There are a few schools in Rhode Island offering associate's and bachelor's degree programs that prepare students for on-camera or behind-the-scene careers in broadcasting. Students may opt to complete online classes in pursuit of their degrees through at least one of the schools. One of the baccalaureate programs requires students to successfully do a project for a real client. Master's degree students must hold a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment, and they need to choose an area of specialization.
The New England Institute of Technology and University of Rhode Island offer broadcasting programs that include classes in digital recording, video production, reporting and communication. These schools are profiled below.
New England Institute of Technology
Awarding bachelor's, associate's and online degrees, New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich offers 35 technical academic programs. The school offers two programs that might be of interest to broadcasting students. The Associate of Science in Digital Media Production teaches students the basics of audio/visual production and design. This degree enables students to pursue entry-level opportunities as recording technicians, video producers, reporters, editors and production assistants. Courses include video and studio techniques, digital editing, digital graphics, audio recording methods and digital film-making.
Students who have graduated from the associate's degree program can move on to the Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Production program. They will take classes in radio production, broadcasting production and programming, commercial production and advertising. A final project calls for students to complete an assignment for an outside client.
University of Rhode Island
The University of Rhode Island is located in Kingston and enrolls more than 16,000 students a year. Broadcasting students may be interested in the school's communication studies and journalism programs. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies will need to complete at least 120 credits for the degree. At least 36 of those credits must be major credits. Communication students can learn about public speaking, communication in interviewing, and electronic media programming. The university also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program; 75% of the credits for the journalism major are in broader liberal arts topics.
Students who complete the bachelor's program in communications can choose to move on to the Master of Arts in Communication Studies. In this program, students will choose an area of specialization. Available specializations include applied communication, interpersonal communication, media studies, organizational communication, and political and public communication. Students will complete core courses like communication theory and research methods in communication; seminars on topics like media studies and public discourse are also part of the program.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Broadcasting Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|New England Institute of Technology||4-year (primarily associate's), private, not-for-profit; large suburb|| Associate of Science in Digital Media Production,
Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Production
|University of Rhode Island||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies,
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism,
Master of Arts in Communication Studies
| $14,138 undergraduate in-state;
$30,862 undergraduate out-of-state;
$14,924 graduate in-state;
$27,552 graduate out-of-state*
Source: *NCES College Navigator