Associate of Arts Degree - Media Arts


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Program Description

The Media Arts program is a unique, interdisciplinary approach to the converging fields of journalism, communication, and new media technology. It responds to the need for people skilled in effective communications in all levels of society including industry, education, art and music, and the public arena.

The degree in Media Arts provides a core foundation of media and visual literacy, a foundation of technical skills, and principles of design and information hierarchy, as well as specialization skill development in Information gathering and reporting in journalistic formats, visual and photojournalism concepts and skills, and application of theory and skill to journalistic practice. A grade of “C” or higher is required in all certificate and major required courses.

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Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Create digital projects that demonstrate an understanding of the formal elements and principles of design.
  • Communicate an idea through digital projects by skillfully using materials and techniques to achieve the desired effect.
  • Develop a balance of technical ability and design skills which together enrich the appreciation of making and viewing digital art.
  • Recognize and list major historical benchmarks and trends in the development of digital art, and place digital art in a contemporary context.
  • Analyze the objective and subjective qualities of digital projects in order to evaluate and assess their worthiness.

Major Requirements

  • ART 072 Computer Graphics - 3 units
  • ART 079A Web Design 1 - 3 units
  • JOURN 021 Mass Media and Society - 3 units
  • JOURN 022 News Writing and Reporting for the Media - 3 units
  • PHOTO 076 Photoshop 1 - 3 units

In addition to the journalism and photo courses, students are required to take a publication laboratory class for a minimum of 3 units choosing from one of the following publication laboratory classes:

  • JOURN 032A Media Production 1 - 3 units
  • JOURN 032B Media Production 2 - 3 units
  • JOURN 032D Newspaper Lab – Production and Design - 3 units

A.A. Degree Requirements

  • Major Requirements - 18 units 
  • General Education Requirements - 39 units 
  • Physical Activity - 1 unit

Total Required Units - 60 units

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Career Options

  • Web Designer
  • Video Producers
  • Photo Journalists
  • Graphic Designers
  • Animators
  • Illustrators

Admission Deadlines

Deadline Application Information
July 15, 2020

Fall 2020 Semester

Start Date: August 31, 2020

November 15, 2020

Spring 2021 Semester

Start Date: January 25, 2021

*We may continue to accept applications after the stated deadline on a case-by-case basis. Students in Partner English Language Programs may also apply after the deadline.

Tuition and Fees

Affordable Education Without Sacrificing Quality!

Completing a degree or beginning your university studies at San Jose City College is the most cost-effective way to obtain a quality education in the United States. Students take required courses similar to those offered at the university for the first two years but at a much lower cost.

The excellent value of a San Jose City College education without sacrificing quality makes studying here the best decision. 

International students are responsible for paying the tuition and fees directly to the college. International students are required to take a minimum of 12 units each semester. 

Expenses for One Academic Year:

Expenses Amount
Tuition & Other Fees $8,138
Estimated Books & Supplies $600
Mandatory Health Insurance $1,428
Estimated Living Expenses $9,900
Estimated Other Personal Expenses $2,072
Total Estimated Cost $22,138

The estimates above reflect expenses for the academic year 2020-2021 for a student taking 12-units per semester. Expenses are revised annually and are subject to legislative change without notice.

Last updated Jan 2021

About the School

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