TV Camera Operator Schools and Training Programs

Many education and career training paths can lead to work as a TV camera operator. Read on to learn more about these opportunities and how to select a school. Schools offering Digital Media Production degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What TV Camera Operator Training Programs Are Available?

Certificate, diploma and associate degree programs in broadcasting technology could lead to entry-level positions working in television studios. Through entry-level positions like production assistant and lighting crewmember, you may have the opportunity to work up to the role of camera operator. You may find programs with concentrations in TV broadcasting for more specific training opportunities.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employers for TV camera operator positions commonly prefer job candidates who have completed bachelor's degree programs. You may prefer enrolling in a film school for extensive work with camera technology and video production that would be relevant to working in television.

Bachelor's degree programs in broadcasting focus on technical aspects of the field. Broadcasting programs are often integrated with journalism curricula, and may be beneficial to you if you're interested in research and reporting.

What Will I Study?

Through certificate, diploma and associate degree programs in broadcasting technology or TV broadcasting, you may study subjects like TV direction, studio production, broadcast writing, marketing and law. You may have the opportunity to enroll in a program that goes beyond technical operation concepts and include performance, like broadcast speech and announcing.

Bachelor's degree programs in film may offer concentration opportunities in TV production and could include coursework in sound design, studio production, advertising, broadcasting, scriptwriting, audio production and management. Through broadcast programs, you may have the opportunity to take courses in news reporting and writing for television, as well as courses in electronic media and marketing. Journalism courses--like media research, editing and management--may also be available.

How Can I Choose a School?

Schools that provide internship opportunities could be beneficial to you at all levels of education because they allow you to gain professional experience operating cameras and other technical equipment. Programs that culminate in the completion of an independent project could also allow you to add the specialization of camera operation to your broader educational experience. According to the BLS, joining schools with active audiovisual clubs could be beneficial to your technical training (www.bls.gov). You may consider enrolling in programs with operating television studios in order to gain additional hands-on training.

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