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Communications & Media Arts, A.S.

Find Your Creative Community at DCC

Information is everywhere. Our communication platforms are constantly evolving, and growing in numbers. At DCC, you'll master the art of turning ideas into effective messages and stories to share with the world.


job growth through 2030, faster than average of all occupations (BLS)


years of study for most students (earning college credit in high school can give you a head start)


credits that include electives and hands-on studio experience

What You'll Study in Our Communications & Media Arts Program

Communications & Media Arts is a wildly diverse field that can take you in many directions. At DCC, you'll gain a broad foundation in communications studies, but also build a concentrated skillset in your dream media industry, from filmmaking to journalism.

To start, you'll hone your writing chops, learn basic video editing, and gain an understanding of media aesthetics with an introductory course and seminar. Soon, you'll take on more advanced writing and delve into short film production and oral communication.

Then, it's time to concentrate! You’ll spend your last two semesters diving into electives to support your concentration, including courses in advertising and marketing, audio production and music, documentary film, journalism and public relations, photography, and more.


Sample Courses

COM 101: Introduction to Media Communication
Become a conscious content creator and a literate viewer of media with knowledge in media aesthetics

COM 103: The Art and Craft of Editing
Create a variety of short projects that illustrate different computer-based video editing techniques

COM 110: Short Film Production
Construct storyboards, write scripts, direct actors, and edit digital short films using professional gear


Where Do Communications & Media Arts Grads Go?

Contact Us

Office of Admissions

101 Orcutt Student Services Center
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone: (845) 431-8010

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601