Rock Valley College

Mass Communication Certificates

Certificate: 31 credits
Program Contact: Division of Mass Communication, (815) 921-3360


Program Overview

Graduates of this 31-credit Certificate Program are prepared to produce a wide range of media projects including multi-format television programs, commercials, public service announcements, short films, and high-quality audio products.


Work & Employment

Certificate graduates can secure jobs such as a Master Control Operator, Production Assistant, Cinematographer, Director, Producer, Editor, Sound Engineer, or Videographer.


Transfer Opportunities

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 a Bachelor's degree in order to increase their opportunities for long term employment. Students should consult with the Dean or Academic Chair of the Mass Communication department or an academic advisor.


Media Production Specialist #3950 (31 credits)

Number Title Credits
  COM-130 Intro to Mass Communication (3)
  COM-140 Writing for Multimedia (3)
  COM-156 Audio Production I (3)
  COM-157 Video Production I (3)
  COM-251 Film History and Appreciation (3)
  COM-252 International History of Film (3)
  COM-256 Advanced Audio Production (3)
  COM-257 Advanced Video Production (3)
  COM-260 Advanced Post-Production (3)
  COM-296 Documentary Production, or
  COM-297 Motion Picture Production (3)
  COM-298 Mass Communication Internship (1)

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