Mar 01, 2024  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

Video or Radio Production: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 66 credits minimum

Division of Communication and Performing Arts
South City Campus
SCM 1-159
General Information (801) 957-3099
Program Information (801) 957-3471
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor SCC 1-061ME (801) 957-3114
Academic Advising SCC 1-061MD (901) 957-3125

Program Faculty
Associate Professors - Roger Johnson, Shirene McKay, Tamra Phillips
Assistant Professors - Jodie Jones, Matt Merkel, Sarah Billington, Ashley Givens, Alison Arndt-Wild

Program Description
The Communication Department offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Video Production or Radio Production. This degree gives students hands-on experience and the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge to go directly into the workplace. Students studying in this program will learn to effectively use aesthetic theories of visual imaging and sound throughout the production process, through a combination of lectures, studio and field production, post-production editing, and multimedia delivery.

Courses in the program are all learning-based and are designed to engage students to participate in the material presented in the classroom. Students learn to become active participants in media, rather than mere passive receivers of information. As students participate in coursework, they become media literate and begin to broaden their knowledge, think critically, communicate effectively, and grow through ethical considerations and civic engagement.

The Communication Department strongly encourages interdepartmental collaboration and provides important opportunities for students in all areas of study to learn and incorporate multimedia content in each of their courses.

The Student Media Center (SMC) sets the Communication Department apart from other college programs. SMC provides a valuable step between coursework and working in the real-world. SMC offers students a paid learning environment that supports application of skills to create and produce media. For more information about SMC visit

The Communication Department and SMC also collaborate to provide students independent study opportunities and valuable internships with local media partners. Each providing greater range of experience and assisting SLCC graduates to be more marketable. As multimedia content continues to surface in all areas of life, this degree gives students endless possibilities as they move to the workforce.

Career Opportunities
Disc Jockey (radio)
Director (broadcasting)
Floor Director (broadcasting)
Film Director
Graphic Designer
Lighting Director
Media Buying
Media Marketing Specialist
News Anchor (studio)
News Editor (print & broadcast)
Photo Journalist
Producer (broadcasting)
Production Manager
Program Developer
Program Acquisition Specialist
Promotion Editor
Props Master
Radio Host
Reporter (print & broadcasting)
Satellite Truck Operator (broadcasting)
Sports Announcer
Stage Manager (studio)
Technical Director (studio)
Teleprompter Operator (studio)
Traffic Director (broadcasting)
TV Anchor
Video Editor
Video Encoder

Transfer/Articulation Information
Although the Video or Radio Production Associate of Applied Science degree program is designed primarily to provide students with entry level skills to enter the job market, some of the courses may apply toward a bachelor’s degree. Students interested in pursuing professional Broadcasting, Video or Audio at a four-year institution should obtain advising regarding the requirements and course selection criteria for the bachelor’s program. See SPECIAL ADVISING NOTE (below).

Estimated Cost for Students
Cost for general student supplies and texts are comparable with other General Education classes. Classes requiring registration for a lab may require a small replacement and disposable fee to cover the cost of the student’s use of lab facilities and supplies.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Substantive Knowledge
2 - Communicate Effectively
3 - Develop Quantitative Literacies
4 - Think Critically
5 - Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally
The students will demonstrate entry level professional production skills such as beginning video editing; media writing; and web design. 1, 3
Students in the video specialization area will be able to deliver media in different formats. 2, 4
Students in the audio specialization area will be able to deliver media in different formats 2, 4
Students will demonstrate the ability to understand and comprehend our market media system. 2, 3, 4
The students will experience hands-on application of their production skills such as internships at television and radio stations. 1, 2 3, 5
The students will leave the program with a marketable demo reel/portfolio. 2, 4

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

Distribution Areas: (6 Credits)

Choose an additional six credits from at least two of the following distribution areas.

Life Sciences (LS)  3-4
Fine Arts (FA)  3-4
Humanities (HU)  3
Interdisciplinary (ID)  3
Physical Science (PS)  3
Social Science (SS)  3

Emphasis Courses: (6-8 Credits)

Choose a specialization area (Video or Radio) and complete those questions:

Elective Courses:

Choose one or more elective courses according to special interests and as schedule permits. Students can also take other specialization courses are electives.


The number of internship hours determines number of hours students have available for electives to meet AAS credit hour requirements (66-69 total). Other electives may be selected with prior COMM department approval. Among disciplines with applicable electives are: Writing, Accounting, Dance, Film, Music, Business, Web Development, Visual Art & Design, Animation, Production Art, Photography, Image Editing, Personal Finance, Art History, Theater, and Multimedia Authoring.

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes:

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

For the Human Relations General Education Requirement, we recommend that our students take COMM 2110  as Interpersonal Communication is key when working in media production fields where team and group work is essential.

SPECIAL ADVISING NOTE for students interested in majoring in Communication at the University of Utah:

About 25% of University of Utah Communication students transfer from SLCC. You are strongly encouraged to get your COMM degree at SLCC before transferring. A degree in COMM from SLCC benefits you financially as well as provides a solid curricular foundation:

  • 4 SLCC COMM courses may be transferred to your UofU COMM degree; you’ll need a 2.75 SLCC GPA
  • You may take the one-credit UofU course, COMM 3060 Transfer Interest Group (TIG), during Spring semester at the South City campus, for reduced tuition while still a student at SLCC.
  • The TIG course will familiarize you with the UofU’s Communication program, instructors, staff, and facilities.
  • Complete the TIG course and you will receive higher priority for UofU enrollment.
  • Complete the TIG course and you can declare your UofU Communication major upon admission, one semester earlier than other transfer students.

SLCC students are strongly encouraged to take the TIG course, but it is not required to transfer. Students can still complete 9 credit hours at the UofU (including at least one UofU Communication course with a C or better), earn a 2.75 UofU GPA, and declare the Communication major.