The 120-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Broadcasting opens students to the world of digital radio, digital video, webcasting and multimedia. This major prepares students for careers as varied as documentary producers, television writers, web video producers, news anchors, writers, radio broadcasters, and interview hosts. Courses cover the technical and creative aspects of this field, including new technologies, digital audio and video production and editing as well as narrative development and cultural dimensions of media. Students will work behind the scenes, writing scripts for broadcasts and operating television and radio equipment, and also practice on-air skills through work at LIU Post’s TV station, PTV, and radio station, WCWP. Students develop an understanding of a variety of storytelling styles and formats in both radio and television. LIU Post students intern at some of the nation’s top media organizations, including CBS, MTV Networks, NBC TV, Z-100, WBAB, W WFAN Radio, HGTV, and News 12, Long Island.

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit
BDST 11 Production Essentials: Audio 3
BDST 12 Production Essentials: Video 3
CMA 2 Mass Media in America 3
CMA 4 Media Literacy: Behind the Message 3
JOU 5 Writing Across Media Platforms 3
CMA 10 Media Law and Ethics 3
ORC 1 Public Speaking 3
Required Co-Related Course List 2 (Choose one of the following)
ART 4 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3
CIN 24 Intro to Documentary Production 3
CGPH 16 Digital Imaging 3
Required Broadcasting Courses
BDST 4 Digital Audio Production 3
BDST 6 Intermediate Television Production: Studio 3
BDST 30 Producing: Concept to Audience 3
BDST 25 Intermediate television Production: Field 3
BDST 34 Advanced Digital Audio Production 3
BDST 46 Video for the Web 3
BDST 54 Creating the Television Newscast 3
BDST 57 Advanced Digital Editing 3
JOU 3 Basic Reporting 3
JOU 52 Interviewing Skills for the Media 3
BDST 27 Applied Television 3
Required Broadcasting Senior Research/Honors Tutorial (Choose one of the following)
BDST 91 Senior Research in Broadcasting* 3
BDST 385 Honors Tutorial 3
BDST 386 Honors Tutorial 3
Required Broadcasting Senior Project/Honors Thesis (Choose one of the following)
BDST 92 Senior Project & Portfolio 4
BDST 389 Honors Thesis 4
BDST 390 Honors Thesis 4
Elective Broadcasting Courses (Six credits from the following)
JOU 41 Newspaper Laboratory  3
BDST 27 Advanced Applied TV 3
BDST 30 Producing Television 3
BDST 34 Advanced Digital Audio 3
PR 38 Social Media Tools 3
CIN 9  Screenwriting 3
BDST 63 Applied Radio News 3
BDST 64 Applied Radio News 3
BDST 65 Applied Radio: on-air 3
BDST 66 Applied Radio: Sprotsdesk 3
BDST 87 Internship 3
BDST 88 Internship 3
BDST 89 Advanced Independent Study in Electronic Media 1

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Core Courses 
(32-33 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
MTH 5 Quantitative Reasoning 3-4 
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters. (ECO 11 Required) 3
General Elective (3 Credits from Any Course)

* Some courses may count as core and others as electives.

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 67
Total Core Requirement Credits 32-33
Free Electives  22
Total Degree Credits 120


BDST 4 Digital Audio Production 

This course is designed to familiarize the student with intermediate-level theory and practice of digital audio production. Continues instruction in the various techniques for capturing and engineering sound. it offers training in the tools and techniques of producing audio and provides the foundation for sound production/reproduction essential to dealing with audio in environments such as radio, television, film ,multimedia, broadcast journalism and web production.Prepares the student for advanced work in audio production.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 6 Intermediate Television production: Studio 

Students explore techniques of multi-camera production in the studio setting, including camera, audio, graphics, lighting, scenery, and special effects. Students learn how to produce a variety of studio formats including: talk shows, panel discussions, comedic sketches and live performance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the roles involved in production and how to move from idea to finished product. Only Communications and Film Department majors and Electronic Media minors may take this course.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 11 Production Essentials: Audio 

This course introduces the student to the basics of digital audio production. Students complete studio assignments in order to master the basics of audio production,including an introduction to principles of sound, audio formats, analog vs. digital recording, editing,use of various microphone types.Remote equipment use, studio production and production for the web will also be introduced.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 12 Production Essentials Video 

This course introduces the student to basic skills in video and web production. Specifically, it includes the three camera switched shoot, three camera set up, blocking, microphones, soundboard operation, setting levels and creating a show rundown. It will also introduce single camera production ,including shot composition, camera movement, as well as preproduction, postproduction, storyboarding and scripting.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 25 Intermediate Television: Field Production 

Students explore more advanced television field production techniques for news, documentary and narrative projects. Students learn how to produce interviews and dramatic short pieces with emphasis on pre-production,proper field production practices, post-production and critical analysis of finished work.Prepares student for upper level projects in field production.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 27 Applied Television 

