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Fall 2014 Course Catalog 
Fall 2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Communications and Media Arts A.A.

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Division: Arts, Humanities, and Learning Resources
Academic Dept: Communications & Media Arts Curriculum
HEGIS: 5008
Chair: Prof. Eric Luther
Tel: 914-606-6136

Related Pages: Comm. & Media Arts Dept. Web

The complexities of human communication require that we understand the process and develop our capacities to make ourselves clear to others through effective written and oral expression and to understand the barrage of messages directed at us. As citizens within a democracy and educated people within an information society, we must also have the critical tools to understand, analyze, and use the mass media. In turn, students of communications and media may discover the challenges of preparing for a career within this vast, important and exciting field of human enterprise.

A large percentage of graduates of the Communications and Media Arts curriculum transfer to colleges and universities, both private and within the SUNY system. Others obtain entry-level positions in a wide variety of media/communications and related fields. Special facilities available at Westchester Community College for communications/media arts majors provide opportunities for hands-on experience with state-of-the-art digital equipment. Students can participate in the fully licensed college-owned radio station, WARY-FM, the award- winning student newspaper, The Viking News, and the Student Media Association, which provides digital multimedia projects including a digital yearbook and a student documentary. They can also gain experience in front of and behind the camera in our television studio, where students produce their own programming. Communications and Media Arts internship programs, which give students additional learning opportunities, can be taken for 1-9 credits; however, only three credits can be applied toward the major.


Core Requirements - Credit Hours: 33-36

Degree Requirements - Credit Hours: 28-31

Degree Requirement Note(s)

* Choose these electives according to career or transfer goals and recommendations of Curriculum Chair. Recommended electives include: Photography; Electronic Pre-Press; Keyboarding; Desktop Publishing; Business Communications; Motion Graphics; Audio; Advertising; Business Organization; Sales; Marketing; Word Processing; Computer Science; Creative and Technical Writing; Computer Graphic Design; Visual and Performing Arts; Modern Languages; Electrical Technology; Digital Video and Recording Engineering. These courses all grant elective credits; they do not grant Communication credit.

Note: All radio and television courses grant Communication credit; Understanding Mass Media, Journalism, and Speech courses grant English and/or Communication credit.

Minimum Total Credits: 64

Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .

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