Media Arts

The media arts program at Jamestown Community College is intended for students interested in using digital media to communicate with others by creating visuals and sounds, as well as using the written and spoken word. The program prepares graduates for careers as media specialists, educators, and designers with skills in web design, digital filmmaking, photography and digital imaging, multimedia journalism, and electronic storytelling.

JCC’s media arts curriculum is designed for students transferring to four-year institutions to pursue further study in media and/or multimedia production. The program also serves the needs of students seeking entry level employment in those areas, or for currently employed students who wish to upgrade their skills and continue their education.

As a media arts student, you will take introductory and advanced studio production courses such as digital photography, computer art and design, digital video production, web design, animation, and writing for electronic media. Which studio courses you take are determined by the direction you ultimately wish to pursue and are selected after careful consultation with your academic advisor.

Because the field of media arts demands an understanding of how and why people communicate, media arts students will also take a survey course in communication, a basic public speaking course, a course that introduces students to the fundamental codes of mediated communication and a mass communication and media literacy course in addition to their production courses. These communication courses provide the conceptual content that lay the foundation for effective media design.


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
27 credit hours
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3

Choose 1 from the following:

ENG 2540: Creative Writing3
ENG 2740: Newswriting and Editing3
ENG 2840: Film Study and Appreciation3

6-9 credits are SUNY GER specific.


Credits are SUNY GER specific.


0-3 credits are SUNY GER specific.

Core Requirements
30 credit hours
CMM 1510: Introduction to Communication3
CMM 1610: Public Speaking3
CMM 1710: Digital Video Production3
CMM 1750: The Rhetoric of Vision and Sound3
CMM 2610: Mass Communication and Media Literacy3
CMM 2530: Writing for Electronic Media3

Please choose from the following:

ART 1510: Drawing I3
ART 1530: 2-D Design & Color3
ART 1570: Basic Black and White Photography3
ART 1611: Studio Problems - Computer Graphics3
ART 1613: Studio Problems - Photography3
ART 1670: Digital Photography I3
ART 1730: Introduction to Computer Art & Design3
ART 1740: Graphic Design, Layout, and Publishing Basics3
ART 1750: Graphic Design Applications3
ART 2570: Intermediate Black and White Photography3
ART 2730: Web Design and Animation3
ART 2800: Interactive Design3
CMM 1630: Introduction to Television Production3
CMM 1650: Introduction to Broadcasting3
CMM 1710: Digital Video Production3
CMM 2560: Communication and Media Arts Internship1
CSC 1530: Web Publishing3
MUS 1710: Audio Recording3
MUS 1730: Music and the Digital Studio3
Electives 3 credit hours
Important Points
  • Students are advised to select program electives after careful consultation with their advisors.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in a variety of media production skills.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply production skills in the creation of effective media pieces.
  3. Apply knowledge of audience analyses in the design of media pieces and production.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use industry standard media software to create media pieces and productions
  5. Apply foundation knowledge, skills, and behavior to be successful in professional or academic work settings.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Deborah LanniCoordinator, Communication/Media Arts98 COCE, Jamestown Campus716.338.1151Contact | Full Profile ▸