Oct 04, 2023  
2021-2022 Official General Catalog 
2021-2022 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Communications and Media Arts: A.S.

Associate in Science Transfer Program

CIP CODE: 09.0101


It is the continuing mission of the Communications & Media Arts Program of Broome Community College to provide its students with an intellectually stimulating and academically motivating environment in order to understand the fundamentals inherent to communication – the processes by which two or more people (or groups of people) meaningfully interact and exchange information, often with specific technological assistance.

The Communications & Media Arts Program is modeled after various four-year undergraduate programs offered across the country, and prepares students for either immediate employment or transfer to a baccalaureate program. With courses focusing on human communication and its relation to mass media’s role within cultures, the program is committed to producing graduates capable of fulfilling meaningful, positive leadership roles within the emerging global community. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss the history of communication mediums, how they have evolved and changed over time and, where they may be trending in the future.
  2. Demonstrate fundamental levels of production terms and definitions.
  3. Produce a project specifically highlighting one or more media methods/theories.
  4. Conduct and utilize original media research based upon qualitative and quantitative methods.
  5. Communicate information effectively, through written, aural, and/or visual modes.
  6. Recognize diverse forms of media expression.

Program Supervisor

Timothy Skinner, Coordinator & Chairperson
Office: Titchener Hall, Room 103B
Telephone: +1 (607) 778-5101
Fax: +1 (607) 778-5394
E-mail: skinnertj@sunybroome.edu

The Program of instruction in Communications and Media Arts comprises theoretical and practically oriented course offerings in audio and video production, photography, film, acting, and various types of communication. Communications courses emphasize acquisition of both technical proficiency and theoretical knowledge.

The Program aims, on the one hand, to prepare graduates for immediate employment in a number of communications-related occupations, and on the other hand, for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs.

Graduates entering the job market after earning the associate degree will seek employment as production assistants, educational media technicians, media sales representatives, writers, on-air personalities, and photographers, as well videographers, cinematographers, editors, and news personnel.

Those transferring to upper division colleges will major in audio-visual technology, film and photography, technical communications, radio and TV broadcasting, journalism, graphic reproduction, acting, and advertising. Subsequently, they will seek employment as photographers, filmmaker/cinematographers, scriptwriters, media producers, broadcasters, newspaper reporters, studio technicians, instructional media specialists, video and audio engineers, copy writers, media directors, actors, production media specialists, and sales or marketing managers.

Sequence of Courses

This model is a two-year course schedule (leading to an A.S. degree) for students meeting all program requirements and deciding to pursue full-time study. Schedules will be redesigned for those requiring preparatory courses or those deciding to pursue part-time study.

First Year

Fall Semester (12-15 Credits)

  • Mathematics (3-4 Credits)  [Students transferring to a four-year college are advised to complete MAT 136 or MAT 124]
  • 1-2 COM Elective (3-6 Credits)

Spring Semester (15-18 Credits)

  • Computer Requirement (3 Credits)
  • Science (3-4 Credits)
  • 1-2 COM Elective (3-6 Credits)

Second Year

Fall Semester (13-16 Credits)

  • Western Civilization Requirement (3 Credits)
  • Physical Education (CV) Requirement (1 Credit)
  • 1-2 COM Elective (3-6 Credits)

Spring Semester (12-15 Credits)

  • Civic Education Requirement (3 Credits)
  • 1-2 COM Elective (3-6 Credits)

Minimum Graduation Requirements: 62 Credits


  • Students must take two Writing Emphasis W courses after ENG 110 and before ENG 220.
  • Course substitutions must be made with the approval of the Program Coordinator.
  • COM 299 Independent Study and COM250/COM255 Communications Internships are available upon approval of the Program Chair and/or Coordinator.