Communications and Media Arts

This media production program is designed for students interested in the mass media, broadcast journalism, video and audio production, public relations, visual effects, screenwriting and documentary and narrative film production. Through an organized program of study, students are provided with media theory, techniques and practices in service of creative expression and career development. Graduates will be prepared for positions in television production, video and film production facilities, radio, audio recording studios and news media or to transfer to four-year colleges.

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is awarded upon completion of the requirements for this program.

Students who successfully complete the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Communication and Media Arts (COM) will be able to:

  • Solve creative problems within their field of communications and media arts, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual information;
  • Effectively communicate their ideas and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral and written presentation skills relevant to their field;
  • Execute technical, aesthetic and conceptual decisions based upon an understanding of communications and media arts;
  • Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology;
  • Explain the influence of social, cultural and aesthetic trends on historical and contemporary films, television programs, and media productions.

First Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
COM 100 Communications Introductory Seminar 1
ENG 101 Composition I 3
Math (a)   3
COM 101 Introduction to Communications Media 3
COM 103 The Art and Craft of Editing 3
ART 110, ART 112, ART 150, ART 157 (c)  3
TOTAL   16

Second Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
ENG 102 Composition II 3
American History (Appendix D) 3
COM 110 Basic Video Production 3
COM 120 Intro to Media Writing 3
COM 140 Media and Society 3
SPE 100 or SPE 101 (b) 3
TOTAL   18

Third Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
BHS 103 Social Problems in Today's World 3
COM 210 OR Visual Effects for the Moving Image I  
COM 233 OR Sound Design and Technology for Media  
COM 249 OR TV Production/TV News  
COM 221 OR Media Strategies for Public Relations  
COM 262 Documentary Production I 4
Interest Area Course (d) 3
Science (e)   4
TOTAL   14

Fourth Semester

Course No. Descriptive Title Credit Hours
COM 211 OR Visual Effects for the Moving Image II  
COM 234 OR Basic Music Production  
COM 250 OR Advanced Video Production  
COM 263 Documentary Production II 4
Interest Area Course (d) 3
Science (e)   4
Free elective (f)   3
TOTAL   14

a. Mathematics course: MAT 109 or higher. Students planning to pursue a B.A. degree at SUNY institutions should take MAT 110.

b. Students may choose between SPE 100 or SPE 101.

c. Students interested in Visual Effects should take ART 110 for their art course.

d. Interest Area Courses: Students must select two courses from the list below to complement their concentration. Substitutions may be made with approval of the department head.

Audio Production and Music: COM233, MUS101, MUS104, MUS115, MUS116, MUS135, MUS201, MUS202, MUS219, SPE212

Documentary Production: ART150, ART151, ART153, ART155, ART157, ART254, ART255, ART257, BHS206, COM233, COM280, GOV211

Television and Video Production: ART150, ART151, ART153, ART155, ART157, ART254, ART255, ART257, BHS206, COM/THE220, COM243, COM244, COM280, ENG226, ENG227, SPE100, SPE101, SPE102, SPE211, SPE219, THE109, THE201, THE209

Journalism and Public Relations: ART157, ART254, BUS102, BUS105, BUS107, BUS208, BUS210, COM280, ENG211, ENG214, GOV211, GOV219, GOV222, SPE100, SPE101, SPE115, SPE201, SPE210, SPE211, SPE219

Visual Effects and Digital Filmmaking: ART110, ART140, ART141, ART142, ART145, ART147, ART161, ART209, COM243, COM244, ENG226, ENG227

Students also may take a 3 credit internship as an Interest Area Course: COM261.

e. Science courses: Applicable four-credit courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physical sciences, physics.
f. See a full discussion of the free elective requirement.