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Hawaii Broadcasting Colleges with Degree Program Summaries

Jul 19, 2019

There are fewer than five broadcasting colleges in Hawaii. Read an overview of the three largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

There are fewer than five broadcasting colleges in Hawaii. Read an overview of the three largest schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Essential Information

Only a limited number of colleges in Hawaii offer broadcasting degree programs. Programs lead to associate's or bachelor's degrees, or certificates. Degree programs incorporate general education courses within the curriculum, while certificates usually focus on major classes. Broadcasting programs almost always include an internship and/or capstone project. Some schools offer students the opportunity to make their own films, that might be part of developing their professional portfolios.

The following three schools offer broadcasting programs in Hawaii.

Hawaii Pacific University

Located in Honolulu, this private university offers bachelor's degree programs in integrated multimedia and multimedia cinematic production. Both programs prepare students for careers in the entertainment industry and mass media. In the integrated multimedia program, students take classes in web design, editing, motion graphics and composition. Students complete the program with a capstone project that showcases their multimedia talents. The cinematic production program covers many of the same topics, as well as scriptwriting, media literacy and photography. Students can also choose to make short documentaries or cinematic narrative films.

Leeward Community College

Located in Pearl City, Leeward Community College offers three programs that focus exclusively on television production. As part of the programs, students have access to campus labs and the studio equipment needed to make video projects for class. The 2-year Associate in Science in Television Production program covers all aspects of video and audio engineering, as well as scriptwriting and storytelling. By the end of the program, students take part in capstone classes and internships where they can create their own films. An 18-credit Certificate of Completion or a 39-credit Certificate of Achievement are also options for students who wish to study television production. These programs include some of the same classes as the associate program, though capstone classes aren't required.

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Students interested in mass media careers can earn a bachelor's degree in journalism at University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. Classes offered through the School of Communications cover all aspects of journalism, like magazine writing, editing, photojournalism and ethics. There are specialized classes that focus on broadcast journalism, and students have access to campus publications where they can develop their journalism skills. Students can also sign up for internships in order to gain professional experience in supervised settings.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Broadcasting Degree Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2018-2019)
Hawaii Pacific University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Multimedia,
Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Cinematic Production
$25,980*
Leeward Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Certificate of Completion in Television Production,
Certificate of Achievement in Television Production,
Associate in Science in Television Production
$3,144 per year for resident students; $8,280 per year for non-resident students*
University of Hawaii - Manoa 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Arts in Journalism $11,970 per year for resident students; $34,002 per year for non-resident students*

Source: * NCES College Navigator.

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