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Communication and Media Arts-Communication Arts, A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Science
HEGIS Code: 5008
Curriculum Code: 501.CMA
Campus Location: South

Liberal Arts Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: HS or HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Transfer to Bachelor’s Degree Program

Program Description

The Communication and Media Arts curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment and/or transfer opportunities in the fields of broadcasting, business, education, the arts, and other mass media related activities such as journalism, advertising, public relations, and film/video production.

The program consists of a selection of core communication and media courses that introduce students to the expansive range of disciplines within the communication field. Advance media courses allow for a more professional focus. The core communication courses are complimented by a wide array of electives that allow students to emphasize a particular area of their academic pursuits. The curriculum sequence is intended to educate students in the fundamentals of communication while remaining flexible enough for students to personalize their studies.

Communication and Media Arts consists of at least 60 credit hours distributed over a four-semester sequence, beginning with introductory courses followed by professional courses and advanced electives. Subsequent studies would follow at either public or private four-year institutions and, in particular, those with whom SUNY Erie has initiated articulation agreements.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Science degree in Communication and Media Arts, the graduate will be able to:

  • Understand the nature of communication;
  • Speak with superior vocal qualities;
  • Understand the structure of media related industry;
  • Operate audio and video equipment;
  • Demonstrate skills needed for entry level employment in the field of broadcasting;
  • Write for electronic media;
  • Create images effectively;
  • Analyze motion picture film;
  • Produce creative audio and video projects; and
  • Explain and apply the theories and practices of communication interpersonally, organizationally and culturally.


Total Degree Credits: 60 - 61

First Year, Fall Semester

First Year, Spring Semester

Second Year, Fall Semester

Second Year, Spring Semester

*Students must select at least one of the following courses to fulfill the Film Analysis Elective:

**Students must select at least one of the following courses to fulfill the Image Making Elective:


Students completing the program can  fulfill the SUNY Transfer Path Requirement for Communication: Media and/or Communication: Non-Media. See your advisor for details.


General Education Requirements and Course Listings  

  1. Student placement in an appropriate English course depends upon academic advisement and the results of a placement test.  Completion of EN 100 and EN 101 or EN 102 or their equivalents are required.
  2. A Math elective from the current list of approved General Education mathematics courses is required. Student placement in an appropriate mathematics course depends upon academic advisement and the results of a mathematics pretest.
  3. SUNY General Education Electives must be taken from the current list of approved courses in the categories of Social Science, Natural Science, and either American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, or Foreign Language. 

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