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Radio ProductionRequirements

Explore the classes that will give you the technical skills and on-air broadcasting experience to launch your radio career. 

The core radio production courses start by teaching the history and function of radio in society. You’ll also learn about different radio formats, communication systems, and the types of broadcasting and production equipment used today. 

Three out of four semesters are spent in the studio using radio station equipment and hosting shows on Aims Student Radio. Along with general education courses, choose from electives, including photography, videography and sound design.

Row Groupings Major Requirements Credits
required

Places the mass media in a technological, historical, and cultural perspective, considering the validity, integrity, and influence of the evolving media in a democracy. This course is a Statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required
3
required

Focuses on the use of basic radio station equipment, programming and formats. Includes simulated broadcasting using production studio facilities. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

RTV 1001 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Introduces the field of broadcast announcing, including the techniques and proficiencies involved in announcing for radio and television. Students will acquire practice in announcing and narration with an emphasis on voice, diction, writing and performance. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on styles of writing and reporting news, editorials, interviews, and commentaries; station logs and announcing styles and techniques; the Federal Communications Commission with emphasis on politics and serving the public interest; job finding and advancing in broadcasting; women in broadcasting; drama; and specialized production. Includes sportscasting and weathercasting.. Course is not repeatable for credit.https://www.aims.edu/departments/cashiers-office/tuition-fees Differential tuition rates apply

Course Prerequisites

RTV 1001 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Covers the operation of technical equipment of a radio broadcasting studio with emphasis on news, special news features, commercials, audition tapes, sports, and weather. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

RTV 2001 with a grade of "C" or better

3
Total Major Credits 18
Row Groupings General Education Courses Credits
required

Combines the basic theories of communication with public speech performance skills. Emphasis is on speech preparation, organization, support, audience analysis, and delivery. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Covers mathematical material designed for career and technical students. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and vectors. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Focuses on a variety of functions and the exploration of their graphs. Topics include: equations and inequalities, operations on functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems, and an introduction to conic sections. This course provides essential skills for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) pathways. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Focuses on the scientific study of behavior including motivation, emotion, physiological psychology, stress and coping, research methods, consciousness, sensation, perception, learning, and memory. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

This course examines the basic concepts, theories, and principles of sociology, including topics of culture, race, class, gender, sexuality, social groups, and deviance through a local and global lens. Analyzes and interprets socio-historic as well as contemporary issues by using critical thinking skills and linking individual experiences to social structures. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces film terminology and narrative techniques to explore how film conveys meaning and to study the relationships among film form, content, and audience reception. This course emphasizes active viewing, discussion, and critical analysis of films from different cultures and eras. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces fiction, poetry, and drama. This course emphasizes active and responsive reading. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Examines human life, experience, and thought to discover and develop the principles and values for pursuing a more fulfilled existence. This course examines ethical theories designed to both justify moral judgments, as well as apply these ethical theories to a selection of personal and social issues in the world today. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH3 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Focuses on interactions among people including their conflicts, cooperative efforts, and group relationships. This course examines why beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors cause relationship problems in our personal lives and in work-related situations. Additionally, this course emphasizes the analysis of human behavior, the application of prevention strategies, and resolution of the behavior. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
Total General Education Credits 15-16
Row Groupings Degree Electives Credits
Degree Electives

Select a total of 26-27 credits as electives from the approved courses listed below OR any FVM, JOU, or RTV course that is not listed in the Degree Requirements. Students may select up to 6 elective credits in MUS coursework.

Note: Courses used to satisfy the Degree Requirements cannot also be counted as electives.

required

Presents the fundamentals of Fine Art digital photography, including camera equipment and software used for image capture, management and manipulation. Topics include camera settings and exposure control, composition, working with light and time, and creative image manipulation. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Expands upon the beginning digital photography class. Focuses on digital photography in terms of design and communication factors including color, visual design, lighting, graphics, and aesthetics. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

ART 1401 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Introduces the application of fundamental business principles to local, national, and international forums. This course examines the relationship of economic systems, governance, regulations, and law upon business operations. It surveys the concepts of career development, business ownership, finance and accounting, economics, marketing, management, operations, human resources, regulations, and business ethics. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Explores integration of technology instruction into teaching practices used in preschool through postsecondary (P-21) educational settings for all curriculum areas of content. This course reviews a variety of technologies with an emphasis on increasing student learning and retention of knowledge. The course also explores combining technology with several instructional methodologies to promote professional teacher dispositions related to technology-rich teaching. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Provides faculty with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, develop, and deliver courses in a distance format. Focuses on assessment and evaluation methods and methods to incorporate interactive, collaborative and expanded learning activities. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces web site planning, design and creation utilizing HTML through industry-standard development tools [may list specific software]. Emphasis is placed on applying stylistic decisions using cascading style sheets. Web-based considerations regarding color, typography, aesthetics, user interface design, and process integration with visual-based design tools will be explored. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

CWB 1010 with a grade of "C' or better, may be taken concurrently

3
required

Explores the creation of animation and dynamic media for web and multimedia applications, conforming to professional standards. Emphasizes the manipulation of time-based media using key-frames, tweens and other technologies related to the specific software being utilized. Also examines the use of scripts to trigger timeline events and create basic interactive behavior. Course is repeatable for credit under different titles.

Course Prerequisites

CSC 1019 and CWB 1010 with grades of "C" or better,  prerequisite courses may be taken concurrently

3
required

Educates the student about the unique business legal concerns that media producers face. These include media contracts, labor issues, libel, and privacy rights. We will pay special attention to the use and protection of copyrights and trademarks; both of other people and of the students` own works. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces students to LightWave's Modeler program with an emphasis on modeling techniques. It also touches on LightWave`s Layout program for setting up scenes with texture maps and lighting. There will also be instruction on how to import models from other programs. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Explores the use of sound in multimedia production and audio storytelling. Students examine the principles of recording. Classes focus on how sound can enhance interactive productions and improve computer presentations. Students learn how to use the computer as a full audio editing studio. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces to digital non-linear video editing. Students will capture, compress, edit, and manipulate video images using a personal computer. Assembly techniques including media management, editing tools, titles, and motion control; transitions and filters, and special effects are explored. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Offers advanced study of digital video imaging concepts using digital cameras. Heavy emphasis is placed upon media aesthetics and the creative integration of sight, sound, and motion in student projects. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

RTV 2010 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Further examines LightWave's Layout program with an emphasis on animation and animation techniques. It also touches on LightWave`s Layout program for setting up scenes with advanced procedural texture maps and lighting. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 1903 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 2056 with a grade of "C" or better

0 to 12
required
2
Total Elective Credits 26-27
Total Credits for AAS Degree 60