New Jersey students that are interested in a career in broadcasting can take advantage of broadcasting degree or certificate programs or other degree or certificate programs related to broadcasting offered by a college or university. Program titles vary widely and include degrees related to television, audio and/or radio, music recording, new media, journalism, and communications. Internships or other fieldwork experiences may be offered through some programs. Degree programs include general education coursework, while certificates may focus entirely on the hands-on skills needed in the workforce.
The state of New Jersey has 7 schools that offer degrees and certificates in broadcasting and other related subject areas. These schools are profiled below.
Brookdale Community College
Brookdale Community College is located in Lincroft. The school enrolls about 14,000 students annually. Students interested in broadcasting may want to explore the school's communication media programs located in the college's arts and communication division. The Associate of Applied Science degree program offers two options: video production and audio production. Television students will learn about production and editing, aesthetics and analysis, and film appreciation. Students will also be required to complete a television internship. Audio students will learn about digital recording, audio in media, and music appreciation. Audio students will complete a communication media internship.
Camden County College
Camden County College is located in Blackwood. The college serves over than 12,000 students a year. The school offers one program that might interest a broadcasting student, a music recording certificate. This program requires students to complete at least 25 credits and can be completed in two semesters. Students in this program will learn about the fundamentals of music, keyboarding techniques, audio recording techniques, and the music business. Camden County College's radio station, WDBK, is available for students who wish to volunteer, and there students will be able to use real production equipment and gain practical broadcasting experience.
Mercer County Community College
Mercer County Community College in West Windsor enrolls more than 7,000 students a year. The college offers several degree programs of interest to broadcasting students. Students can earn an Associate of Arts in Communication that will prepare them for careers in broadcast production, journalism, or advertising. Students in this program will have the opportunity to work with real television and radio broadcasting equipment, or work for the student newspaper. Another option is the Associate of Science in Communication: New Media. The new media program combines disciplines such as journalism and communication with new technology using the computer and internet. Students will study subjects like audio and television production and multimedia technology. Mercer also offers an Associate of Applied Science degree program with an option to concentrate in radio or television. The program requires students to complete 62 credit hours. Radio students will studio audio production, announcing for radio, and radio management. Television students will study television production, motion graphics, and television management.
Ocean County College
Ocean County College is located in Toms River. The school enrolls over 9,000 students annually. Ocean County students who are interested in broadcasting should explore the Associate of Arts in Digital Mass Media - Broadcast Production program. This program is designed both for students who plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree and for those who intend to enter the workforce immediately. Required courses in this program include television studio production, video editing, and broadcast news production. Students in this program will gain hands-on experience with the student media offered by the college, such as a television station, radio station, and print and online campus newspaper.
Ocean County Vocational - Technical School
Ocean County Vocational-Technical School is located in Toms River and enrolls more than 500 students. OCVTS offers less than two year certificate programs that prepare students for immediate entry into the workforce, or for further education. In the school's Applied and Performing Arts Course of Study, students can find two certificate programs: the Audio Technology certificate program and the Design and Visual Communications certificate program. Audio students will learn about multimedia production, recording and digital audio technology, and the music business. Design and visual communications students will learn about multimedia technologies, photography, and digital reproduction. Both programs have tech prep agreements with Ocean County College, and the Design and Visual Communication program also has agreements with Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, Antonelli Institute and the Art Institute of Philadelphia, so students who complete these programs can easily transition to a program offering advanced college credits.
Glassboro's Rowan University enrolls more than 14,000 students a year. The school offers two programs that are relevant to broadcasting students: a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Radio, Television, and Film students can choose to specialize in one of two areas: production and critical studies. Students can also add a concentration in new media. Students in the production specialization will utilize Rowan's digital production facilities. Journalism students at Rowan have the option to choose a sequence in broadcast journalism, where they will learn about broadcast news writing, field reporting, and TV newscasting. Students in this sequence will also complete a journalism internship.
Union County College
Union County College is located in the city of Cranford. The school enrolls almost 12,000 students each year. Union offers two programs that are of interest to broadcasting students: an Associate of Arts in Radio and an Associate of Arts in Television. Each of these programs take two years to complete, and both are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four year college and complete a bachelor's degree. Radio students will study audio production and radio technology. Television students will study television production and theory, field production, and digital video and multimedia imaging.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Broadcasting Degree Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Brookdale Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Associate of Applied Science in Communication Media - Audio Production Option,
Associate of Applied Science in Communication Media - Video Production Option
|In-district: $3,653, in-state: $6,599, out-of-state: $7,199*|
|Camden County College||2-year, public; large suburb||Music Recording Certificate||In-district: $4,320, in-state: $4,440, out-of-state: $4,440*|
|Mercer County Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Associate of Arts in Communication,
Associate of Science in Communication: New Media,
Associate of Applied Science in Radio/TV
|In-district: $3,648, in-state: $4,788, out-of-state: $6,900*|
|Ocean County College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Arts in Digital Mass Media - Broadcast Production||In-district: $4,255, in-state: $5,035, out-of-state: $7,735*|
|Ocean County Vocational - Technical School||<2-year, public; large suburb|| Audio Technology Certificate,
Design and Visual Communications Certificate
|Rowan University||4-year, public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film,
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
|In-state: $12,864, out-of-state: $20,978*|
|Union County College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate of Arts in Radio,
Associate of Arts in Television
|In-district: $4,450, in-state: $8,900, out-of-state: $8,900*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.