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Communications Technology AAS

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Communications Technology is a focused, career-oriented program in the field of digital computer and video creations. The program provides students with training which will assist them in entering the many-faceted communications industry. These industries include printing, broadcasting, public relations, marketing, journalism, and computer services. It also provides training that can lead to further educational degree opportunities.

Students trained in this program will:

  • Produce brochures, newsletters, and the like, utilizing current page layout software;
  • Produce a complete video program, including the script, shooting, editing, and final production, utilizing modern television facilities;
  • Write copy for brochures, newsletters, newspapers, advertisements, and computer software manuals;
  • Produce original computer graphics and multimedia utilizing a variety of current software packages;
  • Know a variety of current word processors, graphics packages, page layout software, spreadsheets, and database software; and Know both Mac and IBM operating systems, methods of networking and troubleshooting, and be able to utilize the Internet and the World Wide Web as they relate to the communications industry.

To be admitted to the program, students must meet the general education diploma (GED) requirements or have a high school diploma. The Associate Degree program in Communications Technology is an open admissions degree program and, as such, conforms to New River Community and Technical College admissions requirements.

Performance standards consist of maintaining a 2.0 or better grade point average in the program and within the institution. Students must also successfully complete a supervised internship in a local communications business in order to complete the program of study.

The overall program outcome is to produce trained individuals employable in the communications industry as desktop publishers, graphic artists, television production assistants, marketing assistants, and public relations assistants. The graduate will be able to produce finished brochures, write copy, produce a video, write an advertisement and the like, utilizing current microcomputers, graphics devices, and video equipment. The program provides an affordable, accessible open admissions undergraduate associate degree program that will prepare students for challenging careers in the burgeoning and developing field of communications technology.

REQUIRED COURSES

Communications Technology

Total Degree Hours: 68

First Semester

Number

Title

Hrs

COMM 240

Foundations of Layout & Design

3

COSC 111

Intro to Computer Science

3

ENGL 101

Composition

3

MATH 109

College Algebra

3

MRKT 110

Principles of Marketing

3

Total Semester Hours

15

 

Second Semester

Number

Title

Hrs

COSC 210

Visual BASIC

3

COMM 207

Photography

3

COMM 250

Digital Illustration

3

COMM 260

Desk-Top Publishing (Mac)

3

ENGL 103

Technical Writing

3

General Elective

3

Total Semester Hours

18

 

Third Semester

Number

Title

Hrs

COMM 280

Radio/TV Broadcasting

3

BUSN 245

Microsoft Excel

3

SPCH 208

Fundamentals of Speech

3

MRKT 272

Selling and Sales Management

3

Core B Elective

3

 

Total Semester Hours

15

 

Fourth Semester

Number

Title

Hrs

COMM 242

Instruction and Technology

2

COMM 298

Communications Internship

3

COSC 224

Web Programming

3

BUSN 255

Microsoft Access

3

ENGL 235

Applied Studies in Language Arts

3

MRKT 252

Advertising/Promotion

3

General Elective

3

Total Semester Hours

20

Evaluation Sheet

2011-2012

2010-2011

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