Radio, TV and Film

Welcome back to Fall Semester 2017! At last!! Students this semester will be the first to be trained inside our HD Digital TV Studio and control room. The studio is located in C107, on the ground floor of the new Media Center and Performing Arts building. The only entrance to the studio is on the C street side. We will resume broadcasting our Emmy-award winning news broadcast "Newscene" at ITV, the County Education Channel (16 on Cox and Time Warner) on Fridays at 6:30 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. Faculty offices and editing facilities are located on the second floor also on the C Street Side. Thank you for your continued patience as we get the kinks worked out. 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

(Produced and Edited by Alumni Alex Miller Pastore and James Smith)
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 four areas of specialization: Radio; Broadcast News; Video/Film; and Documentary Film. 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. 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, 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.