Radio, TV and Film

Welcome back for the Fall semester 2015!

If you are looking for us in the “C” building, look no more. The “C” building is undergoing a big digital renovation as part of the Prop S & N funding approved in 2002 and 2006. The project is expected to be finished in January 2016. In the meantime, the Radio, TV and Film department will be temporarily housed on the third floor of the “T” building (across the bridge from the bookstore.) The faculty offices will be in T316 through T320. Most classes will be held in the T building and the L building.

A few classes will also be in other buildings around campus, so look for signs, ask for help and plan accordingly. T330 (north end of the building) will be a central hub of activity for equipment and computer labs. A temporary TV studio will be built in T315, but we won’t have a control room until the renovation is completed. As a result, at least two of our courses will be held off-campus.

RTVF 145, “Television News Production,” better known as Newscene, will be taught in Kearny Mesa at Groovy like a Movie. Students will get a hands- on, real-world experience. Staff members from Groovy like a Movie will also be there to assist in the learning process. The Emmy Award-winning news program, “Newscene” will be posted on Youtube each Friday night at 6 p.m. - Search for San Diego City College Newscene. We will resume broadcast next Fall semester on ITV, the County Education Channel (16 on Cox and Time Warner) on Fridays at 6:00 p.m.

RTVF 118, “TV Studio Operations,” will also be held off campus at the new Downtown Library. Students should report to City College on the first day of class, where they will receive instructions for the remainder of the semester. We also want to welcome two new full-time faculty members, Professors Chris Acedo, and Cy Kuckenbaker! Thank you for working with us during our temporary classroom and office relocation. Once construction is complete for our Radio, TV and Film department, we can all anticipate great new opportunities in our state-of-the-art instructional space. We look forward to seeing you!

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 San Diego City College • 2014-2015 205 Communications AA/AS = Associate Degree Applicable CSU = California State University Applicable UC = University of California Applicable 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.