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Associate in Science Degree Program

Communication Media

The Associate Degree in Communication Media prepares students for careers in broadcasting and the media production industry, and for transfer to a university bachelor's degree program in communication. Media careers include positions such as Producer, Director, Multimedia Specialist, Video Editor, Broadcast/Media Equipment Technician, Camera Operator, Reporter, and Photographer. Students have the opportunity to gain practical experience through internship placements at area media outlets. The degree program prepares graduates by developing oral and written communication skills, a sense of visual composition, facility in multimedia computer applications, and experience using technology such as video production equipment, film and digital still cameras, computer-based graphics workstations, and complex digital media production and editing systems.

Within the first two semesters, Communication Media majors meet with their advisor to begin selecting three Communication Flex Electives (totaling 9 credits) in order to customize the program to meet their career or transfer objectives.

For more details about the courses in the
Communication Media Degree Program, please visit the
Communication Media website for students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Communication Media degree program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Competently use various media production and editing tools to create effective communication materials
    1. Operate film and digital still cameras, and associated equipment
    2. Create, design, and execute computer-based presentations using a variety of current software and hardware
    3. Operate professional-level audio and video equipment used in studio and field production and recording
    4. Perform satisfactorily in critical thinking, hands-on laboratories
  2. Write and speak effectively
    1. Brainstorm subject mater for class use
    2. Write and present program and project concepts in appropriate formats
    3. Write scripts for audio and video programs, and other methods of media distribution
    4. Communicate effectively with clients, colleagues, and supervisors
  3. Demonstrate understanding of communication theory and processes, the role of mass media in American society, and the use of communication media as a means of artistic and political expression
    1. Successfully complete comprehensive examinations on relevant subject material
    2. Write clear and effective term papers on assigned subject material
    3. Lead group discussions on assigned subject material
  4. Apply and synthesize technical and cognitive skills
    1. Complete a supervised field placement internship to the satisfaction of the sponsoring agency/mentor
    2. Develop and present a portfolio of projects encompassing various techniques, technologies, and communication purposes

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Component.

Course of Study¹
First Semester
Credits
IDS* 105
College Success Course
3
Intro to Mass Communication
3
CSA ___
Computer Science Elective (CSA*105, 163, or 205)
3
Composition
3
General Psychology I
3
Second Semester
Intro to Digital Photography
3
Public Speaking
3
Television Production
3
Literature and Composition
3
MAT ___
Mathematics Elective
3
Third Semester
Intro to Visual Communication
3
COM* ___
Communication Elective 1 of 3
3
Industrial & Organizational Psychology OR
3
Multicultural Issues in Psychology
Principles of Sociology
3
___ ___
Laboratory Science Elective
4
Fourth Semester
Film Study & Appreciation
3
Internship I
3
COM* ___
Communication Elective 2 of 3
3
COM* ___
Communication Elective 3 of 3
3
___ ___
Humanities Elective
3

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pre-requisites and additional information.

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