Communication Arts – Associate in Arts Degree

Top Code: 4903.00

This area of emphasis is intended to align with preparation for transfer to universities in such majors as Art, Communication, English, Journalism, Television and Radio, Theatre Arts, and other similar fields of study. Communicating well and understanding the communication process are essential to professional success in many fields. People communicate to influence, to persuade, and to express. Learning to communicate effectively is one important reason for the study of Communication Arts. Studying the communication process helps one understand how the human mind works. Analyzing the messages in advertisements, television programs, and political speeches helps one to understand our society. Studying communication in everyday relationships, groups, and organizations shows us how these systems are created and maintained. Areas of study include face-to-face interaction, group process, organizational communication, rhetoric, advocacy, intercultural communication, political communication, and performance studies. Communication Arts students can expect to develop skills essential for leadership and career development, and for understanding and interpreting events.

Please Note: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Read and critically analyze argumentative contexts using written and performative techniques.
  2. Use relevant examples in support of a thesis.
  3. Communicate using college-level grammar/syntax.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of cultural diversity and audience perceptions.

Requirements for the area of emphasis

Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All courses must be numbered 1–99. Students must complete 18 units with at least 3 units in three of the disciplines listed below.

Art /Design
ART 001AHISTORY OF WESTERN ART - PREHISTORIC THROUGH MEDIEVAL3
ART 001BHISTORY OF WESTERN ART3
ART 011AFOUNDATION DRAWING3
ART 015SKETCHING FOR DESIGN3
ART 016PERSPECTIVE3
ART 018RENDERING3
ART 024PRINTMAKING - SILK SCREEN3
ART 031ACOLOR AND COMPOSITION-TWO DIMENSIONAL DESIGN3
ART 031BCOLOR THEORY3
ART 032ADESIGN-THREE DIMENSIONAL3
ART 034AAPPLIED DESIGN I - MATERIALS AND PROCESSES3
ART 052AINTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION3
ART 052BADVANCED ILLUSTRATION3
DMA 010DIGITAL ART: DESIGN FOUNDATION3
DMA 020AGRAPHIC DESIGN I3
DMA 020BGRAPHIC DESIGN II3
DMA 020CGRAPHIC DESIGN III3
DMA 022ATYPOGRAPHY I3
DMA 022BTYPOGRAPHY II3
DMA 012DIGITAL ART: PAINTING & DRAWING3
Communication
COMM 001SURVEY OF MASS COMMUNICATION3
English
ENGL 005ACREATIVE WRITING3
ENGL 005BCREATIVE WRITING3
ENGL 006SHORT STORY WRITING3
ENGL 007INSCAPE MAGAZINE PUBLICATION3
ENGL 008WRITING POETRY3
ENGL 009CREATIVE NONFICTION3
ENGL 010INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS3
ENGL 011HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE3
ENGL 012INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION3
ENGL 024A LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION3
ENGL 025AINTERPRETING MODERN LITERATURE3
ENGL 025CWOMEN IN LITERATURE3
ENGL 025DSCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY3
ENGL 025ELITERATURE OF HORROR (GOTHIC NOVEL)3
ENGL 025FCOMEDY AND LITERATURE3
ENGL 025GMYSTERY AND CRIME FICTION3
ENGL 025HAMERICAN JOURNEYS3
ENGL 025IPOST-COLONIAL LITERATURES3
ENGL 025JUTOPIAN AND DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE3
ENGL 026INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY THEORY AND CRITICISM3
ENGL 030AAMERICAN LITERATURE3
ENGL 030BAMERICAN LITERATURE3
ENGL 030CAMERICAN LITERATURE3
ENGL 034MAJOR NOVELIST1
ENGL 035MAJOR DRAMATIST1
ENGL 036MAJOR POET1
ENGL 037MAJOR CRITIC1
ENGL 044AWORLD LITERATURE: ANTIQUITY TO 15003
ENGL 044BWORLD LITERATURE: 1500 -- 1800 A.D.3
ENGL 044CWORLD LITERATURE: 1800 - MID 20TH CENTURY3
ENGL 045ALITERATURE OF THE BIBLE3
ENGL 045BLITERATURE OF THE BIBLE3
