Communications - A.S. Degree/A.A.S. Degree/Certificate

Start Your Broadcasting Career at Alvin Community College

Are you interested in becoming a radio personality, television reporter, videographer or producer? If so, a career in Broadcast Communications may be for you. ACC offers specialized coursework in radio and television broadcasting. You will gain valuable experience at KACC-FM, a federally licensed radio station and have the opportunity to produce programming for KACC-TV, the local cable access channel. ACC also offers unique opportunities for internships in commercial, television facilities, production companies and sports broadcasting franchises. Whether you want to work behind the scenes or be on the air, ACC will make sure you’re ready.

Students in TV Studio  Students in Control Room

ACC offers three Communications - Radio/TV Broadcasting options to help you enter this growing and diverse field including:

  1. An Associate of Science (AS) degree that enables you to transfer to a four-year university to pursue other types of Communications careers.
  2. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree that teaches you important fundamentals and provides hands-on training. 
  3. A Certification that can be completed in three semesters, providing you with the skills needed for entry level positions.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in the areas of performance, programming, news, general administration, engineering and sales. Presently, the fields of broadcast communication, digital media, multimedia production, social network management, corporate and broadcast communication are experiencing remarkable growth. Students who successfully complete this program will have the skills necessary for employment in the communications field.  

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for media and communications occupations is projected to grow 6 percent nationally through 2026. That number rises to 8 percent for Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians who can expect an average yearly salary of about $42,650. Salary levels will vary depending on the place of employment, job title and level of experience.

For more information on career opportunities in Communications, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

Both the degree and certificate programs will provide knowledge, skills, and hands-on training to prepare you for a career in Communications/Broadcasting. You will take courses in a wide variety of topics such as:

  • Audio/Radio Production
  • Media Writing
  • Photography
  • TV Studio Production
  • Video Production
  • and more!

DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE CURRICULUM GUIDE
COMMUNICATIONS
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE (A.S.) – 
for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university
60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

Δ+COMM 1307 - Introduction to Mass Communication

3

COMM 1336 - Video Production I

3

COMM 2311 - Media Writing

3

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3
SECOND SEMESTER

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

3

COMM 1337 - Video Production II

3

COMM 1318 - Photography I

3

+ENGL 1302 - Composition II

3
THIRD SEMESTER  

ΔElective - Select from COMM Courses

3

+Select from Social & Behavorial Sciences Core Curriculum

3
 SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER 

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

 3

COMM 2303- Audio Production

 3

+GOVT 2305 - Federal Government

 3

+Select from Life & Physical Sciences Core Curriculum

 3

SECOND SEMESTER

Δ+COMM 2366 - Introduction to Cinema

3

+Select from Life & Physical Sciences Core Curriculum

3

+Select from Mathematics Core Curriculum

3

+Select a SPCH from Component Areas Options Core Curriculum - Group 1

3
THIRD SEMESTER

+Select a SPCH from Component Areas Options Core Curriculum - Group 2

3

+GOVT 2306 - Texas Government

3
COMMUNICATIONS-RADIO/TV BROADCASTING (A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS  60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
ΔField of Study Curriculum
*Capstone Course

Communication Elective List for A.S. Degree

ΔCOMM 1319 - Photography II
ΔCOMM 2324 - Practicum in Electronic Media
ΔCOMM 2327 - Introduction to Advertising
ΔCOMM 2331 - Radio/Television Announcing
ΔCOMM 2332 - Radio/Television News

COMMUNICATIONS
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

60 credit hours
 
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

Δ+COMM 1307 - Introduction to Mass Communication

3

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3

RTVB 1301 - Broadcast/Digital Media News

3

RTVB 1325 - TV Studio Production

3
SECOND SEMESTER

COMM 1318 - Photography I

3

RTVB 1321 - TV/Video Field Production

3

RTVB 1380 - Cooperative Education - Radio/TV Broadcasting

3

+SPCH 1315 - Public Speaking or
SPCH 1318 - Interpersonal Communication or
SPCH 2335 - Argumentation & Debate

3
THIRD SEMESTER  

Elective - Select from RTVB or COMM Courses

3

+Select from Social & Behavorial Sciences Core Curriculum

3
 SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER 

+Select from Mathematics Core Curriculum

 3

RTVB 1309 - Audio/Radio Production I

 3

RTVB 1355 - Radio & Television Announcing

 3

RTVB 2337 - TV/Video Production Workshop

 3

SECOND SEMESTER

+Select from American History Core Curriculum

3

+COMM 2366 - Introduction to Cinema

3

RTVB 2331 - Audio/Radio Production III

3

*RTVB 2340 - Portfolio Development

3
THIRD SEMESTER

RTVB 2380 - Cooperative Education - Radio/TV Broadcasting

3

Elective - Select from RTVB or COMM Courses

3
COMMUNICATIONS-RADIO/TV BROADCASTING (A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS  60

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone Course

COMMUNICATIONS
CERTIFICATE 

30 credit hours
FIRST SEMESTER CREDITS

+COMM 1307 - Introduction to Mass Communication

3

RTVB 1301 - Broadcast/Digital Media News Writing

3

RTVB 1309 - Audio/Radio Production I

3

RTVB 1325 - TV Studio Production

3

SECOND SEMESTER

RTVB 1321 - TV/Video Field Production

3

RTVB 1380 - Cooperative Education - Radio/TV Broadcasting

3

RTVB 2331 - Audio/Radio Production III

3

RTVB 2340 - Portfolio Development

3

THIRD SEMESTER

RTVB or COMM Elective – Select from RTVB or COMM Courses 3
*RTVB 2380 - Cooperative Education - Radio/TV Broadcasting 3
COMMUNICATIONS CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS 30
+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone Course

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Yearly costs for the Degree programs are approximately $4,400 for in-district students and $7,160 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies may vary.

 Approximate costs for the Certificate program are $2,200 for in-district students and $3,580 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition and fees. Additional fees for books and supplies may vary.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

ACC Career Pathways logo

COLLEGE & CAREER PATHWAYS

Communications is part of our Business & Marketing Career Pathway. Click the box below to see other programs that may interest you.