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Communication Arts

Who we are and what we do

Bringing together film, print media, the internet, and television, the Communication Arts program invites students to become "media literate," to understand the industries behind the messages we are exposed to every day.

This program is designed to provide the first two years of course work necessary for a baccalaureate degree in communication fields. It emphasizes a strong liberal arts background and an introduction to print, sound and visual media. Students are offered options in journalism, media studies and television production. The program offers strong media production opportunities, including a fully equipped television studio, a student newspaper, graphic design laboratories and multimedia projects that combine these areas. Completion of the program leads to the Associate in Arts degree.

Program Outcomes

Upon successfully completing all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Write critically and with purpose
  • Write appropriately for a variety of media and media related fields
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how corporate media systems work
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of basic video production technology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of visual composition from an aesthetic point of view
  • Research, write and report basic news stories
  • Demonstrate how media systems work ideologically
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the prevalence of media in our everyday lives

Program Options

Majors in this program take Communication Arts core courses to build a general understanding of the media. These courses include Intro to Mass Communication, Journalism, TV Production 1, and at least one of several media writing courses. Then, majors narrow their focus to one of three options for study: Journalism, Media Studies, or Television Production.


Students who major in journalism at NCC will study writing in a variety of styles, from newspaper and magazine writing to broadcast writing to writing for advertising and public relations. Journalism students are also expected to build their reporting and researching skills. What they learn in college is put to the test in internship with area media, including the Greenwich Time, the Norwalk Hour, WNLK radio, and Channel 12 news. Journalism students are also given the hands-on experience of producing a newspaper, "The Voice." NCC's student newspaper was a finalist for the prestigious Associated Collegiate Press "Pacemaker" award in 2005. Graduates in this concentration typically go on to earn the baccalaureate in journalism or communication. Some have landed jobs with area media.

Media Studies

Students who choose a media studies concentration are given the opportunity to choose from the variety of writing, production and theory electives offered in Communication Arts. Many take the film study courses offered at NCC, and examine the media's influence on society in the "Mass Media and Popular Culture" course. Most students who major in this concentration go on to study mass media, film, or communication for a baccalaureate degree.

Television Production

Television production students take a sequence of courses in which they learn to record, edit and produce television programs. Course work includes producing a television news broadcast and developing proficiency nonlinear editing with Avid software. Each year, television production students celebrate the achievements of the Communication Arts program's students by producing the AVA awards, a ceremony at which student work is presented and honored before the college community.

More information about Communication Arts

If you are interested in the Communication Arts program and wish to learn more, we welcome you to explore our website and contact our faculty. The Communication Arts program coordinator is Professor Lori Soderlind. You can email her at, or you can call her at the college at (203) 857-7279. You may visit her office on the West Campus Academic Center, W106.