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Broadcast Media Studies - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following are answers to some of the most common questions about the Bachelor of Communication Studies – Broadcast Media Studies (BCMM – BMS) major at Mount Royal. For fast responses to questions about admissions requirements, registration and financial aid, visit Ask a Question.
Mount Royal’s Bachelor of Communication Studies – Broadcast Media Studies degree

Mount Royal's  four-year, university-level Bachelor of Communication – Broadcast Media Studies (BCMM - BMS) is the only four-year bachelor degree program for broadcast students in Western Canada.

The curriculum has been designed to ensure students have the critical knowledge, theoretical understanding and practical skills to meet the needs of broadcast media in the 21st century. BMS students will study digital storytelling and narrative form; develop an understanding and appreciation of the industry’s collaborative approach; recognize difference (ethno-cultural, religious, gender, sexual identity) in society and the importance of including all voices in media content; acquire strong research skills for academic, industrial or media audiences; and understand the economic, regulatory and legal environment in which media practitioners must work.

Each year of the program will consist of courses on communication theory, media production, broadcast and digital journalism and industry-related subjects including marketing and advertising, law and ethics, diversity and entrepreneurship. Coursework and assignments will reflect standards and practices of the media industry and the expansion onto digital platforms.

The curriculum for the BMS major consists of the following:
  • 20 core Broadcast Media Studies courses
  • Four communication theory courses
  • 12 General Education courses
  • Four electives
  • A three-month work term

Students will learn in a variety of settings: typical classroom lectures and tutorials, along with labs in Mount Royal’s state-of-the-art radio and television facilities using industry-standard production equipment and software. Faculty will supervise projects and research activity as well as live-to-air and pre-recorded productions. Client-based projects will allow students to engage with the community and investigate specialized areas of research. In two capstone courses, one journalism based, and one with an emphasis on creative production, students will be able to apply their coursework to exploring a topic of interest and present their findings in long format or multi-dimensional projects.

In collaboration with other majors in the Faculty of Communication Studies, students will have the option to take advantage of supervised international field schools and exchange programs.

Over the four years of the program, students will have 24-hour access to our modern facilities which include a functioning radio station with on-air control room and studio and seven production suites, and a television studio and control room with six editing suites, eight HD field camera units and a portable multi-camera production unit. Student work, such as documentaries, feature programs, commercials, corporate videos, sports coverage and news programming has the potential to be used by clients, showcased on the campus online radio station or broadcast on Shaw, CTV2 and Telus’ Optik TV Community Video On Demand service.

To apply for Mount Royal’s BCMM - BMS degree/major, visit Admission.
 

The application period is open now. Applicants are encouraged to apply during Early Admission (October 1 – February 1) to ensure early consideration and the best opportunity of admission. Admission is competitive and applicants with higher admission averages will be considered first. The application will remain open until Mount Royal has received applications from a sufficient number of qualified applicants and the program is declared full.

Visit Admissions for more about Mount Royal admission requirements and to apply online.
 

 

All applicants must meet both the MRU general admission requirements as well as any program specific requirements. Although admission is competitive, the new BMS major requires the following specific course requirements with the minimum grades indicated:
  • English Language Arts – 30-1 – 60%
  • Social Studies 30 – 1 – 50%

Visit Admissions to read more about Mount Royal admission requirements and to apply online.
 

An institutional review of the Broadcasting Diploma program recommended that while the diploma continued to be viable and in demand, indicators pointed to the need for the creation of a major within the Bachelor of Communication degree program. This recommendation was approved in principle shortly thereafter by the program’s advisory committee. Since then, a small but growing number of graduates have carried on their education by enrolling in journalism, public relations, communications studies and other degrees.

There are longer-term advantages for graduates with a communication degree majoring in broadcast media studies. Industry executives are preferring graduates with a stronger academic background. People with sights on management positions, moving into careers in teaching or other communications industries or furthering their own education will benefit from initially acquiring a bachelor’s degree.

The evolution of the broadcast media over the last decade has also added to the range of knowledge and skills required by industry. A more rigorous four-year program ensures our graduates enter the workforce well prepared to meet the shifting needs of employers.
 
Yes. As a member of Universities Canada (UC), Mount Royal degrees are recognized by all universities in Canada. BCMM - BMS graduates will be prepared for advanced studies in graduate school in communications, arts and the humanities.
 

Information for prospective Mount Royal BCMM – BMS students

All applicants must meet both the Mount Royal general admission requirements as well as any program specific requirements. Although admission is competitive, the new BCMM - BMS requires the following specific course requirements with the minimum grades indicated:
  • English Language Arts 30-1 – 60%
  • Social Studies 30 - 1 – 50%
     
Tuition and fees for a full course load (five courses per semester for one full academic year — September – April) is approximately $6,400 for the academic year, and the cost of books and supplies is estimated at $1,900 for the first year of this program.
 
Yes, a variety of student awards and financial aid opportunities are available to students who qualify.
 
Yes, living in residence (mtroyal.ca/residence) at Mount Royal is a convenient way to get the most out of your post-secondary education. Units are fully furnished and situated minutes away from a wide range of Mount Royal facilities and services. New students are guaranteed a room in residence if you apply and pay your application fee and security deposit by June 15, 2017.