Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts in Communication Arts

The Communication Arts degree information on this page is provided for those students who have declared Communication Arts as their major prior to Fall 2021. No new Communication Arts majors are accepted into this program beginning in Fall 2021, as the program will be terminated effective Spring 2023. This information is provided to inform already-enrolled Communication Arts majors how to finish their degree before Spring 2023. Current majors should contact their advisor to plan their course work toward degree completion or transfer possibilities.

Georgia’s creative economy consists of 11,426 establishments, consisting of 116, 577 jobs, generating $8.4 billion in wages with 58,959 self employed individuals. This economy consists of earnings totaling $1.6 billion dollars and an annual revenue of $29 billion dollars (information sourced from the Georgia Council for the Arts publication titled Georgia’s Creative Economy).

Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in at least one area of Communication Arts or basic proficiency in more than one area.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand history and major movements of at least one area of Communication Arts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify specific genres of Communication Arts and to place these genres into historical and cultural perspective.

Assessment will likely take one of two tracks depending upon the track the student chooses, Portfolio or Individual Student Evaluations:

  1. Portfolio

On the Portfolio track, students will be taking the course COMM 2001:  Communication Arts Portfolio. Those portfolios will be evaluated by a Review Committee from within the School of Humanities, consisting of two Communications Faculty members, two English Faculty members, and two from other disciplines. This review committee will evaluate each portfolio using a common rubric to determine level of proficiency. As a whole, these portfolios will be used to evaluate one aspect of the program, proficiency of completing students. These students will also undergo interview and other common assessments in order to measure success in other areas. Additionally, specific courses will be used to evaluate other aspects of the program, including major historical periods and movements, historical and cultural perspectives.

  1. Student Interviews

Although perhaps slightly more subjective than the Portfolio evaluations, Student Interviews for students who choose the Production track, will be the primary methods of measuring “proficiency.” Again, Review Committees using common rubrics will be used to evaluate proficiency of completing students. As described above, other assessments will be used to measure learning outcome attainment in other areas, notably historical movements, periods, and cultural perspectives.

Program Curriculum

Core Areas A, B, C, D, E and Additional Institutional Requirements
Required: 46 Hours

Please see College Catalog for required curriculum

Area F
18 Hours
Required (Choose One):
COMM 1110: Public Speaking 3
COMM 1010: Intercultural Communications 3
Guided Electives (Choose One Path):

Portfolio Path

COMM 2001: Communication Arts Portfolio 3

Production Path
(Choose sequence)

COMM 1112, 1113, 1114: Communications Production (Print Media) 3 hours total
COMM 1115, 1116, 1117: Communications Production (Theatre) 3 hours total
Choose Four of the Following:
ART 2030: Art History I 3
ART 2031: Art History II 3
ART 1020: Two Dimensional Design/Color Theory 3
ART 1080: Smart Phone Photography 3
ENGL 2200: Creative Writing 3
ENGL 2999: Special Topics in Literature 3
FILM 1100: Introduction to Film 3
THEA 1100: Theatre Appreciation 3
SPAN 1001: Elementary Spanish I 3
SPAN 1002: Elementary Spanish II 3
SPAN 2001: Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPAN 2002: Intermediate Spanish II 3
Total Semester Hours: 64

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