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Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts program of San Francisco State University provides a balance of theory and practice while guiding students in the use of media to effectively communicate ideas that serve the evolving needs of society. Students go on to become innovative and ethical industry leaders who advance equity, social justice, and global citizenship.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply aesthetic theory to the practice of media production.
  • Use effective communication strategies, including media terminology as appropriate, in the creation and analysis of electronic and digital media content.
  • Integrate research-related media theory into the conception and distribution of media content.
  • Conceptualize, design, and write stories for electronic and digital media.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in fundamental and advanced media production concepts and techniques.
  • Analyze and write about electronic and digital media’s role in and impact on culture and society.
  • Critically evaluate business trends and the legal and regulatory frameworks of electronic and digital media industries.
  • Promote ethical standards and social justice in the creation and distribution of electronic and digital media.

Career paths

Graduates of the department are to be found working in media organizations around the world and include some of the top names in broadcast journalism, entertainment television, radio, and audio and video production. The long-term career outlook for graduates is excellent. Most seek work with radio and television stations, social media and Internet companies, audio and video production companies, networks, cable television companies, and in corporate and institutional media departments.

Many graduates continue their education and pursue advanced degrees in communication or related fields. Students with the appropriate credential or graduate degrees in broadcast and electronic communication arts may teach in elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, or universities. A significant number of the department's M.A. graduates have competed successfully for admission to the leading doctoral programs in the field of communication.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Fall - TBD

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Electronic Communication
  • Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Research
  • Media Aesthetics
  • Audio Production
  • Video Production
  • Law and Regulation of Electronic Media

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit the CSU Application
  • Students will be required to submit official, original or certified/attested copies of all original academic documents in the original language of issue
  • Applicants who are presently attending a college or university in the United States must, in addition to their international records, submit official transcripts of all work completed and in progress
  • Applicants must be qualified to enter a university in their home country and have a good scholastic record from an accredited/recognized school
  • All applicants for admission to the University must pay a $55.00 application fee
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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