Media Arts (A.S.)

Study media arts at JCC

The Media Arts degree at Jamestown Community College prepares you for transfer to a four-year program and careers as media specialists, educators, and designers with skills in web design, digital filmmaking, photography and digital imaging, multimedia journalism, and electronic storytelling. Media arts graduates are found in fields like TV and radio broadcasting, photography, media production, journalism, digital writing, and film.

While at JCC, you’ll learn how to create and edit media and non-media content, speak in front of diverse audiences, and navigate an increasingly global workforce. The program helps you build skills in digital media, writing, and speaking to communicate with others. You’ll master foundational communication skills like public speaking, media and professional writing, rhetorical analysis, and critical thinking. You can also take electives to explore areas of media production that match your interests and career objectives.

Take advantage of internship opportunities to get real-world experience. Students have completed internships in advertising, art gallery curation, graphic design, journalism, photography, radio broadcasting, social media, TV production, videography, and web content development.

2020 median pay for media and communication occupations: $61,310/year according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where to study at JCC

Media arts skills

After you complete the program, you will be able to:

  • Critically analyze various aspects of professionally created media.
  • Demonstrate functional competence in media production.
  • Conduct audience analyses and apply analyses to production choices.
  • Demonstrate competence in developing media writing and professional writing skills.
  • Model professional appropriate for media production.

Semester 1

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

CMM 1610: Public Speaking

3

Elective

Recommended:

CMM 1630: Intro to TV Production

3

Mathematics Elective

Recommended:

MAT 1500: Problem Solving

3
SUNY: Math JCC:Mathematical Reasoning

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

SOC 1510: Intro to Sociology

3
SUNY: Social Sciences

INT 1555: Inquire

2

Semester 2

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

CMM 1510: Introduction to Communication

3

CMM 1750: Rhetoric of Vision and Sound

3

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

ART 1670: Digital Photography I

3

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3
JCC:Oral Communication

Natural Sciences Elective

Recommended:

PHY 1510: Understanding Physics

3
SUNY: Natural Sciences

Semester 3

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

CMM 1710: Digital Video Production

3

CMM 2530: Media Writing

3

Elective

1

Program Core Elective

3

Social Sciences Elective*

Recommended:

ANT 1520: Intro to Cultural Anthropology

3
SUNY: Other World Civilizations SUNY: Social Sciences SUNY: Western Civilization JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

*Requirements Met depends on course choice.

Semester 4

  SUNY
  JCC
Course
Credits
Requirements Met

ENG 2540: Creative Writing or

ENG 2740: Newswriting and Editing or

ENG 2840: Film Study and Appreciation

3

CMM 2610: Mass Communication and Media Literacy

3
JCC:Global Perspectives

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

GLS 1500: Intro to Global Studies

3
JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

ART 1730: Intro to Computer Art/Design

3

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

CMM 2560: Communication Internship

3