Individuals interested in broadcast communications can choose to pursue a variety of fields in the broadcast industry, both in front of a camera or behind the scenes in an equally essential supportive role. Those who are looking to study broadcast communications may earn a certificate, associate degree or bachelor's degree in the subject at a 2-year community college, private arts school or 4-year university.
Schools for Broadcast Communications
The following 2-year and 4-year schools offer degree programs in the field:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Delaware State University||Dover, DE||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,531 (In-state) $16,138 (Out-of-state)|
|Grand View University||Des Moines, IA||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$24,614|
|Hampton University||Hampton, VA||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$23,112|
|Oklahoma City University||Oklahoma City, OK||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$30,726|
|Roxbury Community College||Roxbury Crossing, MA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,984 (In-state) $10,104 (Out-of-state)|
|Union University||Jackson, TN||4-year, Private, not-for-profit||Bachelor's||$29,190|
|Yakima Valley College||Yakima, WA||4-year, Public||Associate's||$4,225 (In-state) $4,626 (Out-of-state)|
*Source: National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in a broadcast communications degree may want to consider the following:
- Consider your career goals and what level of education will be required. Students may choose a certificate program in order to get an entry-level job in broadcasting, or they may want to pursue an associate degree with credits that can be put towards a bachelor's degree program.
- Students should look for programs with valuable internship opportunities. Most positions above entry-level will require prior experience, and this can be an excellent way for students to gain that experience.
- Consider attending a program that is geared specifically towards professional training, or requires students to work on professional-level projects and portfolios that may be useful for starting a career.
- Look for financial aid and scholarship opportunities at schools to help off-set the tuition differences between 2-year and 4-year schools, as well as between public and private schools.
Certificate programs in broadcast communications are short-term, usually lasting no more than a year, and end in a Certificate of Completion rather than a degree. They can provide basic introductory education or specialized training in a particular area of broadcasting such as television production, video editing, radio production or mass media.
A 2-year program in broadcast communications prepares students to qualify for entry-level positions in fields like broadcast journalism, television production, advertising and business communications. These programs usually include internships as part of the curriculum, which give students hands-on experience and networking opportunities.
Some schools offer a bachelor's degree program in broadcast communications; however, students may also find a Bachelor of Arts in Communications programs with a concentration in broadcast communications. Colleges that offer 4-year programs often have more funds for facilities so students in bachelor's degree programs have access to high quality equipment during their training and can practice producing professional-level material. Prior to the completion of a bachelor's program, students typically complete a portfolio and an internship.
Students interested in broadcast communications can pursue a certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree at several public and private institutions. Students may want to consider things like their career goals and which programs provide internships and professional training when choosing a school.