New Media

Associate in Science (A.S.)

Student working with two mobile devices and video equipment

Use innovative technology to create videos, websites, apps, and games with a degree in new media. Combine creativity and storytelling techniques with technical communication skills to convey information through a variety of digital platforms.

Career Outlook: Digital Media Production

The way we communicate and do business evolves with technology. New careers in digital media production appear every day, and this program prepares you to pursue work in this field. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that careers in media and communication will grow 6% from 2021 to 2031. The average annual salary for digital media occupations was $62,340 in 2021.

A.S. Program Overview

Our New Media program provides a strong foundation in all aspects of digital media production. Coursework focuses on content editing, audio/video production, graphic design, and web development. This program combines elements of computer science, fine arts, music, and communications. You'll study alongside students in related disciplines to complete team projects and foster professional connections.

By the end of the program, you'll have a digital portfolio of original work and a demo reel — so you'll be ready to transfer or start a career.

Digital Media Production Technology

Gain hands-on experience making engaging digital content using leading design software and technology.

FLCC has all this gear you need to complete creative digital projects. This includes: Pro Tools, Adobe Creative Suite, computer labs, digital cameras, drones, VR headsets, and a 900-square-foot on-campus television studio.

DJI Air 2S Fly-More Camera Drone. HD Video, 3-Axis Gimbal with 22mm Lens. Remote Controller with a built-in screen.

Develop Digital Media Projects From Start to Finish

The New Media capstone course mirrors the project development cycle you'll encounter in the workplace. You'll brainstorm and pitch ideas to a panel of faculty and then see the project through from concept to launch. Along the way, you'll record your progress and provide updates to the class about various challenges and successes.

At the end of the semester, each team will unveil their project with a public presentation and product demonstration.

Sample Capstone Projects

New Media capstone projects include way-finding apps, video games, documentaries, original short films, stop-motion videos, promotional materials, and more. Some recent capstone projects include:

  • Project Rock — a music video game similar to Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Players press color-coded buttons to match corresponding notes on the screen while a song is playing.
  • Promotional Videos — a series of short films featuring three specific FLCC programs. Team members interviewed current students, recorded footage, and edited audio and video for digital publication.
  • Holo Pong — a 3D hologram game based on the classic 1970s game. The cabinet includes two HD monitors and an acrylic, plastic pyramid that reflects images on the monitors.
  • Room 2420 — a 5-episode mockumentary that gives viewers a look into the process of the creation of the capstone projects.

A.S. Program Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Distinguish and demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively using a variety of digital media.
  • Analyze an audience and form a message to effectively reach that audience.
  • Create and defend creative works using digital media, video, print, multimedia, and the spoken word.

Seamless Transfer Opportunities

This program prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university and continue your education in new media, digital media, film or animation, multimedia, web design, communications, or another related field. FLCC has an articulation agreement with Nazareth College that simplifies the transfer process.

Graduates have also transferred to other colleges and universities in the region, including:

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Ithaca College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • St. John Fisher University
  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Purchase

Four-Year Career Pathways

After earning an advanced degree, you'll be ready to pursue a variety of career opportunities in digital content, communications, and design fields. Some career options include:

  • Animation
  • App Development
  • Advertising and Design
  • Digital Content Creation
  • Film and Video Production
  • Video Game Development
  • Web Design

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.

The Brooke Makowiec Memorial Award is a scholarship that is awarded to a female New Media student who meets specific award criteria. For information on this scholarship, contact the FLCC Foundation.


New Media faculty bring a wide range of talent and real-world experience to the classroom. Each faculty specializes in a particular area of the discipline, including video production, mobile app development, and media writing. Our instructors strive to stay current with industry skills and expertise. FLCC is committed to providing you the most up-to-date programs, courses, and educational experience.

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