Video Production and Radio Production Technology Associate's Degree

Do you have a passion for producing audio and video content? Turn it into a career with an associate's degree in video production and radio production technology. This article goes over the typical media and design classes found in an associate's program, as well as the salaries of several jobs you can expect to seek once you graduate. Schools offering Radio Broadcasting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a Video and Radio Production Degree?

An associate's degree program in video and radio production introduces you to the field of audio and visual production. You will learn about editing and recording television and radio productions. You may also take courses in acting and directing. Your curriculum may cover the traditional techniques of production as well as newer technology and software. Programs should provide practical, hands-on experience with the equipment used for video and radio production, allowing you to determine if this is the career you want to pursue.

Skills LearnedActing, directing, editing, recording
Common CoursesAudio production, web design, performance, communication
Continuing EducationBachelor's degrees available
Median Salary*About $40,000 to $63,000 in May 2018, depending on career position
Job Outlook*8% growth between 2016-2026 (Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Classes Will I Take?

Exact courses vary with each college, of course. Some of the discipline-specific course subjects you may expect to find include:

  • Communication
  • Performance
  • Audio production
  • Digital media
  • Video production
  • Web design

Why Should I Choose an Associate's Degree Program?

According to a 2014 report by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), individuals with an associate's degree are more likely to be employed and earn more money than those who have not earned a degree ( Earning an associate's degree is a good option for you if you would like to explore video or radio production but are not sure you would like to commit to a 4-year program. An associate's degree requires you to complete some of your general education courses as well, which prepares you to complete a bachelor's degree in two years if you choose to do so. Also, an associate's degree in video and radio production qualifies you for certain positions in the television and radio industries.

What Will My Future Look Like?

After earning your associate's degree, you can continue your education and move on to a bachelor's degree program or look for employment directly after graduating. Opportunities in the video and radio industries are based not only on education but also on experience and connections. With your degree, some positions available to you, listed with their median annual salaries provided by the BLS as of 2018, include:

  • Director or producer: $71,680
  • Broadcast technician: $40,080
  • Sound engineering technician: $52,390
  • Film or video editor: $62,650

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Popular Schools

  • New England Institute of Technology

    Campus Locations:

    • Rhode Island: Warwick
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College

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    • Wisconsin: Milwaukee
  • Yakima Valley Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • Washington: Yakima
  • Wilkes Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • North Carolina: Wilkesboro
  • Westmoreland County Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • Pennsylvania: Youngwood
  • Waubonsee Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • Illinois: Sugar Grove
  • Vincennes University

    Campus Locations:

    • Indiana: Vincennes
  • Trident Technical College

    Campus Locations:

    • South Carolina: Charleston
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • New York: Dryden
  • The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

    Campus Locations:

    • Florida: Fort Lauderdale