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Media Production Specialist

This is a certificate program within Mass Communication.

About the Certificate

Graduates of our 32-credit Media Production Specialist Certificate Program are prepared to produce a wide range of media projects including: multi-format television programs, commercials, public service announcements, documentaries, short narrative films, podcasts, and audio programs. 

Course Information

Media Production Specialist #3950 (32 credits)

Number Title
  COM-130 Intro to Mass Communication
  COM-156 Audio Production I
  COM-157 Video Production I
  COM-251 Film History and Appreciation
  COM-252 International History of Film
  COM-256 Advanced Audio Production
  COM-257 Cinematography
  COM-260 Advanced Post-Production
  COM-298 Mass Communication Internship
  STU-103 Workplace Ethics
  COM-296 Documentary Production
  COM-297 Motion Picture Production
  COM-140 Writing for Multimedia
  COM-208 Screenwriting

Admission Requirements

How to Apply

You are encouraged to meet with our Academic Chair to ensure a seamless pathway through the Mass Communication program and certificates.

The Academic Chair for RVC Mass Com is Jerry LaBuy M.F.A. His office is located in the Mass Com production facility, which is on the lower level of the ERC building on the main campus.

For more information or to set up a department tour or meeting, please contact Jerry LaBuy directly at 

What can I do with this degree?

Potential Careers & Wages 

Certificate graduates have secured jobs such as Editor, Master Control Operator, Director, Audio Engineer, Camera Operator, Producer, Set Production Assistant, Media Writer, Technical Media Producer, and Videographer.

Program Pathways 

Students should meet with a Career Advisor to develop a clear academic pathway leading to a seamless transfer experience. For additional possibilities that may require an advanced degree or certification, make an appointment with a Career Advisor

Most of the courses in this certificate program have IAI transfer codes. Students are highly encouraged to pursue both an Associate of Arts degree and bachelor's degree in order to increase their opportunities for long-term employment. Students should consult with the Mass Communication Department Chair or an RVC Career Advisor. 

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Additional Information

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