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Program Code: RM511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 3 semesters Winter 2022 delivery can be view on Current Student Resources
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Program Overview

In Humber’s Radio and Media Production graduate certificate program, students develop the skills to make entertaining and engaging broadcasts and podcasts. Imagine combining the experience of your degree or diploma with new skills in audio storytelling and broadcasting. Graduates of our program are working in all aspects of radio and podcast production across Canada. Many are instrumental in some of Canada's most popular podcasts, and some have been recognized at the 2019 Canadian Podcasting Awards.

Students get hands-on experience in:

  • radio and audio production studio techniques
  • on-air announcing
  • newscast performance and sports reporting
  • hosting live music and public affairs programs
  • writing stories, shows, commercials and scripts
  • radio programming
  • promotions
  • interviewing techniques and more

They produce exciting audio and visual content including video and podcasts in Humber’s leading-edge production studios.

Students learn about the latest trends and developments in broadcasting and podcasting, and prepare for careers in media production including on-air, on-camera, online and social media. They create original digital audio content and experience the thrill of having their work distributed by broadcast on the radio, podcast streaming or other means including social media.

Students take intensive classes and workshops with expert faculty where they apply their new skills to studio and broadcast operations. By second semester, students can perform live in our streaming or broadcast radio stations as a music host, newscaster or announcer. Hands-on training in on-air performance is provided through Humber’s student radio station, 96.9FM, which is also streamed online and through various listening apps. Students will focus on creative studio production techniques and on-air operations and on virtual online production techniques.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Tell informative and entertaining stories using audio and other related digital media suitable for dissemination via various media.

  2. Perform and broadcast on-air in a variety of scripted and non-scripted ways to engage target listeners on multiple platforms.

  3. Make innovative audio media applying historical traditions and emerging societal imperatives for a variety of audiences.

  4. Comply with regulatory obligations and ethical practices in the radio business.

  5. Produce audio and other digital content using appropriate software and hardware.

  6. Collaborate professionally to strategize innovative radio programming and promotion that is engaging and achieves identified business targets.  


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Work Placement

This program includes a work placement component to give students an opportunity to gain valuable practical experience in their area of interest in the radio and audio production industries. The 160 hour placement is done in the summer semester after two semesters of study and practice. 

The Humber Advantage

Studio 212

Student Work: Audio drama, Podcast, Radio

Feature: The Story of Studio 212; original production by Clare Bonnyman

96.9 fm radio

Student Work: Radio Imaging – A Radio station imaging spot by Lou Attia

96.9 fm radio

Student Work: Radio Documentary/Non-fiction audio "Lunness Road" by Nadine Lowes and Charles Renshaw – received an award from the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada

96.9 fm radio

Student work: Audio Drama, Podcast, Radio

Feature: Kings - Short original drama by Stephen Boyles

Danielle d'Entremont

Student Work: A Video "Love Letter to Radio" – Do Not Go Into Radio by Danielle d'Entremont (for creative content course, which includes video skills)

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Student collaboration, testimonial to their experience in the post-grad Radio program from spring 2017; unsolicited, done on their own initiative

Paul Cross

Paul Cross' (Program Coordinator) on-air career spans four decades, as an award-winning newscaster, reporter, music host, talk show host and documentary maker.

Cross Talk comes from desktop studio of Radio professor Paul Cross. Part commentary, part media analysis, Cross Talk is a series that drops as issues in Radio and mass media coverage of current events arise.

Expert Faculty

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Paul Cross

Paul Cross is a podcaster, broadcaster, documentary maker and professor. His podcast catalogue includes Cross Talk, a series on media history, commentary and analysis with an emphasis on audio media and the importance of listening, and The Erasure of Race: The Killing of Howard Joel Munroe, a collaboration released beginning in May 2021. He has presented feature workshops on specialized aspects of podcasting at Podcamp Toronto in 2019 and 2020. 

Paul's achievements in radio news and documentaries have been recognized by the New York Festivals and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. His broadcast career includes newscasting on radio stations including CFRB Newstalk 1010, 1050 CHUM, CHUM FM and AM 640. National newscasts he wrote and anchored have been aired on CHUM group and Broadcast News/Canadian Press stations throughout Canada. His research is focused on local radio in times of local crisis.  

