Communication Media Degree

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.


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
    • 1.1 Operate film and digital still cameras, and associated equipment
    • 1.2 Create, design, and execute computer-based presentations using a variety of current software and hardware
    • 1.3 Operate professional-level audio and video equipment used in studio and field production and recording
    • 1.4 Perform satisfactorily in critical thinking, hands-on laboratories
  2. Write and speak effectively
    • 2.1 Brainstorm subject matter for class use
    • 2.2 Write and present program and project concepts in appropriate formats
    • 2.3 Write scripts for audio and video programs, and other methods of media distribution
    • 2.4 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
    • 3.1 Successfully complete comprehensive examinations on relevant subject material
    • 3.2 Write clear and effective term papers on assigned subject material
    • 3.3 Lead group discussions on assigned subject material
  4. Apply and synthesize technical and cognitive skills
    • 4.1 Complete a supervised field placement internship to the satisfaction of the sponsoring agency/mentor
    • 4.2 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.

COM* 101 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
IDS* 105 College Success Course 3
CSA* __ Computer Science Elective (CSA*105, 163, or 205) 3
ENG* 101 Composition 3
PSY* 111 General Psychology I 3
COM* 158 Introduction to Digital Photography  3
COM* 173 Public Speaking  3
COM* 241 Television Production  3
ENG* 102 Literature and Composition  3
MAT* __ Math Elective  3
COM* 105 Introduction to Visual Communication  3
COM* __ Communication Elective 1 of 3  3
PSY* 247
PSY* 253
Industrial & Organizational Psychology OR
Multicultural Issues in Psychology
SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology  3
__ __ Science Elective  3
COM* 154 Film Study & Appreciation  3
COM* 295 Internship I  3
COM* __ Communication Elective 2 of 3  3
COM* __ Communication Elective 3 of 3  3
__ __ Humanities Elective  3
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