Media Production

Humanities & Social Sciences

Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Program Narrative

Northampton's Media Production program is a highly creative course of study that allows you to explore your potential in communicating ideas through the use of electronic and digital media.

  • A degree in Media Production will help prepare you for a career in:
  • Broadcast, corporate, and social media production
  • Audio recording, engineering and recording studio production
  • Studio-based television and portable video production
  • Fiction or documentary digital cinema production
  • Digital editing and post-production
  • Radio production/post-production
  • Multimedia photography, animation and video  

Program Features

Northampton's program includes both academic and technical aspects of Media Production. Curriculum includes courses in audio and video production, communications, and writing. Courses include television and portable video, recording studio production, editing and post production, and multimedia production. Aesthetic considerations are stressed as the program strives to develop your capacity as an electronic artist.  In addition we offer the following resources:  

  • Live broadcast HD television studio
  • Audio and Video Post Production Lab for Final Cut, Premiere, After Effects, and Logic
  • Pro Tools Surround Sound mixing studio
  • Panasonic camcorders and Nikon digital cameras
  • WNCC steaming radio station
  • Video Waves cable and internet TV show
  • Internship opportunities  

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will: 

  • Be skilled in the basic operation of the audio, video and multimedia equipment used to produce media presentations.
  • Know and be able to use the technical terms and "language" of media production.
  • Formulate and plan audio, video and multimedia productions and to explain their plans both orally and in writing.
  • Collaborate with and direct others in the creation of audio, video and multimedia projects.
  • Develop their creative intelligence and capacity for creative expression in the form of media arts.
  • Use various media technologies to communicate information, ideas and feelings to an audience.
  • Combine or edit basic sound and image elements to generate more complex forms of communication messages.
  • Critically evaluate media, including their own work and the work of others.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the business and operating procedures of radio, television and other electronic media and be able to work effectively in various positions in media companies, in companies with media departments or in entrepreneurial situations.
  • Analyze the effects of media on individuals, society and culture.
  • Understand and be able to describe the evolution of media technologies and industries and the forces that shaped them.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the laws applying to media and be able to apply them to real situations.

Media Production

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title
Credits
First Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication
3
CMTH 103 Mass Communication
3
CMTH 120 Radio Production
3
ENGL 101 English I
3
------------ Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior Elective (SSHB)
3
15
Second Semester
CMTH 126 The Communication Arts
3
CMTH 170 Television Production
3
CMTH 225G Scriptwriting
3
ENGL 151* English II *
3
------------ Mathematics (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective
3/4
15/16
Third Semester
CMTH 221 History of Broadcasting
3
CMTH ___ Media Elective +
3
CMTH ___ Media Elective +
3
JOUR 101 or Journalism and Society or
JOUR 102 or News Editing or
JOUR 103 Newswriting
3
------------- Elective
3
15
Fourth Semester
CMTH 275 Media Production Internship
3
CMTH ___ Media Elective +
3
CMTH ___ Media Elective +
3
------------- Elective
3
------------- Elective
3
15
Total Credits
60/61


* Students have a choice of ENGL 151L (Literature option), ENGL151R (Report Writing) or ENGL 151T (Technical Writing). Contact your advisor for guidance.

+ Media Electives must be taken from the following group:
CMTH 122 Radio Workshop (must be taken 3X to fulfil requirement of media elective)
CMTH 130 Digital Music Production 
CMTH 180 Multimedia Production
CMTH 182 Multimedia Graphics and Animation
CMTH 185 Multimedia Video
CMTH 240 Portable Video Techniques
CMTH 245 Audio Recording and Mixdown
CMTH 246 Advanced Audio Production
CMTH 251 Advanced Television Production
CMTH 252 Video Editing and Post Production

  • The Mathematics (QL) or Science (SCI) Elective must be selected from the list of approved courses for those categories.
  • Completion of CMTH 225G satisfies the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement.
  • Computer competencies are included in various courses in this program. Thus, completing the program automatically satisfies the computing requirement for this program.
  • Elective credits may be selected from the following groups or from any courses which meet the transfer or career goals of the students.

Production

  • ARTA 130 Introduction to Web Site Design
  • ARTA 131 Intro to 3-D Computer Animation
  • CMTH 130 MIDI Sequencing and Synthesis
  • CMTH 180 Multimedia Production
  • CMTH 182 Multimedia Graphics and Animation
  • CMTH 240 Portable Video Techniques
  • CMTH 245 Audio Recording and Mixdown
  • CMTH 252 Video Editing and Post Production
  • CMTH 251 Advanced Television Production
  • CMTH 246 Advanced Audio Production

Performance

  • CMTH 105 Public Speaking
  • CMTH 111 Acting I
  • CMTH 115 Technical Theatre
  • CMTH 117 Stagecraft
  • CMTH 122 Radio Workshop
  • CMTH 189 Stage Voice and Movement
  • CMTH 206 Directing
  • CMTH 212 Acting II

Theory

  • CMTH 110 Introduction to the Theatre
  • CMTH 211/ENGL 211G Plays: Classical to Contemporary
  • CMTH 215 Intercultural Communication
  • CMTH 230G Intro to Communication Theory
  • CMTH 231 Small Group Communication
  • CMTH 220 Introduction to Film
  • JOUR___ Journalism courses
  • SOCA 103 Principles of Sociology
  • PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology

Career Potential: Television/Radio Producer, Audio Producer/Engineer, Multimedia Producer, Director, Camera Operator, Editor, Disc Jockey, Scriptwriter

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