Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Designed for the student interested in the career areas of program production, management or writing for radio, television, film, broadcast journalism, public relations, and media performance. Both classroom academic knowledge and creative skills are combined with real-world assignments and experience so as to provide a solid foundation for the completion of a four-year mass communication degree at a transfer institution.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Assess the issues relating to media literacy and standard ethical responses using conventional practices of media criticism
  • Demonstrate telecommunication skills including media writing, script analysis, audio and video performance, and criticism
  • Demonstrate the use of industry-standard software and hardware to produce and edit audio and video works
  • Debate and describe historical and contemporary issues as they apply to the legal aspects of the telecommunication industry
  • Argue and solve problems while working in a live field environment to lead a team effort in performing, producing, editing or directing a telecommunication project
  • Collaborate effectively with team members in an ensemble performance or production scenario when applicable

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:

  2. Complete 8 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG-131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  3. Complete 8 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  4. Complete 8 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Required Support Courses

Complete one of the following courses:
Complete 6 credit hours of Business area course
requirements from courses with the following course prefixes:*
Minimum Credit Hours: 

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Complete as many elective credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 
Fine and Applied Arts


Communications Division • (313) 845-9624 • • Liberal Arts Bldg • Room: K-201
Susan McGraw • (313) 845-9842 • • Fine Arts Bldg • Room: F-129

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Davenport University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Siena Heights University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
Career Opportunities: 

  • Management: Producer, Director, or Promotions Coordinator
  • Production: Writer, Director, Camera Operator, or Audio/Video Editor
  • Talent: Announcer, Broadcast Journalist, or Performer