Questions: Why a career in broadcasting? Why CSM? Answers: Read this PDF

Growing channels of communication ensure demand for media content. College of San Mateo is helping to train the next generation of media makers. The Broadcast and Electronic Media program emphasizes hands-on training in small crews, using digital video equipment in a professional setting -- right inside a working broadcast station, KCSM. Broadcast & Electronic Media students can expect rigorous training in both studio and field production, camera operation, audio recording, and lighting. Fall 2007 marks the debut of our newest studio, complete with state of the art lighting, cameras, audio, and the biggest, baddest video switcher you've ever laid eyes on - the Snell & Wilcox Kahuna.

There’s no waiting here. You will start using professional broadcast equipment right away. Start building your demo reel with our real world project assignments, like :30 TV spots, features, promotional, educational and training videos.

Our instructional facility is located at KCSM in San Mateo, CA. We are a part of the San Francisco Bay Area, the heart of the sixth largest media market in the United States with a potential reach of more than 6 million people. KCSM TV broadcasts 24 hours a day and is a member of PBS. Students witness the behind the scenes environment of an operating TV and FM Jazz station and have easy access to talented and experienced professionals working in the broadcast industry. Our staff of Broadcast Engineers are especially knowledgeable and enjoy sharing their experience with the students.

We invite students to begin their exploration of broadcasting with BCST 110, which is not a production course, but it provides the essentials, like the history, technology, and influence of electronic media in our society. Students trace the history of radio, television and the internet, participate in discussions of media ethics and popular media theories, and have opportunities to examine the role media play in their own lives.

CSM’s Fall semester begins mid-August, Spring semester begins mid-January. Check the college calendar for enrollment dates.

Students can earn an A.A. Degree in one of three Broadcast options:
Option 1: Television Production
Option 2: Broadcast Audio
Option 3: Television Producing

Or choose to earn a Certificate of Completion in one of these areas:
- Lighting
- On-Air Talent
- Editing

Transfer Program
Many higher paying career opportunities in Broadcast and Electronic Media require a B.A. or advanced degree. Students can fulfill lower division General Education and major requirements at College of San Mateo. Students should also consult the catalog of the college or university to which they plan to transfer. Many CSM Broadcasting students are interested in transferring to San Francisco State University’s Broadcasting program, whom we work with to ensure a smooth transition.

The broadcasting field offers students an exciting environment in television and radio with career opportunities in producing, writing, camera operation, lighting design, directing, technical directing, audio engineering, announcing and on-air talent. Additional opportunities include non-broadcast production areas such as music and sound production, corporate video, advertising, and documentaries.



Michelle M. Brown

office: 09-135 KCSM

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Broadcast & Electronic Media

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College of San Mateo

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San Mateo, CA 94402