broadcasting vs communication

The Difference between Broadcasting and Communication Majors

People interested in a career in broadcasting may be unsure as to where to focus their studies. Should they attend a four-year college or a broadcasting school? Should they seek a degree in Communications or Broadcasting? And what’s the difference? Fear not, friends, we have the answers.

What does a Communication Major learn about?

Communications is a very broad field, because people communicate in many ways. Communication can include written journalism, public relations, reporting, online and print marketing and advertising, technical writing, speech writing, visual communications, web design, media graphics and more. Communications also includes broadcasting as a subset.

What does a Broadcasting Major learn about?

Broadcasters must be good communicators, but they also need to understand the technology that the field relies on – cameras, lighting, microphones, sound boards, editing software, etc. Broadcasting originated with the invention of the radio and evolved through television. Today, new and emerging media in the broadcast space offer a wide range of opportunities – including podcasting, social media, video/audio production and other multimedia.

What’s the difference between degrees?

As mentioned, a Communication degree is broader than a Broadcasting degree. It may take longer to acquire, but it also may offer you more options if you aren’t sure that you want to be in the broadcasting field. If, however, you know that you are passionate about broadcasting/multimedia, getting a Broadcasting degree through an accredited school, such as the International College of Broadcasting (ICB), may be a faster route to success. You’ll focus on radio, social media, or television, as well as learning all about the technology your field requires.

With day and evening classes available, a hybrid approach combining online learning and hands-on studio training, you’ll have the flexibility to learn on your own terms on your own time.

What jobs can you get with a Broadcast degree?

Possible career opportunities for someone with a degree in Broadcasting include:

  • Digital content producer
  • Radio on-air personality
  • TV lighting tech
  • Social media manager
  • Camera operator
  • Board operator
  • Podcast producer
  • Promotional director
  • Master control technician
  • Music director
  • Video editor
  • Production assistant
  • And more!

Check out ICB!

If you’re interested in pursuing an exciting and rewarding career in broadcasting, the International College of Broadcasting can help you prepare with innovative programs, such as our Broadcasting Diploma or our Multimedia Production and Broadcasting Associate Degree. To learn more, contact us or give us a call at 855-896-3733.