Digital Mass Communications

The Associate of Applied Arts in Digital Mass Communications will prepare students for many exciting positions within the communications industry, such as digital and social media, journalism, and public relations, while combining general education requirements with hands-on job specific experiences. The Digital Mass Communications major provides a well-integrated, hands-on learning environment related to digital media industries and production. Students learn the skills to craft stories, messages, and a voice for digital content and social media. They will plan, create, and manage digital content, and utilizing state-of-the-art technology will produce professional content such as The Collegian, Iowa Central’s student newspaper, as well as podcasts, images, and social media content.

Possible Careers

  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Publicist
  • Digital Content Specialist
  • Social Media Marketers
  • Blogger
  • Media and Communication Worker
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Editor
  • Social Media Content Specialist
  • Creative Arts Director
  • Public Information Officer
  • Photo Journal & Visual Communications
  • Reporters & Correspondent

Course Schedule

The following schedule is a guide to obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Iowa Central Community College in Professional Photography. Additional courses may be required before you can take a college-level English or Mathematics course.

*Pending approval from the Department of Education

A.A.S. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ART-131 Digital Publication Design
3.0
JOU-121 News Gathering & Reporting
3.0
ENG-105 English I
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
COM-150 Mass Communications & Society
3.0
ART-184 Photography I
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PHT-185 Photography II
3.0
MMS-241 Public Relations & Marketing
3.0
SMM-200 Emerging Media Technologies
3.0
COM-142 Mass Media Writing
3.0
SMM-170 Social Media Campaigns
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
GRA-158 Web Multimedia
3.0
JOU-210 Media Law and Ethics
3.0
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
4.0
SMM-110 Writing for Web
2.0
JOU-941 Practicum
1.0
XXX-XXX Social Science/Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
JOU-200 AP Style Editing
3.0
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
SMM-210 Web Analytics
3.0
COM-148 Diversity & The Media
3.0
COM-170 Crisis Media Management
3.0
JOU-941 Practicum
1.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0
 

Fifth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SMM-910 Internship
3.0
 
Total Hours: 3.0
 
A.A.A. Degree Total Hours: 66.0

Staff

Kelli Bloomquist Coordinator/Instructor 515-574-1058 bloomquist_k@iowacentral.edu
Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu