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Is the Broadcasting degree right for me?

Answer this question:

When I grow up, I want to be a:

  • TV Cameraman
  • Radio DJ
  • TV Program Editor
  • Radio Music Director
  • TV Producer
  • Podcast Host
  • TV/Radio Advertising Salesman
  • General Manager of a TV or Radio Station
  • Person involved with audio and/or video production in some capacity

If you answered yes to any or all of the above, then Broadcasting could be the right degree choice for you.  Vincennes University can help you get the experience you need.

 

What makes VU's Broadcasting degree different?

In a nutshell, VU is different because it gives students the opportunity to learn real-world skills and get real-world experience, and it's small enough to let you get a lot of it!

The faculty at VU knows that experience and skills are what gets Broadcasting students hired.  The Broadcasting world is very competitive and people who are hiring want to see that you have the experience and skills to do the job before they hire you.  Just getting the degree won't separate you from the crowd, but having a killer demo reel or demo CD that shows off your work will!

That's why VU focuses on giving students opportunities for learning real-world skills and getting experience on real media outlets.  Here's how we do it:

Newscast In Progress In Studio

  • Many classes are broken up into lectures and labs -  You're not just sitting behind a desk taking notes all week. In the labs you'll be working cameras, recording into microphones, learning software programs for audio and video production, and more.  You get the opportunity to learn skills in and out of class.
  • Lots of projects for real media outlets -   VU has its own TV station (WVUT-TV) and its own radio station (WVUB-FM).  Lots of the projects students work on end up on-the-air.  You don't just do homework that only the professor sees.  You're working on real TV and radio shows that go out to thousands of people. 
  • Real-world experience -  Since you are using real-world skills on projects for real media outlets, you're getting real-world experience.  
  • Start right away -  You don't have to wait until your junior or senior year to touch a camera or get behind the mic.  At VU, we get students working on a real TV program on a real TV channel or doing a real radio show on one of our Internet radio stations in the first semester!  You could leave VU after 2 years with not only a degree, but with 2 years of real-world experience.
  • Top-notch facilities - At VU, you get to use the toys that the big boys use.  We have our own 50,000 watt FM radio station and our own PBS-TV station.  Learn radio automation software used by real radio stations.  Operate quarter-million dollar cameras in our TV studios.  Use audio recording/mixing/editing software used by radio stations in the U.S.and the U.K.  Edit videos on Avid Media Composer software, which is used for TV programs and news.  Our small program allows students to start using our great facilities in the first semester.
  • Avid Learning Partner - Avid Media Composer is non-linear video editing software used by top movie, television, and broadcast editors.  VU is an official Avid Learning Partner.  That means we are authorized to give Avid Media Composer classes for video editing, Avid Logousing Avid authorized curriculum, and offering the Avid Certified User exam.  Students who take the course in Video Editing and Postproduction can sit for the Avid Certified User exam.  If they pass, they become an Avid Certified User and can put this certification on their job applications.  Many employers want to see Avid video editing skills from their prospective employees and the Avid Certified User certification lets them know that they are not just users with minimal experience, but rather certified users.

 

WVUB-FM VanWhat type of programs could I work on and get experience with?

Here's a sample of what our students have worked on this year:

  • Newscenter 22A live, half-hour newscast that broadcasts 5 nights a week during the Fall and Spring semesters.  Students operate cameras, switchers, graphics software, etc.  Students also can audition to be on-camera as news anchors, sports anchors, and weather forecasters.  Don't worry though.  You won't be stuck in just one position the whole semester.  You get to rotate after several weeks in order to learn and gain experience in all sorts of positions.
  • WVUB Morning Show with Ryan Ross - Students intern on the morning show on WVUB-FM, VU's 50,000 watt FM station.
  • TV pilot - Students in the Producing and Directing class are working on a new half-hour TV pilot.
  • 22 Magazine - Our public affairs talk show on VU's own TV station, WVUT-TV.
  • WVUB-FM Afternoons - Students broadcast on the FM radio station during their own air shift.
  • VU Basketball - Students work different positions on the TV broadcasts of VU basketball games.
  • Meet Your Legislators - A TV program where the public ask questions to their legislative representatives.

 

What kind of jobs can I get with a Broadcasting degree?

You can get lots of different kinds of jobs.  VU's Broadcasting program is heavily concentrated in audio/video production.  Besides getting a job at a local radio or TV station, the Broadcasting degree would also prepare you for lots of jobs in audio/video production.  Who else is hiring for employers with skills in audio and/or video production?  Lots of people including government, businesses, and education.

VU Graduates of Broadcasting are working at networks including Fox Sports 1, ESPN, and CNN. Because of the hands-on training with modern HD digital equipment in audio and video production, graduates are working in many Indiana markets and throughout the country in news, sports, weather, sales, production, education, and radio announcing. 

 

Learn more about the courses required for the Career/Technical Broadcasting major.

Learn more about the courses required for the Transfer Broadcasting degree.

For more information about this program, please contact the Broadcasting Program Chair at 812.888.5358 or broadcasting@vinu.edu.