Radio and Television Broadcasting School and Programs

Radio and television broadcasting training options include certificate and degree programs. Read on to learn more about broadcasting careers and how to prepare for them through education. Schools offering Radio Broadcasting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

You can find a number of community colleges and universities that offer broadcasting programs from certificates to doctoral degrees. In these programs, you'll take a wide variety of courses that emphasize both the technical and theoretical aspects of radio and television communications.

Schools San Antonio College, Lawrence Technical University, University of Idaho
Degrees Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in radio, television and film or broadcasting
Certificates Certificates in film and television production or broadcasting technology

What Will I Learn in a Radio and Television Broadcasting Certificate Program?

Certificate programs will prepare you for entry-level careers in television and radio broadcasting. You'll learn the basic technical skills needed to work as a studio production assistant, camera operator, audio technician or board operator. Some certificate programs include courses in broadcast studio management. Certificate programs are an option if you want to complete your education in about a year and begin working in the field or if you're a working professional and want to sharpen your skills. While you don't need a degree for many technical positions, there are some that require a degree in electrical engineering.

Which Undergraduate Degrees Could I Earn in this Field?

If you choose an associate's degree program, you could pursue an Associate of Arts in Radio and Television Broadcasting. A bachelor's degree program can lead to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting and Digital Media. With any of these degrees, you can pursue a career as an advertising salesperson, producer, director, audio engineer or on-air talent.

Which Graduate Programs Are Available?

If you're interested in radio-television research and criticism, you might consider a Master of Arts, Master of Science or a Doctor of Philosophy in Media Studies. These programs focus on the cultural context of broadcast media. If you would rather focus on a practice-based curriculum in media production, you can choose a Master of Fine Arts program. Some doctoral programs also focus on production, sometimes combining the study of radio, television and film criticism with production skills. You don't need a bachelor's degree in radio and television broadcasting to be admitted to a graduate program, but you should be able to demonstrate an interest in the media and have some background in arts production. A graduate program may include these topics:

  • Directing documentary
  • Editing
  • Screenwriting
  • Cinematography
  • Audio
  • History of film

Which Courses Will I Take?

Courses common at the certificate level include radio and television announcing, audio production, news writing, television field production and public speaking. As a bachelor's degree student, you would likely complete classes in editing, studio production, lighting design, electronic media, videography and media literacy. An internship is usually required for bachelor's degree students.

Graduate programs focus more on the role of media, communications theories and broadcast management. Classes discussing communications law, programming, post-production, new media and screenwriting may be offered. A master's thesis and a dissertation typically must be completed at the master's and doctoral levels, respectively.

What Should I Look for in a School?

If you plan to pursue a career in news reporting, look for a school accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Choose a program with specialty courses that closely match your interests and career goals. In addition, look for schools that offer hands-on opportunities to gain experience with professional-quality broadcasting equipment and facilities. This could be through internships, work-study at student radio and television stations, student competitions, projects or festivals. These schools offer radio and television broadcasting programs:

  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Lawrence Technical University (Southfield, MI)
  • University of Idaho (Moscow)
  • University of North Texas (Denton)
  • San Antonio College (TX)

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