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Chair:
Paul van der Veur
Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-117
Phone: 607-753-4201
Fax: 607-753-4821

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Program Details

New Communication Media [NCM] (Major)

The Communication Studies Department offers the major in New Communication Media which is a focused program designed to provide students with the knowledge of prevailing communication theory, an understanding of the social implications of digital media and the skills to create digital content. Graduates will have materials development and critical thinking skills needed in expanding sectors of contemporary broadcast, audio, video, multimedia, gaming and related industries.

Career Potential

  • Digital video production
  • Digital audio production
  • Digital post-production
  • Interactive media authoring
  • Special effects production
  • 3D animation
  • Internet site development

The major's 36 credit hours must be taken from the following:
A. Required Courses: 24 credit hours
  • COM 100 - Human Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 110 - Introduction to New Media (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 203 - Introduction to Media Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 335 - Issues in Digital Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 342 - Video Production II (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 349 - Multimedia Production (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 350 - New Communication Media (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 400 - Communication Law and Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
B. Elective Courses in Media Production: Six credit hours
  • COM 242 - Audio Production (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 243 - Video Production I (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 251 - Introduction to Digital 3-D Modeling and Animation (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 345 - News Editing and Design (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 353 - Video Postproduction (3 cr. hr.)
C. Elective Course in a Related Content Area: Six credit hours
  • ATS 101 - Drawing I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 102 - Design I (3 cr. hr.)
  • ATS 114 - Photography I (3 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 240 - Intermediate Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 351 - Advanced Web Page Design (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 324 - Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 327 - Computer Mapping (4 cr. hr.) or
  • CAP 327 Computer Mapping
  • PWR 210 - Writing in the Digital Age (4 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 335 - Information Technology in Sport (3 cr. hr.)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124
Example of the B.A. in New Communication Media over four years

The sample program listed is a model and does not reflect the expectations for all of the programs. Students should consult an advisor to obtain up-to-date program requirements and to formulate a degree plan.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign language 101
  • GE course
  • COM 100 - Human Communication (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 110 - Introduction to New Media (3 cr. hr.)
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • Foreign language 102
  • GE course
  • Participation course
  • CAP 240 - Intermediate Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 335 - Issues in Digital Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Foreign language 201
  • GE course 
  • Participation course
  • COM 203 - Introduction to Media Writing (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 342 - Video Production II (3 cr. hr.)
  • PWR 210 - Writing in the Digital Age (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • Foreign language 202
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Participation course
  • COM 251 - Introduction to Digital 3-D Modeling and Animation (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • LAS elective
  • Participation course
  • CAP 351 - Advanced Web Page Design (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 353 - Video Postproduction (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • GE course
  • LAS elective
  • LAS elective
  • Participation course
  • COM 349 - Multimedia Production (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 350 - New Communication Media (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • LAS elective
  • LAS elective
  • LAS elective
  • LAS elective
  • Participation course
  • COM 400 - Communication Law and Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • Internship or
  • Study abroad or
  • Learning Community involvement or elective