Media Communications Degrees

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Are you intrigued by the media and the way it conveys messages and concepts to the world?; think–TV, news publications & broadcasting, marketing, social media, film editing/production, and the list goes on. If you answered, ”yes,” it’s possible this diverse field will satiate your drive to channel abstract ideas through marketing strategies and storytelling, while creating useful content that inspires and influences. A Media Communications degree lays the foundation for a prosperous career by teaching necessary skills catered toward an ever-changing media industry.

Degrees Awarded

  • Minor
  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Classes and Prerequisites

The topics in these degree programs vary, but most commonly cover the areas of media and film production, storytelling, mass media and business, entrepreneurship and law as they pertain to media, reinforcing the process of how media is created and how it is applied toward politics, propaganda, marketing and branding. Additionally, degrees being awarded beyond the scope of a certificate usually require general studies coursework encompassing math, sciences, humanities, foreign languages, or more, depending on the requirements of the college.

Salary Info

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average income for media and communications occupations was $53,500 per year as of May 2015.

Possible Careers

  • Journalist
  • Copywriter
  • Technical writer
  • News anchor
  • Media analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Speechwriter
  • Film director
  • Market research analyst
  • Press agent
  • Public relations specialist
  • Corporate communications manager

Schools

Many schools throughout the US offer degrees in media communications–here, we’ve broken down our top choices based on quality of education, cost and degree types offered, i.e. master’s, bachelor’s, and associate’s.

Full Sail University

You’ve probably heard of this school by now if you’ve ever considered majoring in anything creative. Full Sail has done a nice job with this academic program by not only teaching the rudiments you’d find in other schools’ variations of the degree, but also, the incorporation of web design, entrepreneurship and film production courses.

Curriculum:
  1. Ok, guys, they’ve made it pretty easy for you to take a stab at their Bachelor of Science in Media Communications degree, by giving the options to complete it entirely online or on campus in Winter Park, Florida:
    • Listed below are the on-Campus and online requirements are the same, but taken at different spaces; the on-campus degree takes 20 months to complete and the online route is 32 months:
      • Intro to Media Communications and Technologies, New Media Tools, Aesthetics and Theory of Communications, New Media Formats
      • Research in Media Communications, New Media Entrepreneurship
      • Digital Video and Audio Production courses, beginner through advanced
      • Graphic Design and Communications
      • Editing for the Web & Web Design & Cultural Studies of the Web
      • Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Psychology of Play, Media Sociology
      • Integrated Marketing, Intellectual Property
      • Creative Presentation and Project & Portfolios
      • College Math and Art History
Tuition & Fees:

At $467 per credit hour, spanning five semesters, the BS in Media Communications comes out to $56,000 total.


Webster University

Chances are, this university may have never shown up on your radar, however it should. Offering two degrees and a minor in in this discipline, Webster’s Media Communications program has turned out hollywood actors, filmmakers and social media success stories, multiple times

Curriculum:
  1. In summation, they grant a Master, Bachelor and minor in media comm:
    • Master of Arts in Media Communications requirements:
      • Requires 36 credit hours to complete, with 21 of those from the core area of study. Electives from the Communications department are required to fulfill the remaining 15 credits, however, other electives from other departments may be considered.
      • One requisite course in Media Communications
      • Media Organization and Regulations
      • International Communications
      • Media Production Management
      • Seminar in Media Communications
    • Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications
      • 128 credit hours to complete
      • Required coursework: Media Communications, Mass Communications, Media Writing, Media Literacy, Ethics in the Media, Cultural Diversity in the Media or International Communications, The Law and the Media, Interpersonal Communications, Thesis and Internship
      • Substitution courses geared more toward journalism are:Introduction to Media Production for Journalists, Fundamentals of Reporting
      • 12 credits are required from the areas of Photography, Audio, Gaming, Animation, Journalism and more–students are given the choice of subject(s) they want to focus on.
      • Additional general studies credits are needed for graduation
    • Minor in Media Communications:
      • 18 credits necessary to complete the minor; Introduction to Media Communications (three credits) and an additional fifteen credits in courses from the School of Communications
Tuition & Fees:

Undergraduate degrees run about $26,900 per academic year. Tuition for their graduate degrees get extremely tricky and complicated to calculate due to varying rates by campus, military veterans and active duty status. To make things easy, we used the rate for the St Louis area campuses(Webster University’s home location) to come up with this figure–At $730 per credit hour, multiplied by thirty-six credit hours necessary for graduation, the grand total is $26,280.


Monroe Community College

To be quite honest, these guys made the cut because they are one of the few schools that offer an Associate degree targeted toward Media Communications specifically and not just communications studies in the broader sense. They’re also affiliated with SUNY (State University of New York); a huge plus. In addition, Monroe have made this academic program easy to transfer/put toward an undergraduate degree, and more than half of the coursework can be completed online; what’s not to like?

Curriculum:
  1. MCC grants one Associate of Science in Communication and Media Studies:
    • Associate of Science in Communication and Media Studies requirements:
      • Studio Audio Engineering
      • Desktop Production
      • Computer and Web Literacy
      • The Media Industry Landscape
      • Business Management for Media Professionals
      • Principles of Design
      • Career Planning for the Creative Professional
      • Event Production
      • Principles of Lighting Systems
      • Advanced Lighting and Visual Display
      • Sound Reinforcement series
      • System Maintenance and Advanced Wiring
      • English Composition, Algebra, Science, Humanities and other core courses
Tuition & Fees:

Full-time students taking 15 credits or more can calculate their tuition at $390 per credit, which is surprisingly affordable for a school of this type. Pair that figure with the 98 minimum credits needed to graduate and you’re looking at somewhere around $38,220 for this Associate degree; Not too bad for a private school.


University of Washington-Bothell

The UW-Bothell is one of three campuses that are part of the University of Washington education system, granting fully accredited UW degrees. Located a few miles north of Seattle, students will still receive a high quality education and be near the city.

Curriculum:
  1. The University of Washington-Bothell grants one undergrad degree in Media & Communications.
    • Bachelor of Arts in Media & Communications degree requirements:
      • Communication Practice & Media Production Courses
      • Media and Communication Studies
      • 15 credits in Tier 1 Coursework:
        • Classes falling into this category have a range of topics, such as: film studies, media culture, visual communications, interactive media studies and more
      • 10 credits in Tier One, Tier Two or Communication Practice & Media Production Courses
      • 25 additional credits in core studies
      • Portfolio Capstone
      • Additionally, the UW requires completion of general studies in math, sciences, english,foreign language and humanities
Tuition & Fees:

These figures are based on a 12 credit workload–Actual numbers may vary case-by-case. Per semester, full-time students who are Washington residents are looking at an estimated $3,564, and non-residents can expect a considerable increase, roughly $11,576.00 per semester.

Outro

One could argue a degree in Journalism covers the same material you’d find in a Media Communications major, however, the media comm degree not only teaches principles of journalism and reporting, it treks deeper into the topics of media and communications in their own right, and how those apply to the world of film, TV, and social media.