Orlando Broadcasting School Options
Orlando has multiple opportunities for individuals looking to learn about various aspects of the broadcasting field. This article looks at three public schools that are less than a 20 miles from the city center. It also includes a table that allows students to easily compare important facts about each school, such as enrollment and tuition. At the end of the article is a little information on other Orlando-area schools with broadcasting programs.
- The University of Central Florida (UCF), one of the largest universities in the U.S., offers a bachelor's degree program in radio and television. UCF is about 11 miles from downtown Orlando.
- A bit closer to downtown Orlando at 8 miles away, the East Campus of Valencia College offers a wide range of certificate programs as well as an associate's degree for those interested in both the technical and on-camera aspects of broadcasting.
- Individuals can also find relevant associate's degree programs at Seminole State College of Florida, which is about 17 miles outside of Orlando in Sanford, FL.
Find schools that offer these popular programs
- Broadcast Journalism
- Print, Broadcast and Electronic Journalism
Comparison of Schools
There are many factors students should consider when choosing a college. The following table offers a convenient method of comparing the three schools profiled in this article.
|University of Central Florida||Valencia College||Seminole State College of Florida|
|School Type||Public, 4-year university||Public, 4-year college (primarily associate's)||Public, 4-year college (primarily associate's)|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||66,059*||44,834*||17,550*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Small city|
|Annual Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$6,368 in-state, $22,467 out-of-state*||$2,474 in-state, $9,383 out-of-state*||$3,131 in-state, $11,456 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2016-2017)||87%*||75%*||79%*|
|Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017)||50%*||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||90% full-time, 80% part-time*||N/A||N/A|
|Graduation Rate (students who began in fall 2011)||70% (7% transfer-out rate)*||41% (15% transfer-out rate)*||37% (12% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Central Florida
In addition to its main Orlando campus, the University of Central Florida has 10 regional campuses spread throughout the Central Florida area. The broadcasting program is found at the main campus in the Nicholson School of Communication.
Bachelor of Arts in Radio-Television
Before students can apply to this program, they must complete 30 credits of college coursework and meet grammar proficiency standards. This bachelor's degree program allows students to choose from tracks such as media management & operations or production.
Valencia College has eight campuses and centers around the greater Orlando area, and each campus offers different programs. The programs related to broadcasting are offered at the college's East Campus through the Arts and Entertainment Division.
Technical Certificate in Digital Media Video Production
This program teaches students about the production and post-production process for creating video. Students earn 12 credits by taking classes in digital narratives, digital video and sound and professional development.
Technical Certificate in Digital Video Editing and Post-Production
Aspiring post-production assistants or video production assistants may find this certificate program helpful in pursuing their career goals. With a required 24 credits, it's more in-depth than the digital media video production certificate program. Students learn to produce and edit video by taking classes that cover interactive graphics, digital imaging, storytelling and digital video and sound.
Technical Certificate in Digital Video Fundamentals
This 12-credit program trains individuals for entry-level employment as video or audio visual technicians. Courses in sound, digital media and design compose a curriculum that provides students with basic skills in video production.
Technical Certificate in Webcast Media
Future webcast production assistants can learn essential job skills in this 12-credit program. Students learn to set up lighting and operate camera equipment as well as edit video and design graphics.
Technical Certificate in Webcast Technology
This program is a more comprehensive option for students wanting to work in webcast production. In addition to learning the concepts in the webcast media program, students also learn about storytelling with digital media, post-production and advanced topics related to audiovisual equipment, digital video and sound.
Associate of Science in Digital Media Technology
Students can specialize in areas such as video production or mobile journalism while enrolled in this broadcasting program. Those in the video production specialty can learn about producing shows with live audiences and managing live production crews. Course topics include stagecraft, audio production and digital imaging and design.
Students who choose the mobile journalism concentration learn to create multimedia news projects. They learn how to assess newsworthiness, tell stories and use camera equipment. Some of the classes in this program include on-air performance, electronic journalism, digital video and sound and news coverage.
Seminole State College of Florida
Seminole State offers nearly 200 degree and certificate programs. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and also has several other program-specific accreditations and endorsements. In addition to the main Sanford campus, Seminole State has three other Florida campuses near Orlando in Altamonte Springs, Heathrow and Oviedo.
Associate of Science in Multimedia Technology Television and Digital Cinema Production
Students in this program learn to produce news and documentary-style productions while receiving hands-on training in camera operations. Courses cover topics like writing, producing, editing and directing for TV shows as well as post-production techniques. A capstone workshop course requires students to create demonstration reels of their work that shows all of their production abilities. Students also complete an internship.
Associate of Arts in Radio-Television
This degree program is intended to transfer to a relevant bachelor's program. Students need to complete some prerequisite courses for the major, which include verbal communication, U.S. history and government. Some of the major-related courses cover topics like editing, production processes and techniques, live sound and directing. As with the A.S. program above, students complete an internship and a capstone workshop that requires them to create demonstration reels.
Orlando Tech, located right in Orlando, offers a 900-hour technical program in digital video technology. Students can train to become broadcast technicians by learning about the production process, equipment operations and news-gathering.
Bethune-Cookman University, about 50 miles for downtown Orlando, in Daytona Beach, FL, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a broadcast production technology concentration. Students learn to write scripts, edit, produce, direct and operate equipment.