Associate in Science (A.S.)
Communications is a constantly evolving field, and success requires ethical content generation, critical thinking, and media literacy. Acquiring and strengthening your oral, written, and visual communication skills will prepare you for a successful career in broadcasting, journalism, advertising, or public relations.
While this program is designed to prepare you for transfer into a communications field, your experience is applicable to nearly any field or employment opportunity.
In the classroom, you'll take core classes in public speaking, video production, and mass communications. You can even specialize your studies with an optional Digital Video Track.
Proficiency in public speaking, communications, self-confidence, and leadership is valued by employers across all industries. Upon graduation, you will be well-equipped to navigate interpersonal relationships, convey information, and develop essential communications skills. Most graduates continue their studies, but many find employment immediately after graduation.
Hands-on learning and field experience are major components of this program.
You'll learn all aspects of digital video production, ranging from planning and writing scripts to shooting, editing, and distributing content across various platforms. You'll also become proficient with the behind-the-scenes work required for creating original content, including research, interviews, recording, and editing. Plus, you can explore internship opportunities in advertising, journalism, public relations, scriptwriting, and video production.
You'll also gain experience in a working television studio equipped with industry-standard teleprompters and digital studio cameras.
Your experience is built on a foundation of hands-on learning, preparing you for successful transfer. You'll also have an advantage over others at the same level because of the unique experience gained at FLCC!
Students gain valuable real-world experience from internships at CMAC, FLTV, Dixon Schwabl, and a variety of area media outlets.
Additionally, Communications students and New Media students study side-by-side, sharing expertise and establishing a solid foundation for professional networking.
Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn your education. Study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. FLCC's Communications degree is available partially online, so you can complete courses outside the classroom.
Communications is part of the Visual and Performing Arts department, which features faculty with a wide range of talent and expertise.
Professors in this program bring to the classroom their real-world experience in news reporting, sports reporting, television anchoring, radio hosting, and conference speaking and presenting. Our faculty also includes a published playwright and a published novelist. Additionally, our adjuncts bring to the program valuable experience in radio broadcasting, theatre, management, and education.
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.
Graduates have transferred into related programs at four-year schools such as:
- The College at Brockport
- SUNY Fredonia
- SUNY Geneseo
- Hunter College
- Ithaca College (Roy H. Park School of Communication)
- SUNY Oswego
- St. John Fisher College
- Stony Brook University
- Syracuse University (Newhouse School of Public Communications)
Graduates have made their way into many facets of the communications industry.
FLCC graduates earned positions as:
- Producer, Spectrum Cable News
- News Producer, WROC and WHEC
- Manager of Broadcasting, Florida Marlins
- Events Promotion Specialist, Intercom and Clear Channel
- Reporter, Auburn Citizen
- Location Manager, New York Film Office
"What takes place in the Communications program at FLCC is exactly what takes place in the real world, and you're getting real workforce experience just months removed from high school. They offer experiences you can immediately put on a resume."