Humanities & Social Sciences

Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Program Narrative

Northampton's Radio/TV program is a highly creative course of study that allows you to explore your potential in communicating ideas through the use of electronic media.

Graduates of this program are qualified to seek employment as television, radio and recording producers, directors, camera operators, disc jockeys, scriptwriters, audio and recording engineers.

As a graduate you may also qualify for employment as a specialist in media production and planning in radio, television and cable companies, as well as business, industry, hospitals and state and local government. The program also prepares you for new fields of media jobs in small video production houses, recording studios, industry and education.

Program Features

Northampton's program includes both academic and technical aspects of Radio/TV. Curriculum includes courses in radio and television production, editing and post-production, audio recording and mixdown, multimedia, communications and writing, social science, and computer graphics. Optional courses include film studies, portable video, and advanced television and recording studio production. Aesthetic considerations are stressed as the program strives to develop your capacity as an electronic artist.

You will gain practical hands-on experience in the college TV studio and media lab, in the college recording studio, on a student-produced cable TV show and radio show, and with local area broadcasters and businesses.

Courses in this program are offered primarily during the day. Contact the Admissions Office at 610-861-5500 for further information.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • be skilled in the basic operation of the audio, video and multimedia equipment used to produce media presentations.
  • know and be able to use the technical terms and "language" of media production.
  • be able to formulate and plan audio, video and multimedia productions and to explain their plans both orally and in writing.
  • be able to collaborate with and direct others in the creation of audio, video and multimedia projects.
  • develop their creative intelligence and capacity for creative expression in the form of media arts.
  • be able to use various media technologies to communicate information, ideas and feelings to an audience.
  • be able to combine or edit basic sound and image elements to generate more complex forms of communication messages.
  • be able to critically evaluate media, including their own work and the work of others.
  • have an understanding of the business and operating procedures of radio, television and other electronic media and be able to work effectively in various positions in media companies, in companies with media departments or in entrepreneurial situations.
  • be aware of and able to analyze the effects of media on individuals, society and culture.
  • understand and be able to describe the evolution of media technologies and industries and the forces that shaped them.
  • know the laws applying to media and be able to apply them to real situations.


Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title
First Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication
CMTH 103 Mass Communication
CMTH 120 Radio Production
ENGL 101C English I
------------ Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior Elective (SSHB)
Second Semester
CMTH 126 The Communication Arts
CMTH 170 Television Production
CMTH 225G Scriptwriting
ENGL 151* English II *
------------ Mathematics (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective
Third Semester
CMTH 221 History of Broadcasting
CMTH ___ Media Elective +
JOUR 101 or Journalism and Society or
JOUR 102 or News Editing or
JOUR 103 Newswriting
------------- Electives
Fourth Semester
CMTH 275 Radio-TV Internship
CMTH ___ Media Elective +
------------- Electives
Total Credits

* Students have a choice of ENGL 151L (Literature option), ENGL151R (Report Writing) or ENGL 151T (Technical Writing). Contact your advisor for guidance.

+ Media Elective Options: CMTH 180, 182, 245, 246, 251, 252

  • The Mathematics (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective must be selected from the list of approved courses for those categories.
  • Completion of CMTH 225G satisfies the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement.
  • Computer competencies are included in various courses in this program. Thus, completing the program automatically satisfies the computing requirement for this program.
  • Elective credits may be selected from the following groups or from any courses which meet the transfer or career goals of the students.


  • ARTA 130 Introduction to Web Site Design
  • ARTA 131 Intro to 3-D Computer Animation
  • CMTH 130 MIDI Sequencing and Synthesis
  • CMTH 180 Multimedia Production
  • CMTH 182 Multimedia Graphics and Animation
  • CMTH 240 Portable Video Techniques
  • CMTH 245 Audio Recording and Mixdown
  • CMTH 252 Video Editing and Post Production
  • CMTH 251 Advanced Television Production
  • CMTH 246 Advanced Audio Production


  • CMTH 105 Public Speaking
  • CMTH 111 Acting I
  • CMTH 115 Technical Theatre
  • CMTH 117 Stagecraft
  • CMTH 122 Radio Workshop
  • CMTH 189 Stage Voice and Movement
  • CMTH 206 Directing
  • CMTH 212 Acting II


  • CMTH 110 Introduction to the Theatre
  • CMTH 211/ENGL 211G Plays: Classical to Contemporary
  • CMTH 215 Intercultural Communication
  • CMTH 230G Intro to Communication Theory
  • CMTH 231 Small Group Communication
  • CMTH 220 Introduction to Film
  • JOUR___ Journalism courses
  • SOCA 103 Principles of Sociology
  • PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology

Career Potential: Television/Radio Producer, Audio Producer/Engineer, Multimedia Producer, Director, Camera Operator, Editor, Disc Jockey, Scriptwriter

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