TV broadcasting classes and training programs will provide students with instruction in both old and new technologies used in this field. Training programs for potential TV broadcasters are widely available at many levels, from certificate courses to advanced degree programs. Beginner TV broadcast students will explore the history of broadcasting and learn about how this field has evolved. Intermediate and advanced trainees will gain more experience in the various aspects of broadcasting including producing, directing, announcing and writing scripts for radio or TV.
Classes are typically hands-on, providing students the opportunity to work together to create TV broadcasts, whether they are interested in being behind the camera or in front of it. It's possible to get a foot in the door in the broadcasting world with a certificate or associate degree, although a bachelor's degree may enhance the student's marketability. Master's degree programs in broadcasting are available as well.
Here are a few common concepts taught in TV broadcast courses:
- History of media
- Location recording
- Interactive media
- Computer animation
List of TV Broadcast Courses
Introduction to Broadcasting
This introductory lecture course provides an overview of the history of broadcasting from the first network shows through to cable TV and current technologies, including the Internet, HiDef and VOD. Coursework also covers the legal and ethical aspects and changes that have arisen in the broadcasting world, such as ratings, FCC rules, costs and pay television.
This course covers the basics of radio and television announcing and TV anchoring. Fundamentals of speech and diction are taught, as well as microphone and interviewing techniques, reading for the camera and using a teleprompter. Students practice reading news, weather and sports copy. They may also write and announce their own news stories, with the opportunity for actually going live on the air.
TV producers work behind the camera, putting together the different elements of the broadcast and making sure that everything works together smoothly. This course covers the essential components of TV broadcast production, including the use of microphones, cameras, video tape recorder-editors, switchers and lighting equipment. The basics of editing and chroma key (blue screen) techniques are also introduced. Students gain practical experience producing their own video projects in the studio.
TV and Radio Script Writing
Students in this course learn how to gather information and write news stories for television, radio and the Internet. News stories on TV are analyzed for their content and style. The curriculum covers the basic principles of news writing, including researching, interviewing and developing a story line.