Marianne Odom, Chairperson
LSC 204, 486-1765
The mission of the Department of Media Communications is to provide students with ample opportunities to develop their intellectual curiosity, creativity and ability to communicate while learning to generate content and utilize technology as a foundation for careers in mass media or for further study. Courses of study combine theoretical understanding with hands-on training to prepare students for success in rapidly changing fields.
Coursework and student media, including The Ranger newspaper, the Ranger Online, The Fourth Write magazine and KSYM 90.1 FM radio, allow students to gain experience and build portfolios.
The department encompasses five programs leading to 10 degrees and one certificate. The programs are Digital Design, Journalism, Music Business, Photography and Radio-Television-Film. Programs prepare students to transfer to a four-year university or enter a profession upon graduation from San Antonio College.
Richard Arredondo, Program Coordinator
LRTF 112, 486-1031
The Digital Design Programs offers four degree options in a two-year curriculum leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree or a one-year Level I Certificate. The four A.A.S. degree options are Graphic Design, Web Design, Animation Design, and Illustration Design.
The Graphic Design Option provides a general education and training in the field of graphic design through Digital Design course offerings. Graduates may find careers in publishing, art direction, graphic design, advertising, layout, illustration, photography, or pre-press production.
The Web Design Option provides a general education and training in the field of web design through Digital Design course offerings. Graduates may find careers in interface design, web site administration, multimedia development, game design, animation, or video/audio production.
The Animation Design option provides a general education and training in the field of animation design through Digital Design course offerings. Graduates may find careers in scriptwriting, storyboarding, broadcasting, game design, animation, special effects of film/video/audio production.
The Illustration Design Option provides a general education and training in the field of illustration design through Digital Design course offerings. Graduates may find careers in illustration, publication design, advertising, and other graphic design related fields.
Students must contact the program coordinator to make an appointment with a faculty advisor prior to or during registration.
Transfer students who desire advance placement must apply in person to the department with updated transcripts, a bulletin from each institution attended, and samples of work done for credit at those institutions. Courses in the curriculum must be taken in the required sequence listed in the program advisement forms.
Marianne Odom, Program Coordinator
LRTF 204, 486-1765
The Journalism Program offers an Associate of Arts Degree in Journalism. Courses, which are listed under the COMM prefix, prepare students for careers in print, broadcast and Internet media; multimedia; photojournalism; pubic relations; and advertising. Journalism training teaches students how to gather information, evaluate it, organize it, and present it in a way the public can understand it. The study of journalism also helps prepare students for law school, graduate study and academic success in many liberal arts fields.
L. Markene Bennett, Program Coordinator
LRTF 214, 486-1367
The Music Business Program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is designed to prepare students for careers in a wide range of areas within the music business, including music publishing; the management of soloists, bands, orchestras, studios, music venues and concert bookings. It will also prepare students for work in related businesses such as retail sales, distribution, promotion, and administration.
Students take courses in the major, courses related to the major and academic courses to meet state requirements. An internship in the final semester serves as a capstone experience. All new students should enroll in MUSB 1305, Survey of the Music Business, which serves as a prerequisite or co-requisite for other classes in the major.
James McBride, Program Coordinator
LSC 200, 486-1765
Photography classes, offered under the PHOT and COMM prefixes, prepare students to work in portrait, photo illustration, commercial/industrial, and photojournalism fields. They also provide a basis for filmmaking and videography training as well as support for many other professions such as law enforcement, medical, geology, astronomy, and architecture.
Graduates have the option of entering the profession or transferring to a senior college for additional training. Many four-year institutions will accept from 12 to 18 hours of photography credit.
One simply might want to improve his/her picture-taking skills as a serious hobby. Thus, the courses begin with the basics and become more complex and more involved as the student moves into advanced courses. Students in advanced classes learn to market their work and to develop effective business plans.
L. Markene Bennett, Program Coordinator
LRTF 214, 486-1367
The Radio-Television-Film Program offers three two-year degree options. The program consists of courses in communications; film/cinema studies; audio, video and film production; and radio and television broadcasting.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radio-Television-Broadcasting is for students who wish to work in the broadcast media industry immediately after graduation. The optional Radio-Television-Broadcasting A.A.S. degree plan in Media Convergence and Production offers courses in a variety of disciplines and prepares the student to enter the industry with an understanding of digital media content and technology.
The Associate of Arts Degree with a concentration in Radio-Television-Broadcasting prepares students for transfer to a four-year school. Students interested in an A.A. Degree should refer to the degree requirements in the Radio-Television-Broadcasting A.A. Degree section. Students planning for a Baccalaureate Degree in this field should check with the four-year school of choice for courses that will transfer.
All new students should enroll in COMM 1307, Introduction to Mass Communications, which serves as a prerequisite or co-requisite for other classes in major.
Programs and Courses - Media Communications
Associate of Applied Science
Associate of Arts
Level I Certificate