Broadcasting Certificate Programs in San Diego with Course Info

Jan 15, 2019

There are three schools within 35 miles of San Diego that have certificates related to broadcasting. Read an overview of their program options and requirements to find out which one is right for you.

San Diego Area Broadcasting Schools

Students in San Diego who hope to earn a certificate in broadcasting have three public colleges in the area to choose from. Explore the focus areas and coursework available at these schools, and then check out a table that contains numerous facts about each institution -- including details on costs.

  • San Diego City College is located in the heart of the city and offers four performance certificate programs that may be of interest to broadcasting students -- particularly those in radio and video/film.
  • Chula Vista's Southwestern College offers three certificates in telemedia. The campus is around 15 miles from downtown San Diego.
  • Situated about 30 miles from central San Diego, Palomar College in San Marcos has a certificate in broadcast journalism available to aspiring broadcasters.

Comparison of Schools

Review the following table to get additional facts about the profiled colleges. The statistics on graduation and acceptance rates, as well as campus environments and student enrollment, may influence your choice on where to apply.

San Diego City College Southwestern College Palomar College
School Type Two-year; public Two-year; public Two-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 15,569* 18,413* 23,848*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,142 in-state; $5,894 out-of-state $1,338 in-state; $6,602 out-of-state* $1,338 in-state; $7,386 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 87%* 80%* 63%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 66% of full-time students* 74% of full-time students* 71% of full-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began in Fall 2014) 23%* 22%* 29%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

San Diego City College

This school has four certificate programs for broadcasting students, each of which requires the completion of nine credit hours. Students interested in eventually completing an associate degree program can choose from five specialization options at San Diego City College.

Certificate of Performance

Students can choose from certificate programs in radio, video production, broadcast news and performance. Each program is fairly flexible and gives students a chance to pick at least one elective course.

The radio certificate program requires students to complete courses in media performance. Elective options include radio programming, audio production, radio/TV news writing, or radio production. The video production program allows students to study electronic field production and choose from electives in television production, lighting and TV production. Students in the performance program can choose from courses in acting for radio, acting for film/TV, or performance for TV. The broadcast news certificate program offers course options in TV news field reports, TV news workshops covering such topics as editing or tape recording, and TV news production.

Southwestern College

Southwestern College offers certificates and associate degrees in telemedia studies. These programs can prepare students for a variety of career options, including broadcasting and producing.

Telemedia Technology Certificate of Achievement

The telemedia technology certificate program requires completion of 18-21 units. Students get hands-on training with up-to-date equipment to prepare them for television and media jobs as TV camera operators. Broadcasting studies cover video studio production, electronic media, and film fundamentals.

Telemedia Production Specialist Certificate of Proficiency - Basic

The basic certificate program covers digital photography, film, video camera and recording equipment, and electronics. This program can also give students skills in video editing and media writing. Students must complete 15-16 units of courses to earn this certificate.

Telemedia Production Specialist Certificate of Proficiency - Advanced

This advanced certificate program requires students to complete 12-13 units of study and gives students some flexibility when choosing their courses. Course options include recording techniques, video studio production, and technical design/production. Students can also opt for a professional work experience option that is worth three or four units.

Palomar College

Palomar College offers a certificate and an associate's program to students interested in broadcasting. Students can learn about multiple aspects of TV/film production and often work on projects throughout their studies.

Certificate of Proficiency in Broadcast Journalism

This 15-unit program covers topics like multimedia writing, digital television production and reporting. Students also take a beginning and an advanced course in television news/sports.

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