Broadcasting & Electronic Media Degree (BCT)

Prepare for careers in television, radio, cable TV, sound recording, photography, and related electronic media industries. You’ll acquire technical and communications skills through academic coursework, production skills training, and hands on experience. Equipment and facilities include: HD television studios, HD electronic field production equipment and editing suites, five audio studios, digital audio workstations, and electronic imaging labs. Students gain valuable experience producing programming for MWCC’s community cable TV channel.

Number Suggested Course Order

Cr

Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BCT105 Introduction to Mass Media

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
  Production Elective

3

    Electives: BCT110, BCT112, BCT121, BCT122, BCT211, PHO115, PHO240, PHO245, PHO250
  Production Elective

3

    Electives: See above Production Electives
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)

3

    MAT096 or placement
  Production Elective

3

    Note: See above Production Electives
  Production Elective

3

    Note: See above Production Electives
  Professional Elective

3

    Electives: As listed to the right
ENG102 English Composition II

3

    ENG101
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
  Humanities Elective

3

    Electives: ART, ASL, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, THE
SPC113 Speech

3

    ENG101
  Professional Elective

3

    Electives: As listed to the right
  Behavioral Social Science Elective

3

    Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC
  Lab Science Elective

4

    Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
BCT214 Broadcast and Electronic Media;

Operations and Management

3

    BCT105, completion of 45 credits, or permission of division dean

Note: Offered in Spring only

  Business Elective

3

    Electives: ACC, BUS, MGT, MKT
  Non-behavioral Social Science

Elective

3

    Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC
  Professional Elective

3

    Electives: As listed to the right
  General Elective

3

    Electives: Any course (see page 67 for exceptions)
  Health Elective

2/3

   

 

Electives: BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC102, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER126, PER127, PER130
                                                Total: 63/64 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus.

Transfer options: BCT students who carefully plan their course selections may qualify for MassTransfer (see page 45 for more information). For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: Students will find many options including video and film production, TV and radio broadcasting, cable/satellite communications, multitrack audio recording and production, sports broadcasting, media for the internet and mobile platforms, corporate communications, and electronic media advertising, sales, and management.

Professional electives: Any BCT or PHO course, ART109 Art History I, ART110 Art History II, ART113 Introduction to Studio, ART251 Two-Dimensional Design, ART263 Drawing I, CGD101 Design Theory, CGD104 Digital Imaging, CGD107 Designing Business Graphics, CGD110 Animation, CGD112 Communication in Multimedia Design, CGD205 Digital Photo Art, CGD240 Creative Web Design I, ENG239 Creative Writing: Fiction, ENG240 Creative Writing: Poetry, ENG241 Journalism I: Media Writing, ENG242 Journalism II: Advancing Newswriting, ENG245 Film Appreciation, MKT142 Marketing, MKT143 Retail Management, MUS103 Music Skill and Theory I, MUS104 Music Skill and Theory II, MUS110 Music Appreciation, SOC103 Introduction to Sociology, THE101 Fundamentals of Acting, THE103 Introduction to Theatre, THE284 Technical Theatre Practicum I, THE285 Technical Theatre Practicum II.

Earning potential: Varies greatly depending on position and geographic location.

Program Competencies for BCT

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the
ability to:

  1. Analyze and describe the component sectors, interrelationships, technology, and the legal and business practices of the current electronic media industry, and apply this understanding to projections for future developments and opportunities.
  2. Explain, analyze, and evaluate the media’s power and role in and on today’s society, and the legal and ethical issues that confront communications professionals.
  3. Set up and operate video, audio, and photography equipment, and explain signal flow and the working interrelationships of the technical components.
  4. Demonstrate oral and written presentation skills unique to the electronic communications industry.
  5. Specify and design media solutions to fulfill identified communications objectives.
  6. Work individually and as part of a production team in developing communications projects from initial conception to final completion, while meeting industry-standardized guidelines.
  7. Employ media aesthetics to maximize communications effectiveness and create audience interest.
  8. Analyze career opportunities and individual strengths, apply effective job search and acquisition skills, and promote their professional skills and services in today’s marketplace.

Technical Standards for BCT

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  2. Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  3. Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  4. Distinguish the movement of needles on meters, the component parts on electronic boards, and visual images through a camera lens.
  5. Differentiate content, tones, frequencies, and words in sound recordings.
  6. Work as a member of a production team.
  7. Function as production manager, including decision making and scheduling.
  8. Use appropriately tools/machines/equipment traditionally associated with audio video and photography courses such as cameras and camera supports, audio consoles, lighting equipment and digital editing stations (with or without accommodations).