The Radio and Television program encompasses the
fields of broadcasting and cablecasting news, radio,
television, film, multimedia, and concert productions,
along with the expanding area of industrial video
applications. The field includes all aspects of creation
and production both behind and in front of cameras
and microphones on KSDS-FM and the television
production facilities through theoretical and practical
applications. The Radio and Television Department
seeks to prepare the student for transfer to four-year
institutions or employment in the field and facilitates
training in television production and performance.
The award-winning TV news program, Newscene, is written, produced, directed, and presented by Radio and Television students each Friday during the semester. Students gain invaluable hands-on and real-world experience creating a live-to-tape newscast from start to finish. In radio production, City Stories is a Jazz 88 feature in which students produce stories on the varied communities and neighborhoods of San Diego County.
The Radio and Television program offers five areas of
specialization: Radio; Radio and Television News;
Video/Film; Management/Sales; and Multimedia.
Certain core courses are central to each of these areas.
Prospective students are advised that proficiency in
English reading and writing skills is necessary for
successful participation in the field. Students pursuing
the Radio and Television News specialty should take
additional courses in social sciences or political
science. Students interested in the Management/Sales
specialization are advised to take business courses as
electives. The Radio and Television Department offers
“hands-on” experience in all areas of the field.
Through the use of the San Diego City College radio
station, KSDS-FM, 88.3, and related facilities, students
may focus on radio, news, management, sales,
performance and production. The adjacent television
production studio provides state-of-the-art broadcast
quality equipment and facilities for training in
production and performance.
Examples of employment options available in entry
level radio, television, and film production after
successful completion of the associate degree
program include: on-air-personality, radio news
reporter, radio and television program writer/
producer, television operations engineer, news
photographer, audio engineer, director and
videographer, and studio positions. Careers which
require four-year degrees in radio and television
include: motion picture writer/producer, radio and
television salesperson, manager, news writer/reporter
and news producer. Careers in multmedia and
industrial/instructional video require an associate and
often a four-year degree.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of one of the emphasis in
Radio/TV the student should be able to:
- Analyze media's impact on the public.
- Operate audio, video or film equipment
- Produce audio, video, film or multimedia projects.
- Direct or perform as voice or acting talent.