AAS in Television Production: Degree Overview

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) programs in television production provide training in studio, video and field production techniques and equipment use. Find out about program curriculum and future options for graduates.

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Essential Information

While earning an AAS degree in television production, students learn preproduction, planning, staging and lighting design, as well as how to use editing software for production and postproduction. They may also gain an understanding of how television and video work, including high definition delivery and other recent technologies. They apply their knowledge and skills to the creation of broadcast programming, films and other media projects. In order to apply, students must have a high school diploma or GED.

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Associate of Applied Science in Television Production

Students in these programs can expect to learn about script writing and broadcast news as well as advertising and marketing. In addition to foundational courses in communications and mass media history, students may take classes such as:

  • Digital and electronic media
  • Preproduction and planning
  • Studio production
  • Field production
  • Postproduction and editing
  • Non-linear editing

Popular Career Options

Upon graduation, students may pursue careers in the broadcast and video industries through television stations, film production companies, businesses with in-house production departments and advertising agencies. They may also consider self-employment in independent video production. Some job titles in television production include:

  • Production assistant
  • Assistant director
  • Associate producer
  • Camera operator
  • Broadcast technician

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment opportunities for camera operators in television, video and motion pictures to increase by 2% from 2014 to 2024, which is slower than average. Employment for broadcast technicians is expected to decline by 6%, and overall job availability for producers and directors is expected to rise by 9% during the 2014-2024 period, according to the BLS.

Camera operators working in radio, television, and motion pictures earned an average salary of $59,360 in 2015, and broadcast technicians in radio and television averaged $44,050, as indicated by the BLS. Figures from the BLS show an average salary of $72,020 for producers and directors in radio and television broadcasting in 2015.

Continuing Education

While some students may choose to apply for jobs immediately after graduating from a television production associate's degree program, others may wish to continue to a bachelor's degree program at a 4-year university. The BLS reported that broadcast and video industry employers frequently expect or require a bachelor's degree for entry-level positions (www.bls.gov). The BLS further noted that because of the competitive nature of the industry, a bachelor's degree, along with job experience and technical knowledge, would help applicants progress from small stations in small markets to larger ones in metropolitan areas.

Overall, AAS programs in television production provide basic training in the field. Graduates may get entry-level jobs in the field, but because of stiff employment competition, they may need to earn bachelor's degrees before they can join the workforce.

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