If you want to learn about television and radio broadcasting in Las Vegas broadcast schools, you can gamble on a couple of different options.
First, there’s UNLV’s Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies. The school has 800 majors and fifteen full-time faculty, according to its website. Among its several amenities are its very own, now sixteen-year-old television station, UNLV TV and its 25-year-old radio station, KUNV. Hence, students are provided with the chance to learn about the art of television and radio from professional staff right within these up-to-date booths. Tuition for out-of-state students: roughly fifteen thousand dollars. Enrollment to the broadcast major is limited so class size isn’t that huge, providing you with a lot of hands-on training
You ask if such an exposure is worth it or even helpful? Probably. A City-data.com blogger, however, commented that he finds graduates of the said four-year programs “learning basically nothing.” That’s certainly an exaggeration, but better safe than sorry, right? Good thing that Las Vegas still has another option for you if you’re really that serious about learning the television and radio business.
Las Vegas continues to be the host of the yearly convention of The National Association of Broadcasters – an organization that brings together 85,000 professionals from more than 157 nations worldwide. There are an array of exhibits and booths in which to explore the newest in all kinds of technologies from giant manufacturers such as Sony, Cannon, Grass Valley and JVC. The 2010 convention will be held from April 10th through the 15th and in addition to vendors and exhibits, there are opportunities to educate yourself while you attend. And if you’re someone who is interested in the Post/Production World, then this year’s NAB convention is just the sort of thing that’ll be highly helpful to you. There are “classes” on Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Color Certification and other post-production seminars. What’s more, more than a hundred of the world’s most certified instructors will speak on stage, throughout the convention. Cost is roughly $1,000 for non-NAB members. While it seems like a huge bargain, remember that the delegates of the convention are the very ones who dictate the fate of the broadcasting industry. If you’re a newbie in the business, it is normal for you to feel a little out of place. But the speakers and the updated technology are certainly more than enough to give you your money’s worth.
But with all its buzz, the NAB show lasts for only one week. Any aspiring student on broadcasting requires one-on-one coaching, something that is not available in UNLV or NAB. It is a good thing that Las Vegas broadcast schools such as the Entertainment Connection can provide you with the chance to work side-by-side actual industry professionals in a one-on-one setting. That’s a unique opportunity that you can’t get elsewhere. But a trip to the NAB show is not that huge a gamble – after all, it is where most of the legends of the industry are going to at present.