Broadcast & Electronic Media has joined Graphic Design and Web/Multimedia in one integrated department: Digital Media. This new department prepares students for employment by providing interdisciplinary knowledge and skills.

Growing channels of communication ensure demand for media content, and College of San Mateo is helping to train the next generation of media makers.

  • Get hands-on training in small crews.
  • Use digital video equipment in a professional setting -- right inside a working broadcast station, KCSM.
  • Expect rigorous training in both studio and field production, camera operation, audio recording, and lighting.
  • Start building your demo reel with real world project assignments, like :30 TV spots, features, promotional, educational, and training videos.
  • There's no waiting here. You will start using professional broadcast equipment right away.

Our student training facility is located at KCSM in the San Francisco Bay Area, the heart of the sixth largest media market in the USA.

  • KCSM broadcasts 24 hours a day .
  • Students witness the behind the scenes environment of a
  • 24-hour TV and FM station.
  • Students have easy access to talented and experienced professionals working in the broadcast industry.

Begin your exploration of broadcasting with DGME 100 Media in Society, which is not a production course, but it provides the essentials:

  • Trace the history of radio, television, and the Internet
  • Examine how electronic media affect society
  • Participate in discussions of media ethics and popular media theories
  • Analyze the role media plays in your own life

Digital Media

CSM’s Digital Media (DGME) program is training the next generation of media-makers in graphic design, web design, television broadcasting, audio and video production, and web programming. The DGME curriculum combines former college courses in Broadcast & Electronic Media, Graphic Design and Web/Multimedia. These curricular changes mirror changes in the media industry where the areas of broadcast, multimedia, and graphics are merging in a variety of ways.

The Digital Media program offers opportunities for students to earn Associate degrees, to transfer to four-year institutions, to earn Certificates of Achievement and Certificates of Specialization, and to gain knowledge and skills needed in the workplace. At the heart of the program is the commitment to provide students with real-life, hands-on experiences that will prepare them for immediate employment and for upper division coursework. A practical curriculum offers real-world experience with current software applications and digital equipment.

The Digital Media program is housed in College Center Building 10 in a new and exciting state-of-the-art facility. The Digital Media facility includes smart classrooms, featuring the latest in audio/visual technology, the Digital Media Center with Apple iMac computers, and a supervised equipment center for students to borrow digital camcorders, digital recorders, and microphones for their projects.

The facility also houses five recording studios available to digital audio and electronic music students. Studio A, a professional-level rental and instructional space, has a 400 square-foot live room, separate control room, and isolation booth with a baby grand piano. Studio B is smaller and features a control room and isolation booth suitable for voiceover recording.

Please note that the majority/all of the programs are available at all of our three Colleges.

Program taught in:
  • English

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