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 four miles from downtown. The university offers bachelor's and master's degree programs for aspiring broadcast journalists.
- Santa Ana College, in Santa Ana, about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, is a 4-year college offering communications and media studies certificates and associate's degrees.
- About 13.5 miles from the city center, Pasadena City College offers television and radio certificate programs with a specialization in broadcast journalism.
Comparison of Schools
Prospective students need to consider aspects such as school size, enrollment and graduation rates when selecting a college. This table offers information in several important areas.
|University of Southern California||Santa Ana College||Pasadena City College|
|School Type||4-year, Private not-for-profit||4-year, Public||2-year, Public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||45,687*||28,083*||27,324*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$54,259*||$1,142 in-state; $8,032 out-of-state*||$1,348 in-state; $7,004 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||64%*||85%*||61%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||16%*||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||96%*||N/A*||74%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate||92% (Students began in Fall 2011)*||25% (Students began in Fall 2011)*||36% (Students began in Fall 2014)*|
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 broadcast and digital video journalism concentration in its Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a Concentration in Broadcast and Digital Video Journalism
Students majoring in broadcast and digital video journalism must take 44 units in courses such as news reporting, news writing and online media, in addition to the general education requirements of the bachelor's degree. Learning abroad options are available in London, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Sydney 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, innovative journalism and international reporting. 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 a total of 34 units in journalism courses, which include electives such as broadcast and digital journalism, public radio reporting and television reporting. Students also need to complete a thesis.
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, visual reporting, news media production and news writing. 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 35-36 units, 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 advanced radio production, oral interpretation and survey of mass communication. 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 15-16-credit occupational skills certificate program in television and radio with a specialization in broadcast journalism. Courses in electronic media, news writing and editing are required for completion of the certificate program, in addition to taking one specialized elective.
Other School Options
Broadcasting degrees are also available at Long Beach City College located about 13 miles from downtown Los Angeles, and at Chapman University, located roughly 26 miles away.