Students staff the television studio and participate in the operation and programming of PTV. Class meets together once per week, and completes programming on an hours-arranged basis. Hours and area of concentration are determined according to the student's interests and skill level, as well as the needs of the studio. Students work closely with faculty members in the day-to-day operation of the television studio and in programming for PTV,the campus television channel. May be taken two times for credit.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 30 Producing: Concept to Audience 

This course will familiarize the advanced student with the creative and business aspects of bringing an audio, video or web project to a range of audiences. From idea to completed piece, the class explores the fundamentals of creating developing, pitching ,producing and airing all genres of material. Course topics include: testing the viability of an idea, developing a pitch with appropriate materials, pre-production planning, scheduling, budgeting,locations, talent, staff and crew, copyrighted materials, as well as discussion about post-production planning and outreach and engagement to build audiences.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 34 Advanced Digital Audio Production 

This advanced-level course is designed to provide students with exposure to complex digital audio editing techniques through the process of creating more sophisticated radio productions and podcasts. Students develop imaging for various radio formats. affording the student the opportunity to improve audio production skills and develop a critical ear. Students will create sweepers, jingles, promos ,underwriting announcements , documentaries and more complex productions for air on university radio station WCWP.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 46 Web Video Production 

Students develop skills required to merge video production and web design . Students will learn how to design, edit , export and display video for the web. They will create and produce several short videos and post them to a website they have created. Each video will be part of a continuous narrative , bringing the user back to the site to view the new video. Students will master the skills needed to create a website and produce video content especially for the web.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 54 Producing the Television Newscast 

This is a hands-on television news production course where advanced students in journalism and broadcasting collaborate to create news programs for television.- Students work in teams, rotating roles, as they learn to plan, report, write, shoot and edit news packages and produce a newscast in the television studio setting. Cross-listed with JOU 56.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 57 Advanced Digital Imaging 

This course provides an intensive look at the aesthetics and techniques of digital video editing for diverse content. The students will explore the language of video editing, combining shots to create narratives, working with music and voice ,and basic news editing. Special effects and graphics are taught as ways to enhance good editing.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 63 Applied Radio: Newsroom 

This course is a practicum for students with radio experience who wish to refine their skills in news writing and anchoring for a news broadcast. Students produce news programming for WCWP-Web radio. Advanced work is broadcast on the University radio Station, WCWP-FM.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 64 Applied Radio: Newsroom 

This course is a practicum for students with radio experience who wish to continue to refine their skills in news writing and anchoring for a news broadcast. Students produce news programming for University radio station WCWP, both web and FM.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 65 Applied Radio: On-Air 

This course is a practicum for students with previous radio experience who wish to refine their skills and apply them in a real radio station environment,producing recorded audio content for broadcast.This course focuses on utilizing studio equipment in a creative fashion to produce professional quality audio. This may include music, sports or talk shows, or engineering of live programming that will air on the University radio services.This course may be repeated for credit twice.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 66 Applied Radio: Sports 

This course is practical application in producing radio sports content including anchoring, color commentary, and play-by-play . Students also produce sports talk programming and sports -related podcasts. This course may be repeated for credit twice.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 87 Internship 

This course is an opportunity for the junior or senior-status student to supplement classroom instruction with on-the-job experience in a professional setting. Internships are geared to the individual student's interests and abilities. Students work 120 hours per semester, to be agreed upon by the student and on-site supervisor. Regular meetings with a faculty mentor during the semester and a final paper are required.Students must have a B or better major average to be eligible for this course.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 88 Intership 

This course is an opportunity for the student with junior or senior status to supplement classroom instruction with on-the-job experience in a professional setting. Internships are geared to the individual student's interests and abilities. Students work 120 hours per semester, to be agreed upon by the student and employer. Regular meetings with a faculty mentor during the semester and a final paper are required.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 89 Advanced Independent Study in Broadcasting 

This independent study is an individual, faculty-guided exploration of a media-related topic chosen by the student in consultation with the faculty mentor. The student meets regularly with the mentor as work on the project or research paper progresses.Independent studies must be taken only in the case where the topic of study is not available as a regular class, and where the student can present a compelling case for the chosen topic. Only students in good standing will be considered for this course.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 91 Senior Research in Broadcasting 

Senior Research consists of the development of a substantial annotated research bibliography on a topic appropriate to the student's planned Senior Project, prepared with the guidance of a faculty mentor, or a comprehensive pre-production plan, including elements such as a script, location research, interview schedule and other preparations deemed appropriate by the faculty mentor. Senior Research serves as the foundation for the student's senior project. Regular meetings with the faculty mentor are required.Students must earn a B- or better in this work in order to take BDST 92.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 92 Senior Project 

This is an opportunity for the advanced student to apply knowledge of the broadcast media field to develop an audio, video or multimedia production or a script ,or to write a sophisticated research paper. Students work independently with supervision from a faculty mentor. The senior project is based on the research and other preparation conducted in BDST 91. BDST 92 also requires a cumulative portfolio of the student's work as a Broadcasting Major. BDST 91 and BDST 92 may not be taken in the same semester.Students must achieve a grade of B- or better in order to receive credit for this class.
Credits: 4.00 

