Program: Electronic Media Communications (A.A.S.) (Contains Specializations) – SUNY Onondaga Community College

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Radio/Audio Production Specialization

Television/Video Production Specialization

Digital Media Specialization

The OCC Electronic Media Communications A.A.S. program prepares you for a career in the varied fields of electronic media communications and/or continuation at a four-year institution. As an EMC student, you’ll obtain the fundamental skills necessary to perform as an electronic media professional. Through coursework, you’ll learn to develop, design, write, produce and direct both independent and team-based programs and projects. Faculty will work closely with students to ensure a deep understanding of the creative, intellectual and technical aspects of the production process. At the same time, you’ll receive a well-rounded education that incorporates the broader historical, ethical, and business aspects of media and its impact on both the individual and a global society.

Classes are taught in state-of-the-art production facilities. These include digital audio and video editing labs, a professional television studio, and an internet radio station.

Classes are kept to a manageable size to allow extensive hands-on training. You may also take advantage of professional opportunities through an internship. The EMC Department maintains close ties with media outlets that provide internships for OCC EMC students.

OCC EMC graduates are employed in radio and television stations, cable TV companies, sound recording facilities, audio/video production companies, advertising agencies and the entertainment industry in Central New York and throughout the United States. Graduates have transferred to such prestigious programs as the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, and institutions such as Emerson College, and SUNY institutions such as Oswego, Fredonia, Buffalo State, and Plattsburgh.

Radio/Audio Production Specialization

If your interests lie in the career field of audio/radio electronic media, this specialization will prepare you for a career leading to:

  • On-air announcing
  • Radio news reporting
  • Radio programming
  • Radio promotions
  • Sound recording
  • Sound design and production

Success in this program will allow you to obtain an entry level position as an on-air announcer, radio production person, sound recording production assistant, radio programming/promotion assistant, audio mixing console operator, or audio editor. You may also choose to transfer to a four-year school that offers advanced training in either audio and radio production or sound recording technology. Audio Specialization majors also produce, write and create programming for OCC’s Internet radio station.

Television/Video Production Specialization

If you’d like to pursue a career in television broadcasting or video production, this specialization will prepare you for a career in:

  • Multi-camera studio producing and directing
  • TV news and sports producing and reporting
  • Film-style video field production and editing
  • Commercial, corporate or educational video production

Your A.A.S. degree will provide you with the skills needed to gain an entry level position in TV studio production, video field production and postproduction, news videography and editing. You may also choose to transfer to a four-year school that offers advanced training in producing, announcing and performing for television, video and film.

Digital Media Specialization

As the field of media becomes more integrated with digital technology, this specialization provides students with a breadth of knowledge of the many phases of digital media production and the delivery processes. You’ll receive an inclusive education studying multiple disciplines: computer courses in the Internet and managing web pages and servers, art courses in computer graphics and multimedia design, courses in digital audio, video production, and DVD authoring. Students in the Digital Media Specialization are prepared for careers in:

  • Graphic design for television and the Internet
  • Television station creative services and promotions production
  • Video editing
  • DVD authoring
  • Producing audio and video materials for distribution via the Internet

You may also opt to transfer to a four-year institution that offers advanced training in multi-media production and delivery.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all courses with an EMC prefix.
  2. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 to remain in good standing.
  3. EMC courses are valid as prerequisites for continuation of courses for three academic years. This is necessary to ensure that students have a skill level that is relevant to current practices and technologies used in the field of electronic media.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical, legal, and ethical aspects of media creative/business practices.
  2. Demonstrate oral and written communication, critical-thinking, visual and aural literacy, and ability to meet deadlines.
  3. Demonstrate technical proficiency and problem-solving skills in the audio and video production environment.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to function effectively in a team work environment.
  5. Demonstrate qualities of professional conduct that include attitude, work ethic, and dependability.