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.

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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Some courses need to be completed on the Jamestown Campus.

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
27 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3 HUMA H CWRT, VEDP
ENG 2540: Creative Writing3 (X) H
ENG 2740: Newswriting and Editing3 (X) H
ENG 2840: Film Study and Appreciation3 (X) H
Social Sciences Electives

Up to 6 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

9 (X-X) S (SR)
Mathematics Electives (college level)

3 credits must be SUNY General Education-category specific.

Mathematics and Sciences Electives

Up to 3 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

6 (X) N (SR)
Core Requirements
30 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
CMM 1510: Introduction to Communication3 HUMA H
CMM 1610: Public Speaking3 ARTS H VEDP
CMM 1710: Digital Video Production3 ARTS H
CMM 1750: The Rhetoric of Vision and Sound3 ARTS H
CMM 2610: Mass Communication and Media Literacy3 H VEDP
CMM 2530: Writing for Electronic Media3 ARTS H
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 1700: Introduction to Social Media Marketing4
CMM 1710: Digital Video Production3
CMM 2560: Communication and Media Arts Internship1
CSC 1530: Introduction to HTML & CSS3
MUS 1710: Audio Recording3
MUS 1730: Music and the Digital Studio3
3 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
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. Critically analyze and thoughtfully discuss various aspects of professionally created media.
  2. Demonstrate functional competence in a variety of media production skills.
  3. Conduct audience analyses and apply the results of those analyses to their production choices.
  4. Demonstrate competence in developing story structure, storytelling, and writing skills.
  5. Model professional behavior through the foundation knowledge and skills acquired in their classes.

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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Simone Sellstrom, Director, Media, Visual and Performing Arts
Simone SellstromDirector, Media, Visual and Performing Arts202 SHEL, Jamestown Campus716.338.1152Contact | Full Profile ▸