IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE TRANSITION TO CT STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
As part of the consolidation of Connecticut’s Community Colleges, Middlesex Community College and The Center for New Media will be transitioning our programs and courses to the new consolidated college, CT State, beginning with the Fall 2023 semester. All currently existing Middlesex Community College programs will end in summer 2023.
All “Digital Media Production” associates degrees and certificates will become “New Media Production” retaining the same specialization areas, e.g., Audio & Music, Film & Video, etc. The Communication Studies degree will keep the same name but have minor changes to program requirements. A new Communication degree will be available at the Middlesex campus with specializations in Journalism and Media Production. A new associates degree program in music production called, Music Industry, will also be available at the Middlesex campus.
All courses will have new numbers and some courses will have changes to the titles. Some courses currently classified as “Communication” (COM) will convert to NMP (New Media Production).
Degree requirements for the new CT State programs are available on the CT State draft catalog (link below). There will also be crosswalk documents available to help students transition from the current Middlesex programs to the new CT State programs. Students are strongly encouraged to confer with an advisor regarding transitioning to the new one college.
All students should have their Middlesex transcripts automatically converted to new CT State transcripts so they can seamlessly continue their education.
A draft of the new CT State catalog is available here.
The New Media Production Associate of Applied Science degree, will provide students the opportunity to complete 21 credits of general education coursework (including two program-related courses that fulfill the “aesthetic dimensions” competency) and 12 credits of common course requirements in new media production.
A unique aspect of this program is that students will complete the balance of their degree requirements through 27 credits of directed electives targeted to needed positions in Connecticut’s growing media industry. This will require students to co-enroll in one of the college’s new media professional certificate programs. Students will select from one of the seven areas of specialization designed to fulfill their educational and career goals from their chosen certificate.
The following career-oriented certificates provide the knowledge and skills to directly enter into the work force:
Film and Video Production Certificate
This program teaches video production as applied to the broadcast television, film, corporate and digital media industries with an emphasis on narrative, documentary/news and informational programming. This hands-on program teaches all aspects of field, studio and video post-production on advanced technology in the college’s Center for New Media.
This program prepares students for careers in the field of interactive multimedia used in business, marketing, education, entertainment and the World Wide Web. Students learn interactive multimedia design, authoring and production including graphics, audio, video and animation. Graduates leave with a portfolio of work and experience that prepare them for careers as multimedia producers, web designers, project managers or media production specialists.
News and Sports Production Certificate
This program offers hands-on education in the exciting field of news and sports production as used in the broadcast, event videography and digital media industries. Students will learn news and sports journalism as well as field, studio, and remote production in their courses.
Corporate Media Production Certificate
This program program offers hands-on education in video productions as used in business. Emphasis is on creating marketing, training, instructional and promotional videos.
Web Design and Development Certificate
This program offers students opportunities to integrate the world of computers, Internet, art and multimedia in completion of the certificate. It covers relevant areas of web site construction, including designing and programming pages, developing multimedia content, as well as building and managing a web site. This program is designed not only for the person who wants to design and develop a personal web site, but also for the systems, publishing or business professional who would like to understand the capabilities of this powerful technology and to use it to provide innovative solutions to business problems.
Audio and Music Production Certificate
This program designed to prepare students to work in various types of audio-related positions in music recording and media. Students can specialize in either music production or audio production for media, with some overlap between these two areas. The program emphasizes hands-on training using professional-level, state-of-the-art, digital audio technology and software with some required coursework in music. While not designed as a transfer program, the curriculum includes several courses modeled after those offered by similar bachelor degree programs and should allow for easy transfer to these types of programs. MxCC’s new audio recording and post-production studios and labs are Pro Tools based and will allow students to learn the advanced-level skills necessary to be competent professional audio technicians.
Digital Marketing Certificate
This program is designed to provide a wide education in the liberal arts, as well as the skills necessary to pursue a career in retail or wholesale merchandising upon graduation. Students who have completed this program may seek immediate employment or may transfer to a four-year institution. With proper advising, students have successfully transferred to many colleges with a minimum loss of college credit. Before registering, it is the student’s responsibility to seek transfer advising with a Marketing advisor or counselor.
Each of the above areas of specialization can also be taken as a 30-credit standalone certificate for professionals who may already have a degree and wish to update their skills or for those individuals seeking an occupational credential to enter the workforce. Students who enter a certificate program can matriculate into the New Media Production AAS program at any time without penalty.