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Studies & Degrees in Radio/TV/Video

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Radio, TV and video are commonly the basic packages offered to broadcast communication students. For radio, the study basically revolves around the technical aspect of audio production and writing. It means audio recording and editing in a sound proof studio. It also includes fundamental pilot on-air broadcasting made by the students. The writing usually revolves around creating sketches and skits for 2-3 minutes programs; particularly for PSA (Public Service Announcement) short broadcast under the pseudo dramatic format.

For Television however, the study is concentrated in a more of a hands-on format which involves the production of taped production broadcast where each student is required to experience all the positions that are included to make a program. From Producer right down to the lowest lights man, all students must learn all the necessary knowledge in order to be effective in all the specific positions. For example, the highest position, which is the producer, is responsible for putting together the crew, equipment and other forms of resources to run the program. While the director is the one who is solely responsible for what the audience sees in the program. The list of positions that the student’s must learn goes on. Team effort being the most important thing in order to run a successful program since each and every part plays a significant role in order to get the show on the road.

Video education however takes the form of basic film production where the students are commonly thought how to produce short feature films, particularly concentrating on the technical aspect and film formula formats. Basic film making techniques such as correct camera follow vectors and conversation overlapping shot pieces. But before anyone can get a crack at making film or audio broadcasts the students are also required to take rigorous basic courses such as basic photography and film communication theories. Most are even required to take introductory research courses regarding extensive topics and subjects; which is considered as important, for example the 2009 film Slumdog Millionaire was applauded for its extensive research on the life inside the Mombai slums. The residents even went as far as to thank the makers of the film simply for showing the world how they lived. While the 50’s classic Westside Story was literally hated by the residents of Westside New York because the portrayal of Westside in the film regarding its characters was too far off from the real image and way of life in Westside New York, ergo creating a wave of intellectual stereotypical mindset about Westside and its residents.

Broadcast students in these fields are also commonly required to take journalism courses such as news writing and basic reporting and of course, ethics. With any of these courses a particular student would be certified in working for any form of media outfit. Except for print publishing anyone with a degree under this course may be able to work for any television networks and radio stations. But if you feel like exploring the depths of your creativity, you also have the option of becoming an independent film maker, but that’s another story.