Why study broadcasting?

The Associate in Applied Science in Broadcast Technology prepares students for careers in radio and television engineering and technical support. Students prepare for professional certification and have the opportunity to work in broadcast facilities, including Parkland’s radio station WPCD-FM. The program stresses maintenance and installation of various types of equipment found in the broadcast industry. Graduates are prepared for positions as station chief engineers or engineering assistants. 

At Parkland, you'll have the advantage of small class sizes, taught by master faculty—never teaching assistants. Your success is our priority.


Students interested in learning about video and audio broadcast techniques and production can take classes that provide skills in producing, directing, performing, editing, and interviewing. Student receive training in studio and field production.

Basic News Writing (COM 105): Students learn basic journalism skills including techniques in news gathering, reporting, and interviewing.

Broadcast Writing (COM 106): Emphasizes writing for visual and audio presentations including commercials, public service announcements, news, and special events.

Basic Broadcast Announcing (COM 141): Students learn the basics of broadcast announcing principles and techniques and build skills through creating, reading, and delivering commercials and public service announcements. Students gain on-air experience at WPCD-FM, Parkland's radio station.

Introduction to Radio Production (COM 142): Students learn audio production techniques, script writing, editing, and production skills in a studio setting using Adobe Audition.

Video Production I (COM 144): Students gain hands-on experience producing video in a multi-camera television studio including studio production techniques, video and audio equipment operation, and crew positions and responsibilities.

Video Production II (COM 145): Hands-on experience producing videos from concept through post-production emphasizing television digital field production including non-linear digital editing.

Introduction to Music Recording (MUS 161): Students gain hands-on experience in multi-track recording, mixing and mastering techniques using microphones, audio editing software, signal processing, and mixing consoles.

Advanced Music Recording (MUS 162): Advanced audio production techniques in the studio environment. Advanced recording sessions, mixing, and mastering using MIDI and virtual instruments.

Will my classes transfer?

Parkland College classes with an even middle digit (such as ENG 101, MAT 128, and BIO 141) are accepted for transfer as general education courses, major courses, or electives as determined by the transfer institution. 

For more information about transferring, speak with an academic advisor and visit the Parkland Course Matrix

Learn more about how these classes fit into a transfer degree or the general education core curriculum (GECC).



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