Technical Standards for Broadcasting and Production Technology

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand nonacademic standards, skills, and performance requirements expected of a student in this articular curriculum.

If an accommodation is necessary to participate in the program, it is imperative to identify a reasonable accommodations to those students who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonableness is determined by Accessibility Resources and the program on a case-by-case basis utilizing the program technical standards. The accommodation needs to be in place prior to the start of the program, or it may delay your ability to start the program. It is the student’s responsibility to contact Accessibility Resources and request accommodations.

Skills Description Specific Examples
Motor Skills Possess fine and gross motor skills as required to complete this program of study.
  • operate studio equipment – radio station audio board controls, tv control room equipment
  • set/up – level tripods, lighting equipment, and cameras in a variety of spaces in the studio and/or on location
  • fine tune lighting with proper positioning of lights and/or use of reflectors
  • Operate audio recorders
  • Position microphones
  • operate the controls for a drone
Vision Vision to access printed and electronic information, view entire spectrum of colors including subtle shading, and fine tune lighting
  • View waveforms in editing software
  • Read volume unit (VU) meter on audio board
  • Identify colors and shading for lighting
  • Focus camera lens
  • Navigate camera and audio recording menus
  • Read volume unit (VU) meter on audio board and vector scope and waveform monitor In TV control room
  • Operate switcher, teleprompter and character generator in TV control room
  • Frame shots and read teleprompter in TV studio
  • Follow hand signals of the floor director
Hearing Ability to perceive sounds
  • Able to listen to recorded sound to determine proper levels and transitions
  • Able to respond to natural sound when shooting video or recording audio
  • Listen through interruptible foldback (IFB) earpiece for commands of director and producer in TV studio
  • Listen using headphones during recording/playback/camera operation
  • Listen/choose music and sound effects for radio and tv commercials
  • Analyze radio/tv formats by listening/viewing stations nationwide
Technological Possess the ability to access information on a computer, search the internet, correspond via email, learn and use industry software.
  • Capable of working at a computer for 10+ hours per day
  • Ability to learn digital editing with Adobe Creative Cloud specifically Audition, Premier Pro, Photoshop, After Effects
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, and Windows
  • Familiarity with Simon automation software
  • Ability to use YouTube, Screencast, Dropbox and Blackboard
Communication Communicate effectively and professionally using proper English both written and verbal. Follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Professional communication with peers, supervisors, and industry professionals
  • Read and write English with specific detail in grammar and punctuation
  • Write news and commercial copy to meet the objective
  • Read and follow prompts given for creation of an audio/video project
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving Objectively analyzing facts and information to meet objective.
  • analyze information needed to write a news story, commercial radio and tv copy, and public service announcements
  • create story boards to accompany tv copy
  • Possess the capacity to work through the creative process of writing for news, commercial radio and tv, institutional/educational audio/video and social media
  • Writing and performing under stress of strict deadlines
  • Develop appropriate questions for interviewing
Interpersonal Skills Interpersonal skills sufficient for professional interactions with a diverse population of individuals, families, and groups.
  • Maintain appropriate professional personal appearance.
  • Establish rapport with clients and colleagues
  • Create and present professional presentation
Environmental Tolerance Temperature variation, lighting, organic materials, chemicals and related odors.
  • ability to perform duties in extreme weather conditions
  • ability to perform duties in unstable or evolving situations with possible unknown dangers i.e. smoke, fire, chemical, unpleasant organic odors
Mathematical Basic mathematical ability.
  • follow a format clock (read minutes, seconds, and back time content to begin the next hour at exactly :00)
  • writing/performing to the exact second
  • time/length of shot
  • analyzing ratings and basic pricing for radio and television
  • Ability to build a commercial schedule with an understanding of reach and frequency
  • Ability to understand the budgeting process, build an operation budget, understand revenue/expense and read a Profit and Loss (P&L) statement
Sensory Sensory capacity to perform
activities necessary in a media
  • Distinguish proper setting/positioning of video shots or audio recording
  • Able to maneuver in uneven terrain in the field
  • Determine tactical differences in video and audio content
Physical Strength and Stamina Lift/move equipment necessary in a media environment. Maintain attention to detail for an extended time.
  • Ability to lift and carry at least 50lbs.
  • Ability to set up and operate equipment safely in various indoor and outdoor environments
  • Able to stand, sit, kneel etc., for extended periods of time while operating necessary equipment
Behavioral and Social Attributes Demonstrate professional behaviors and a strong work ethic. Possess emotional stability necessary to exercise sound judgement with regard to content development and interviewing.
  • Be able to work independently and as a team member
  • Complete projects on a hard deadline
  • Sustain professional behavior under physical and emotional stress

This document is intended to serve as a guide regarding the physical, emotional, intellectual and psychosocial expectations placed on a student. This document cannot include every conceivable action, task, ability or behavior that may be expected of a student. Meeting these technical standards does not guarantee employment in this field upon graduation. Ability to meet the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for any licensure, certification exam, or successful completion of the degree program.