The largest and most influential program of its kind in the western U.S., San Francisco State's Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) has taught some of the top names in broadcast journalism, entertainment television and new media,including Bay Area news anchors Ken Bastida, Stan Bunger, and Frank Somerville, "Frasier" producer Peter Casey, and the late Dave McElhatton, a Bay Area broadcast legend.
The BECA department is an inclusive learning environment that promotes creativity and scholarship in multiple forms of media, mirroring the wide range of cultural, artistic and scholarly interests in the San Francisco Bay Area.
BECA faculty and staff strive to provide the most diverse and vital department for the study of electronic media. Students get cutting-edge training and education in many areas, including: TV and radio broadcast, video production, audio production, sound art, aesthetics, multimedia, writing for media, legal issues in media, and media management.
The Creative Arts building is home to one of the largest radio, television, and multimedia production facilities in Northern California with three color television studios, a music recording studio, a radio station, video and audio post-production labs, and an online lab.
Studios are also equipped with state-of-the-art digital cameras and production equipment. Broadcast facilities include Studio 1, among the largest television studios of its kind in Northern California, allowing students and faculty to produce a full range of public affairs, dramatic, and entertainment programming. Studio 3 is a state-of-the-art facility for television news production.
Talent nurtured at SF State has gone on to entertain, inspire, and inform worldwide, garnering Emmy, Oscar, Tony, Drama Desk, Golden Globe, Grammy, Peabody, and Theatre World awards.