Menu

Communication Arts

Communication Arts

The Communication and Media Arts-Communication Arts curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment and/or transfer opportunities in the fields of broadcasting (television and radio), 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-Communication Arts consists of 64 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-Communication Arts, the graduate will obtain competencies as outlined by the college's Liberal Arts Division.

  • Develop an understanding of the nature of communication.
  • Develop the ability to speak with superior vocal qualities.
  • Understand the structure of media related industry.
  • Process the ability to operate the apparatus of radio and television equipment.
  • Readiness for entry level employment in the field of broadcasting.
  • Develop the ability to write for electronic media.
  • Understand the process of creating images effectively.
  • Understand and analyze motion picture film.
  • Produce creative audio and video projects.
  • Understand the significance of communication interpersonally, organizationally and culturally.

Admission/Academic Advisement

SUNY Transfer Path Requirement

Students matriculating in this program are required to fulfill the SUNY Transfer Path Requirement that most closely aligns with the program. Speak to your adviser for details.

Curriculum

Total Degree Credits: 64.0

First Year, Fall Semester
CA 120 - Introduction to Rhetoric Credit Hours: 3
CA 140 - Introduction to Mass Media Credit Hours: 3
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3 (Note 1)
LA/General Education Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Note 3) 
MT __ - Mathematics Credit Hours: 3-4 (Note 2)

First Year, Spring Semester
CA 121 - Communication Theory Credit Hours: 3
CA 220 - Introduction to Broadcasting Credit Hours: 3
CS 101 - Computer Literacy Credit Hours: 3
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3
LA/General Ed. Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Note 3)
LA/General Ed. Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Note 3)

Second Year, Fall Semester
CA 205 - Interpersonal Communication Credit Hours: 3
CA 210 - The Language of Vision and Sound Credit Hours: 3
TE 222 - Television Production Credit Hours: 4 
Film Analysis Elective Credit Hours: 3*
LA/General Education Credit Hours: 3 (Note 4)

Second Year, Spring Semester
CA 221 - Writing for Media Credit Hours: 3
EN 114 - Public Speaking Credit Hours: 3
Image Making Elective Credit Hours: 3**
LA/General Education Credit Hours: 3-6 (Note 4)
LA/General Education Credit Hours: 3 (Note 4 )

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

  • EN 280 - Literature and Film Credit Hours: 3
  • EN 285 - Introduction to Film Credit Hours: 3
  • EN 286 - Contemporary Cinema Credit Hours: 3

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

  • CA 295 - Video Postproduction Credit Hours: 3
  • CA 299 - Communication Arts Internship Credit Hours: 3 (Permission of Department Chairperson required)
  • AT 200 - Art Drawing I Credit Hours: 3
  • AT 210 - Painting I Credit Hours: 3
  • AT 220 - Photography I Credit Hours: 3
  • AT 222 - Digital Photography Credit Hours: 3
  • AT 260 - Digital Art and Design Credit Hours: 3

Note: General Education Requirements and Course Listings

  1. Student placement in an appropriate English course depends upon academic advisement and the results of a reading and writing placement test.
  2. MT 112, MT 116, MT 125 or higher. The elective must be taken from the current list of approved General Education mathematics courses. Student placement in an appropriate mathematics course depends upon academic advisement and the results of a mathematics pretest. Remedial mathematics courses cannot be used for degree credit.
  3. The elective must be taken from the current list of approved General Education courses. At least three of the following categories must be fulfilled within the six LA/General Education electives: American History, Foreign Language, Natural Sciences, Other World Civilizations, Social Science, Western Civilization. 
  4. Humanities and Arts: (EN 210 or above), Music (MU), Dance (DA), Drama-Theatre (DT), Art (AT), Philosophy (PY), French (FR), Spanish (SP).
    Natural Sciences: Astronomy (AS), Biology (BI), Chemistry (CH), Physics (PH).
    American History/Western Civilization: History (HI).

Available At:

South Campus

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

HS or HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Transfer to Bachelor's Degree Program

Hegis Code:

5008

Curriculum Code:

0501.CMA

Division:

Liberal Arts
Communication and Media Arts

Program Video

Need Help?

Communication and Media Arts – Communication Arts

Gina Stevens
South Campus
Room 4115C
4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: (716) 851-1864