Schools for Television Camera Operators

See what kinds of classes and degree programs could lead to a career as a television camera operator. Find out about online study options and course topics. Schools offering Radio Broadcasting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Learn camera operation and videography from a film academy, a technical school or community colleges. Common 4-year institutions also make available degree programs for camera operators.

How Do I Find a School for Television Camera Operators?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a large number of postsecondary schools offer camera operation and videography training programs. You can find these schools through the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The NCES features an online, searchable database of schools, including those that offer programs in videography or film and video production. Once you've selected a school, you should be able to find a TV camera operator program through its arts and humanities, communications, mass media, film or video technology department.

What Degrees Are Available?

Community colleges and technical schools may offer you the opportunity to earn an associate's degree in cinema, television or video production. You may find that an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science program transfers readily toward a bachelor's degree program. While also transferable, an Associate of Applied Science program might be more suited to prepare you for immediate entry into the workforce due to the technical focus of its coursework.

These 2-year programs typically consist of 60-67 credit hours. Some common courses include television and studio production techniques, digital media, production engineering, field production and film production. Schools generally give you the opportunity to complete externships or practicums at off-campus broadcast facilities.

A 4-year program generally consists of about 120 credit hours and can lead to a bachelor's degree in film and media arts, video production or television production. Program coursework includes topics such as film and video production, electronic news gathering and telecommunications management. You'll also complete practicums and workshops to develop your television production techniques. You may be required to complete an internship and submit a senior capstone project.

Which Schools Offer Associate's Degrees for Television Camera Operators?

Northcentral College's video production degree program is available to be taken partially online or through its Virtual College system. The programs offered from Santa Monica College are delivered in 20- and -21-unit formats.

  • Northcentral College offers an associate degree program in video production
  • Santa Monica College offers an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program in Broadcasting Programming and Production, and Broadcast Sales and Management
  • New England Institute of Technology offers an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program in Digital Media Production

Which Schools Offer Bachelor's Degrees for Television Camera Operators?

Television camera operators can study at the bachelor's degree level through various programs. Areas include media arts, media studies, and film.

  • Robert Morris University offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program in Media Arts
  • New York Film Academy Film School offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Film; and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program in Media Studies
  • Evangel University offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program in Film and Broadcasting; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Film

Are There Online Programs Available?

Media arts and video production programs typically are not available online. However, some schools may allow you to complete your program's introductory or general education courses through distance education. Available course topics can include communications, scriptwriting, introductory film studies and photography. You'll need a high-speed Internet connection and software such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, Google Docs or Microsoft Office to complete program coursework.

Television camera operators can engage in studies at the undergraduate level. Choose from areas like digital media production, broadcast programming and production, and film and broadcasting.

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