ENGL 046AENGLISH LITERATURE3
ENGL 046BENGLISH LITERATURE3
ENGL 048ASIAN LITERATURE3
ENGL 049AFILM AS DRAMATIC LITERATURE3
ENGL 049BFILM AS DRAMATIC LITERATURE3
ENGL 051NATIVE AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY AND LITERATURE3
ENGL 053INTERPRETING POETRY3
ENGL 054CALIFORNIA LITERATURE3
ENGL 057MODERN DRAMA3
ENGL 059CHILDREN'S LITERATURE3
ENGL 060MASTERPIECES OF DRAMA3
ENGL 061INTRODUCTION TO THE NOVEL3
ENGL/ETH 065AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE3
ENGL/ETH 075ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE3
ENGL 078AINTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE3
ENGL 078BINTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE3
ENGL 082AINTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY3
ENGL 082BINTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY3
ENGL 082CINTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY3
ENGL/ETH 085MEXICAN AND CHICANO LITERATURE3
Journalism
JOUR 002BEGINNING JOURNALISM3
JOUR 004AREPORTING AND NEWSWRITING3
JOUR 004BREPORTING AND NEWSWRITING3
JOUR 005MAGAZINE AND SMALL PUBLICATIONS3
JOUR 007ANEWSWRITING AND MAKE-UP I4
JOUR 007BNEWSWRITING AND MAKE-UP II4
JOUR 009PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION3
Photography
PHOT 021INTRODUCTION TO BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY3
CINE 025FILM ART3
CINE 026ABEGINNING ELECTRONIC FILMMAKING3
CINE 026BINTERMEDIATE FILMMAKING--ELECTRONIC3
CINE 026CADVANCED FILMMAKING3
CINE 027CINEMATOGRAPHY3
PHOT 030INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL IMAGE EDITING3
PHOT 031BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY3
Speech
SPCH 002PERSUASION3
SPCH 003VOICE AND DICTION3
SPCH 004ORAL INTERPRETATION3
SPCH 005FORENSICS - SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM3
SPCH 005AFORENSICS RESEARCH AND PREPARATION (SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM)3
SPCH 006ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE3
SPCH 008READERS' THEATER3
SPCH 009SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION3
SPCH 012ARGUMENTATION AND CRITICAL THINKING3
SPCH 013INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION3
Television and Radio
TVR 001INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRONIC MEDIA3
TVR 002ABEGINNING AUDIO PRODUCTION3
TVR 002BRADIO BROADCAST MASTER CONTROL OPERATIONS3
TVR 007BEGINNING TV STUDIO PRODUCTION3
TVR 012BEGINNING ANNOUNCING AND PERFORMING IN ELECTRONIC MEDIA3
TVR 014ABEGINNING RADIO PRODUCTION3
TVR 014BADVANCED RADIO PRODUCTION2
TVR 015INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA WRITING3
TVR 016AINTERMEDIATE PRODUCING AND DIRECTING4
TVR 016BVIDEO PRODUCTION4.5
TVR 017ATELEVISION AND FILM SCRIPT WRITING3
TVR 017BTELEVISION AND FILM SCRIPT WRITING3
TVR 018RADIO AND TELEVISION NEWSWRITING3
TVR 019INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA AESTHETICS AND CINEMATIC ARTS3
TVR 021ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY BUSINESS PRACTICES, MANAGEMENT, AND PRODUCING3
TVR 024ELECTRONIC NEWS GATHERING AND DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION3
Theatre Arts
THRT 002AACTING I3
THRT 002BACTING II3
THRT 002CADVANCED ACTING FUNDAMENTALS3
THRT 004AMIME FUNDAMENTALS2
THRT 004BMIME FOR THE ACTOR2
THRT 005ATHEATRE HISTORY I3
THRT 005BTHEATRE HISTORY II3
THRT 006PLAY WRITING3
THRT 008VOICE AND MOVEMENT FOR THE PERFORMER3
THRT 010AMAKEUP FOR STAGE AND SCREEN3
THRT 010BADVANCED MAKEUP FOR STAGE AND SCREEN1
THRT 012ATECHNICAL THEATER4
THRT 012BADVANCED TECHNICAL THEATER4
THRT 013INTRODUCTION TO SCENIC DESIGN3
THRT 015COSTUME CRAFTS3
THRT 026IMPROVISATION TECHNIQUES2
THRT 029REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE3
THRT 030STAGE TECHNIQUES1
THRT 041FUNDAMENTALS OF STAGE LIGHTING3
THRT 075MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP2

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree