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Top Broadcasting Schools

For years, people have said that radio will soon be dead. When neither the TV nor Internet did radio in, people started to say satellite radio and podcasts would lead to its end. That hasn’t happened yet. Indeed, the growing popularity of such podcasts and Internet “radio” stations, and even Yahoo!’s broadcast-quality financial videos, may indicate broadcast radio skills are needed as much as ever before.

New-age broadcasters might never have to set foot in a broadcast studio, but they may want to learn how to speak over the radio or to produce a short video clip. There are many occupations available to students who are interested in broadcasting. This includes employment as a sound engineering technician, film and video editor, or camera operator.

Top broadcasting schools

Students interested in broadcasting may want to pursue a journalism or communications degree. The following were ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 2012’s top graduate communication schools in multimedia and visual communications. These degree programs included areas of study such as interactive design and journalism instruction—under which the study of broadcasting typically falls.

1.  Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
2.  California Institute of the Arts
3.  School of the Art Institute of Chicago
4.  Rhode Island School of Design
5.  University of California, Los Angeles
6.  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.
7.  University of California, San Diego
8.  New School - Parsons School of Design
8.  University of Southern California
10. School of Visual Arts, New York

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There are many aspects to creating a quality piece of broadcast content, and some of these mass communications aspects can be learned through online programs. The most vital aspects, such as audio control, video editing, camera operation and production, may best be learned through hands-on experience. For instance, while a sound engineer may be able learn how a audio mixing board or video control console works, they will need practical experience to learn how to use a table sized control panel that can double as a sci-fi prop. Some aspects of audio and video may require an apprenticeship or mentoring, as is the case with Foley artists who create custom sound effects for each production, in addition to formal education.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov, 2012) reports a certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree could be helpful to those wanting to work as a camera operator or audio engineer. The Society of Broadcast Engineers provides a range of certifications related to engineering, operations and broadcast networks, the BLS notes.

Wages can vary based on experience, education, training and geographic location. The BLS (BLS.gov, 2012) reported an annual national wage of $46,750 median for sound engineering technicians in 2011. The top 10 percent earned $98,240 nationally and the lowest 10 percent earned $21,520 nationally.  The BLS predicts nationwide employment growth in the field of up to 10 percent as TV and radio stations seek new equipment to keep up with technological change (BLS.gov, 2012). 

The BLS (BLS.gov, 20102) also reported a national annual wage of $52,940 median for film and video editors in 2011. The top 10 percent had earnings up to $126,250 nationally and the lowest 10 percent had earnings up to $26,350 nationally. The BLS estimates job opportunities for those employed as film and video editors and camera operators could grow by up to 5 percent between 2010 and 2020 (BLS.gov, 2012).

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When researching colleges and universities, make sure to verify that your choice of school is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council or another accrediting agency approved by The U.S. Department of Education or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or both. DETC and CHEA both provide a searchable list of approved schools.

The National Association of Schools of Theatre accredits schools providing theater arts programs and provides a searchable list of member institutions.

Sources and further reading:

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation

The U.S. Department of Education

The Distance Education and Training Council

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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