Broadcasting & Electronic Media

Program Competencies for BCT

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Analyze and describe the component sectors, interrelationships, technology, and the legal and business practices of the current electronic media industry, and apply this understanding to projections for future developments and opportunities.
  2. Explain, analyze, and evaluate the media’s power and role in and on today’s society, and the legal and ethical issues that confront communications professionals.
  3. Set up and operate video, audio, and photography equipment, and explain signal flow and the working interrelationships of the technical components.
  4. Demonstrate oral and written presentation skills unique to the electronic communications industry.
  5. Specify and design media solutions to fulfill identified communications objectives.
  6. Work individually and as part of a production team in developing communications projects from initial conception to final completion, while meeting industry-standardized guidelines.
  7. Employ media aesthetics to maximize communications effectiveness and create audience interest.
  8. Analyze career opportunities and individual strengths, apply effective job search and acquisition skills, and promote their professional skills and services in today’s marketplace.

Technical Standards for BCT

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  2. Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  3. Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  4. Distinguish the movement of needles on meters, the component parts on electronic boards, and visual images through a camera lens.
  5. Differentiate content, tones, frequencies, and words in sound recordings.
  6. Work as a member of a production team.
  7. Function as production manager, including decision making and scheduling.
  8. Use appropriately tools/machines/equipment traditionally associated with audio video and photography courses such as cameras and camera supports, audio consoles, lighting equipment and digital editing stations (with or without accommodations).

Broadcasting & Electronic Media Degree (BCT)

Prepare for careers in television, radio, cable TV, sound recording, photography, and related electronic media industries. You’ll acquire technical and communications skills through academic coursework, production skills training, and hands on experience. Equipment and facilities include: HD television studios, HD electronic field production equipment and editing suites, five audio studios, digital audio workstations, and electronic imaging labs. Students gain valuable experience producing programming for MWCC's community cable TV channel.

Year 1
ENG 101English Composition I 3
BCT 105Introduction To Mass Media 3
Production Electives (see list below)  6
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 3
Production Electives (see list below)  6
Professional Elective (see list below)  3
ENG 102English Composition II 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
Year 2
Humanities Elective 1 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
Professional Elective (see list below)  3
Behavioral Social Science Elective 2 3
Lab Science Elective 3 4
BCT 214Broadcast And Electronic Media Operations And Management (Capstone) 3
Business Elective 4 3
Non-behavioral Social Science Elective 5 3
Professional Elective (see list below)  3
General Elective 6 3
Health Elective (see list below)  2-3
 Total Credits: 63-64



Humanities Electives: ART, ASL, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHL, SPA, THE


Behavioral Social Science Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC


Lab Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY


Business Electives: ACC, BUS, MGT, MKT


Non-behavioral Social Science Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC


General Electives: See General Electives exceptions.

Production Electives

BCT 110Fundamentals of Video Production (formerly BCT213)3
BCT 112Introduction to Audio Production3
BCT 121TV Studio Operations and Multicamera Production (formerly BCT212)3
BCT 122Fundamentals of Audio Postproduction3
BCT 211Advanced Audio Production (formerly BCT123)3
PHO 115Introduction To Digital Photography (Formerly BCT115)3
PHO 240Portrait Photography (Formerly BCT240)3
PHO 245Commercial Photography (Formerly BCT245)3
PHO 250Digital Photography Workflow3

Professional Electives

BCT (any course)3
PHO (any course)3
ART 109Art History I3
ART 110Art History II3
ART 113Introduction To Studio3
ART 251Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 263Drawing I3
CGD 101Design Theory3
CGD 104Digital Imaging (Photoshop)3
CGD 107Designing Business Graphics (Photoshop)3
CGD 110Introduction To Animation (Flash)3
CGD 112Communication In Multimedia Design3
CGD 205Digital Photo Art (Photoshop Or Photoshop Elements)3
CGD 240Creative Web Design I (Dreamweaver)3
ENG 239Creative Writing: Fiction3
ENG 240Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENG 241Journalism I: Media Writing3
ENG 242Journalism II: Advancing Newswriting3
ENG 245Film Appreciation3
MKT 142Marketing3
MKT 143Retail Management3
MUS 103Music Skills And Theory I3
MUS 104Music Skills And Theory II3
MUS 110Music Appreciation (formerly MUS210)3
SOC 103Introduction To Sociology3
THE 101Fundamentals Of Acting3
THE 103Introduction To Theatre3
THE 284Technical Theatre Practicum I3
THE 285Technical Theatre Practicum II3

See the broadcasting and electronic media general information for program competencies and technical standards.