Paul's work with students includes news and sports reporting, interviewing, podcasting, documentaries, music program production and audio drama and transmedia storytelling.

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Kate Evans

Kate Evans is the senior producer and showrunner of CBC's Podcast Playlist and The CBC Podcast Showcase. She is also a podcast columnist with CBC Radio, sharing podcast recommendations and trends on-air across the country. Kate came to the CBC from the world of commercial radio (Indie88, CHUM). Her work was awarded a New York Festivals' Bronze Medal in 2017.

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Kym Geddes

Kym Geddes is a certified professional leadership coach and team facilitator.

Her areas of expertise include leadership development, team building, new leader integration, change management, executive presence, and impact and influence communication.

Kym has directed the largest award-winning news/talk radio newsroom in Canada, leading a team in all aspects of the department, including news gathering and story production efforts, and long-range content vision. She also anchored newscasts at the top-rated major market radio stations in Canada.

She was the first woman news director at Canada’s most influential news/talk radio station and was instrumental in leading a cultural transformation focused on diversity, inclusion, equality, and teamwork. She led a major digital transformation initiative and developed and implemented strategies to embrace new technologies and meet the needs of customers and the evolving media landscape.

Kym is a natural relationship builder who has cultivated an extensive professional network with newsmakers, public relations agencies, media professionals, and the business community.

Throughout her career she has been the recipient of numerous awards including multiple Radio Television Digital News Association Canada (RTDNA) awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award USA for Best National Newscast, Best Regional Newscast, and Breaking News. In addition, she received the Distinguished Service Award RTDNA Canada in recognition of outstanding contribution in the continued success of the association and exemplary distinguished service rendered for the benefit and advancement of electronic and digital journalism.

Kym received her certified profession coach designation through the International Coach Federation’s accredited Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and she is an Energy Leadership Index master practitioner.

She has completed numerous leadership programs including Franklin Covey: Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results; Franklin Covey: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People; and the University of Toronto’s EQ leadership certification.

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Errol Nazareth

Errol Nazareth is a music journalist and the host of two shows on CBC Radio: Frequencies, which airs across Canada every Tuesday on CBC Music, and Big City Small World, which airs across the GTA every Saturday on CBC Radio One.
He's been playing professionally with words for over 20 years and has written for The Toronto Sun and the alternative weeklies NOW Magazine and Eye Weekly.

Errol teaches in Humber's radio programs, as well as two Media Writing courses and a Music Journalism course at Centennial College. He has also taught journalism at Centennial and at Ryerson University.

He’s judged three butter tart festivals in Ontario over the last few years and counts Public Enemy's Chuck D as a close friend.

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Dean Sinclair

Radio enthusiast forever. 
Student talent audio whisperer.
Radio station whisperer.
Work horse -- not a show horse.
Love amazing stories.
Love the gig!

Your Career

Radio and podcasting are thriving fields around the world. With our program behind you, you’ll have what it takes to succeed in the radio and podcasting industries. Our graduates work as music and talk show hosts, podcast producers, voice-over artists and announcers, creative writers and producers, news and sports personalities and reporters, audio and content producers, program managers, and industry executives.

Recent grads have launched their new careers in podcasting at enterprises including E-One Entertainment, Canada Land, independent productions, and in radio broadcasting at CBC Radio, Bell Media radio stations, 680 News, MyFM, Corus Radio, Zoomer Radio and other radio stations across Canada.

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Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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September 2022 North Open
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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 2 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

     

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs Recommended Specs
Processor Dual-Core i5 Dual-Core i7 or more
OS Win 10 64bit v1803 or macOS 10.13 or newer Win 10 64bit v1803 or macOS 10.13 or newer
Memory 8GB 16GB
Storage 250 GB SSD 500GB SSD
Monitor 1280 x 800 1920 x 1080 or higher
Other Headphones, USB Microphone, High-speed internet access, Warranty External Sound interface with XLR and Phantom, USB Microphone, Headphones, High-speed internet access, Warranty

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Kym Geddes, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4017
kym.geddes@humber.ca

Fees

The 2021-2022 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,796.48
  • international: $19,997.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

$750 – $1,000 for books and equipment including an approved portable digital audio recorder, microphone and studio headphones.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Kym Geddes, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4017
kym.geddes@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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