Radio, TV and Film

Welcome home! Finally after 18 months of temporary swing space, The Radio TV Film Department is back home in it’s renovated Media Center and Performing Arts facility, better knows as the “C” building. The newly designed, Hope Shaw Broadcasting Studio is on the first floor along with a newly designed make up and green room. Classrooms, The Newsroom, Faculty offices, tutoring, equipment checkout, and edit facilities are on the second floor. As of this writing, we do not know if the TV studio control room will be completed at the beginning of the semester, but students will be informed during the first week of classes. The Emmy Award-winning news program, “Newscene” will be taped inside our new studio and posted on Youtube each Friday night at 6 p.m. - We will resume broadcasting on ITV, the County Education Channel (16 on Cox and Time Warner) on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. Jazz Live (RTVF 132) , and City Stories (RTVF 141), along with Student Delivered Sound (SDS) tied to RTVF 131 Advanced programming will continue to broadcast from the KSDS-FM Studios in the “L” building across the courtyard. Thank you for your patience as we work out the kinks and get situated. Our goal is to continue to provide our students and faculty with the best state-of-the-art instructional space. We look forward to seeing you!

Program Description

The Radio and Television program encompasses the fields of broadcasting and cablecasting news, radio, television, film, multimedia, and concert productions, along with the expanding area of industrial video applications. The field includes all aspects of creation and production both behind and in front of cameras and microphones on KSDS-FM and the television production facilities through theoretical and practical applications. The Radio and Television Department seeks to prepare the student for transfer to four-year institutions or employment San Diego City College • 2014-2015 205 Communications AA/AS = Associate Degree Applicable CSU = California State University Applicable UC = University of California Applicable in the field and facilitates training in television production and performance.

Program Emphasis

The Radio and Television program offers five areas of specialization: Radio; Radio and Television News; Video/Film; Management/Sales; and Multimedia. Certain core courses are central to each of these areas. Prospective students are advised that proficiency in English reading and writing skills is necessary for successful participation in the field. Students pursuing the Radio and Television News specialty should take additional courses in social sciences or political science. Students interested in the Management/Sales specialization are advised to take business courses as electives. The Radio and Television Department offers “hands-on” experience in all areas of the field. Through the use of the San Diego City College radio station, KSDS-FM, 88.3, and related facilities, students may focus on radio, news, management, sales, performance and production. The adjacent television production studio provides state-of-the-art broadcast quality equipment and facilities for training in production and performance.


Examples of employment options available in entry level radio, television, and film production after successful completion of the associate degree program include: on-air-personality, radio news reporter, radio and television program writer/producer, television operations engineer, news photographer, audio engineer, director and videographer, and studio positions. Careers which require four-year degrees in radio and television include: motion picture writer/producer, radio and television salesperson, manager, news writer/reporter and news producer. Careers in multimedia and industrial/instructional video require an associate and often a four-year degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of one of the emphasis in Radio/TV the student should be able to:

  • Analyze media's impact on the public.
  • Operate audio, video or film equipment
  • Produce audio, video, film or multimedia projects.
  • Direct or perform as voice or acting talent.