A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus.

Transfer options

BCT students who carefully plan their course selections may qualify for MassTransfer (see Transfer Information for more information). For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: and

Special requirements

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options

Students will find many options including video and film production, TV and radio broadcasting, cable/satellite communications, multitrack audio recording and production, sports broadcasting, media for the internet and mobile platforms, corporate communications, and electronic media advertising, sales, and management.

Earning potential

Varies greatly depending on position and geographic location.


BCT 105. Introduction To Mass Media. 3 Credits.

Students examine the effects and impact of the mass media on contemporary life. Emphasis is on the influence of television, film, radio, Internet, and print media in such areas as entertainment, news, politics, advertising, popular culture, and human behavior. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

BCT 110. Fundamentals of Video Production (formerly BCT213). 3 Credits.

Students are introduced to the basics of video recording and editing. Instruction focuses on developing the pre-production, production, and post production expertise required to successfully plan and execute video programs. An overview of video technology is included. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

BCT 111. Media Theory and Practices. 3 Credits.

Students survey the foundation and development of television, radio, and electronic media; the regulatory, financial, and operating structure of the electronic media industries; programming content and criticism; the role and impact of electronic media in society; and electronic media's current and future applications. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Offered occasionally.

BCT 112. Introduction to Audio Production. 3 Credits.

Students are introduced to the basic procedures and skills used by audio professionals. In order to achieve a basic understanding of sound as it relates to media productions, students perform recording and editing techniques of dialog, radio style production, as well as studio and location sound practices used for video and film. Two hours lecture and two lab hours per week. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

BCT 121. TV Studio Operations and Multicamera Production (formerly BCT212). 3 Credits.

This course encompasses the processes, equipment, facilities, and skills employed in television studio and multicamera production. Emphasis is placed on the operation of cameras, switchers and related equipment, the responsibilities of the production crew, and the direction of live-switched, multicamera production. Prerequisite: BCT 110. Spring.

BCT 122. Fundamentals of Audio Postproduction. 3 Credits.

Students are introduced to equipment, procedures, and techniques used on location and in studios for careers in audio for the television and film industries, with an emphasis on post production signal processing and editing. This course builds on the information and skills acquired in BCT 112 Introduction to Audio Production. Two hours lecture and two hours lab per week. Prerequisite: BCT 112. Spring.

BCT 202. Broadcasting And Electronic Media Internship I. 3 Credits.

In this course, students earn academic credit while gaining on-the-job experience and training at a broadcast operation or other electronic media-related facility. The student's performance is evaluated by the instructor and the employer. The student will participate in periodic seminars with the course coordinator, and must prepare a detailed account of the internship at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: permission of division dean, 21 credit hours completed, and minimum 2.75 QPA. Offered occasionally.

BCT 203. Broadcasting And Electronic Media Internship II. 3 Credits.

A continuation of BCT 202 Broadcasting and Electronic Media Internship I, this course allows a student to earn additional on-the-job academic credit. The student's performance is evaluated by the instructor and the employer. The student will have periodic meetings in a seminar with the course coordinator, and must prepare a detailed account of the internship at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: permission of division dean, 21 credit hours completed, and minimum 2.75 QPA. Offered occasionally.

BCT 208. Scriptwriting. 3 Credits.

Students are introduced to various forms of scriptwriting, including but not limited to writing for television, radio, new media, and film. During the course of the semester, students will produce appropriately formatted scripts for their portfolios. Prerequisite: ENG 101. Spring.

BCT 209. Broadcast Journalism. 3 Credits.

Students are given instruction and supervised exercises in writing, reporting, editing, and producing radio and television news, public affairs, and documentary programs. The role of broadcast journalists and their responsibilities to society are major discussion topics. Prerequisite: ENG 101. Offered occasionally.

BCT 211. Advanced Audio Production (formerly BCT123). 3 Credits.

