Tampa, FL, Broadcasting Schools
There are several options for students looking for broadcasting programs in the Tampa area, though no schools offer relevant programs above the bachelor's degree level. This article looks at three schools within about 30 miles of downtown Tampa and at the broadcasting-related certificate and degree programs they offer. It also includes a table of information about the schools, such as costs and size, which is useful to prospective students as they make a decision about their education.
- Only about a mile from downtown Tampa, Hillsborough Community College is the largest school on the list and has a new broadcast facility with a variety of cutting-edge equipment. It offers an associate's degree in digital television and media production.
- The Pinellas Technical Education Center, about 20 miles from Tampa in St. Petersburg, does not offer a degree program, but awards a program certificate in television production technology.
- Florida Southern College offers bachelor's degree programs in communication that include studies in broadcasting. It is in a small city around 32 miles from Tampa.
Comparison of Schools
There are many aspects of a school that a prospective student should consider. This table offers a quick way to compare these three institutions and see how they rank in various vital areas.
|Hillsborough Community College||Pinellas Technical Education Centers||Florida Southern College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||27,626*||764*||3,055*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,506 in-state; $9,111 out-of-state*||$3,942*||$34,774*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||76%*||94%*||100%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||51%*|
|Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2016-2017)||63%*||78%*||80%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate||30% (13% transfer-out rate) (Students began in 2014)*||58% (Students began in 2014-2015)*||63% (Students began in 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Hillsborough Community College
At Hillsborough Community College (HCC), students may obtain an Associate in Science (AS) degree in digital television and media production. The program may allow students some credit to 4-year universities.
Associate in Science in Digital Media/Multimedia
HCC's digital media/multimedia AS program is offered at the school's Ybor City Campus. For the degree program, the curriculum includes general education requirements in disciplines such as math, social sciences, and humanities, as well as courses in areas like broadcast news, electronic field production, radio programming, and broadcasting techniques. Students also undergo two required internships in a radio. film, television, or multimedia environment.
Pinellas Technical Education Centers
While awarding certificates of program completion, Pinellas Technical Education Centers (pTEC) offer students a wealth of hands-on experience in various fields.
Certificate in Television Production Technology
This certificate program at pTEC's St. Petersburg location incorporates coursework on topics including video and audio equipment, video editing, and broadcast technician workflows, among others. Students receive training in the various kinds and aspects of digital video, as well as in multimedia tools and processes. The program also includes physical demands, necessitating that students be able to perform tasks such as standing for long periods of time and lifting at least 50 pounds.
Florida Southern College
The communication department at Florida Southern College (FSC) houses a variety of professionally relevant clubs and organizations, including student broadcast endeavors in areas of sports, wellness, and news. The communications major offers a variety of concentrations including digital media and multimedia journalism. This school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in Communications - Digital Media/Multimedia Journalism Concentration
In this degree program, the communications major requires 40 hours of general education courses and 42-46 hours of major requirements. Coursework in digital media includes media foundations, media analytics, online media, photojournalism and documentary filmmaking. The multimedia journalism concentration requires courses in areas like media writing, news and feature writing, an introductory broadcast journalism class and visual communication. The Bachelor of Arts lists 20 hours of degree requirements while the Bachelor of Science degree specifies 12 hours, and either option requires additional electives and a total 124 hours for completion.