Careers in broadcasting generally require some postsecondary training in video production, sound recording and broadcast engineering. Aspiring broadcast news analysts, directors and producers of radio or television productions can earn a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism or a related field. Students interested in pursuing career opportunities as camera technicians, video editors or sound engineers may choose associate-level or certificate programs in movie making or video production, available at several 2-year community college or technical schools in Washington. Read on to learn about the programs offered at six colleges and universities within the state.
Bates Technical College
Originally formed as the Tacoma Vocational School in 1944, Bates Technical College serves the Tacoma area, Washington's third-largest city. The school offers career and technical education, granting associate's degrees and certificates. Through the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Engineering, Operations, and Productions, students can choose a concentration in broadcast operations, broadcast engineering and video production. Courses cover electronic principles, control room equipment, audio techniques and production editing.
Located near Seattle, the city of Bellevue is home to Bellevue College. Formerly known as Bellevue Community College, the school became a 4-year public institution when it began offering bachelor's degree programs in 2009. At the associate's degree level, students can pursue an Associate in Arts and Sciences - DTA degree with an Academic Concentration in Film Studies. Program coursework includes topics such as cinematography, film history and documentary films. Bellevue College also offers a Certificate of Achievement in Advanced Video Production, which includes technical production and production management courses.
Central Washington University
Located east of Seattle in the town of Ellensburg, Central Washington University's history dates back to 1891; it became a comprehensive university in 1977. Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism with a broadcast journalism specialization. Program courses include communication ethics, news producing, television field production and studio production. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in student-run media organizations, such as NewsWatch Television and The Observer Online.
Spokane's Gonzaga University is a 4-year private institution in the Catholic Jesuit tradition. The College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Communication Arts offer the Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Media Studies program. Program coursework includes topics such as television production, broadcast journalism and media law, as well as advanced production and editing. Students can gain practical experience working with GUTV, which is the campus television station, and KAGU, the university radio station.
Washington State University
The state's original land-grant university, Washington State University's main campus is located in the small town of Pullman. The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication houses the campus radio station KUGR and the Cable 8 television production studios. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism and Media Production. Coursework covers television production, reporting, equipment operation and maintenance, and editing processes. Students will also take an introductory course in broadcasting or media content design and application.
Yakima Valley Community College
Located in the small city of Yakima, Yakima Valley Community College is one of Washington's oldest community colleges, with history dating back to 1928. Students can pursue an Associate in Applied Science degree in TV and video production and gain practical experience producing content for Yakima Educational and Sports Television (YES-TV). They can also complete coursework in field production, news gathering, broadcast operations and video engineering, as well as related topics such as script writing and television sales. At the completion of the program, students can apply to obtain an operator's permit from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Broadcasting Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Bates Technical College|| 2-year public;
|Associate of Applied Science Degree Engineering, Operations, and Productions|| $3,681 (in-state)*
|Bellevue College|| 4-year public;
| Associate in Arts & Sciences - Film Studies concentration,
Certificate of Achievement in Advanced Video Production
| $3,619 (in-state)*
|Central Washington University|| 4-year public;
|Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism - Broadcast Journalism specialization|| $8,688 (in-state)*
|Gonzaga University|| 4-year private not-for-profit;
|Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Media Studies||$37,990*|
|Washington State University|| 4-year public;
|Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Journalism and Media Production emphasis|| $11,967 (in-state)*
|Yakima Valley Community College|| 2-year public;
|Associate in Applied Science in TV & Video Production|| $4,225 (in-state)*
Source: *NCES College Navigator.