Communications – Radio TV Transfer Program

The Radio and Television program is a transfer program approved ICCB and the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Through theoretical and practical “hands-on” courses, the program prepares students for a successful transfer to a four-year institution. The program features a digital audio production control room and studio, a state-of-the art television control room with multi-camera video switching, a television production studio with grid lighting and a multimedia lab with 20 non-linear Avid Media Composer editing computer stations enhanced with additional software like Photoshop, Audacity and Pro-Tools.


The mission of the Radio & Television production program is to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution by providing an academic foundation through theoretical courses and practical “hands-on” courses featuring current technologies with a major focus on audio and television production, directing, editing and writing skills.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Courses emphasize the ability of students to critically think and write about course subject matter and then express their thoughts through written and oral communication and/or performance using technology. The learning objectives of the program are designed to empower the student to understand and create media productions, enhancing the knowledge of the student in preparation for educational advancement.

  • Write topical papers essay with proficient structure, content and mechanics.
  • Use critical thinking skills to articulate content via written and oral communication.
  • Perform proper historical and cultural research to be used as evidence to support class content.
  • Demonstrate proficient knowledge of audio and video terminology and applications.
  • Understand visual composition theory.
  • Demonstrate proficient production skills on video and audio production equipment.
  • Demonstrate proficient knowledge of basic computer/TV graphics.
  • Demonstrate proficient non-linear editing skills on digital/computer stations utilizing its software to manipulate video, audio, graphics and other images.
  • Demonstrate proficient directing, scriptwriting and producing skills.
  • Create a video and audio programs with proficient narratives from pre-production through production and post

Recommended AA Transfer Curriculum for Communications – Radio & Television

This is only a suggested transfer program and might not be appropriate for every student. Some four-year institutions accept more than 62 credits in transfer to fulfill requirements in communications. Consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where you plan to transfer.

Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about their courses and programs. Peruse some of the offerings in the Department of Communication and Humanities.

All full-time transfer students are required to take OCS 121.

Overview for College Success Credits
OCS 121 Overview for College Success 1
Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.

Minimum General Education (39)

COM 200Audio Production3

Communications (9) Semester Hours
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENG 102 Composition and Research 3
SPE 108 Oral Communication 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (9)
HFA 108

HFA 109

Introduction to Film Appreciation
Introduction to Film History
Select from Group II 3-6
Social and Behavioral Science (9)
Select from Group III 9
Mathematics (3)
MTH 115

MTH 126

General Education Mathematics
Fundamentals of Statistics
Select from Group IV
Physical and Life Science (7-8)
Select from Group V (Must include one lab) 7-8
Area of Concentration/Electives (25)
COM 105 Mass Communication 3
COM 201 Television Production I 3
COM 209 Radio & TV Writing 3 3
Suggested electives:
COM 200 Audio Production 3
COM 201 Television Production I 3
COM 202 Television Production II 3
ART 130 Computer Art I 3
ART 265 Computer Art II 3
Suggested electives:
COM 202 Television Production II 3
COM 220 Multimedia Production 3
ART 130 Computer Art I 3
ART 265 Computer Art II 3
Minimum for AS Degree 62-64