Communications and Media Arts Program (COM)

A.S. Communications and Media Arts

Program Description: The A.S. degree in Communications and Media Arts at Dutchess Community College is a comprehensive four-semester program that prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges in communications, film and audio production programs. In their first year, 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 Documentary Production, Television and Video Production, Audio Production, Visual Effects and Digital Filmmaking, or Public Relations Writing and Television News. In their two years, students will also complete at least eight of the SUNY General Education courses so that they will transfer as juniors.

COM students are active learners. They learn by doing and 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, and techniques and practices in service of creative expression and career development.


COM 250 Advanced Video Production project

COM 249 TV Production Project

COM 101 Project

COM 110 Project and Eli Jaffe Finalist

COM 110 Project 

Instructors: Full time and adjunct faculty are all working professionals in their fields.

After DCC: The COM program currently has articulation agreements with SUNY Plattsburgh, Fredonia and Brockport. Many COM grads also transfer to Brooklyn College and Hunter College in New York City, and to private colleges like Ithaca, Emerson, Marist and NYU.

The COM program prepares students for careers in audio and video production, film production, public relations media, advertising, 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.

For further information, email the COM Program chair, Dana Weidman, at or contact DCC's Admissions Office.