Relevant undergraduate programs are available for students who aspire to become TV broadcasters. These programs typically cover basic topics in journalism and news media.
Schools with TV Broadcasting Programs
The following schools provide programs in TV broadcasting or closely related topics:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-16)*|
|Eastern Florida State College||Cocoa, FL||4-year, Public||Undergraduate Certificate||$2,496 in-state,
|CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College||New York, NY||2-year, Public||Associate's||$5,170 in-state,
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,632 in-district,
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$48,710|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$47,750|
|Arizona Western College||Yuma, AZ||2-year, Public||Associate's||$2,540 in-state,
|Bowie State University||Bowie, MD||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$7,660 in-state,
|Central Carolina Community College||Sanford, NC||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$2,412 in-state,
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics - College Navigator
School Selection Criteria
Here are some considerations for students in this field:
- Students may want to find out if a broadcast journalism program allows them to focus their studies specifically on television, or whether it is aimed toward all broadcasters.
- If a school only offers a degree in journalism or communications, students may want to find out if broadcasting is offered as a concentration or track within the program.
- It is important to look for schools that provide state-of-the-art equipment, which ensures that graduates will have familiarity with industry-standard equipment.
- Because many employers prefer applicants who have completed an internship and have strong letters of reference, students should seek schools that offer internship opportunities.
Associate's Degree Programs
TV Broadcasting is often offered as a concentration within a broader communications program. Students take basic media studies courses, as well as general education classes. These programs take two years to complete and usually confer an Associate of Arts (AA) degree. Graduates often transfer credits to higher-level bachelor's degree programs before they begin their media careers, but it is possible to get an entry-level position with only an associate's degree.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Bachelor's degree programs are sometimes available in broadcasting, but it is more common to find the topic offered as a specialization within a journalism program. These programs combine general education coursework with an introduction to the theory and practice of journalism. Students who choose a broadcasting concentration gain experience with software and equipment used in TV and film production, and they are often required to participate in internships at local news stations.
For students who are looking for a brief overview of broadcasting without any general education requirements, undergraduate certificate programs in the field are offered. These programs provide the conceptual and practical broadcasting training that students need for entry-level media jobs.
U.S. schools offer undergraduate certificates, associate's degrees, and bachelor's degrees in TV broadcasting. Look for a school that offers the degree level, program specialties, and opportunities that will help you meet your career goals.