Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

This program provides a comprehensive foundation of study and practice in the areas of media production, editing, writing and management for radio, television, film, broadcast journalism, public relations, and media performance. This specialization is developed through a range of courses incorporating both theoretical classroom academic knowledge and creative hands-on use of hardware, software, studios and labs combined with real-world assignments and experience so as to provide successful students with a solid foundation for pursuing a four-year mass communication degree at a transfer institution or as a stepping stone into the field.

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.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 credits total including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Wellness: Complete at least one of the following:

  2. Humanities: This category is satisfied by the Required Core Courses in this degree program.

  3. Science and Mathematics: Complete additional credit hours from the subject areas below to reach at least 8 Science and Mathematics credit hours:

    • Astronomy (ASTR), Atmospheric Studies (ATMS), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geology (GEOL), Mathematics (MATH), Physical Science (PSCI), Physics (PHYS), Science (SCI).
  4. Social Science: Complete additional credit hours from the subject areas below to reach at least 8 Social Science credit hours:

    • Anthropology (ANTH), Criminal Justice (CRJ) , Economics (BEC), Geography (GEOG), History (HIST), Political Science (POLS), Psychology (PSY), Social Science (SSC), Sociology (SOC)

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credit hours: 10

Required Support Courses

Complete 3 credit hours of business area course requirements from courses with the following course prefixes:
Accounting (BAC); Business Administration (BBA); Business Computer Application (BCA); Business Cooperative Education (BCO);
Economics (BEC); Finance and Investing (BFN); Business Law (BLW); Business Math (BMA); Paralegal (PLGL); Management (MGT)
Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
63.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

The purchase of minimal support materials including binders, a flash drive, and additional items will be required for program project needs. Individual instructors will provide specific materials lists.

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: 


Communications Division: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, 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 on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Wayne State University
  • Madonna University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Siena Heights University
Career Opportunities: 

  • Management: Producer, Director, or Promotions Coordinator
  • Production: Video or Television Producer, Director, Camera Operator, Audio or Radio Producer or Audio or Video Editor
  • Writing: Screenwriter, Script Writer, Media Theorist, Media Critic or Broadcast/News Journalist
  • Talent: Radio, TV, or Voiceover Announcer, Broadcast Journalist or Performer