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Mass Communication–Multimedia, Associate in Arts

Curriculum VPA.MCM.AA (U224A09)

(Total Program Credits: 60)

Mass Communication-Multimedia includes careers in multimedia, journalism, film, public relations, television, radio, web design, animation and advertising. The Mass Communication–Multimedia degree uses tools to tell compelling stories through writing, designing graphics, creating websites, and incorporating sound with still and moving images. Four-year schools differ in their requirements. Students are advised to select courses that will transfer to the four-year school of their choice.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES: 

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Arts Degree (Mass Communication-Multimedia) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

  • evaluate the persuasiveness of the form and content of mass communication messages;
  • deconstruct the technique of new and traditional forms of mass communication and how it creates the meaning of the message;
  • differentiate the moral, ethical, and legal implications of mass communication messages in both form and content;
  • operate software or hardware for creating multimedia projects;
  • construct original narratives using properly formatted written language; and
  • construct original narratives using multimedia tools.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 101Quantitative Literacy #

3 credits

OR

MAT 102Liberal Arts Mathematics #

3 credits

 

MCM 120Mass Communication

3 credits

OR

Foreign Language (as appropriate)

4 credits

 

MCM 151Cinema Appreciation

3 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
MCM 160Reporting and Writing for Multimedia

3 credits

OR

Foreign Language (not IAI)

4 credits

 

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

General education/Humanities

3 credits

General education/Life Science

3-5 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-18

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101◊ and RHT 102◊.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

VIC 285Digital Video

3 credits

OR

Foreign Language (not IAI)

4 credits

 

General education/Humanities or Fine Arts

3 credits

General education/Physical Science

3-5 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-18

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
Program electives

11 credits

AND

Foreign Language

4 credits

OR

Program electives

15 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

PROGRAM ELECTIVES (11-15)

Note: Beyond designated requirements, select courses from different program specialty areas and that meet the BA requirements of your transfer institution. Selection should be based on specific career goals. For teaching, see Education section.

Advertising/Public Relations:

Course NumberTitleCredits
BUS 127Principles of Marketing

3 credits

VIC 104Computer Art I

3 credits

Journalism:

Course NumberTitleCredits
VIC 100Graphic Design

3 credits

VIC 162Digital Photography

3 credits

Multimedia:

Course NumberTitleCredits
VIC 161Introduction to Photoshop

3 credits

VIC 172Web Page Design #

3 credits

VIC 273Introduction to Animation

3 credits

TV/Film/Digital Media:

Course NumberTitleCredits
MCM 152Cinema History

3 credits

VIC 286Advanced Digital Video #

3 credits

VIC 288Video Editing

3 credits

(Select courses that meet the BA requirements of your transfer college.)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

General Education Requirements:

AA degree                                     Subtotal: 37-40

Mass Communication courses or other
electives toward the AA degree    Subtotal: 20-23

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS BY DISCIPLINE:

  • Communications: Three courses (nine semester hours).
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: Three courses (nine semester hours), with at least one course from selected from Humanities and at least one course from the Fine Arts.
  • Social and Behavioral Science: Three courses (nine semester hours), with courses selected from at least two disciplines.

Graduation from an Illinois college or university requires satisfactory completion of one or more courses incorporating Human Diversity, which may be taken as a Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Science course.

  • Mathematics: One course (three semester hours).
  • Physical and Life Science: Two courses (seven to eight semester hours), with one course selected from the Life Sciences and one course from the Physical Sciences, including at least one laboratory course.

Foreign Language encouraged if transferring.

See MCM course descriptions.

Chairperson: Dennis McNamara, Ext. 3597