In the associate degree program, the student will receive a general education in the appreciation and application of traditional art and design to motion media, along with the fundamentals of tactical, strategic communications. Each student will experience an in-depth exercise in devising media strategies to fulfill specific communications missions. Each student will learn the fundamentals of every aspect of the media production process. Following this, students will be enabled to specialize in a single aspect of that process, and develop familiarity and expertise in their chosen craft. The program offers specialty training in Digital Cinematography, Editing, Motion Graphics, Set Operations, and Production.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English Placement Test.

Other Information

  • Non-degree students may enroll in individual courses if they meet prerequisites.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Use listening and knowledge of technical terms/industry jargon to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with clients, colleagues and other professionals.
  2. Demonstrate proper business etiquette, appearance, teamwork behaviors and understand legal regulations, industry ethics, production schedules and budgets in order to be a contributing member of the production team.
  3. Apply the basics of digital video filmmaking production following set protocol including camera operation, lighting, audio production and producing skills.
  4. Use editing software, motion graphics and animation to produce files for various media and delivery formats that meet customer requirements.
  5. Apply the appropriate writing style and visual design principles for a given medium that meets the production goal and persuades the audience to action.
  6. Create a production plan and schedule that meets client needs, uses resources appropriately and is on time and within budget.
  7. Communicate verbally and in writing to clients to secure and maintain business.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
MARS-1020 Story: Pre-production Methods and the Art of Story in Motion Media 3
MARS-1180 Introduction to Media Arts and Filmmaking 3
RAT-1100 Sound Recording and Design 3
VCPH-1261 Photography I 1 3
VCPH-1450 Digital Imaging I 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours18
Second Semester
MARS-1120 Media Arts and Studies Colloquium 1
MARS-2110 Editing 3
MARS-2180 Digital Cinematography 3
MARS-2480 Motion Graphics 3
MJS-1310 Film Appreciation 3
MATH-1xxx 2 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Semester
MARS-2280 Short Films: Exploring Genre & Technique 3
MARS-2380 Visual Effects 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
Select one of the following: 3
Applied Integrated Media (AIM) I: Real World Pre-production 3  
Media Arts and Studies Elective  
Select one of the following: 3
Media Arts and Studies Elective  
2D Design and Color  
Introduction to Scenery and Stagecrafts  
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
BADM-1301 Small Business Management 3
MARS-2720 Applied Integrated Media (AIM) II: Real World Production and Post-Production for Motion Media 4 3
MARS-2990 Media Arts and Filmmaking Professional Prep and Portfolio Review 2
MARS-2xxx Media Arts and Studies Elective 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Summer Completion
MARS-2940 MARS Field Experience 1
 Credit Hours1
 Total Credit Hours64


In the 3rd and 4th semester, students choose a three-credit course from the following courses as an elective.

MARS-2120Advanced Editing3
MARS-2220Advanced Crew and Set Operations for Motion Media3
MARS-2680Digital Cinematography II3
MARS-2780Motion Graphics II3