Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Program description. The Media Technologies program encompasses related career-technical disciplines in four general concentrations: Communication Graphics Technology , Photography Video Production Technology and Web Technology . Students will earn a degree in a cross-disciplinary environment that reflects industry workflows and trends. The program employs instructors with years of practical experience and is guided by working professionals.
The Media Technologies program is designed to offer greater flexibility to students who can, working with an advisor, design a custom curriculum best suited to their needs and interests. The program offers certificates for those needing broader, deeper and/or upgraded training. To learn more about these options, see the Certificate Programs section of this Catalog.
Photography concentration. The Photography concentration is designed to give students a balanced, practical foundation for entering the profession in the digital age. All of the facilities are digital, with industry-standard tools incorporated into the course material. Students are shown the tools and techniques needed to build a foundation for nearly any photography career. Camera mastery, studio portrait and still life lighting, photojournalism, and digital imaging are among the skills developed. Learning these core skill sets allows the aspiring photographers to be able to express themselves more creatively and communicate more effectively through their photography.
Typical job opportunities: Freelance photographer/studio owner; corporate or industrial photographer; staff, wedding, portrait, photojournalism, editorial, travel, nature, lifestyle, stock, and education photographer
Program goals. After successfully completing the Media Technologies program, the graduate will be equipped to do the following:
- Create media that communicate the desired message to the intended audience.
- Use a wide variety of industry-standard equipment, techniques, software, hardware and materials to produce the appropriate content.
- Demonstrate various styles in communications media that display a grasp of both design and communication principles and techniques.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the techniques and equipment that facilitate adaptation to constantly changing media.
- Understand and respect the rights and responsibilities of the artist, subject, client, user and employer, including intellectual property rights.
- Create a portfolio demonstrating design and communication skills, technical competence, and industry standards and practices.
Contact: Engineering and Media Technologies, (865) 694-6483
Courses and Course Sequence
This sequence can be followed by students who begin college-level work in the fall semester. Prerequisites may apply to specific courses; it is the student’s responsibility to determine if prerequisites have been met. An academic advisor is provided for each student. Prior to registering each semester, the student is expected to consult with his/her assigned advisor.
Total Credit Hours Needed for Graduation: 60
See the list of General Education courses for electives.
Requirements to be chosen from PHO 2200 , PHO 2300 or PHO 2400 , with the order based on students’ career needs and interests. All courses require prerequisites. All core requirements must be passed in order to graduate.
Elective to be chosen from an unduplicated course: CGT 1105 , CGT 1950 ; PHO 1200 , PHO 2100 , PHO 2500 ; VPT 1045 , VPT 1220 ; WEB 1600 based on students’ career needs and interests. Elective must be approved by the student’s advisor or the program coordinator. Some courses may require prerequisites.
Elective to be chosen from one unduplicated course in the categories of Communication, Humanities/Fine Arts, Mathematics/Natural Sciences or Social/Behavioral Sciences in the General Education section of this Catalog. Students should check with advisor for relevant electives.
Elective to be chosen from an unduplicated course: COMM 1010 , COMM 1020 ; JOU 2030 ; MKT 2200 ; PHO 1200 , PHO 2100 , PHO 2500 , PHO 2700 , PHO 2950 based on students’ career needs and interests. Elective must be approved by the student’s advisor or the program coordinator. Some courses may require prerequisites.
It is recommended that capstone courses be taken in the final semester for students completing the sequence in four semesters. Those students completing the sequence in more than four semesters should consider enrolling in capstone courses in the fall semester prior to graduation.