Visual Communication Technology: Photography-Television

Capture the skills you need for a great career in mass media.

Through images we have the power to inform, entertain, provoke and evoke curiosity. Monroe Community College’s visual communication technology: photography & television program will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a valuable contributor to news, documentary or entertainment media.

You could start your career at one of these jobs:

  • Photojournalist
  • Photo stylist
  • TV and digital video producer
  • Audio/radio producer
  • Scriptwriter

Get the Big Picture in the Classroom and Media Lab

In the photography – television associate degree program, part of MCC’s department of visual and performing arts, you’ll gain a solid foundation in the processes, techniques, and principles of visual communications.

Our professors have years of experience in the field. They’ll guide you in our media labs as you explore both digital and traditional media. In addition, you’ll stretch your creativity and knowledge through a choice of electives, including:

  • Web design
  • Animation
  • Drawing
  • Theater

You’ll graduate prepared to enter your chosen career track with employers like these:

  • Associated Press
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
  • Disney
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Discovery Communications
  • WXXI TV/Radio

Some students decide to continue their studies in four-year visual communication programs at schools like these:

  • SUNY:

    • University at Buffalo
    • Cortland
    • Brockport
    • New Paltz
    • Oswego

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Ithaca College
  • Brooklyn College

If you do plan to transfer and earn your bachelor's degree, be sure to talk to an academic advisor about course requirements.

To find out more about the visual communications: photography – television A.A.S. from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.


A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department:Visual and Performing Arts

School(s): Arts & Humanities

CIP Code: 10.0202
MCC Program Code: VC02
NYSED Code (BRI): 86149

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

This program is designed for individuals seeking professional training in photography, television, radio, and video. The curriculum prepares students for entry level positions in these fields, as well as transfer to colleges and universities with communication programs. In addition to intensive hands-on laboratory experiences covering visual principles, materials, equipment and processes, television, radio and audio production techniques and electronic image creation, the student will explore business practices and procedures commonly associated with the media field.
This program encourages the selection of electives that are most appropriate to the student's specific career goals and/or transfer program requirements of four-year institutions. Courses in speech, theatre, art, business and introductory computer activities are highly desirable additions to the basic program.
(Housed in the Visual and Performing Arts Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Demonstrate the mastery of specific functions and controls of a photographic camera.
2) Demonstrate the mastery of specific functions and controls of a video camera.
3) Display the ability to set up in studio practice specific lighting diagrams.
4) Use and respond to instructions applying specific lighting terminology.
5) Apply an understanding of compositional rules and their application to still and moving images
6) Express effective methods of storytelling and relate them to various still or moving images.
7) Set up and adjust audio levels correctly in recording situations.
8) Set up and adjust audio levels correctly in editing situations.
9) Express with a functional understanding the basis of visual communications theory and its potential influence on culture and identity.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC). (Photography recommended).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR ENG 200 Advanced Composition3
SPC 140 Introduction to Speech Communication OR
SPC 141 Interpersonal Speech Communication OR
SPC 142 Public Speaking OR
SPC 143 Small Group Communication
PHO 106 Photography I3
COM 101 Introduction to Mass Media3
AAD 104 Intro to Graphic Design, 2D OR
COM 115 Computer Generated Images
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
COM 120 Media Literacy 3
COM 150 Video Production I OR
COM 202 Techniques of Television I
THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
COM 270 Media and Society3
AAD 256 Motion Graphics3
AAD 260 Applied Imaging, Raster Graphics3
COM 130 Media Writing3
COM 142 Broadcast Performance3
COM 150 Video Production 3
COM 202 Techniques of Television I3
COM 203 Compositing and Visual Effects3
COM 204 Radio Production3
COM 211 Practicum in Media I3
COM 212 Techniques of Television II3
COM 221 Practicum in Media II6
COM 230 Scriptwriting3
COM 264 Video Production II3
COM 267 Video Editing3
PHO 113 Media Photography II3
PHO 164 Digital Imaging3
PHO 213 Color Photography4
PHO 223 Photographic Documentation4

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