Los Angeles Broadcasting Schools
The Los Angeles area has a few schools for students who are interested in broadcasting. This article examines three of these schools, none more than a 40-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles, and the programs they offer. A table of facts about the schools is included as well, making it easy for prospective students to see how they compare. There's also a little information near the end of the article about some other colleges in the area that offer broadcasting programs.
- The University of Southern California is centrally located in Los Angeles about five miles from downtown. The university offers bachelor's and master's degree programs for aspiring broadcast journalists.
- Santa Ana College, in Santa Ana, about 32 miles from downtown Los Angeles, is a 2-year college offering communications and media studies certificates and associate's degrees.
- About 12 miles from the city center, Pasadena City College offers television and radio certificate programs with a specialization in broadcast journalism.
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Comparison of Schools
Prospective students need to consider aspects such as school size, enrollment and graduation rates when selecting a college. This program offers information in several important areas.
|University of Southern California||Santa Ana College||Pasadena City College|
|School Type||4-year, Private not-for-profit||2-year, Public||2-year, Public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||42,453*||29,590*||26,611*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$50,277*||$1,142 in-state; $6,902 out-of-state*||$1,152 in-state; $6,180 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2014)||65%*||78%*||43%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||18%*||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2014)||97%*||71%*||61%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate||91% (Students began in 2008)*||25% (Students began in 2011)*||32% (Students began in 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
University of Southern California
University of Southern California's (USC) 226-acre main campus is located near downtown Los Angeles. With a large international student population, USC's academic mission is to provide an excellent education by embracing diversity and training students in the latest research methods within their fields of study. USC's School of Journalism offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with optional minors in advertising; news media and society; and nonprofits, philanthropy and volunteerism.
Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Digital Journalism
Students majoring in broadcast and digital journalism take courses in news reporting, news writing and online media, in addition to the 80-credit general education requirements of the bachelor's degree. Before enrolling in the news writing courses, students must pass the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Examination (GPSE). If a student does not pass this exam on the second attempt, he or she is dropped from the broadcast journalism major. Learning abroad options are available in London, New Zealand, Paris, Prague and Rome.
Master of Arts in Specialized Journalism
USC's Annenberg School of Journalism offers a master's degree that emphasizes a variety of different areas, including entertainment, business and economies, and urban affairs. Courses in this program train students to write and produce reports in the digital age. This master's degree program is extremely customizable, allowing students to focus on the area of their choosing, which can include broadcasting. To graduate, students must complete 18 journalism credits and 16 credits from another academic area. Students also need to complete a professional project, which can be focused on broadcasting.
Santa Ana College
The communications and media studies programs at Santa Ana College are offered by the Fine & Performing Arts Department. Graduates are prepared for transfer to a 4-year college; they may also find entry-level positions as reporters, photographers, videographers, editors or producers.
Associate of Arts in Communications and Media Studies
Students in the communication and media studies associate program are trained on industry-standard software. They take courses in storytelling, media design techniques and reporting methods. Students can opt to specialize in broadcast communications and media studies; they learn about television production, appearing on camera and the mass media. A certificate program is available as well.
Pasadena City College
Pasadena City College (PCC) is located less than 15 miles outside of Los Angeles. Students can pursue a certificate of achievement or an occupational certificate in the field of television and radio with a broadcast journalism emphasis.
Certificate of Achievement in Television and Radio - Broadcast Journalism
Students pursuing a certificate of achievement in broadcast journalism complete a total of 32-33 credits, including an internship. Required courses include radio and TV news writing, production of TV shows and electronic media management. There are several related electives students can take as well, including news writing and make-up, voice and diction and television's place in society. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of television broadcasting roles as news editors, writers, reporters or researchers.
Occupational Skills Certificate in Television and Radio - Broadcast Journalism
PCC offers a 15-credit occupational skills certificate program in television and radio with a specialization in broadcast journalism. Courses in telecommunications, news writing and editing are required for completion of the certificate program, in addition to three units of specialized electives.
Other School Options
Broadcasting degrees are also available at Long Beach City College located about 23 miles from downtown Los Angeles, and at Chapman University, located roughly 33 miles away.