Communications: Broadcasting - A.A. Degree

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The Broadcasting Option is designed to empower students with the proper skills and knowledge to seek careers in the many phases of the media industry including television and film, radio and audio production, broadcast journalism and video production. In addition, students are prepared for enrollment into four-year
institutions. Students acquire the technical knowledge supported by a strong basis in theory and creativity. They prepare for entry-level positions as directors, camera operators, composers, audio engineers, writers and on-air talent within the industry. The Broadcasting option provides graduates with real world experience through the
facilities of EDTV20 the college’s educational broadcast facility and our web-based radio station.
Production classes are hands-on, involving state-of-the-art studio and field audio and video production equipment, control room operation, sophisticated high end digital video editing, lighting for video and film, writing, producing and directing. This course of study will prepare students to utilize their learned technical skills to apply the theoretical and creative communications knowledge to sound and screen.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Achieve entry-level competence for a position in cable television, professional commercial broadcast facilities, and commercial industrial instructional and web based video and audio production facilities.
  • Create short program segments and shows for cable television.
  • Write, produce, direct, and edit news and segments of a variety of television and radio programs.
  • Write, produce and edit radio and television commercials.
  • Perform all competencies of on-air talent in news, sports broadcasting, and interviewing.
  • Produce and broadcast live and tape delay sporting events.
  • Operate efficiently all video and audio production equipment.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their own plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH900 Math Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
COMM101 Introduction to Mass Communications 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
GMSC000 Math/Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
PHIL000 Philosophy Gen Ed Requirement* 3
HIST001 History Gen Ed Requirement* 3
COMM130 Television Production I 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Fall - Second Year
ENGL201 Effective Speaking 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
ARTA104 Art History II 3
COMM203 Writing for the Media 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - Second Year
GMSC000 Math/Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
HIST001 History Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement 3
COMM205 Radio and TV Performance 3
Total Semester Credits
15
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
60

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

Philosophy General Education courses (Recommended)

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Philosophy General Education courses in the College catalog.

PHIL110

Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

3

History General Education courses 

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved History General Education courses in the College catalog. Must choose a level I & II sequence.

HIST101

History of Western Civilization I

3

HIST102

History of Western Civilization II

3

Social Science General Education courses (Recommended)

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Social Science General Education courses in the College catalog.

PSYC101

Introduction to  Psychology

 

SOCA101

Introduction to Sociology

 

Math/Science General Education courses (Recommended)

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Math and Science General Education courses in the College catalog.

MATH104

Contemporary Mathematics

3

MATH105

Technical Mathematics

3

MATH108

Statistics

3

PHYS107

Introduction to Meteorology

4

BIOS108

Introduction to Environmental Science

4

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college-level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.