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Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2017
Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Arts
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201
Faculty Contact
Susan McGraw: 313-845-9842,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-129

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 course, student should be able to:

  1. Assess the issues relating to media literacy and standard ethical responses using conventional practices of media criticism.
  2. Demonstrate telecommunication skills including media writing, script analysis, audio and video performance, and criticism.
  3. Demonstrate the use of industry-standard software and hardware to produce and edit audio and video works.
  4. Debate and describe historical and contemporary issues as they apply to the legal aspects of the telecommunication industry.
  5. Argue and solve problems while working in a live field environment to lead a team effort in performing, producing, editing or directing a telecommunication project.
  6. Collaborate effectively with team members in an ensemble performance or production scenario when applicable.
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 binders, a flash drive, and additional items will be required for program project needs. Individual instructors will provide specific materials lists.

General Education

See General Education Requirements for details.

Category 1: English Composition
Complete any one.
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.
Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any one, from a different discipline (other than TCM).
Category 6: Natural Sciences
Complete any two, including one with laboratory experience, from different disciplines.
Credit Hours

Degree-Specific Requirements

Computer Technology: Complete any one
Credit Hours

Program Requirements


Complete additional 100-level, or higher, credits to complete this degree.

Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours