Study Video Broadcasting: Associate, Training & Online Degree Info

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What kind of job can you get with a degree or certificate in video broadcasting? Find out degree requirements, online options and info on courses and video broadcasting programs.
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Video Broadcasting: Programs at a Glance

Video broadcasting encompasses a variety of techniques and areas that give you the ability to choose numerous career paths in the broadcast, television and video production fields. You can gain video broadcasting training through associate degree majors, such as broadcast production, video production and video technology. Through these programs, you'll develop technical skills in digital recording, audio mixing and video production equipment. An associate degree is typically the standard level of education needed for careers in video broadcasting; however, a certificate program can provide fundamental video broadcasting information in a short amount of time.

The employment outlook for video broadcasting careers vary greatly. For example, broadcast technicians could see a 9% rise in employment from 2010-2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, sound engineering technicians may only see a 1% increase in job opportunities in the same decade.

Certificate Associate
Who Is This Degree For? High school graduates or current students looking to build their video production and broadcast skills Individuals seeking entry-level television, production and communications positions
Common Career Paths (with approximate median annual salary) - Camera operator ($40,000)*
- Audio and video equipment technician ($42,000)*
- Sound engineering technician ($47,000)*
- Broadcast technician ($37,000)*
- Videographer ($57,000)**
Time to Completion 1 year, full-time 2 years, full-time
Common Graduation Requirements None beyond the certificate's required coursework - Portfolio or practicum (if applicable)
Prerequisites High school diploma High school diploma
Online Availability Some courses may be available online Not at this time

Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2011 figures), **Salary.com (October 2012 figures).

Certificate in Video Broadcasting

Choosing a certificate program for your video broadcasting training is useful if you're lacking prior training or experience in the field. These programs may be an option as part of a degree program or a standalone choice. Longer certificate programs may include a practicum or allow access to facilities with media equipment, computer labs, television stations and digital cameras.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Certificate programs can be completed in less than a year
  • You may be able to transfer your completed credits to a degree program
  • You gain hands-on experience with equipment and software

Cons

  • Non-degree training programs may not qualify you for video editor or producer careers
  • The content of a certificate program may be limited compared to a degree program
  • Opportunities to learn production through hands-on experience may not be available

Courses and Requirements

Depending on the length of the certificate program, some general education courses, such as English or math, may be included. You'll typically take an introduction to video production class, but the remainder of the content varies by program. For instance, some training programs require you to complete a certain number of core courses and electives, while others don't include elective options. Some programs provide job training through an internship or practicum experience. The following are some topics covered in video broadcasting certificate programs:

  • Audio techniques
  • Production process
  • Digital graphics
  • Broadcast writing

Online Course Info

Video broadcasting or video production training online is rare. You may be able to find self-paced, online courses associated with an accredited school that provide fundamental pre-production, filming, editing and post-production knowledge. This option requires Internet access and typically a non-linear video editing software program to complete homework assignments.

Getting Ahead with This Certificate

Since video broadcasting is a hands-on field, it would be wise to gain practical experience when available. Schools with large broadcast journalism programs and production facilities are likely to include an internship in the certificate program. As with most technical fields, you'll want to stay abreast of new technology. In searching for certificate programs, it's beneficial to seek out courses that reflect demand of the industry and are the most current version of a software program or piece of equipment.

Associate in Video Broadcasting

During your video broadcasting program, you'll learn the importance of writing, how to work within a team and the technical knowledge needed for video broadcasting. These programs include a vast amount of information ranging from electronic newsgathering and digital broadcasting to technical writing and broadcast sales. Given its use in daily activities, emphasis is placed on digital media in music, video, television and audio production. You'll be exposed to the different broadcast techniques, receive hands-on instruction on the editing software and equipment used in video broadcasting and develop creative skills in media writing and presentation of video.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • You'll gain a comprehensive education in the many facets of broadcasting
  • With an associate degree in video broadcasting, you can find work in commercial production facilities, radio and TV stations, hospitals, colleges and cable companies
  • Through cooperative experiences, you'll understand how to work within a technical team

Cons

  • Job growth is projected to increase by only 10% for all broadcast and sound engineering technicians*
  • It's a competitive field with preference going to those with training, up-to-date knowledge and experience
  • You may need to begin in smaller markets or stations before advancing to metropolitan areas

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010-2020 statistics)

Courses and Requirements

You study production, writing for media, editing and operation of computer programs and other equipment for broadcast media. As a student in a video broadcasting associate degree program, you'll learn the basics of broadcasting, including the most up-to-date computer programs and applications used in the field. You may gain knowledge in multimedia design, computer-aided design and digital filmmaking. Specific courses in your program may include:

  • Studio production
  • Media ethics
  • Audio recording
  • Scriptwriting
  • Field lighting
  • Digital editing

Aside from core and general education coursework, you'll likely need to submit a senior portfolio and/or complete a field experience. The portfolio will outline your career goals and highlight a finished project. The practicum experience usually takes places at a television station, radio station or production company.

Online Degree Options

Online degree programs in video broadcasting may not be available. The lack of availability may be due to the technical content of the program, requiring interaction with classmates, faculty members and equipment. To receive broadcasting training and all of its components at this degree level, campus attendance will be needed.

Getting Ahead with This Degree

In this field, employers look for candidates with practical experience. You can stand out from the competition by taking internships and learning about the business from experienced professionals. Another way to gain experience while earning your degree is to get involved in your school's television, radio or Internet stations. Through these opportunities, you'll operate various broadcast equipment, troubleshoot technical problems, demonstrate professionalism and produce a segment. It would also be beneficial to organize your portfolio to present to potential employers. Many broadcasting associate degree programs have a course in portfolio preparation.

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