Media Studies

The radio and television facilities at Centralia College are unique among Washington community colleges. Students learn on professional equipment and are provided experience in all areas of television and radio production.

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The Media Studies program offers three degree tracks for students, depending on their area of interest for a career or further study at a four-year college.

Track 1 - Radio Broadcasting and Television Production

Degree: Associate in Arts

Emphasis: Radio Broadcasting, Television Production

The Media Studies program is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in electronic media, which includes radio, television, video production, film, broadcast journalism, and sports announcing. In some cases, this program is equally suited for students interested in a two-year terminal degree prior to entry in the media field.

Track 1 Education Plan

Fall Quarter

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits
  • M ST 230 Introduction to Radio Broadcasting* - 5 credits
  • M ST 260 Introduction to TV & Video Production - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • ENGL& 102 Composition II - 5 credits
  • M ST 231 Advanced Radio Broadcasting* - 3 credits
  • M ST 261 Advanced TV & Video Production - 5 credits

 Spring Quarter

  • CMST& 102 Introduction to Mass Media - 5 credits
  • M ST 220 Introduction to Broadcast News & Production - 4 credits
  • M ST 262 Television Producion - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credits

* Radio majors

Fall Quarter

  • M ST 271 Radio Broadcasting Internship** OR M ST 281 Television Internship - 1 credit
  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • Humanities Distribution - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Quantitative Skills Distribution - 5 credits

** In cooperation with a professional radio or television company, a student may enroll in MST 190 Cooperative Work Experience. The student may receive up to 12 credits for learning that occurs on the job. Attendance at a Work Experience Seminar is required of co-op students. You must take the Work Experience Seminar before or in the same quarter as the o-op course.

 

Track 2 - Film

Degree: Associate in Arts

Emphasis: Film

Classes help students attain skills in camera work, studio, and field production. Lighting, running an audio board, writing, directing, producing and editing short video projects are also covered. The Media Studies program in conjunction with the Drama department also offers students the opportunity to learn set design and building crafts, as well as lighting techniques.

Students have the opportunity to participate in live productions, including broadcast of college basketball games and community forums. 

Track 2 Education Plan

Fall Quarter

  • M ST 159 Stagecraft for TV & Film - 2 credits
  • ENGL& 101 English Composition I - 5 credits
  • M ST 260 Introduction to TV & Video Production - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • ENGL& 102 Composition II - 5 credits
  • HUM 270 Survey of Film Studies - 5 credits
  • M ST 261 Advanced TV & Video Production - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • M ST 158 Studio & Outdoor Lighting - 2 credits
  • M ST 262 Television Production - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 3 credits
  • Elective - 5 credits

Fall Quarter

  • DRMA 107 Beginning Acting - 5 credits
  • Quantitative Skills Distribution - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • CMST& 102 Introduction to Mass Media - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • Academic Elective - 3-5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

 

Track 3 - Sports Announcing and Production

Degree: Associate in Arts

Emphasis: Sports Announcing and Production

Students interested in Sports Announcing have the opportunity to perfect their skills on campus radio station KCED-FM, on live broadcasts over the local cable access channel, and in the college’s television studio and production rooms. Classes and practical application will help students develop skills sports announcers use to broadcast and report on sporting events.

Students also have the opportunity to host their own sports discussion show on KCED as well as calling the play by play action of college basketball, baseball and local high school football games.

Instruction on vocal techniques, production, conducting and recording interviews, writing and research as well as specific duties of each member of a broadcast booth will be covered. Students who transfer to a four-year college should consult their advisors for choice of distribution credit and elective courses.

Track 3 Education Plan

Fall Quarter

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition - 5 creedits
  • M ST 126 Sports Announcing for Football - 1 credit
  • M ST 230 Radio Broadcasting - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • ENGL& 102 Composition II - 5 credits
  • M ST 127 Sports Announcing for Basketball - 1 credit
  • M ST 231 Advanced Radio Broadcasting - 3 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • CMST& 102 Introduction to Mass Media - 5 credits
  • M ST 128 Sports Announcing for Baseball - 1 credit
  • M ST 220 Introduction to Broadcast News & Production - 4 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

Fall Quarter

  • M ST 260 Television Broadcasting and Production  - 5 credits
  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking - 5 credits
  • Quantitative Skills Distribution - 5 credits

Winter Quarter

  • DRMA 107 Beginning Acting - 5 credits
  • M ST 261 TV and Video Production - 5 credits
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits

Spring Quarter

  • M ST 262 Television Production - 5 credits
  • Health and Fitness Distribution - 1 credit
  • Natural Science Distribution - 5 credits
  • Social Science Distribution - 5 credits

 

Media Studies Classes

Learn about the history of Sports Broadcasting. Specific duties of announcers as well as technical knowledge, current trends, career paths, legal and ethical issues of Sports Broadcasting will be covered during the quarter.
Learn and apply the basic skills and knowledge required of today’s football announcers. This course will emphasize practical tips, ideas and theories that will help you on your way to becoming a quality football announcer.
Learn and apply the basic skills and knowledge required of today’s basketball announcers. This course will emphasize practical tips, ideas and theories that will help you on your way to becoming a quality basketball announcer.
Learn and apply the basic skills and knowledge required of today’s baseball announcers. This course will emphasize practical tips, ideas and theories that will help you on your way to becoming a quality baseball announcer. 
Discover the basic principles and techniques of lighting television and film sets in both indoor and outdoor situations. 
Designed specifically for television and film majors, this class introduces students to the basic tools, materials, equipment and techniques used in the design and building of television and film sets. 
Cooperative Work Experience allows students to apply classroom learning to on-the-job settings. Credit is earned for new and continued learning taking place in the work environment. Reaching set learning objectives and development of positive work habits are emphasized. The Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinator, the student employee, and the worksite supervisor identify the learning objectives. 30-360 hours on-the-job per quarter. Instructor’s permission is required. Corequisite: Enrollment in a Work Experience Seminar is required of co-op students. You may take the Work Experience Seminar before or in the same quarter as the co-op course. 
Learn basic media news writing, produce and broadcast news and feature stories on both radio and television. Some media production techniques will be covered during the quarter. 
The field of telecommunications is constantly changing and affecting the way we live our lives. Learn about the history, social impact, moral, ethical issues and philosophies of telecommunications in our society. 
As an introduction to radio broadcasting you will learn about programming philosophies, announcing skills, production techniques, copy writing and the FCC rules and regulations that apply to the industry. 
Learn strategies to research and prepare material for broadcast. The use of promotions and contests to increase station ratings also will be covered. 
Learn studio and control room operations, field and studio camera techniques, basic script writing and video editing. At the end of the quarter students will be able to write, produce and edit short videos. 
Improve editing skills while producing documentary and music videos. Advanced camera, editing, studio and field production techniques will be covered. Students will also take part in producing live college basketball games. 
Students will write, direct, produce and edit video packages and participate as crew members in producing classmate’s video projects. 
Practice and perfect your announcing skills on the campus radio station KCED FM. Prerequisite: MST 230, 231 or instructor permission. 
Designed for students who wish to produce independent video projects outside of the classroom environment. Permission of instructor required. Prerequisite: MST 260, 261, 262.