Why Study Communication Media Arts?

The Associate Degree program in Communication Media Arts at RCC is designed to prepare students for a range of exciting media arts careers. With a curriculum that covers everything from visual communication and graphic design to film production, video editing, and audio production, students will gain hands-on experience in a variety of digital media formats. Our program emphasizes the importance of staying current with the rapid changes in the industry, giving students the tools they need to succeed in fields such as broadcasting, journalism, and mass communication. After their introductory coursework, students are encouraged to take on creative projects, including writing, producing, directing, and editing video, audio, and multimedia content. RCC’s Communication Media Arts degree program is committed to diversity and offers students an appreciation of the role of media technologies in a global society. Start your journey towards a career in multimedia today at RCC.

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Associate of Arts (AA): Communication Media Arts

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Graduates of Rockland Community College are provided with a clear path to meaningful careers that meet the needs of businesses and industry in the communities we serve. Our students are trained in specific skills that are needed by employers, and guided through a career path that leads directly to workforce opportunities. With affordable tuition, students who begin their college careers at RCC are ready to meet the demands of the real world.

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At Rockland Community College, you are provided with a Student Success Team that will help you with your academic journey, career exploration, transfer planning, support service referrals, and more! Your Team includes your Dean, Program Director, Faculty Advisor, Student Success Advisor, Connection Center Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Peer Mentors, and if you’re involved in any of these special programs, your Athletics, Honors, TRiO, and Veterans Advisors. During your first semester, you will take an ‘Introduction to the School’ course that will outline the various College offices and departments that can help you on your path.

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Career Outlook

Employment in media and communication occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, resulting in about 151,500 new jobs. Demand for media and communication occupations is expected to arise from the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through varied platforms. The median annual wage for media and communication workers (such as announcers, interpreters and translators, and technical writers) was $61,310 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950. Media and communication equipment workers (such as broadcast and sound engineering technicians, film and video editors, and photographers) had a median annual wage of $50,870 in May 2020, higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy.

Job Roles

Digital Communications Specialist, Video or Film Editor, Web Application Developer, and Radio/Podcast Engineer


Film and Video Editors

$107,160 NYS Average
National Average $83,470 annually

Sound Engineering Technicians

$89,450 NYS Average
National Average $74,100 annually

Lighting Technicians

$88,330 NYS Average
National Average $73,250 annually

Employment and wage data by occupation are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 51,000 businesses. labor.ny.gov

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