Radio, TV and Film

Program Description

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.

Program Emphasis

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 multimedia 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.