Telecommunication - Associate in Arts

This program has been discontinued or temporarily suspended. Currently enrolled students may complete their program of study, but new students will not be admitted.

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Arts
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201 and F-138
Faculty Contact
Susan McGraw: 313-845-9842,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-146

Program Description


Provides a comprehensive foundation of study and practice in the areas of media production, editing, writing and management for radio, television, film, broadcast journalism, public relations, and media performance. This specialization is developed through a range of courses incorporating both theoretical classroom academic knowledge and creative hands-on use of hardware, software, studios and labs combined with real-world assignments and experience so as to provide successful students with a solid foundation for pursuing a four-year mass communication degree at a transfer institution or as a stepping stone into the field.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Assess issues relating to media literacy and ethics using practices of media criticism.
  2. Demonstrate telecommunication skills including media writing, script analysis, audio and video performance, and criticism.
  3. Implement the use of industry-standard software and hardware to produce and edit audio and video works.
  4. Examine historical and contemporary issues as they apply to the legal aspects of the telecommunication industry.
  5. Solve problems by collaborating with team members on a telecommunication project in an ensemble writing, production, performance, editing or directing environment.
Career Opportunities
  • Management: Producer, Director, or Promotions Coordinator
  • Production: Video or Television Producer, Director, Camera Operator, Audio or Radio Producer or Audio or Video Editor
  • Writing: Screenwriter, Script Writer, Media Theorist, Media Critic or Broadcast/News Journalist
  • Talent: Radio, TV, or Voiceover Announcer, Broadcast Journalist or Performer

Admission Requirements

Additional Program Requirements

The purchase of minimal support materials including headphones, binders, a flash drive, and additional items will be required for program project needs. Individual instructors will provide specific materials lists.

General Education

Category 1: English Composition
Complete any one from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 2: English Composition or Communications
Complete any one course from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one course from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 4: Social Sciences
Complete any two, from different disciplines from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any one, from a different discipline (other than TCM) from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 6: Natural Sciences
Complete any two, including one with laboratory experience, from different disciplines from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Credit Hours

See General Education for Transfer Degrees for details.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Computer Technology: Complete any one
Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2024 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.