Associate in Science (A.S.)
Put your skills to use in front of the camera and behind the scenes as you gear up for a versatile career in any communications field, including broadcasting, public relations, advertising, and journalism!
Communications is a constantly evolving field, where success requires ethical content generation, critical thinking, and media literacy. While this program is designed to prepare you for transfer into a communications field, you'll be surprised at the many job opportunities awaiting you upon graduation.
Your schedule will feature core classes in public speaking, video production, and mass communications, while working with cutting-edge technology and an experienced, supportive faculty. You'll also have the option to sink your teeth into a 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 continuously develop your communications skills. Most graduates continue their studies, but many find employment immediately after graduation.
At FLCC, you'll learn all aspects of digital video production, ranging from planning and writing scripts to shooting, editing, and distributing content across various platforms. Much of this learning will take place in our state-of-the-art television studio. You'll become proficient with the behind-the-scenes work required to create original content, including research, interviewing skills, recording, and editing.
With a variety of hands-on experiences at your disposal, you'll be prepared for successful transfer to a 4-year institution, and have unique practical tools to propel you to the next level.
Students gain valuable real-world experience from internship opportunities in advertising, journalism, public relations, scriptwriting, and video production. Past student internships include: CMAC, FLTV, Dixon Schwabl, and a variety of area media outlets.
Additionally, students in our Communications and New Media programs 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 their industry experience in news reporting, sports reporting, 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.
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:
- SUNY 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."