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Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree

The School of Communications & Media Technologies BA program provides a dynamic education of essential modern media skills including foundations in storytelling, broadcasting, journalism, and mobile platforms. Under the guidance of industry experts, students learn to shoot, edit, write, and host their own productions, and use the latest technologies to stream and broadcast them.

BA Communications & Media Technologies Unit Requirements
Major Coursework
Core 36 units
Major 15 units
Minor/Electives 15 units
Electives 9 units
Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 120 units

BA Communications & Media Technologies Degree Requirements

  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or 108 Composition for the Artist
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Context & Style course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Historical Awareness course
    1 Quantitative Literacy course
    1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course
    1 Employment Communications and Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

BA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Production Skills and Technical Knowledge

  • Produce broadcast-ready video and audio content (including recording on location and in the studio, editing, and creating basic media graphics)
  • Generate interactive content and basic web designs
  • Format and distribute content across all major media platforms

Conceptual Thinking

  • Identify, gather, assess, record, and research relevant information for a story
  • Formulate precise questions, consider diverse points of view, and research opportunities as part of the interview and investigation process
  • Discuss and analyze media trends
  • Develop unique, original story ideas

Written and Oral Communication

  • Develop scripts, features, articles and other written content for media coverage in various platforms
  • Perform professionally, including hosting and reporting on camera and microphone, or direct on-air talent to do the same
  • Communicate concepts and ideas for a media project using industry terminology, both verbally and in writing

Visual Communication

  • Rapidly visualize story ideas in the pre-production and production stage
  • Apply basic design principles to various types of video, print, and interactive media

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a professional reel to acquire a job within the media industry or corporate environment
  • Meet deadlines and submit work according to professional presentation standards
  • Produce content demonstrating specialized knowledge in a specific area of the media, such as art, design, news, entertainment, fashion, or sports
  • Identify strengths and tailor portfolio to showcase them

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.


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Undergraduate Degree Breakdowns

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The School of Communications & Media Technologies BA program provides a well-rounded set of storytelling skills focused on broadcasting, streaming, mobile, new media production, and reporting. Journalism skills range from sports, fashion, entertainment, news, and technology innovations.

Utilizing the latest media and technology trends, students learn to write, edit, shoot, host, report and broadcast their stories across the globe. Under the guidance of industry experts, students graduate from the program equipped with a cutting edge multimedia portfolio showcasing your social media persona, branded web presence, and demo reel.

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