Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Open the Doors to a Bright Career with TV Broadcasting Training

Whether your interest lies with working at radio and television stations, commercial sound and video production companies, corporate video houses, or with feature and series film producers, you will require both creative and technical skills to make it in the field of broadcasting. That’s because broadcasting and film professionals create new and original story ideas, manage creative production and development, and showcase their unique vision in a number of positions that are obtained after completing TV Broadcast Training.

Roles within a broadcast production include studio executives, producers, directors, writers and production crews, which all collaborate to deliver the product. Writers are responsible for creating all plot lines, dialogue, characters and situations for TV or film. Furthermore, in television, the writer/producer hires the director of a given episode, works closely with the line producer to hire the crew, oversees casting and supervises all post-production efforts. Meanwhile, in film, a producer is focused on getting sufficient financing as well distributing the finished feature to theaters. Next, the director is responsible for overseeing creative aspects of a broadcast production. This person develops the vision and decides on how the final product should look. A director decides camera angles, lens effects, lighting, and set design. He or she also coordinate the actors’ moves and works with the editor to ensure that emotions of the scenes appropriately reflect his or her vision. Helping to carry out a director’s vision is the film crew, which is divided into art, hair and makeup, wardrobe, camera, production sound, electrical, editorial, visual effects and information technology.

At Centennial College, students can obtain TV broadcasting training in three years. The undertaking largely consists of hands-on training with students developing a balance between the artistic and commercial aspects of the industry. First and foremost, students gain valuable lessons at Centennial College’s Wallace studios, which is an HDTV broadcasting studio. It is out of this studio that they participate in student-made films and TV, including the JOURNAL, a student-produced newsmagazine TV show that airs live and online. In addition, students participate in courses such as: Media: Theory, Workplace and Issues; Tools and Processes for Communicators, History of Broadcasting, Editing, Documentary and News Production, Essentials for Screenwriting and much more. The practical and theoretical courses prepare students for a 15-week industry field placement. During this placement students apply practice to real life situations at radio and TV stations, production houses and much more.

To apply, Centennial College expects students to present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Students must also have completed compulsory English 12C or U, or a skills assessment, or equivalent. There are also non-academic requirements, such as an admission session, writing test, English proficiency as well as a portfolio of work. The portfolio should demonstrate a student’s skill and ability to tell a story using two of the following: videotape/ DVD, audiotape/ CD/ mini disc/ digital images/ photographic prints, scripted material in any format that was used. For more detailed information, check out the Broadcast Production Program page.

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