Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Program description. The Media Technologies program encompasses related career-technical disciplines in five general concentrations: Communication Graphics Technology , Design for Web and Print , Photography , Video Production Technology and Web Technology . Students have the opportunity to earn a degree in a cross-disciplinary environment that reflects the trend in industry. 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.
Communication Graphics Technology concentration. The Communication Graphics Technology concentration educates students in the art of visual communications. The student receives hands-on training in visual fundamentals, problem-solving and visual/verbal concept development for advertising, graphic design, and illustration. Emphasis is placed on the use of computer-enhanced technology and contemporary software applications throughout the program to support the development of professional portfolios.
Typical job opportunities: Design consulting firms, advertising agencies, electronic prepress service bureaus, media outlets and printing companies, in-house agencies, webpage design and development firms, and freelance practice
Program goals. Upon completion of a Media Technologies program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish 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(s): Engineering and Media Technologies department, (865) 694-6483; or program coordinator, (865) 694-6750
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
1HUM/FA / MATH/NS / SBS
See the General Education section of this Catalog for electives.
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. Courses from the list of History electives will not meet the requirement for this degree.
Electives to be chosen, based on students’ career goals, from any APE, CGT, DWP, MDT, PHO, VPT, or WEB course that is not a requirement of the Communication Graphics curriculum. Electives must be approved by the student’s advisor or the program coordinator. Some courses may require prerequisites.