Radio & Television Course Offerings
The following classes are currently being offered in the Radio/Television/Film program.
Please note that all classes are not offered each semester and some have very limited
enrollment. For a listing of what classes are required for your specific Degree or
Certificate, check the Degree/Certificate pages on this site.
RTV 01 Introduction to Broadcasting - 3 units CSU
Survey course of the film and electronic media industries, concentrating on the United States. This includes cultural, historical, social, legal and economic issues in motion pictures, radio and television broadcasting, cable, satellite, internet and related technologies.
RTV 02 On-Air Personality Development - 3 units CSU
Developing a broadcast voice, style and understanding of the business for all areas of the industry, including disc jockey, newscaster and voice over artist. Students will also develop an understanding of the workings of voice and diction as they pertain to broadcasting and learn to evaluate the effectiveness of voice work done by others. Emphasis will also be placed on developing the content of on-air shows. Students will review the basics of the production studio and its components.
RTV 02A On-Air Personality Development-Spanish Market - 3 units
Covers developing a broadcast voice, style and understanding of the business for all areas of Spanish-language broadcasting, including disc jockey, newscaster and voice over artist. Students will also develop an understanding of the workings of voice and diction as they pertain to broadcasting and learn to evaluate the effectiveness of voice work done by others. Emphasis will also be placed on developing the content of on-air shows suitable to the Spanish-language market. Students will review the basics of the production studio and its components. The course is taught in English.
RTV 03 Sportscasting and Reporting - 1.5 units
Covers in-studio sportscasting, interviewing, field reporting and play-by-play for radio and television. Students will learn the legalities and ethics of covering sports, and how to work with professional sports teams and equipment technicians. Practical experience will be provided through coverage of Mt. SAC�s athletic teams.
RTV 04 Broadcast News Field Reporting - 3 units
Techniques used to research and cover a variety of news events including working with police and other emergency personnel, interviewing techniques and story developments. Emphasis will be placed on legal and ethical issues concerning news coverage.
RTV 05 Radio-TV Newswriting - 3 units
Writing, editing and reporting radio and TV news, utilizing the Associated Press Wire Service, AP Newsboss software. Students will rewrite news wire copy as well as create stories from interviews and from covering news events, including the incorporation and selection of sound bites from actualities. Emphasis will be on factual and concise content and the ability to work under deadline.
RTV 06 Broadcast Traffic Reporting - 1.5 units
History and development of techniques involved in radio and television traffic reporting through lecture and hands-on practice. Interpretation and reading of police codes as they relate to traffic, accidents, and emergency situations including broadcast rules and liabilities as they apply to traffic reporting. Emphasis on both production and delivery of anchored and airborne reports.
RTV 07A Beginning Commercial Voice-Overs - 3 units
Development of voices for radio and television commercials, character voices, narrations, and animation. Also covers auditioning, working with agents and agencies, and understanding voice-over contracts.
RTV 07B Advanced Commercial Voice-Overs - 3 units
Instruction in advanced techniques used in the art of voicing for radio and TV commercials, animation and narration. Further development of audition and recording session skills.
RTV 09 Broadcast Sales and Promotion - 3 units
Strategies and legalities of advertising time sales for radio and television including Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements, demographic targeting, marketing strategies, and working with agencies. Includes creation of contests and promotional campaigns.
RTV 10 Radio Management and Programming - 3 units
Overview of various techniques of programming a radio station, including various formats of music, news, talk and sports. Role of management at a station including budgeting, unions, ratings and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) responsibilities.
RTV 11A Beginning Radio Production - 3 units CSU
Operation of standard radio production equipment for both tape-based and digital production utilizing ProTools technology. Production skills concentrate on the use of voice, music and sound effects applied to a variety of elements including commercials and newscasts.
RTV 11B Advanced Radio Production - 3 units CSU
Build upon the basic understanding of linear and non-linear recording, editing, and mixing as learned in R-TV 11A. Develop an understanding of the core concepts and skills required to work in a professional recording studio environment using Pro Tools, the industry standard for state of the art digital work stations.
RTV 12 Commercial Copywriting - 3 units
Covers the creation and production of radio and television commercials. Includes using demographic research to target specific audiences, truth in advertising, slogan and campaign development, character creation, commercial formats, and the use of visual and audio appeals.
