Upon completion of this program, depending on the
major courses selected, graduates will be able to:

􏰀 Demonstrate knowledge of the techniques and
principles of television or radio production;
􏰀 Explain the actual operation of a television or radio
􏰀 Identify the different genres and styles of films
through observation and analysis;
􏰀 Demonstrate an understanding of the make-up of
film content, including the make-up of African
American film content;
􏰀 Demonstrate an appreciation of the art of filmmak-
􏰀 Write in all the major script styles using industry
standards in script formatting;
􏰀 Demonstrate an understanding of story structure;
􏰀 Analyze and critique a media script.
􏰀 Operate studio video and audio equipment and
demonstrate proficiency in post-production editing;
􏰀 Explain the form and theory of electronic and print
media including radio, television, Internet, film,
newspapers, magazines, and books; and
􏰀 Evaluate the history, significance and importance
of each media form through cross media analysis.
Why major in Communications?
The program is designed for students interested in gaining a general working knowledge of the media and communications industry or who intend to transfer to a four-year college to complete a bachelor ’s degree in this rapidly expanding field.
Communications and media-related studies include television production, film production, radio production, and mass communication. Since Communications is technology driven, it involves working with applications and elements that are ever changing.
At Essex, the program utilizes state-of-the-art broadcast equipment to provide students with knowledge in producing, writing, directing, editing, technical operations, and announcing. With advanced degrees and relevant job experience, students can secure rewarding positions in each of these areas. Administrative support and assistant
positions are also available to qualified individuals.

If I major in Communications, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The program prepares you for transfer to upper- division colleges and universities to complete a bachelor ’s degree in the field. ECC’s transfer/articulation agreements with area four-year institutions provide smooth transfer for our A.A. graduates.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics. You also need a grade of “C” or better in English 101 for taking most of the major courses.
How long will it take for me to complete this degree?
If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Contact the Division at (973) 877-3319/3320.


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