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Program Description

The Onondaga Electronic Media Communications A.A.S. program prepares you for a career in the varied fields of electronic media communications and/or continuation at a four-year institution.

Classes are taught in state-of-the-art production facilities. These include a multi-station non-linear Avid digital video editing lab, a multi-station digital audio lab and a professional television studio outfitted with equipment from such leading manufacturers as Sony, Grass Valley and Chyron. Our studio equipment is the same you'll find at area television stations and networks. For example, you'll learn to operate the same television graphics generator that ESPN uses for its NFL telecasts. And we operate our Internet radio station with the same music scheduling software that's used by all ClearChannel and Galaxy-owned radio stations throughout Central New York. In addition to our digital labs, we have linear video editing and radio/audio production studios.

Individual attention is a key component to the Onondaga EMC experience. Classes are kept to a manageable size to allow extensive hands-on training. As an EMC student, you'll obtain the fundamental skills necessary to perform as an electronic media professional. Through coursework, you'll learn to develop, design, write, produce and direct both independent and team-based programs and projects. Faculty work closely with students to ensure a deep understanding of the creative, intellectual and technical aspects of the production process. At the same time, you'll receive a well-rounded education that incorporates the broader historical, ethical, and business aspects of media and its impact on both the individual and a global society. You may also take advantage of real-world opportunities through an internship. The EMC Department maintains close ties with area media outlets that provide internships for Onondaga EMC students, including the radio and broadcast television stations and cable system in this market.

In addition to academic credentials, EMC faculty have extensive experience in broadcasting and electronic media and all continue to work in the field, allowing the department to keep pace with expanding technologies in the professional work place and new trends in the media industry. An advisory board comprised of commercial and public radio and TV broadcasters, cable TV producers, sound engineers and video production company professionals aids the department in keeping the curriculum current with the vocational needs of the industry. Onondaga Electronic Media Communications graduates are employed in radio and television stations, cable TV companies, sound recording facilities, audio/video production companies, advertising agencies and the entertainment industry in Central New York and throughout the United States. Graduates have transferred to such prestigious programs as the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, and institutions such as Emerson College, New York University, and SUNY institutions, including Binghamton University.

Choose one of three specializations:

Digital Media Specialization:

As the field of media becomes more integrated with digital technology, this option provides students with a breadth of knowledge of the many phases of digital media production and delivery processes. You'll receive an inclusive education studying multiple disciplines: the Internet and managing web pages and servers, computer graphics and multimedia design, digital audio and video production, and DVD authoring and media streaming. Students in the Digital Media Option are prepared for careers in:

  • Graphic design for television and the Internet
  • Television station creative services and promotions production
  • Video editing
  • DVD authoring
  • Producing audio and video materials for distribution via the Internet

You may also opt to transfer to a four-year institution that offers advanced training in multi-media production and delivery.

Radio/Audio Production Specialization:

If your interests lie in the career field of audio/radio electronic media, this specialization will prepare you for a career leading to:

  • On-air announcing
  • Radio news reporting
  • Radio programming
  • Radio promotions
  • Sound recording
  • Sound design and production

Success in this program will allow you to obtain an entry level position as an on-air announcer, radio production person, sound recording production assistant, radio programming/ promotion assistant, audio mixing console operator, or audio editor. You may also choose to transfer to a four-year school that offers advanced training in either audio and radio production or sound recording technology. Audio Option majors also produce, write and create programming for Onondaga's Internet radio station.

Television/Video Production Specialization:

If you'd like to pursue a career in television broadcasting or video production, this option will prepare you for a career in:

  • Multi-camera TV studio producing and directing
  • TV news and sports producing and reporting
  • Film-style video field production and editing
  • Commercial, corporate or educational video production

Your A.A.S degree will provide you with the skills needed to gain an entry level position in TV studio production, video field production and post production, news videography and editing. You may also choose to transfer to a four-year school that offers advanced training in producing, announcing and performing for television, video and film.

Retention Requirements for all EMC specializations 

  1. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all courses with an EMC prefix and maintain an overall G.P.A. of 2.0 to remain in good standing in the program.
  2. Students who fall below a 2.0 G.P.A. will be placed on departmental probation. Students on departmental probation will have one semester to increase their G.P.A. to the required level. Failure to do so will result in loss of matriculation.
  3. Students may attempt an EMC course twice. An attempt is interpreted as a grade entered on a transcript. This would include grades of “W” or “X”. Following two unsuccessful attempts at any EMC course, the student may be de-matriculated from the EMC curriculum.
  4. EMC courses are valid as prerequisites for continuation of courses for three academic years. For example, if a student successfully completed EMC 144 in the fall 2005 semester, the next course in the sequence (EMC 155) must be taken no later than the spring 2008 semester. Accelerating changes in the electronic media industry and ever-increasing advances in technology mandate that establishing a limit of three academic years for EMC courses to be valid as prerequisites is necessary to ensure that students begin upper-level courses with a skill level that is current and relevant. 

Graduation Requirements 

  1. All requirements for the A.A.S. degree as outlined in this catalog.
  2. A final grade of C or higher must be achieved in any course with an EMC prefix.