Behind every great electronic communication, is a great producer. Whether you yearn to take center stage in front of an audience or be in control of what goes on behind the scenes, this program is a good place to start. An advisory board comprised of commercial and educational broadcasters, advertising agency professionals, cable TV professionals and others, aids the department in keeping the curriculum current with the vocational needs of the industry. This A.A.S. degree program provides a solid foundation in the study of digital media, audio/radio production or video/TV production and can lead to a successful career in the exciting and dynamic field of electronic media communications.
What You Will Learn:
You'll learn about the inner workings of video/TV and audio/radio studios. You'll learn to think on your feet while gaining experience in the technical and creative aspects of the production process. Your course of study includes communications and media courses, as well as liberal arts electives, to give you an appreciation of the broader historical, ethical and business aspects of the field. You'll develop the fundamental skills necessary to perform as a professional in the fields of radio/TV broadcasting, sports broadcasting, cable television, audio / video recording, sound recording, corporate video production, documentary and educational programming and advertising, to name a few.
What It Is Like:
You'll work independently and in small groups. Our faculty has extensive, real-world experience in broadcasting and electronic media and they all continue to work professionally in their fields in addition to teaching. Classes are taught in state-of-the-art production facilities allowing you to see and operate firsthand the electronic processes that bring audio and video production to life. Additionally, we keep the classes small, so you'll get the attention you need, when you need it. You'll gain hands-on experience through internships, the Internet radio station and other opportunities with various local businesses and organizations. In your second semester, you'll choose one of three specializations: Digital Media, Audio/Radio Production or Video/TV Production. Your concentration will help focus your career goals and provide you with experience in the creative and technical aspects of the production process.
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Where It Can Take You:
Students of audio/radio production find careers as on-air announcers, radio producers, sound recording production assistants and more. Students of video/TV production go on to become TV producers, directors, reporters and videographers, to name a few. Some of our graduates have been accepted to pursue advanced studies in communications at such prestigious institutions as the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, Emerson College and New York University, among others.
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It is important that students who plan to transfer after completing their studies at Onondaga consult from the beginning of their academic program with an OCC advisor and a contact at the transfer college to make sure both OCC's degree requirements and transfer requirements are being meet. You can view current information on transfer agreements on our Transfer Services page.