The art, craft and business of screen storytelling
Lights, Camera, Action! Digital video as a communicative story tool reaches billions of people around the globe every day, whether it’s an episode of House of Cards on Netflix, or a Snickers-eating Danny Trejo Brady Bunch Super Bowl commercial viewed on your smartphone. Media storytellers and production technicians create content for radio, television, the web, or documentaries and narrative films, which can be developed and distributed across many platforms. The ACC Radio-Television-Film Department has reimagined media education to prepare students for this dynamic environment. With experienced faculty from the hotbed of film and media talent right here in Austin, we offer transfer and workforce programs at an exceptional value. Hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art production studio and labs, guest experts, field trips, and internships all combine to provide a great entry into the world of creative media. Class is in session... quiet on the set!
What skills can I gain?
Students examine principles, techniques, and trends in radio and television broadcasting, digital filmmaking, and the other electronic media, as well as international telecommunications. The RTF program also offers insights into media analysis, programming, regulation, and industry practices. Students gain practical training in radio, television, and film production, audio recording, lighting techniques, and more. Other courses detail announcing and newscasting essentials, script formats, terminology, writing techniques, and the development of effective voice presentation for television and radio.
How long will it take to get a degree or certificate, and what’s the difference?
Students typically require two years to complete an associate of arts in Radio, Television, and Film. After graduation, many students transfer to a four-year college and apply their credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Talk to an advisor about transfers, as different colleges have different requirements.
A certificate in Film/Video Production Management or Film/Video Production Technology usually requires at least one year of study, not including prerequisites. Enrollment is open to anyone, but those who enroll in the certificate program often seek quick entry into the digital video or broadcast field, or are professionals interested in advancing or expanding their skills.
How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?
JET (Jobs and Education for Texans) Scholarships are available for students interested in pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Renewable Energy.
Where can I work with this education?
Graduates commonly find employment at TV and radio stations, at various businesses utilizing digital video, and on film and production crews.