Media Communication Option

Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 3
Introduction to Mass Media VMA111 satisfies Area 3 requirement 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3 MAT097 or placement
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Drawing I VMA104 satisfies Area 6 requirement 3 ENG095 or placement
VMA Freshman Seminar VMA100 satisfies LCS requirement 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Visual Design: Composition and Color VMA102 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Elements of Video Production VMA141 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Digital Imaging w/Photoshop VMA105 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
History of Moving Image VMA115 Spring 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Introduction to Audio Tech VMA151 3 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement
Advanced Video Production VMA241 Fall 3 VMA141 or Instructor permission; co-req VMA242
Video Post-Production VMA242 Fall 3 VMA141 or Instructor permission; co-req VMA241
Projects in Video Production VMA243 Spring 3 VMA241 and VMA242 or Instructor permission
Motion Graphics and Composing VMA273 3 VMA105 or Instructor permission
Media Project Planning VMA244 Fall 3 VMA141
Media Communications Internship VMA299M 3 VMA241 or Chair approval
Career Elective see note* 3
Total Credits 61

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*Note: Select the career elective from VMA courses.


Option Overview

The Media Communication Program provides a well-integrated learning environment to prepare students for careers as professional digital media producers and well-informed mass media consumers. Our mission is to lay the foundation for professional careers as digital media producers, managers, and technical staff through extensive academic and technical experiences related to digital media industries and production, including video and audio production, Web page design, and multimedia programs. The Media Communication Program promotes creativity, independence, and critical thinking as valuable life skills in a fast-changing and technology-driven world. This program seeks to promote creative problem-solving skills as well as a thorough technical background aimed at providing students with educational and professional career opportunities in both artistic and commercial settings. Courses in theory, organization, and applications complement the lab courses. In addition to basic program requirements, students participate in an internship in a commercial setting and take a course in career-related electives appropriate to career goals.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program qualify to continue their education in programs leading to a bachelor’s degree. Graduates also qualify for employment in educational media centers, media service organizations, corporate media departments, cable television, libraries, and hospitals.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Write clearly and intelligently about mass media issues. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in planning, scripting, shooting, and editing a media production. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic technical aspects of the video camera, lighting for video, audio recording, videotape recording and digital editing. 
  • Demonstrate a basic level of skill in using the video camera, various kinds of microphones, a lighting kit and nonlinear editing systems. 
  • Demonstrate a knowledge, understanding and basic skill in the use of audio production elements. 
  • Demonstrate a knowledge, understanding and basic skill in the production of multimedia projects using various computer software programs.