Studies secondary school courses an asset
  • Students will be required to purchase a Mac laptop through the College (Please see Laptop Requirements) and pay a digital print fee
  • A department branded shirt will need to be purchased and will be required to be worn for productions

Recommended abilities

  • Excellent communications skills
  • Teamwork experience
  • Understanding of computer technology
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in media production
  • Volunteer at community cable stations
  • Communications Technology and Media Studies secondary school courses an asset
  • Awareness of social media platforms

Option are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Additional or Technical Recommendations

Laptop Requirements for Broadcasting - Television & Communications Media

As you may be aware a mandatory laptop program has been implemented. This initiative was started by our Broadcasting Television program to enhance the student learning environment and increase student satisfaction, providing each graduate with industry leading hardware and software to assist with obtaining his or her career goals. It also reflects a trend towards convergence in the industry, in which individual field personal are routinely expected to file across several different media platforms, and edit their own material.

Mohawk College currently has a partnership agreement with Apple® Canada. We recommend that you shop on Mohawk's Custom Online Apple Store, to receive educational discounts when purchasing your new MacBook Pro. If you already own an Apple laptop which meets our minimum standard of running the required software, a new purchase will not be required.

To Access Mohawk’s Custom Online Store:

Log into your MOCOmotion account with your user name and password at: MOCOmotion. Click on the Resources tab and navigate down the left hand side to the Computer Store Channel. Once you arrive to our Mohawk College Discount store webpage, select the link at the top right corner to view a list of the MacBook Pro’s we recommend for this program.

The minimum and recommended configurations are as follows:

15" MacBook Pro

  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i7 or Quad Core Xeon processor
  • Memory:
    • 8 GB RAM minimum required to support Media Composer | Cloud (formerly Interplay Sphere)1, background transcoding, background rendering, and Dynamic Media Folders
    • 16+ GB RAM recommended to support full-frame stereoscopic 3D, simultaneous background transcoding, Dynamic Media Folders, FrameFlex 4K workflows, Raw format AMA plug-ins, Long GOP media editing, and other high-performance workflows
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce family2 (recommended), Intel HD4000 or HD5000, or ATI Radeon family (as supported by Apple)
  • Internal hard drive: Minimum 250 GB 7200 rpm SATA drive, 128 GB SSD

Required Software

  1. Avid Media Composer (latest release version at time of purchase) - approx. $299
  2. Adobe Creative Cloud - roughly $22 CDN per month
  3. Microsoft Office - Free (Provided by the College)
  4. Celtex - Free Online (script, storyboard)

It is strongly recommended that students purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan, which is included with the recommend system by default. You will require the use of your MacBook Pro for day-to-day productivity and any potential downtime could have a significant impact on your academic success. AppleCare will ensure that you will have the best possible experience with your new MacBook Pro, especially if something out of the ordinary should happen. However, if you do not wish to purchase AppleCare, you can remove AppleCare from the bundle using the Remove button in the cart.

If the purchase of these tools presents a challenge for you, contact the tracey.kadish [at] (Program Coordinator) to discuss your options.

Academic Opportunities

For transfer opportunities, visit Pathways and Credit Transfer

Career Opportunities

The Broadcasting - Television and Communications Media Advanced Diploma program trains students for a wide array of career opportunities. Broadcast careers may involve the following:

Industries of Employment:

  • Broadcasting and Telecommunications
  • Professional, Business and Technical Services
  • Video and Audio Production
  • Audio and Video Post-Production, Editing and Graphics

Occupational Categories:

  • Writers, Producers and Directors for Television and Video Production
  • Production and Operational positions in the Broadcast Industry
  • Post-production Editor, Graphics Operator and Sound Engineer
  • Independent Video Production

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Additional Information


Our grads have won many top industry awards. See programs website for details.

Special event coverage

Students have participated in:

  • TEDx
  • Pilot and Web SeriesvProductions
  • OHL Hockey Coverage – Hamilton Bulldogs
  • Mohawk and McMaster varsity sports games
  • Live event coverage in the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre
  • Community and College events

Industry related experiences / partnerships / field placements

  • PAN AM Games, Olympics, Bell Canadian Open, Sportsnet, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, TSN, Dome Productions, Broadcast Services International, Hamilton Bulldogs
  • Corus Entertainment, Global, Bell-Media, Shaw,CBC, CHCH TV, Cable 14, Rogers, Cogeco TV, CityTV/Omni, Weather Network
  • Insight TV Productions, Juno Awards, Shaftesbury, Blue Ant Media, Digital Canaries, Deluxe Post, Advertising Agencies, Post Production Houses, Tri-lite TV

Visit the Broadcasting - Television and Communications Media Field Placement Resources page for more information.

Industry associations

  • Broadcast Educators Association of Canada
  • College Media Association
Fennell Campus
Jan 2017
Sep 2017

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