Communication Media Arts

Associate of Arts

Division: Humanities

Division Chair: Stephen Burke,

Department Chair: Beth Robinson,

Department Support Staff: TBA

Department Office: Library, Room 4017, Phone: 845-574-4425

Why Study Communication Media Arts?

The Communication Media Arts field is exciting and glamorous as well as demanding and competitive. The Communication Media Arts program offers hands-on experience in audio, video and digital multimedia. Second-year students are encouraged to write, produce, direct and edit video, audio and multi-media projects. The AA degree is for students who want to pursue a career in a variety of communication-related fields and plan on pursuing a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution.

Related disciplines include Performing Arts and Graphic Design.

Degrees Offered:

Occupational Objectives:

Students who complete this program and programs to which they may transfer may find positions such as production editor, digital content producer, digital video producer, digital content coordinator or audio engineer/board operator. Graduates can pursue entry-level employment in promotions, publicity, commercial traffic or production in audio, music, video and digital media or new media platforms.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Communication Media Arts at RCC:

  1. VALUE: Save as much as $100,000 by attending RCC before transferring to a four-year school.  Financial aid and scholarships are available.
  2. TRANSFER: Agreements with many four-year colleges and universities. The degree meets core requirements for several other degrees.
  3. FLEXIBILITY: Part-time study can accommodate work, family, or other time commitments. On campus childcare is available.
  4. CAREER: Gain valuable hands-on skills for employment in the rapidly changing multimedia environment.
  5. ACADEMICS: High-achieving students can study with other scholars in RCC’s nationally renowned honors courses or abroad at Cambridge University in England.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

RCC-TV is a unique student-centered experience where student interns and student workers act as production teams creating content in the state-of-the art Multi-Media Production Center. As a member of a team you propose and create the content for news, entertainment and sports segments. Other media opportunities on campus include an award-winning student newspaper and literary magazine. There are more than 40 student clubs to explore your special interest and socialize.

Program Goals:

The program offers theoretical instruction and practical experience in digital media production. In addition, the program provides students with an understanding of the cultural history of mass media. The degree will provide students with a dynamic digital media based program that will attract, motivate and prepare students for a career in the communications field.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a variety of communication skills including oral and written communication for media production
  • Develop a variety of skills related to learning core concepts, including critical thinking and reasoning skills as well as problem solving
  • Develop successful production and post-production skills for digital media
  • Integrate elements of the arts and sciences into production work
  • Understand the fundamental concepts and the interdisciplinary nature of digital media