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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Media Arts, A.S.

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HEGIS: 5008.00


The Media Arts AS degree is designed to provide students with the required foundation and skills for careers in radio, television, film, and video. Courses prepare students to effectively research and write for electronic media, and include hands-on studio experiences in media technology, studio operations, digital audio/visual production, camera operation, and post-production editing software. The degree is designed to provide opportunity for transfer to baccalaureate programs or immediate entry into the field.

The curriculum presented here applies to students who started the major in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023. If you enrolled as a matriculant prior to that, please see the College Catalog for the year you started the major as a matriculant for the curriculum requirements that apply to you.

Consultation with the Program Advisor is required.

Degree Map:

Degree Map for Media Arts, A.S.  

Your Degree Map contains the suggested term-by-term course sequence for your academic path towards graduation. 

To ensure successful and timely completion of your degree, it is recommended that you meet with your academic advisor to discuss your unique map. 

Please note some courses may only be offered once an academic year.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Media Arts degree program requirements, graduates will:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of mass media processes
  2. demonstrate pre-production planning and budgeting
  3. demonstrate production processes for radio, television, film and internet
  4. demonstrate post-production processes for radio, television, film and internet
  5. utilize mass media business plans (marketing research and demographics)
  6. demonstrate knowledge of the technologies involved in production processes
  7. utilize audio equipment in-studio radio, remote radio and sound for television and film
  8. utilize video equipment in-studio television, remote equipment and lighting
  9. utilize post-production editing software programs
  10. demonstrate knowledge of media research methods
  11. demonstrate ability to produce competent written material for specific mass media uses
  12. demonstrate ability to produce public service announcements
  13. demonstrate knowledge of news through studio scripts, interview research/questions and wrap-arounds for news
  14. demonstrate ability to understand historical context of media growth
  15. demonstrate ability to research and write historical and/or descriptive information

College Requirements:

English and Math proficient as determined by the CUNY Proficiency Index, unless otherwise exempt, or successful completion of any required developmental course(s).

Civic Engagement Experiences:

One (1) Civic Engagement experience satisfied by Civic Engagement Certified or Civic Engagement Component course or approved outside activity.

Writing Intensive Requirement:

One (1) Writing Intensive Course  in any discipline is required. 

Required Core (4 Courses, 12 Credits):

When Required Core courses are specified for a category, they are strongly suggested and/or required for the major

*Note: You may elect to take a math or science course that is 4 credits or more. TAP counts 3 credits towards the requirements and the 4th credit as an elective.

Flexible Core (6 Courses, 18 Credits):

When Flexible Core courses are specified for a category, they are strongly suggested and/or required for the major

One course from each Group A to E. and one (1) additional course from any group

No more than two courses can be selected from the same discipline

A. World Cultures and Global Issues Designated Course

B. U.S. Experience in its Diversity Designated Course

C. Creative Expression Designated Course

D. Individual and Society Designated Course

E. Scientific World Designated Course

Note: You may elect to take a math or science course that is 4 credits or more. TAP counts 3 credits towards the requirements and the 4th credit as an elective.


0 to 15 credits sufficient to meet required total of 60 credits


This program is designed to ready students for entry into the media industries, and because of the physically demanding nature of media production, emphasis is placed on safe and proper set-up and operation of equipment. Specific physical abilities are required to fulfill needed tasks:

  • Gross motor skills sufficient to lift, sit and stand for long periods, and mobility sufficient to bend, kneel, squat, reach, and carry 10-40 lbs of equipment above waist height (includes lifting and carrying 10-40 lb cases of audio/visual equipment; lifting this equipment to required heights; and standing for multiple hours in-studio or on location during production).
  • Abilities sufficient to receive, interpret, and communicate information in an accurate, timely and efficient manner (includes headset communications during productions, ability to read broadcast copy on-air; ability to read from a teleprompter, ability to rewrite wire copy).
  • Visual acuity sufficient to perceive and manipulate computer displays – both with a mouse and by touch-screen. Eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills to operate various equipment (includes using audio/video editing software, manipulating fine dials, buttons and switches on cameras, microphones, and audio and video consoles).

If you feel you are unable to perform one or more of these functions, please consult with Access-Ability Services, D-205, by email (AAS@kbcc.cuny.edu) or by phone (718-368-5175), to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be provided. Determination is made on an individual basis as to whether or not necessary accommodations or modifications can be made reasonably.

Total Credits: 60

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