For students interested in communications professions — such as
advertising, journalism and public relations — the path to success now
starts closer to home than ever. UC Clermont College's two-year Digital
Media Communications program prepares graduates for jobs in the field
and is designed to help students transition seamlessly into the
communications bachelor’s degree program in UC’s College of Arts and
Sciences to complete their studies.
But besides offering a more accessible and affordable option to a UC communications degree, digital media Professor Andy Curran, who worked in radio and TV for 25 years, emphasizes the unique academic approach of the UC Clermont program. Courses will provide students with the media production skills they’ll need to succeed in the communications field, covering the basics of video, audio, photography, animation, illustration and web application skills, as well as a range of other communication disciplines.
“With these tools available to everyone now, communications professionals -- whether you’re a journalist for a TV station or work in corporate public relations -- need to understand how to produce quality video, audio and photos,” Curran says. “It’s all part of being able to effectively tell a story. And employers expect graduates to have these skills from their first day on the job."
What is Digital Media?Students in the digital media communications program will learn basic digital media production skills using cutting-edge software and state-of-the art hardware. Students will acquire software proficiency, creative skills, and technical knowledge, as well as getting a solid foundation of communication skills. Graduates of the digital media communications program will have the option to transition directly into the communication program at UC’s College of Arts and Sciences without losing any credit hours. Here is a link to the communication program’s webpage, where you can explore different options for completing your undergraduate studies.
Career PossibilitiesThe digital media communications program offers students a pathway to pursue a wide range of careers in the communications field, including media production, journalism, advertising, public relations, corporate communications, and many others.
Majoring in Digital Media
The Associate of Arts in Digital Media Communications is a unique program at the University of Cincinnati. It will give you a good balance of digital media production, communication theory, and general education that will enable you to transition to the communication program at UC’s College of Arts & Sciences as a junior. All credits earned will be applied toward your Bachelor of Arts in Communication! The College of Arts & Science also offers a Master of Arts in Communication, which you can complete after you earn your bachelor of arts studies.
You should be able to complete the Associate of Arts in Digital Media Communications in two years, attending full-time fall and spring semesters.
You will increase employment prospects if you also acquire Adobe Certified Associate certification. This program prepares you to take the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams. ACA certification is a globally recognized premier standard for demonstrating digital media software skills. UC Clermont is an authorized ACA testing center.
Upon completion of the digital media communications program, students will:
- Be able to identify and implement best practices in the production and implementation of each type of media used in the program’s core courses.
- Be media literate by demonstrating knowledge of the media industry’s history, business models, and social responsibilities.
- Be proficient in all current digital media software applications, and will be able to demonstrate their skills in each application.
- Know how to produce digital media projects for a variety of purposes, including, but not limited to: business operations, marketing functions, human resources functions, information dissemination, and entertainment.
Minoring in Digital Media
Minors do not apply to associate degree studies.
If you are enrolled in a two-year transitional degree program, you will spend most of your classroom time acquiring the foundational courses for your four-year baccalaureate. Generally, you will select your minor when you transfer to your four-year institution.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
The UC Clermont College campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.
Our faculty members have received top honors from students for displaying the extra concern and attention needed to promote student academic success.
Expect to learn from professors who have experience in the media and communications industries. You will learn a good foundation of communication theories while developing your digital media production skills with hands-on exercises and projects.
This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.
As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.
Transferring to UC Requirements
You must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.
If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.
Changing Majors within UC RequirementsOther UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices (including ours, (513) 732-5319. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.
International Student Requirements
You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513) 556-2069 for details, or email email@example.com with questions.
Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.
Graduation RequirementsYou must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor (513) 732-5319 for specific information well in advance of your final semester.
Application DeadlinesFor specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Associate of Arts Degree in Digital Media
Full-Time Program Duration
UC Clermont & UC East
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319