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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it Difficult to Get Into This Program?

We have an oversubscribed program. On average we receive six to seven times more applications than we have available first year seats.

What is the Information Session?

We have two testing sessions that are generally held in February and March. As long as you get your application to ontariocolleges.ca before the deadline you will receive an invitation to one of the sessions. At the session, you’ll have a chance to meet the faculty and some current students, tour the facilities, submit your resume package, write the test and essay, and ask any questions you may have about the program. Parents are also welcome to attend.

How do You Decide Who Gets In?

We use a ranking system to decide which applicants are accepted. Visit the BRTF Program page of the Niagara College website to learn more about the ranking system.

A portfolio is not required. Anything extra you bring such as videotapes, CDs, etcetera must be left with faculty for evaluation. Letters of reference should be attached to your resume.

How do I Prepare for the Test and Essay?

No preparation is required for either, but since it is a “general knowledge” test, you may want to be aware of current events by reading newspapers and watching or listening to the news.

What are the best courses I can take in high school?

Please refer to the BRTF Program page of the Niagara College website for specific information regarding the ranking process we use for program admission. High marks in English classes are essential. Other recommended areas of study are audio/video production, computers (basic operations and keyboarding), drama, math, photography, creative writing, and humanities such as sociology, current events and politics.

Who Should I Contact if I Have a Question Related to a Specific Area of the Program?

Our Contact Us page provides a list of faculty members, their email addresses and an indication of what they teach. This should help you choose the best person to send your question to.

What Information Should I Include in My Resume?

The resume helps us to learn a bit about you and what broadcasting related experience you may have. Be sure to include any relevant courses you’ve taken such as photography, communications technology, computers, drama, etc. Also include any related work experience like co–op terms or volunteer work at cable companies, radio stations, etc. And don’t forget about your unrelated experiences at the jobs you’ve held, your hobbies and interests. You can also attach any letters of reference you may have.

Must I Have Related Experience in Order to be Accepted?

Related experience is not necessary. However, having some kind of related experience does show us that you’re interested in Broadcasting as a career and that you’ve already taken some steps in pursuing your dream.

What Else Should I Know About Your Program?

In our program you will be required to do a lot of writing and everything must be submitted in a typed format, so you should be familiar with computers. Having access to a personal computer while you’re in school will be very beneficial. Also, since a lot of production occurs off-campus, it is a good idea to have your driver’s licence. Having access to a vehicle during the school year is extremely beneficial.

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