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Students in a broadcasting class

Students broadcasting over the radio

Here are some of the most common questions from people who are interested in our program.

What is the cost of tuition?
The cost of classes at Trident varies depending on your resident status. Please check with the Business Office to get the latest cost per credit hour and school fees.

What is the cost of equipment and books?
At the beginning of each semester the instructor of each course will go over any costs for the course (digital storage devices, head phones, etc.) and/or book requirements.

How much access is there to the equipment?
As much as you want within reason, and within the needs of other students and classes. We encourage the students to check out the equipment and to come in during posted school hours to practice as much as possible. The equipment doesn't do any good getting dusty on the shelves.

Is there Radio and Television work available locally?
Yes, there are a fair amount of radio and television positions in the area. Many of our RTV graduates have established radio and television careers in cities across the United States. Before you graduate you will complete an internship program which will give you the opportunity to work and train at a local radio or television station. While we cannot guarantee employment, many students who participate in the RTV Internship program are offered jobs after completing an internship.

Are the class times flexible?
Yes, and as the program grows we find that we must offer classes a couple of times a year instead of only once. So as we grow, yes, the classes and times will be more flexible. RTV classes are offered both day and night so that a student can schedule classes around his/her work schedule.

Can I transfer to another school?
Yes, you can. We have had many students transfer to some of the best broadcasting schools in the country. The training that you receive at Trident Technical College is exceptional because our program provides on-location, hands-on experience in all areas of radio and television production. Many schools will accept several of our courses upon reviewing their content. The Radio, Television and Film Production Department will do all it can to provide a transfer school with the information they need to accept our students.

Will Trident Tech help me find a job?
Yes, we will do all that we can to help you secure employment. Part of the mission of our college is to help in the job placement of students. Networking and word-of-mouth are the best ways to find work, but the college is actively looking for employment for its students.

I want to do work in both film and video; is that possible?
Yes, it is. At our school we have two separate programs, the Radio and Television Broadcasting program and the Film Production program.  The Radio and Television Broadcasting program provides training in studio and field production, lighting, sound recording, broadcast writing and digital editing. The Film Production program provides students with hands-on training in the use of industry standard cameras, lighting equipment and editing software. As a student at TTC you would be able to take classes in both areas. Many of the film classes count as electives in the Radio and Television Broadcasting program.

What's the difference between film and video?
That is a hard question to answer in just a few lines. Film is used extensively in feature length movies, many national television commercials and television dramas. Video is used for broadcast purposes such as local commercials, news and reality television programs. Both mediums are distinctive in their look and use. Each requires special skills to be used effectively.

What kind of jobs can I get after I have completed my courses?
Upon completion of the RTV program, students who wish to pursue careers in the radio and television industry can look for positions as audio technicians, board operators, videographers, video editors, video tape operator, studio camera operation, studio lighting, and studio production assistants. The RTV program's main goal is to train students for entry level positions in the Radio and Television industry. However, you can't just walk into a Radio or Television station and say "I have a degree from TTC; give me a job." You must prove yourself and pay your dues. Having some experience with the equipment and having completed the RTV Internship program will help you get your foot in the door as well as help you to advance to other positions.

Can I work and still take classes?
Yes, many of our students are non-traditional and already have a job. Others are seeking jobs to help pay for their education. We do encourage the students to look for jobs that have flexible hours so they able to participate in the RTV Internship program.


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