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A.S. Communications and Media Arts
The Communications and Media Arts Program at Dutchess Community College is a comprehensive program that prepares students to transfer to four-year Communications, Film, and Audio Production programs.
In their first year at DCC, COM students take five foundation courses in Communications and Media Arts: COM 101 Introduction to Communications Media, COM 103 The Art and Craft of Video Editing, COM 120 Introduction to Media Writing, COM 110 Basic Video Production and COM 140 Media and Society.
In their second year, COM students choose a concentration in either: Television and Video Production, Audio Production, Visual Effects and Digital Filmmaking, or PR Writing and Social Media.
In two years, students will also complete eight of the SUNY General Education courses so they will transfer as juniors.
COM students are active learners. From their first semester at DCC, they take hands-on production classes where they are able to create audio and video projects. Students learn how to use a non-linear editing program in their first semester, so that even before they begin shooting, they understand that projects are created from shots that are montaged through editing to tell the story.
Through an organized program of study, students are provided with media theory, techniques and practices in service of creative expression, and career development.
After DCC: COM students transfer to SUNY New Paltz, Brooklyn College and Hunter College in New York City, and private colleges like Ithaca, Emerson, Marist and NYU, among others.
The COM Program prepares students for careers in audio and video production, film production, public relations media, and broadcast journalism. The entertainment industry is the second largest industry in the United States. It is second only to the defense industry, and it is constantly growing as global film markets open.
Forty years ago there were three television networks and public television, now there are hundreds of channels, and nearly every channel offers some original programming. From shows about extreme makeovers to documentaries about the Iraq War, there are opportunities for COM graduates who are trained in gathering, creating and manipulating media images and who understand the power of visual storytelling.
The goals of the Communications and Media Arts Program at Dutchess Community College are:
For further information, email the COM Program chair, Dana Weidman, at email@example.com or contact DCC's Admissions Office.
Links to videos
A COM 110 video from DCC student Tatiana Colonna about what it means to act like a girl. (From this year's student audio/visual show.)