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.

    2021 median pay for media and communication occupations: $62,340/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
    SUNY: Arts JCC:Applied Learning

    Elective

    Recommended:

    CMM 1630: Intro to TV Production

    3
    SUNY: Arts

    Mathematics Elective

    Recommended:

    MAT 1500: Problem Solving

    3
    SUNY: Math JCC:Mathematical Reasoning

    ENG 1510: English Composition I

    3
    SUNY: Humanities JCC:College Composition

    Social Sciences Elective

    Recommended:

    SOC 1510: Intro to Sociology

    3
    SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Cultural Understanding JCC:Global Perspectives

    INT 1555: Inquire

    2
    JCC:Critical and Integrative Reasoning

    Semester 2

      SUNY
      JCC
    Course
    Credits
    Requirements Met

    CMM 1510: Introduction to Communication

    3
    SUNY: Humanities

    CMM 1750: Rhetoric of Vision and Sound

    3
    SUNY: Arts

    Program Core Elective

    Recommended:

    ART 1670: Digital Photography I

    3
    SUNY: Arts

    ENG 1530: English Composition II

    3
    SUNY: Basic Communication JCC:College Composition JCC:Oral Communication

    Natural Sciences Elective

    Recommended:

    PHY 1510: Understanding Physics

    3
    SUNY: Natural Sciences JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

    Semester 3

      SUNY
      JCC
    Course
    Credits
    Requirements Met

    CMM 1710: Digital Video Production

    3
    SUNY: Arts

    CMM 2530: Media Writing

    3
    SUNY: Arts

    Elective

    1

    Program Core Elective

    3

    Social Sciences Elective

    Recommended:

    ANT 1520: Intro to Cultural Anthropology

    3
    SUNY: Other World Civilizations SUNY: Social Sciences JCC:Cultural Understanding JCC:Global Perspectives JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

    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
    SUNY: Other World Civilizations JCC:Cultural Understanding JCC:Global Perspectives JCC:Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

    Program Core Elective

    Recommended:

    ART 1730: Intro to Computer Art/Design

    3
    SUNY: Arts

    Program Core Elective

    Recommended:

    CMM 2560: Communication Internship

    3
    JCC:Applied Learning