Department of Communications, Journalism and Performing Arts
Communications and Media Arts - Associate
in Arts Degree
Westchester Community College's Communications and Media Arts curriculum prepares students either to transfer into a baccalaureate program or to seek positions in broadcasting, journalism, public relations, and related fields. A large percentage of communications/media arts graduates have transferred to four-year colleges and universities within the SUNY system or to private colleges and universities such as Iona, St. John's, Hofstra, Emerson and Syracuse. Graduates also have obtained specific entry-level positions as film editor, script editor, announcer, cameraman, producer, news reporter, technical assistant, tape operator, editorial assistant, copy reader, layout technician or public relations generalist.
Special facilities available for communications/media arts majors include: a newly renovated television studio, fully-licensed, college-owned radio station (WARY-FM); award-winning desktop-published student newspaper, The Viking News; plus a student-produced, regularly televised program, "Westchester Community College, News in Review." An independent study program gives students additional learning opportunities. An internship program is available to selected students. Communications and Media internships can be taken for 1-9 credits; however, only three credits can be used toward the major. The curriculum also gives students the skills needed for effective oral expression, enabling them to communicate with greater clarity, conciseness and self-awareness