BDST 385 Honors Tutorial 

See Honors Program information
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 386 Honors Tutorial 

See Honors program Website for information.
Credits: 3.00 

BDST 389 Honors Thesis 

See Honors Program Website for description and procedures.
Credits: 4.00 

BDST 390 Honors Thesis 

See Honors program website for description and Procedures.
Credits: 4.00 

CGPH 16 Digital Imaging 

This course introduces the student to Adobe Photoshop for creating graphic designs and digital imagery. Students learn how to use Adobe Photoshop as a graphic design tool for various applications. Students also learn image editing and manipulation techniques. The course also covers industry standards on resolution and colors models. Emphasis is placed on technical proficiency and creative expression.
Credits: 3.00 

CIN 9 Screenwriting I 

This course includes an intensive program of screenwriting techniques, focusing on writing a short form screenplay.
Credits: 3.00 

CIN 24 Video Documentary Workshop II 

Students learn the basics of producing a short documentary film, including research, interviewing, budgeting, shooting styles and organizing footage for editing.
Credits: 3.00 

CMA 2 Mass Media in American Society 

This course will introduce the student to ways of thinking critically about media and gaining a historical perspective on the media that surround us. It will stress ways of understanding the relationships among media, society and the individual through the 20th century and to the present. This class will examine a number of examples drawn from various media and time periods , focusing on how our society has adapted media from radio to Twitter to its needs and desires, and how Media have changed our society in major ways over the course of modern history.
Credits: 3.00 

CMA 4 Media Literacy: Behind the Message 

Becoming media literate means developing an understanding of how diverse media formulate, deliver and finance their messages. This course gives the student the critical and analytical skills needed to interpret media messages and understand their effects on audiences. It also serves an introduction to the concepts and terms involved in analysis of media messages as a foundation for further study in this field. The student will use modern media theories and see illustrations of their application in current media coverage, with special attention to the impact of new social media. This course fulfills the Creativity, Media, and the Arts thematic cluster requirement in the core curriculum. This class is cross-listed with COMM 1
Credits: 3.00 

CMA 10 Media, Law and Ethics 

This course examines the legal and ethical responsibilities of media professionals in broadcasting, journalism, public relations, and other fields. Students are introduced to the legal framework that supports freedom of speech and freedom of the press and examine the current laws of libel, invasion of privacy, copyright and newsgathering, as well as FCC and other telecommunications regulations. Students also examine ethical codes that guide media professionals and study conflicts that arise when legal and ethical principles conflict with real-world dilemmas. Recommended to be taken in sophomore year for all Department of Communications and Film majors. This course fulfills the Ethics, Self, and Society thematic cluster requirement in the core curriculum.
Credits: 3.00 

JOU 3 Basic Reporting 

The course is an introduction to the reporting and writing of news stories. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of journalism ¿ accuracy, newsworthiness, balance, fairness and the importance of deadlines; basic news writing skills ¿ spelling, grammar, AP style, use of quotes and attribution, and compelling news leads; and basic reporting techniques ¿ good interviewing skills and the use of social media, sources, databases and the internet to background stories and to find news. Recommended to be taken during freshman year, or sophomore year at the latest for JOU majors. Open to students of all majors who want to hone strong writing skills.
Credits: 3.00 

JOU 5 Writing for Radio, TV and Web

This course focuses on reporting, newswriting, and editing for radio, television and online media. Students gain experience in radio and television newscasts, podcasting, video and audio slideshows, and using social media for reporting. Students create an online portfolio.
Credits: 3.00 

JOU 41 Newspaper Laboratory 

Students earn 3 credits for making a significant weekly contribution to the student newspaper. Students are required to attend weekly staff meetings, and meet regularly with the editors and faculty adviser. Course stresses newsgathering, writing, revising, and teamwork. At the end of the course, students have a portfolio of published work. Course is open to students of all years and majors who would like to work on the newspaper staff as reporters, photographers, artists, editors, layout staff, or in other capacities. Course may be taken multiple times for credit.
Credits: 3.00 

JOU 52 Interviewing Skills for Media 

This course teaches communications skills essential for any media career. Students receive practical training in interview techniques, including the one-on-one interview, the news interview, panels, and oral history interviews. Students record video or audio of interviews to assess their performance, and gain instructor feedback and peer critiques. Cross-listed as BDST 52.
Credits: 3.00 

ORC 1 Public Speaking 

This course builds student confidence and skills in speaking in various face-to-face settings. Principles of speech composition and public address with emphasis on effective speaking and fundamentals of voice and diction are covered in this course. Students prepare and deliver short speeches to their peers on various assigned topics for critical analysis and feedback.
Credits: 3.00 

PR 38 Social Media Tools 

Social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have become platforms for brands and organizations to connect and communicate directly with their audiences and are now integral parts of well-rounded public relations campaigns. Students will learn about the various networks and apps available, how to leverage them effectively using best practices, and strategically integrate these platforms into an overall communications plan with appropriate listening and measurement metrics.
Credits: 3.00