Dec 09, 2023  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Journalism & Digital Media: AS

Associate of Science | 61 credits minimum

Communication and Performing Arts Division
South City Campus
SCM 1-059
General Information 801-957-3099
Program Information 801-957-3471
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Associate Professors - Roger Johnson, Shirene McKay, Tamra Phillips
Assistant Professors - Jodie Jones, Matt Merkel, Sarah Billington, Ashley Givens, Alison Arndt-Wilde, Marcie Young Cancio

Program Description
The Associate of Science (AS) degree in Journalism & Digital Media introduces students to multimedia journalism and media content creation including video, audio, and social media. Students in the program learn through exciting hands-on opportunities both in the field and in studios in addition to the opportunities they have to explore media and journalism history and theory in the classroom. Students completing the program will be well prepared to enter careers in several areas of media content creation or for further study in programs such as communication, journalism, television, social media, broadcasting, and public relations. Students will have the opportunity to create media in the Student Media Center contributing to The Globe student news, RadioSLCC, a number of student-produced TV and web shows, and social media platforms. Best of all, the Journalism & Digital Media program is housed at the South City Campus, Center for Arts and Media, offering students the most state-of-the-art production facilities of any Utah State Higher Education institution.

The AS requires a minimum of 61 semester credit hours with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better. Elective hours may be selected from department-approved lists to emphasize the student’s interest area within communication. For more information, visit

Career Opportunities
Media Content Writer, Media Content Creator for video, audio or social media, TV Studio Crew member, News Editor, Copy Editor/Proofreader, Radio operations crew, Radio DJ, Podcast Producer, Media Producer, Radio Promotions Director, Production Manager, Promotion Editor, Public and Media Relations, Copywriter, Radio Promotions, Journalist/Reporter, Social Media Director, Sports Announcer, TV/Video Editor, Videographer/TV Photojournalist, TV Promotions.

Transfer/Articulation Information
The Communication Department recommends that students see an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information. The SLCC Communication department has existing articulation agreements with the following USHE institutions: University of Utah, Weber State University, and Dixie State University. The Journalism & Digital Media program also has a 2+2 agreement with Westminster College. You are strongly encouraged to complete your AS degree at SLCC before transferring. See the communication department website, for specific information on transfer agreements.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Books: $175.00
Supplies: $35.00
Course Fees: $190.00

Estimated Time to Completion
Time to completion is 4 semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Demonstrate a solid foundational understanding media production, journalism, media markets and management and communication technology.

1, 2, 3, 4

Write effectively for academic and public audiences incorporating authoritative resources.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the media production/design process and will produce professional quality projects with employment or transfer goals.

1, 2, 4, 6, 7

Show a high level of media literacy by demonstrating: a professional level understanding of the production/design process, solving media communication problems creatively and logically, and becoming active participants rather than passive consumers of media.

1, 2, 4, 6, 7

Demonstrate use of proper industry terminology, which will allow them to communicate effectively with other similarly engaged professionals.

1, 2, 6

Exhibit professionalism by creating and delivering presentations and productions containing strong oral and visual components; by learning to work cooperatively within teams and groups; by interacting with the public in an ethical manner; and understand how media influences society.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7

Acquire the knowledge of and apply mass media and design theories, such as

  • Information Theory
  • Diffusion of Innovation Theory
  • Communication Privacy Management Theory
  • Cultivation Analysis Theory
  • Uses and Gratifications Theory
  • Technological Determinism
  • Visual Design Theory (space, line, shape, scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, perspective, harmony and variety)
  • Semiotics
  • Social Learning Theory
  • Media Equation Theory

1, 2, 4

Demonstrate a substantive knowledge of practices that will prepare them for employment in the media production field.

1, 2, 6

Showcase professional media elements/projects in a digital portfolio that can be used for job applications and interviews.

1, 2, 4, 7

Demonstrate the ability to understand and adapt to new communication technologies, issues, and trends.

1, 4, 5, 7

Develop an understanding of cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity through media consumption, analysis, and production.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Understand audience demographics and craft targeted media messages.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 2 courses

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

American Institutions (AI) 1 course

Institutional Requirements

Communication (CM) 1 course

International & Global (IG) 1 course

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Select 1 course from each of the Distribution Areas, 5 total courses; 1 course must also be designated as a Diversity (DV)


Advising Notes

Students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 1010  and COMM 1800  during their first semester and COMM 1130  during their second semester. Students may use COMM 1500  or COMM 1560  to fulfill their ID General Education requirement. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. Students should check the current class schedule for availability of courses at all sites for day/evening availability and for modification caused by varying enrollments.