Audio, Radio, and Video Engineering

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    Students in this program enjoy 'manning the board' in the state-of-the-art broadcasting facility.

  • At Thomas McKean High School, students learn how to use the equipment in their first year. That's right — they will be using the cameras, editing systems and recording liners and production elements for our radio station in their freshman year. That means they will get to learn from their mistakes and have plenty of opportunities to improve in a creative and challenging environment.

    The Audio, Radio, Video Broadcast Engineering career pathways concentrate on the history, theory, criticism, cultural uses, and production practices of television, film, radio, and digital media. Emphasis is on critical analysis, creative expression, and an understanding of how media functions in our society. Students are the driving force behind every phase of productions — including writing, directing, camera, lighting, on-air, producing and editing.

    According to the Bureau of “Labor Statistics”, the job outlook through 2024 is at 9% growth and ranks faster than average into the next decade. Students will have the opportunity to work in the fields of television and radio broadcasting each year at McKean. Graduating seniors will have participated in our McKean A.R.T. (Audio, Radio, Television) Production Company. Our student-run business operates as a news company for all school related matters, and also is available to New Castle County residents to hire for various projects. All students completing years 1-3 will have a portfolio created to assist in employment or higher education.

  • Quick Facts 

    What Am I Studying?

    Coursework & College Credit

    • ARV Engineering & Design 1-3
    • Communication Technology Research & Development 4 and Co-Op
    • Completion of 3-year pathway includes production of an audio/visual reel for use in resume/portfolio

    Work-Based Learning Experience

    • Seniors approved for Co-Op may work in a local TV and/or radio station


    How am I involved?

    • Student-run business: ART Production Team
    • Member of NATAS


    Where will it take me?

    • Entry-level Jobs

      • production assistant
      • radio board operator
      • advertising customer service
    • Technical Jobs

      • radio program director
      • radio sales manager
      • operations vice president
      • key grip
      • director
      • camera operations
      • sound engineer
    • Professional Careers

      • gaffer
      • grip
      • director of photography
      • radio music librarian
      • audio animator