How to Choose a Broadcast Communications School

Dec 11, 2019

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 (2018-2019)*
Delaware State University Dover, DE 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,868 (In-state) $16,904 (Out-of-state)
Grand View University Des Moines, IA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $27,608
Hampton University Hampton, VA 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $26,702
Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $31,026
Roxbury Community College Roxbury Crossing, MA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $5,848 (In-state) $11,152 (Out-of-state)
Union University Jackson, TN 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Bachelor's $32,610
Yakima Valley College Yakima, WA 4-year, Public Associate's $5,163 (In-state) $5,638 (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.

Associate Degrees

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.

Bachelor's Degrees

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.

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