Associate in Science (A.S.)
Help deliver the right message with a degree in communications. Put your media skills to use in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Gear up for a career in journalism, advertising, broadcasting, public relations, and more.
Career Outlook: Media and Communications
The demand for talented communication professionals is on the rise in today's data-driven world. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in media and communications to grow 6% by 2031. The average annual salary for occupations in this industry was $62,340 in May 2021.
A.S. Program Overview
Public speaking, writing, and business leadership skills are valuable to employers across all industries. Coursework focuses on content creation, media literacy, and ethics as well as technical skills like video production and screenwriting. You'll work with innovative audio, film, and broadcast technology under the supervision of experienced and supportive faculty.
By the end of the program, you'll be ready to transfer to a four-year school or pursue an entry-level career in media and communications.
TV Studio Experience
Gain hands-on experience with digital video production in our 900-square-foot on-campus television studio. You'll plan and write scripts, shoot video footage, edit digital media files, and distribute content across various platforms. Course assignments reflect the types of projects you'll receive in the workplace, introducing you to the full media production cycle — including research, interviewing, recording, and editing.
Regional Internship Opportunities
Complete an internship in advertising, journalism, public relations, scriptwriting, or video production while earning your degree. Some of our internship partners include CMAC (live events center), FLTV (cable television), and Dixon Schwabl (advertising agency), as well as a variety of other regional media outlets.
Online Courses Available
Many of our communications courses are available online. Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. Learn more about FLCC online learning.
A.S. Program Outcomes
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.
Seamless Transfer Opportunities
This program prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university and continue your education in communications. Some colleges and universities in the region that have a related program include:
- Hunter College
- Ithaca College
- St. John Fisher University
- Stony Brook University
- Syracuse University
- SUNY Brockport
- SUNY Fredonia
- SUNY Geneseo
- SUNY Oswego
Four-Year Career Pathways
After earning a bachelor's degree in communications, you'll be ready to pursue a variety of career opportunities in broadcasting, public relations, journalism, and other related fields. FLCC graduates have started careers as:
- Events Promotion Specialist (Intercom and Clear Channel)
- Location Manager (New York Film Office)
- Manager of Broadcasting (Florida Marlins)
- News Producer (WROC and WHEC)
- Producer (Spectrum Cable News)
- Reporter (Auburn Citizen)
Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities
Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.
Professors in this program bring their industry experience in news reporting, sports media, television anchoring, radio hosting, and conference speaking and presenting to the classroom. Our faculty also includes a published playwright and a published novelist. Additionally, our adjuncts bring valuable expertise in radio broadcasting, theatre, management, and education.