Communications Technology (BS)

Arts and Sciences
Performing and Fine Arts
HEGIS Number: 0605

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Course Descriptions
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Program Mission

The York College Communications Technology Bachelor's of Science degree is an interdisciplinary program upon completion:

Students will demonstrate the ability to review, conceive, and design integrated media experiences in a variety of mediums and techniques with an understanding of how it will be engaged by a variety of users. Students will demonstrate the ability to navigate the decision-making process for selecting and implementing methods to create integrated media. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate with and present work for a particular chosen community of integrated media practitioners which they value.

Communications Technology BS Program Goals

Television Production Concentration Goals

  1. Students will advance their ability to review, conceive and design linear visual story structure using motion pictures as their medium.
  2. Students will advance their technical skill using industry standard tools in motion based visual storytelling.
  3. Communicate and present their time-based work in a professional manner concurrent with modern media marketing and digital identity techniques found in the entertainment industry.

Web Design and Development Concentration Goals

  1. Review and create basic website architectures and designs with the user experience in mind.
  2. Understand the fundamentals of digital images, HTML and CSS for constructing web page designs.
  3. Understand the full-stack web development process for front-end and back-end development. With an intermediate level understanding of JavaScript to develop front-end and back-end tools for interaction.
  4. Advance communication and presentation skills necessary to succeed in obtaining professional employment and/or pursue graduate studies.

The York College Communications Technology major is an interdisciplinary program bringing together television, web, information systems, computer science, and design. The program offers three main concentrations: digital video, computer graphics, and systems and applications. Our majors are prepared for a variety of career opportunities in a variety of production environments.

The majority of CT classes are project-based. Students create documentaries, graphics packages, multi-camera television shows or market work through social networks. In addition, students are kept abreast of emerging industry workflows. Every project becomes an opportunity to showcase work in a portfolio.

One of the unique attributes of the CT program is how web-based portfolio building is embedded within the major. Every student in the major builds a work-in-progress portfolio for every project-based class. Each class portfolio becomes a storehouse of the students' work and their process with critique from faculty and peers. Upon reaching their senior year, students will have an abundance of work to reflect on and choose from to build their final portfolio to showcase and start their career.

New York City is the media capital of the world, and students have unique access to quality internships year round. Communication Technology majors have interned with a number of organizations including: NY1, NFL Films, MTV, VH1, SNY, and Silver Cup Studios.

A significant number of our majors are in our highly successful Digital Video concentration - a non-fiction television production program. From the beginning, students are taught to focus on storytelling and access to story as they build technical expertise in production and post-production. The preparedness of our graduates is reflected in their success stories. Students in the digital video concentration have been published in media journals, become web sensations, gone to graduate school, work in film, television, news and more.


Communications Technology BS


Major Discipline Requirements


Basic Requirements

CT101Digital Storytelling 
CT137Hacking & Building 
CT201Foundations in Communications Technology 
CT205Principles of the Moving Image 
SPCH350Persuasion and Propaganda in Mass Media 

Area Requirements

Students may select Television Production or Web Design & Development Concentration: 

A. Television Production Concentration

CT160User Experience Design 
CT210Portrait Documentary 
CT240Studio Television Production 
CT244Multimedia Sound Production 
CT345Introduction to Motion Graphics 
JOUR282Introduction to Writing Broadcast News 

B. Web Design & Development Concentration

CT160User Experience Design 
CT345Introduction to Motion Graphics 
CT360Web Design I 
CT370Web Development I 
CT381Web Design II 
CT385Web Development II 
ENG384Writing for Electronic Media 

Major Electives

Select one course from the following: 
CT390Online Communities 
CT391Telecommunications in Transition 
CT415Special Topics - Production 
CT416Special Topics - Production 
CT417Special Topics - Production 
CT418Special Topics - Production 
CT419Special Topics - Production 
CT425Special Topics - Seminar 
CT426Special Topics - Seminar 
CT427Special Topics - Seminar 
CT428Special Topics - Seminar 
CT429Special Topics - Seminar 
HIST373The History of Technology 
SPCH303Ethics and the Freedom of Speech 

Senior Requirements

CT399Portfolio Design 
CT401Final Project/Senior Seminar