This course builds on information and skills acquired in BCT 112 and BCT 122. Students gain competency with configurations of complex audio systems, matrixes of multibus mixers, digital mixers, advanced techniques in dialog recording, tone shaping, and music editing. Foley work, sweetening, and mixing for picture are major parts of this course. Prerequisite: BCT 122. Fall.

BCT 214. Broadcast And Electronic Media Operations And Management (Capstone). 3 Credits.

Students examine the many factors that affect the day-to-day operation of the television and radio station, cable system, and electronic media operation. This includes governmental regulation and self-regulation, community service, programming, management techniques, electronic media ownership and financing, sales and advertising, industry staffing, and future directions. Prerequisite: BCT 105, 45 credits completed, or permission of division dean. Spring.

BCT 216. Digital Cinematography. 3 Credits.

Students employ production skills acquired in previous classes to effectively craft creative and compelling visual stories and movies. In this course students combine the aesthetics, concepts, and techniques filmmakers have practiced since the days of silent films with contemporary digital technology to create films that will effectively inform, entertain, or persuade today's discerning audiences. Prerequisite: BCT 229. Spring.

BCT 217. Critical Listening for Audio Engineers. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on awareness of sound. Ear training and auditory recognition are developed through directed listening tasks, discussions, and research. Topics include types of listening, listening environments, sound systems and devices, eras in sound, including equipment and technique, with analytical study of sound engineers' choices in broadcast, cinematic and musical genres. Prerequisite: BCT 122. Fall.

BCT 221. Broadcast Performance and Practice. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to all phases of broadcast performing so that he/she can acquire necessary skills and/or function to direct talent for both audio and video media. This course combines both classroom lectures and demonstrations with a variety of practical exercises in both audio and video performance. Course projects have been chosen and designed to simulate actual broadcast situations encountered daily in the industry. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Offered occasionally.

BCT 223. Independent Study In Broadcasting And Electronic Media. 3 Credits.

This course is an advanced practicum experience in which the individual student, under the guidance of a staff member, develops his/her broadcast telecommunications skills at a professional level. Prerequisite: Permission of division dean. Offered occasionally.

BCT 224. Music Recording and Mixing Techniques (formerly BCT124). 3 Credits.

This course trains students in techniques of recording and mixing music. Students will record musical performances of single and group vocals and instrument categories including drums, guitars, keyboards, brass, woodwinds, and strings. Students will have the opportunity to mix material recorded at professional recording studios. Training includes analog and digital mixers, outboard processors, and ProTools. Prerequisite: BCT 211 or permission of division dean. Spring.

BCT 227. Advanced Television Production. 3 Credits.

This course builds on the basic studio production and EFP expertise and skills developed in BCT 121. The emphasis of this course is hands-on production. Through participation in a variety of projects, students refine camera, audio, lighting, studio, and postproduction skills. They continue to develop their directorial expertise. Students expand their communication, organizational, and creative talents to produce effective and worthwhile programming. Prerequisite: BCT 121. Offered occasionally.

BCT 229. Editing Digital Video. 3 Credits.

Building on their knowledge of video production, students will develop expertise in the technology and techniques of digital, nonlinear editing. This course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operation of nonlinear editing systems. Throughout the course, students develop an understanding of the techniques and aesthetics video and film editors employ as effective storytellers. Using industry standard, nonlinear editing systems, students practice applying the craft of editing, assembling sequences of pictures and sounds to create finished programs including titles, graphics, and special effects. Prerequisite: BCT 110. Fall.

BCT 231. AV Systems Electronics and Engineering. 1 Credit.

This course will emphasize the technical, rather than the creative side of video production. Students will acquire troubleshooting and problem-solving skills through hands-on training in actual and simulated production environments. At the completion of this course, students will be able to define and demonstrate the technical responsibilities of a number of production situations. Prerequisite: BCT 227 ( or co-requisite). Offered occasionally.

BCT 235. DVD Authoring. 3 Credits.

The instruction in this course focuses on developing a working understanding of the DVD format and using that knowledge to design and produce programming capitalizing on the format's features. Students will be introduced to each phase of DVD production including design and planning; preparation of video, audio, and graphic assets; menu creation; implementation of navigation; proofing; final output; and replication. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098,or placement. Offered occasionally.