Austin Broadcasting Colleges with Degree Program Overviews

Jan 10, 2019

Broadcasting School Options in Austin

Individuals interested in learning about broadcasting can find two school options with 25 minutes of Austin, Texas. While neither institution offers a program specific to broadcasting, programs in radio, film and television provide broadcasting training and can help students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to work in the field. In addition to an overview of the programs at these two schools, this article also contains a table of important information about the schools, such as tuition and enrollment.

  • Approximately 16 miles from downtown, the University of Texas at Austin offers a bachelor's degree program through its Department of Radio, Television and Film.
  • Austin Community College District offers several programs related to radio, television and film, including two certificate programs and an associate's degree program. It is 12.5 miles from downtown Austin.

Comparison of Schools

Students looking for a broadcasting program must consider many factors when choosing a school. The following table makes it easy to compare Austin-area schools.

University of Texas at Austin Austin Community College District
School Type Four-year; public Two-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 51,525* 40,803*
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $10,398 in-state; $36,744 out-of-state* $2,550 in-district; $10,890 in-state; $13,080 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 64%* 60%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 36%* N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 95% of full-time students* 58% of full-time students*
Graduation Rate 83% (students began studies Fall 2011)* 11% (42% transfer-out rate) (students began studies Fall 2014)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas was founded in 1883 and is one of the largest public schools in America. The university's campus is over 350 acres and located about 16 miles from downtown Austin. This school offers programs related to broadcasting through its Department of Radio, Television and Film.

Bachelor of Science in Radio, Television and Film

The radio, television and film bachelor's program combines theoretical and practical instruction in the field. Students can learn about production and media studies while developing their creative skills and critical-thinking abilities. Coursework includes film and media development, image and sound, narrative strategies and media design. Students also select from such upper-division courses as film history, experimental media and narrative production. Many students in the program choose to pursue internship opportunities with production and media companies, which are available through the College of Communication Career Services Office.

Austin Community College

Austin Community College is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. The Department of Radio, Television and Film offers two technical certificate programs with studies in broadcasting, as well as an associate's degree program in radio, television and film.

Film/Video Production Management Certificate

This certificate program consists of nine courses totaling 27 credit hours. Courses found in this program include introductory radio and technology, technical and business writing, television production, video editing and production development.

The management certificate program also includes a management and operation of electronic media facilities course, which teaches skills for managing broadcast stations, production companies and cable companies. The program also includes a three-credit internship where students work as broadcasting technology technicians.

Film/Video Production Technology Certificate

The production technology certificate involves most of the same coursework as the production management certificate but includes additional courses in audio production, which covers techniques for recording sound for radio, television and film, and film or video lighting. This program consists of nine courses that can be completed over the course of three semesters. Students in this certificate program are required to complete a broadcasting technology technician internship during their third semester.

Associate of Arts in Radio, Television and Film

Students in the associate's program take technical coursework in radio, television and film, as well as general education coursework in English, history and the sciences. The program typically takes four semesters to complete and requires 60 credit hours. Students can pick three radio, television and film electives over the course of the program, including media literacy, video production and television/radio announcing.

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