Communications Journalism & Media Arts
The A. A. (Associate in Arts) Degree in Communications and Media Arts is regularly among the college’s largest curriculums and many of our graduates transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in one of several communications specialties. These include, among others, concentrations in speech, mass media, television and radio production, journalism, and public relations. A number of these colleges have articulation agreements with us, which means that a graduate of the Communications and Media Arts program at WCC is automatically guaranteed acceptance into their communications program. You might be surprised to know that some of these agreements include the opportunity to receive a full scholarship. In addition, outstanding communications majors at WCC are often eligible for other financial incentives, including a “Women in Communications” and a PepsiCo scholarship.
Our program also offers opportunities for students to prepare for a variety of career options. Many of our courses are designed to prepare you for specialized jobs in the communication field. A small sample of these entry level jobs include television camera operator, broadcast technician, assistant producer, video editor, news writer, public relations specialist, and sales representative.
Students who have off-campus internships in communications field can earn college credit, as well as engage in various extracurricular activities such as the Student Media Association, the campus radio station, WARY-FM, our student newspaper, The Viking News, and our video club, WCCTV. All of these can provide valuable hands-on experience that is essential to successfully navigating the competitive world of communications careers.
It is also significant to note that, according to Pathways to Careers in Communication (6th edition) published by the National Communication Association, “…a national study indicates that the essential skills needed by a competent employee to get (any) job and to succeed and be promoted are primarily communication skills.” With that in mind, studying communications here at Westchester Community College is a great foundation, no matter what your future career and life may hold for you.
– Eric Luther, Curriculum Chair – Communications & Media Arts