TV Broadcasting Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

TV broadcasters are journalists who report news stories in front of a camera. TV broadcasting schools often have extensive communication programs, internships and related student activities.

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Broadcasting is offered in a number of schools and colleges through a broadcast journalism or a television production major. Students may also enroll in journalism or communications programs that offer TV broadcasting as a concentration option.

10 Schools with TV Broadcasting Programs

Degree programs with broadcasting courses or majors are available in several public and private schools and colleges in the U.S.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Associate's $2,834 (In-state), $9,661 (Out-of-state)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $15,054 (In-state), $30,214 (Out-of-state)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's $47,750
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $15,188 (In-state), $25,494 (Out-of-state)
University of North Texas Denton, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's $9,730 (In-state), $19,090 (Out-of-state)
University of Georgia Athens, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $11,622 (In-state), $29,832 (Out-of-state)
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $50,277
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $48,436
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 4-year, Public Bachelor's $6,580 (In-state), $22,154 (Out-of-state)
University of South Carolina-Columbia Columbia, SC 4-year, Public Bachelor's $11,482 (In-state), $30,298 (Out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

In addition to visual broadcasting, television broadcasting requires that students understand the news from various standpoints, which includes seeking out stories and writing about them. Many programs within communications schools combine TV and video production with broadcast journalism.

Consider the following when looking for TV broadcasting schools:

  • Students who want to study aspects of news media beyond TV production may look to enroll in a broader journalism or communications program that allows for a specialization in broadcasting but also requires coursework in other areas of the subject.
  • Students should try to find schools that have facilities where students can get training with camera equipment and industry-standard computer hardware and software.
  • Students should find out if a school facilitates internship opportunities with local news media stations, since these experiences can provide hands-on training and may lead to employment in the future.
  • For prospective associate's degree students who are considering advancing to a bachelor's degree program, it is important to find out whether the credits are transferable to a four-year program.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) programs in radio and television broadcasting are fairly common. Over the course of these two-year programs, students are introduced to the fundamental aspects of the media industry, and they also take general education classes. Students get both conceptual and hands-on training in areas like television announcing, studio production and newswriting, so that upon graduation they are prepared for entry-level jobs in the field or for transfer to a bachelor's degree program.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

At the bachelor's degree level, aspiring TV broadcasters generally choose a major in journalism with a concentration in broadcasting. Students in these four-year programs begin with basic media studies before taking more advanced electives in the media industry. In addition, they may conduct research in the field and/or participate in an internship at a local TV station.

Prospective broadcasting students can choose to major in broadcast journalism or television production, or to take a broad communications program with broadcasting in its curriculum. School facilities and affiliations with local news media organizations will benefit student learning, so students should consider these factors when choosing a program.

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