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Electronic Media Broadcasting (EMB) - Associate in Applied Arts

Do you love technology? Are you a creative thinker? Want to work in TV, radio, Web or video production?

Electronic media is the backbone of businesses that deliver entertainment, information, and education to global audiences. The industry needs people with the right balance of communication skills, business insight, techno know-how and creative genius.

Different career opportunities include media sales, broadcast journalism, producing/editing/directing, operations manager, programmer, software developer, sound recording artist, multimedia designer, digital film production and on-air talent.

    About the Program

    The Electronic Media Broadcasting program provides you with hands-on learning opportunities using current technology in the fields of broadcasting and multimedia production.

    Learn about the history of radio and television and begin your introduction to the technical skills of audio/visual production and editing. Next dive into nonlinear editing using Final Cut Pro. Finally you will combine your skills to work with classmates as reporters, writers, videographers, and editors on the student production, The Palm, using Delta Quality Broadcasting's studios and labs.

    You will have the opportunity to acquire professional experience while in school through internships with local radio and TV stations, as well as practicum credit through Delta College's Quality Public Television and Radio stations, working on Currently Speaking and also televising the graduation commencement ceremony.

    Technology is always changing and the EMB program makes sure you keep up with it.

    Careers and Job Outlook

    Keen competition is expected for many jobs because of the large number of job seekers attracted by the excitement of this industry. Job prospects will be best for applicants with a college degree and relevant experience, such as work at college radio and television stations or internships at professional stations.

    In general, television stations usually pay higher salaries than radio stations, commercial broadcasting usually pays more than public broadcasting, and stations in large markets pay more than those in small markets.

    State of Michigan average yearly earnings: $45,280
    Source: Michigan Department of Career Development, 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

    National median salaries for electronic media broadcasting jobs:

    Broadcast and sound technician


    Radio and TV announcer


    Reporters and broadcast news analyst


    Film and video operator


    Source: 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at

    What are students saying?

    “It was through the EMB program and professor Jim Gleason that I was able to gain an internship with Z93, which is where everything has happened for me. I’ve had the opportunity to be an integral part of the history of the radio station I grew up listening to…the opportunity to do a lot of things that others dream of doing…and that wouldn’t have been possible without Delta College.”

    - Matthew Bingham
    Assistant Program Director, Music Director, and Afternoon Host on WKQZ

    "Everything I needed to know to get me where I am now, I learned at Delta College. Delta has a pretty good reputation of being able to give the hands on experience you need to work in this field."

    - Zaragosa Maldonado
    Director of Photography at WNEM TV5

    Find Out More

    Have questions or want more information about electronic media broadcasting? Contact:

    Jim Gleason
    EMB program coordinator

    Electronic Media Broadcasting (EMB) - Associate in Applied Arts

    Program Code: AAA.15340

    The Delta College Electronic Media/Broadcasting program provides students with a broad range of traditional classroom and laboratory learning opportunities as well as hands on experience. The EMB curriculum is designed to provide well balanced instruction in the fields of broadcasting and multimedia production. Beginning with an exploration of the history of radio and television, students then study audio and video production, through which students will gain hands on experience in laboratory and real time operating conditions. The EMB program then concentrates on the growing and ever-changing fields of digital media productions and their practical applications. Students will utilize television production studios and computer labs to produce individual and group productions. The EMB program also offers students a chance to acquire professional experience while in school through internships with commercial radio and TV stations as well as practicum credit through WDCQ-TV/WDCP-TV and WUCX-FM, Delta College's Quality Public Television and Radio stations. Successful completion of the Electronic Media/Broadcasting program will provide students with the fundamental information and experience necessary for entry level positions in communication and information industries. The EMB degree will also provide a strong foundation for a student's further pursuit of a related undergraduate degree. Discussion regarding the best order for you to schedule the courses should be made with a Delta Electronic Media Broadcasting counselor. Check course descriptions for prerequisites. You must complete all required courses in this program.

    General Education Requirements

    CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
    COM 112W3Fundamentals of Oral Communication ______________
    ENG ---3/5Any Approved College Composition I Course AND ______________
    ENG ---3/5Any Approved College Composition II Course ______________
    ENG 1153Mass Media ______________
    ECN 221W4Principles of Macroeconomics ______________
    LW ---1Any 1 Credit LW Course ______________
    AND ______________
    LWA ---1Any 1 Credit LWA Course ______________
    OR ______________
    LW ---(2)Any 2 Credit LW Course ______________
    PHL 205W3Media Ethics & Law ______________
    POL ---3/4Any Approved American Government Requirement ______________

    Basic Program Requirements

    CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
    EMB 1403Electronic Media History ______________
    EMB 1513Media Production I ______________
    EMB 1522Studio Productions ______________
    EMB 1533Broadcast Performance ______________
    EMB 1542Peripheral Multimedia Applications ______________
    EMB 1554Media Production II ______________
    EMB 211W3Writing for Broadcast & New Media OR ______________
    ENG 116(3)News Writing ______________
    EMB 2273Broadcast Sales OR ______________
    MGT 143(3)Principles of Advertising ______________
    EMB 255W4Media Production III ______________
    EMB ---1/3Any Approved EMB Practicum or Internship ______________

    Approved EMB Practicums/Internships/Electives

    CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
    EMB 1312Visual Graphic Presentation Applications ______________
    EMB 141W2Fundamentals of Audio Production ______________
    EMB 1612Podcasting, Online, and Mobile Media ______________
    EMB 1642Digital Imaging for Video Editors ______________
    EMB 175W3Genres in Film History ______________
    EMB 2522Studio Productions II ______________
    EMB 2793Advanced Post Production ______________
    EMB 2811Electronic Media Broadcasting Internship I ______________
    EMB 2822Electronic Media Broadcasting Internship II ______________
    EMB 2833Electronic Media Broadcasting Internship III ______________
    EMB 2842Producing for Public Broadcasting TV ______________
    EMB 2852Directing for Public Broadcasting TV ______________
    PHL 225W3Philosophy and Film ______________

    62Total Credits Required For Associates Degree


    1 - Based on available facilities and equipment, this program is considered a “limited” enrollment program.
    2 - If you are planning to transfer, please work closely with the Program Counselor.
    3 - You must complete the prerequisite course EMB 155 before enrolling in EMB 279.

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