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Diploma Courses in Mass Communication

by Caroline Pizzo, studioD

You can take courses during high school to jump-start a career in mass communications. Taking these courses may help you decide on a long-term educational plan for pursuing TV and radio production or corporate communications. Courses focus on everything from mass media history to technical editing skills. To see if your school district offers diploma courses, visit the guidance office or the career and technical education section of your district’s website.

Video And TV Production Courses

If you're a junior or senior in high school, you may enlist in half-day career or summer programs. These programs offer equipment and software courses helpful for working in production environments. A vocational program can help you learn how to utilize a combination of handheld and stationary cameras and go behind the scenes with pre- and post-production editing classes. The classes take you inside the editing room where you learn how to use video editing programs like AVID and Final Cut Pro. Related classes focus on the duties needed for working on a production crew and methods for managing equipment.

Sampling Of Communication Electives

A school with a communications curriculum helps you meet the requirements for graduating high school while developing your job skills. You'll be able to pair your core requirements with mass communications electives. A creative elective available within this area is writing for broadcast news. The course explores both the creative and formatting skills needed to write professional scripts. You'll learn about reporting methods and news gathering techniques for working within a broadcast environment. In some cases, a project-oriented class will pair you with fellow classmates to create short films and commercials.

A Focus On Effective Communication

Some programs place a focus on your interpersonal and external communication skills such as writing and public speaking. You will role play in groups to develop techniques for communicating with diverse audiences and successfully handling challenging situations in the workplace. Discover what nonverbal body language may be holding you back, as well as how to effectively communicate within organizations and media environments via email and online outlets. Content varies according to school district, but offerings typically reinforce strategies for positive two-way communication and enhancing your critical thinking and creativity.

Non-High School Programs

If you already have your high school diploma, a community college or technical school offers communications courses, as well as one- and two-year diplomas and certifications. Online universities have flexible programs in journalism, visual arts and broadcasting that take you on set and bring out your creative skills, too. Similarly, certification programs within the broadcasting industry are available to students participating in work-study programs. Becoming certified in a particular area offers you an opportunity for professional development and increased job marketability.

About the Author

Caroline Pizzo has written education and design articles since 2000. She has worked as an information specialist in education and as a professional floral and display designer. Her articles have appeared in women's magazines and blogs. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and journalism from Southern Connecticut State University.

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