Digital Media Skills - Welcome!

This is the information page for BCST 119 - Digital Media Skills.  This is a fantastic entry class into the core study of everything we have to offer in the Broadcast Electronic Media Arts department.  

BCST 119 "Digital Media Skills" consists of a series of readings and guided assignments to be done on your own computer for the online version of the course. Weekly readings present:
  • an overview of computer operations, industry standard software and other equipment that is common to digital video, audio, image production and editing
  • an introduction to the issues and impact of new technology in the audio, radio, video, and film industries
  • an examination of bandwidth, compression, cross‐platform movement of audio, video, radio, and film media
  • keys to understanding media storage, and manipulation of media in the digital realm.
Lectures and assignments for the online sections of the course will be completed online using CANVAS, CCSF's online learning software if you take the ONLINE class. There are also face-to-face class sections, so check the schedule to choose the appropriate class section for you. This site you are on now is for information only. The course is held on Canvas and you must have access to your CCSF email account in order to access it.

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ONLINE COURSE INFORMATION: The online sections of the course will open on the first day of instruction for the Spring semester, January 16th 2018.  Login and password information will be sent to student CCSFmail accounts on that day. If you don't know your ccsfmail account, you can find it in your Web4 account information, here.

BCST 119 is offered on Canvas, CCSF's online learning software. To use Canvas, students must log in using their RAM ID. All students at CCSF have a RAM ID, but you must 'claim' it (activate it for the first time) before you can use Canvas. Here is a link with instructions about how to claim your RAM ID and how to log into Canvas.
If you have a problem with your RAM ID login, you can contact the ITS Helpdesk at 415-239-3711 or Toll-Free at 844-693-4357. If you have already claimed your RAM ID, here is the link to log in to Canvas. Remember, the course will not be available until the first day of instruction.

If you would like to ADD the course once the semester has begun, please email the instructor at If room opens up in the course, I will reply with an add code. 

Once the course gets under way, there will be a discussion forum, assignment and a quiz most weeks. This is not a self-paced course! Once the course begins we will release new content each week. A new week will open on Monday morning and will stay open until the next Sunday evening at 11:55p. We encourage you to do the readings and assignments early.

The optional textbook for this course is available as an electronic download of the Reader to open on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Click here to buy the Course Reader in pdf format.


After successful completion of this course students will be able to:

Outcome 1: Demonstrate basic familiarity with software and basic operation/competency of Mac and Windows-based computer operating systems, file management, and networks/servers commonly used in audio/video/film/multimedia production.

Outcome 2: Analyze internet issues including bandwidth and streaming protocols to successfully move media projects across platforms, between different software programs, and to convert to various formats.

Outcome 3: Utilize foundational audio/video/film/multimedia production techniques as applied to creative media projects.

Outcome 4: Demonstrate understanding of the issues and impact of new technology in the audio/video multimedia/television/radio and film industries, including analysis of different media formats and compression schemes, working with mixed-media, and delivery and distribution across multiple platforms.

Find more details on this course in its official Course Outline of Record