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Communications

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

According to a U.S. Department of Labor report on the fastest growing careers, communication skills are among the most sought after by employers. Surveys of Fortune 500 executives and human resource managers identified communication skills as valuable for both obtaining employment and successful job performance. The A.S. communications degree program at Finger Lakes Community College provides you with the solid foundation and hands-on experience needed for a career in:

  • Digital Video Production
  • Broadcasting
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising

The Program

The A.S. degree in communications is the start of a rewarding career in the growing communications field. Internships and exposure to the following areas will prepare you for your career path:

  • Video Production and Scriptwriting
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Interpersonal, Oral, and Mass Communications

Technology

Facilities for the program include new digital media labs, equipped with editing systems and state-of-the-art graphics and audio software, a 900 square foot television studio, digital camcorders, still cameras, teleprompters, and digital studio cameras.

Honors Courses

If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your transfer options to four-year institutions.

Online Learning

The A.S. communications degree program at FLCC is offered at least 50 percent online. For more information on FLCC's online learning programs, contact the Office of Online Learning at (585)-785-1303 or you can visit the colleges' online degree programs page.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the major concepts of interpersonal, group, mass, and public communication.
  • Analyze an audience and form a message to effectively reach that audience.
  • Form and present a message effectively using video, print, and the spoken word.
  • Demonstrate basic journalistic practices and concepts of news writing used across media.

The Experience

Field experience and hands-on learning are major components of this program, allowing you to "learn by doing." The program offers two areas of advisement, one in digital video and one in communications. Both will prepare you for transferring to a four-year program. In addition, the program will help build your skill sets necessary for entrance into the job market.

Digital Video Advisement Area

As a communications major, you will learn all aspects of digital video production, including planning and writing scripts, performing as talent, and shooting, editing, and distributing content across platforms. In addition, you will also assist in all aspects of the production of community programming for Finger Lakes Television, cable channel 12, including coverage of a range of events from government meetings to college sports.

Communication Advisement Area

The A.S. degree in communications will prepare you for careers in a variety of areas in media including:

  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations

Internships

Internship opportunities are available at:

  • Television Stations
  • Production Houses
  • Newspaper Facilities
  • Radio Stations
  • Advertising and Public Relations Firms
  • The Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
  • Finger Lakes Television

Field Trips

Excursions to a variety of locations such as CNN, WHAM-TV, WROC-TV, WXXI, Post Central Productions, Entercom Rochester, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Clear Channel Radio Stations, and NBC, will enrich your experience in the communications degree program.

The Graduates

Graduates of the communications degree program have transferred to four-year colleges and universities* including:

  • The Park School of Communications at Ithaca College
  • Hofstra University
  • Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University
  • St. John Fisher College
  • Emerson College
  • SUNY Colleges at Fredonia, Oswego, Brockport, Buffalo, New Paltz, Cortland, Plattsburgh, and Geneseo

Graduates work in a variety of careers in the communications field. Some of these positions held include:

  • Producer at Time Warner Cable News
  • News Producer at WROC and WHEC
  • Reporter at The Auburn Citizen
  • Location Manager at New York Film Office

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

As a communications major, if you meet specific award criteria and are a female matriculated in the program, you will be eligible for the Brooke Makowiec Memorial Award. For information on this scholarship, contact a member of the visual and performing arts department or the financial aid office.

For information on general scholarships, visit the FLCC scholarships page located online.

The Faculty

Professors in the communications program hold master's degrees from institutions such as Boston University, SUNY Brockport, and Indiana State University. They bring with them over twenty years of experience as news and sports reporters, editors, and anchors for various television and radio stations. The faculty includes conference speakers and presenters, as well as a published playwright and a published novelist. The adjunct faculty consists of successful professionals in fields such as radio broadcasting, career development, theatre, management, and education.