Communication, Media and Film

You have a passion for telling stories, creating media, arguing a position, and reporting on events; you are a maker! Framing an image, fashioning a story, creating for the web, branding with social media, communicating in innovative ways, and producing visuals come naturally to you. You are creative and driven, and desire to forge a path through the creation of media. Whether communication, film, media, or journalism, you will find a career in the Communication, Media and Film path!

PROGRAMS IN THIS PATH:


  • Communication and Film/Media Arts
  • Communication
  • Communication Studies
  • Film Media
  • New Media Communication
  • Writing & Rhetoric

All offerings in this path:

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Program Course Sequence
Exploration (for students who are unsure of program/concentration) Course Sequence
Career degrees and certificates
Programs Degree Type
Communication and Film/Media Arts A.A. Career
New Media Communication Certificate Career
New Media Post-Production Certificate Career
New Media Production Certificate Career
New Media Studies Certificate Career
URI and RIC transfer agreements
Programs Degree Type
General Studies - recommended coursework for Communication RIC A.A. JAA Transfer
General Studies - recommended coursework for Communication Studies URI A.A. JAA Transfer
General Studies - recommended coursework for Film Media URI A.A. JAA Transfer
General Studies - recommended coursework for Writing and Rhetoric URI A.A. JAA Transfer
Four-year program-to-program transfer agreements
Institution Program Degree Type
Bryant University General Studies - New Media Communication B.A. Transfer
Emerson College Various (Guaranteed acceptance with 3.0 GPA or better, and completed associate degree) B.A. Transfer
Johnson & Wales University General Studies - Media and Communication Studies B.S. Transfer
  Liberal Arts - Media & Communication Studies B.S. Transfer

An ASSOCIATE degree from this path helps students begin careers such as:

Camera operators operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.

      • Earning Potential - $38.03/hour; $79,102/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Camera Operators: Television, Video and Motion Picture!


*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Broadcast News Analysts analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

      • Earning Potential - $30.24/hour; $62,910/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Broadcast News Analysts!


*Median wage, O*Net, 2017

Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

      • Earning Potential - $26.83/hour; $55,810/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Sound Engineering Technicians!


*Median wage, O*Net, 2017

Coordinate activities of technical departments, such as taping, editing, engineering, and maintenance, to produce radio or television programs.

      • Earning Potential - $34.43/hour; $71,620/year

ONet Learn More About Technical Directors/Managers!


*Median wage, O*Net, 2017

Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.

      • Earning Potential - $34.43/hour; $71,620/year

ONet Learn More About Program Directors!


*Median wage, O*Net, 2017

Direct and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in preparation of radio or television station program schedules and programs, such as sports or news.

      • Earning Potential - $18.05/hour; $37,550/year

ONet Learn More About Proofreaders and Copy Markers!


*Median wage, O*Net, 2017

Audio and Video Equipment Technicians are responsible for setting up, installing, operating, testing, and troubleshooting audio and video equipment.
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      • Earning Potential - $18.88/hour; $39,270/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Audio and Video Equipment Technicians!


*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Broadcast technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio programs, television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies.

      • Earning Potential - $19.04/hour; $39,603/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Broadcast Technicians!


*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

A BACHELOR'S degree enables students to begin careers such as:

Radio and television announcers speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. They may announce artists or titles of performances, identify stations, or interview guests.

      • Earning Potential - $13.80/hour; $28,704/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Radio and Television Announcers!


*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate images that entertain or inform an audience. Camera operators capture a wide range of material for TV shows, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events. Editors take footage shot by camera operators and organize it into a final product. They collaborate with producers and directors to create the final production.

      • Earning Potential - $27.99/hour; $58,210/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators!


*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers plan programs to generate interest in products or services. They work with art directors, sales agents, and financial staff members.

      • Earning Potential - $62.20 /hour; $129,380/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers!


*Median wage, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

      • Earning Potential - $33.91/hour; $70,530/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Multimedia Artists and Animators!


*Median wage, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience. They are responsible for creative decisions, such as choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.

      • Earning Potential - $25.97/hour; $53,995/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Producers and Directors!


*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They craft media releases and develop social media programs to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.

      • Earning Potential - $30.14/hour; $62,691/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Public Relations Specialists!


*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Public relations and fundraising managers need at least a bachelor’s degree, and some positions may require a master’s degree. Many years of related work experience are also necessary.

      • Earning Potential - $53.50/hour; $111,280/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Public Relations and Fundraising Managers!


*Median wage, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

Technical writers, also called technical communicators, prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information efficiently. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information through an organization’s communications channels.

      • Earning Potential - $33.74/hour; $70,179/year

Bureau of labor Learn More About Technical Writers!


*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017


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Last Updated: 12/3/18