Are all schools accredited?
Why should I make sure that a school is accredited?
As a student, you have the assurance that the program in which you are enrolled, or are considering enrolling, meets approved standards in the profession and that it is accountable for achieving what it sets out to do. Accreditation requires on going evaluation of the educational institution’s mission, and holds the school responsible for achieving outcomes such as retention, graduation, and job placement.
An accredited school ensures students and faculty that it is held accountable to a national governing body. The school has a formal process for continuous review, evaluation and improvement of the programs offered. Being accredited demonstrates to a student a level of commitment to how an educational institution conducts its business and it speaks to a sense of trust and to professional quality.
Are there accreditation agencies that are not approved by higher education or the United States Department of Education?
YES. The word “accreditation” is being used by a lot of different businesses and schools. Therefore, it is crucial that even though a school claims to be accredited that you access the following link to make sure that the truth is being told. It is important that the accreditation agency is legitimized by the United States Department of Education. When you click on the following link, you will find a list of approved accreditation agencies. ACCSC, our sanctioning body, is on that list. CLICK HERE
How can I pay for it?
Carolina School of Broadcasting’s Financial Aid Office can assist you with a variety of alternatives. Federal Title IV financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more information, contact them at 704-395-9272 x20 or review their webpage.
How much does it cost?
Your tuition at Carolina School of Broadcasting is inclusive. You arrive on day one only needing a pen to write with. Everything else is provided for you. In addition to tuition there is a partially refundable application fee and a fully refundable enrollment fee. For details, please contact the Finance Office at 704-395-9272 ext. 18.
Why should I attend Carolina School of Broadcasting instead of a 4- year college?
If you are questioning this decision then chances are you are doing so because four years is a lot of time. The 4-year college experience means you will have to wait 2- 3 years before you gain very much exposure to your major. Most of this time is spent satisfying requisites that may or may not be beneficial to your career in broadcasting. We advocate the 4-year experience if this is what you want. However we do not believe that colleges and universities succeed very well with our subject matter because neither a textbook approach or an on line approach is as effective as a hands on approach. Therefore class sizes and studio availability must remain at a constantly good ratio. If you are considering a 4 year approach, there are two good questions to ask. They are: how many students are declaring this major and what are the school’s resources in the form of studios, cameras and other equipment? Then do the math. If a 4 year school has 200 communications majors, one radio studio and two cameras you will become frustrated because you will be cheated out of the practical experience it takes to succeed in this career pursuit.
Where is the school?
The school is located off of Interstate 85 at the Interstate 485 juncture, 10 minutes from downtown Charlotte. The address is 3435 Performance Road Charlotte, NC 28214.
I’ve been told that all you need to get into broadcasting is an internship, is that correct?
If you have been told this then do not believe it. At the Carolina School of Broadcasting your success begins with a strong foundation. That foundation is built by acquiring knowledge and skills. That knowledge and those skills are made relevant by your interaction with our staff of instructors and your work of applying those skills through the Structured Lab Program. Your internship is all about what you do with that knowledge and those skills. Your internship is intended to lead you to gainful employment.
What is an internship?
An internship is practical on-the-job training in a “real life” situation at a broadcast facility. Typically, it is unpaid. The internship schedule can be flexible but is strongly determined by the area of the business or particular department in which you wish to intern. Your entry into the internship portion of the program is contingent on your ability to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress in the classroom and lab portion of the program. When you are ready, taking into consideration your areas of interest and expertise, we will work to secure a suitable internship situation. Each practical-on-the-job training situation will be designed with specific goals, benchmarks and objectives as determined by you, a school representative and station representative. Internships are real world education and are to be treated as employment situations. You will be evaluated according to the goals and objectives set forth for that particular internship situation, including, but not limited to dependability, team work, initiative, cooperation, and performance on particular tasks within the station.
Can I intern while I attend classes?
Carolina School of Broadcasting students are not permitted to begin an internship until the classroom portion of the curriculum is completed and proficiencies are measured and documented.
Can I intern at more than one station?
Broadcasting is a very competitive industry. Therefore it is doubtful that interning at more than one station is advisable. However if you find more than one internship opportunity is integral to your career path, then our Internship Department will discuss this approach with you on an individual basis.
What is an Apprenticeship Program or Practical On-the-Job-Application?
Those terms are other ways of saying “internship.” The initial aspect to any successful internship begins with the formal relationship a good school develops for you with the entity. The Carolina School of Broadcasting Lab and Internship Department devotes 100% of it’s efforts to cultivating great opportunities for you and making sure that the experience is documented, assessed and measured. More than likely it is through this successful component to the the Carolina School of Broadcasting curriculum that you will springboard to your first paid position in broadcast.
What if I am not sure which area of the business best suits me?
Then we believe you will make a good student because you are open-minded. You will become the judge when it comes to the areas you wish to pursue based upon your abilities and desires. It is our job to interface those with the job market. We become partners in your success.
Do you have career placement assistance?
Yes. The Carolina School of Broadcasting can assist in career placement. The Carolina School of Broadcasting does not guarantee any type of employment to any student.
How many people do you have in a class?
The published maximum is 20. We prefer a number slightly lower than that. The important part about this number is the fact that with a minimum of five studios along with other vital work stations that the ratio of students to resources eclipses most schools. At the Carolina School of Broadcasting accessing the equipment is paramount to success.
What will I expect to earn when I graduate?
It is the Carolina School of Broadcasting’s philosophy to expose every student to as many facets of the broadcast industry as possible. Then and only then can you make an educated choice as to where you skills and passions lie. We then interface the skill sets you acquire with what is available in the job market all the while encouraging every student to master as many skills as possible. That said, it is hard to put a number on income. Remember, those who arrive at salary levels acceptable to them, cannot do that overnight. Students must anticipate entry level compensation not only in broadcasting but in any field. The most important thing is that you are in a program where your employment, and your success, are two goals shared by everyone. We are tied to you and want you to succeed from the moment you graduate and throughout your career. We hope you will share your progress with us.
Do you help me get a job?
Although employment is in no way guaranteed, the Carolina School of Broadcasting has a vested interest in your success and offers a strong career placement service. Placement statistics are vital to sustaining our accreditation.
Why haven’t I heard about the Carolina School of Broadcasting before?
Although we have been in Charlotte since 1957, unlike other schools, we have chosen not to oversell the program. We do not advertise very much and we do not recruit. Beware of those who do. We have relied primarily on word of mouth referrals, and we believe our “understatedness,” and our small class size is beneficial to the most important component of the Carolina School of Broadcasting: the student.
Does Carolina School of Broadcasting have housing?
No. Carolina School of Broadcasting students secure their own housing in neighboring communities. Although located in Charlotte North Carolina proper, Carolina School of Broadcasting is in close proximity to the communities and towns of Gastonia, Belmont, Mt. Holly, Mooresville, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Concord, Harrisburg in North Carolina and Rock Hill and Fort Mill in South Carolina.
What are the requirements for enrollment?
You must be at least 18 years of age and have graduated High School or have earned your General Equivalency Diploma. We do not require that you have attended college elsewhere, however a level of maturity is required to maintain the pace of the program. To enroll, you need to have toured the school and met with a staff member. That meeting is designed to answer your questions and address any concerns that you or your family may have regarding the program at Carolina School of Broadcasting. If you decide that the Carolina School of Broadcasting is the vehicle you would like to use to secure your career in broadcasting, you must test and apply for entrance. The application process consists of a Scholastic Level Exam, Personality & Self-Esteem Evaluation, and you must write a short essay. You are not required to demonstrate any broadcast skills in the studios. That’s why you are coming to us.