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Communications & 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. 

(You can view videos created by students in the COM program here.)

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 Media Communication

3

COM 103

The Art and Craft of Editing

3

ART (b) Art Gen. Ed. H. 

3

TOTAL

 

16


Second Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

ENG 102

Composition II Gen. Ed. G

3

American History (Appendix D)

3

COM 110

Short Film Production

3

COM 120

Media Writing

3

COM 140

Media and Mass Communication

3

SPE 100 or SPE 101

Oral Communication

3

TOTAL

 

18


Third Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

BHS 103

Social Problems in Today's World

3

Program Elective (c)

4

Directed Elective (d)

3-4

Science (e)  Appendix B

4

TOTAL

 

14-15


Fourth Semester

Course No.

Descriptive Title

Credit Hours

Program Elective (c)

 

 4

Directed Elective (d)

 

3-4

Science (e)

 

4

Free elective (f)

 

3

TOTAL

 

14-15

 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

62-64

 

a. Mathematics course: MAT 109 or higher.

b. Students must select an Art Course: ART 110, ART 112, ART 150 or ART 157.

c. Program Electives: Students must select two courses from the list below. Students should be aware that some of these courses are offered in the fall and others in the spring semester. COM 210 is a pre-requisite for COM 211.

COM 210 (Fall), COM 211 (Spring), COM 221, COM 222, COM 233, COM 234 (Spring), COM 249, COM 250 and FLM 244.

d. Directed Electives: Students must select two courses from the list below to complement their concentration. 

Acting and Directing: THE220, SPE102, THE109, THE209
Advertising and Marketing: BUS105, BUS107
Audio Production and Music: COM233, COM234, MUS101, MUS104, MUS115, MUS116, MUS219
Documentary Film: COM262, COM263, COM280
Film or Media Studies: FLM243, FLM246, ENG226, HUM205
Journalism and Public Relations: COM222, COM221
Photography: ART150, ART153, ART157, ART254, ART257
Film and Television Production: COM249, COM250, COM262, COM263
Visual Effects: COM210, COM 211, ART110, ART112, ART140, ART161
Screenwriting: FLM244
Internship: Students 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 program.