RTV 14 Media Aesthetics - 3 units
Media aesthetics for television and film presentation. Stresses critical, theoretical and practical analysis. Material is presented from a producer/artist point of view and is intended for those pursuing a career in film, television, and other electronic visual media, presenting material from the producer/artist point of view.
RTV 15 Broadcast Business Practices - 3 units
Radio and television industry as a business for profit. Basic techniques in negotiating with station management and agents as well as dealing with contracts, residuals, re-use rights, mergers, protection of intellectual properties, union representation and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) law. Professional ethics and broadcasters� responsibilities to their audiences are also discussed.
RTV 16 Broadcast Career Preparation - 3 units
Students taking this class will prepare their audio and/or video demo tapes and resumes in order to obtain and maintain an entry-level job in the broadcast industry. Emphasis will be placed on employment searches, interview techniques, involvement in professional organizations and business strategies.
RTV 17 Internet Radio and Podcasting - 3 units
Covers all aspects of Internet broadcasting and podcasting including programming, announcing, promotions, and legal and copyright issues through the use of an actual Internet radio station.
RTV 18 Writing for Television/Film - 3 units CSU
Characterization, visualization, structure and form in various types of writing for television and motion picture production.
RTV 19A Beginning Television Production - 3 units CSU
Basic video production using studio, remote multicamera, and film-style techniques.
RTV 19B Advanced Television Production - 3 units CSU
Advanced video production techniques emphasizing film-style aesthetics and production.
RTV 20 Television News Production - 3 units
TV newscasting using writing, announcing, production, direction, graphics, and editing skills both in and out of the studio.
RTV 21 Remote Television Production and Engineering - 3.5 units
Students learn remote video production using both multi-camera and single camera techniques. Topics include video engineering, directing, and remote production truck setup.
RTV 22 Editing for Film and Television - 3 units
Aesthetics and use of non-linear editing software for film and television.
RTV 26 Current Issues in Entertainment Law - 3 units
Overview of the major legal and FCC regulatory issues facing broadcasting, cable and developing media. Also covers the growing importance of intellectual property law as it applies to digital media and the Internet.
RTV 27 Radio Drama - 3 units
The practical and artistic skills needed for the performance of radio drama such as voicing, directing, writing and sound design combined with broadcasting history and communication theory.
RTV 30 Introduction to Careers in Entertainment - 2 units
An overview of Broadcasting as a potential career. Examines the skills and training needed to work in Radio, Television and Film in such areas as D-J, News Anchor/Reporter, Sports Reporter, Commercial Voice-Over Artist, Production Director, Writer, Producer and Director.
RTV 31 History of Radio DJs - 3 units
Traces the history of music radio through study of the most influential disc jockeys in broadcasting history.
RTV 33 Radio Show Producer Techniques and Procedures - 3 units
Covers the behind-the-scenes aspects of producing a radio show, with special emphasis on generating ideas for specific audiences, identifying and booking guests and preparing interviews for broadcast.
RTV 34 On-Camera Performance - 1.5 units
On-camera techniques used in news and sports anchoring and reporting including make-up, hair, wardrobe and overall presentation.
RTV 97A Radio/Entertainment Industry Seminar - 1 unit
A capstone class for students preparing for a career in the radio/entertainment industry. Students share and critique experiences emphasizing professionalism and problem-solving techniques related to their internship experience. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.
RTV 97B Radio/Entertainment Industry Internship - 1 unit
Provides the student with on-the-job experience in the radio/entertainment industry in order to strengthen and broaden his/her skills in the workplace. A minimum of 75 paid or 60 non-paid clock hours per semester of supervised work is required for each unit of credit. It is recommended that the hours per week be equally distributed throughout the semester. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.
RTV 97C KSAK Radio/Internet Radio Internship - 1 unit/2 units
Regular and continuing experience in the operation of the College radio station or the college Internet station. Students may select roles involving on-air announcing, production, programming and news. A minimum of 75 paid or 60 non-paid clock hours per semester of supervised work is required for each unit of credit. It is recommended that the hours per week be equally distributed throughout the semester. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.
RTV 99 Radio/TV Special Projects - 2 units
Students earn credit via a broadcasting or film course of study customized for the student. Instructor authorization is needed prior to enrollment.
RTV 100A Work Experience in Film and Television - 1 unit/2 units/3 units
Provides students with on-the-job experience in the film or TV industry, related to classroom instruction, at an approved work site. A minimum of 60 unpaid or 75 paid hours of supervised work is required for each unit of credit. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further experience.