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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 or advertising. In addition, the marketable skills you will develop can be applied to a career in almost any area you choose.

The Program

The Associate in Science degree in Communications is the start of a rewarding career in the growing communications field. Internships and exposure to the areas of video production and scriptwriting; journalism; advertising; public relations and interpersonal, oral, and mass communication prepare students for a variety of occupations.

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

In addition, the College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students enrolled in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

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 communication, that prepare students for employment or transfer to a four-year program, depending on their academic and career goals.

Digital Video Advisement Area

Students learn all aspects of digital video production, including planning and writing scripts; performing as talent; and shooting, editing, and distributing content across platforms. Students 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

Students prepare for careers in a variety of media including advertising, journalism, and public relations.

Internships

Internship opportunities are available at television stations and production houses, newspapers, radio stations, advertising and public relations firms, the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, and 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 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, and SUNY Colleges at Fredonia, Oswego, Brockport, Buffalo, New Paltz, Cortland, Plattsburgh, and Geneseo.*

Graduates work in a variety of careers in the communications field, including producer at TWC-News, news production at WROC and WHEC, reporter at The Auburn Citizen, location manager at New York Film Office, and in radio, advertising and public relations.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which our 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 Faculty

Professors in the Communications program hold master's degrees from such institutions as Boston University, SUNY Brockport and Indiana State University. They bring with them over twenty years 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 are successful professionals in such fields as radio broadcasting, career development, theatre, management and education.