Audio Production

The Audio Production program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation for further study and employment in the growing field of Audio Production.

As a transfer program, the program provides a foundation in academic and general studies courses, which prepare students for further study at four-year programs in this discipline both locally and nationally.

Additionally, the program intends to create graduates with the requisite training and skills to begin working with industry standard equipment and software to compose and record their own compositions and compete for entry-level positions in the field.

Other Communications Degrees Include:

  • Communications
  • Film
  • Game Design Creation
  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television

Specifically, graduates must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • recount the history of audio recording technology;
  • in conducting research, understand the importance of qualifying source material, using time honored structures such as peer review and disciplinary standards;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the recording industry as a business;
  • a level of comfort and proficiency with standard productivity software such as Adobe Audition, Cubase SX and Pro Tools, as well as an understanding of the ways in which these tools are applied
  • in the audio production field;
  • the ability to understand and apply all phases of audio production in the contemporary music studio environment;
  • identify the fundamental process and sequence involved in the production of audio composition;
  • identify the different roles and responsibilities of the recording studio
  • identify the historical development of musical performance;
  • understand the essentials of audio engineering, the fundamentals of digital imaging and video editing for New Media applications.

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American Sign Language and Deaf Studies

The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Degree Program is designed for individuals who do not have a college degree and are interested in the field of Deaf Studies, linguistics, communications, psychology, social work, rehabilitation, education of the Deaf and other related areas. The program provides a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Areas of scholarly pursuit include cultural and historical studies, linguistic examination, and literary analysis, as well as the study of the language in its conversational form. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions working with Deaf persons or transfer to four-year degree programs. This program can be completed either as a part-time or full-time student in a day or evening program.

Students are admitted to the ASL and Deaf Studies Program when they have demonstrated English competency and have satisfactorily completed the two semesters of the Pre-entry-level. Students are required to have satisfactorily completed ENG 101 and ENG 102 before taking ASL 201 (ASL 3) and ASL 205 (Linguistics of ASL).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are encouraged to participate in this program.

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Graphic Design/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts
The Fine Arts Option in Graphic Design is a Liberal Arts transfer-oriented curriculum that provides students, through a core of visual arts/design related courses, a theoretical and practical understanding of the commercial art area of Graphic Design. Utilizing skills and techniques learned through a combined lecture/studio experience, students are introduced to the various aspects of the graphic communication process including the development of roughs, comps, layouts, pasteups, and mechanicals in a Macintosh-equipped digital laboratory. A specific approach to beginning and advanced design problem-solving is emphasized. Additional topics of study include an analysis of graphic art production processes including photo digitizing, typography, and the use of illustration software programs.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • State the theoretical skills involved in creating visuals, combining images and typography.
  • Create visuals which utilize both images and typography.
  • Create examples, utilizing diverse materials and media, of techniques traditionally used in foundation level graphic design studios.
  • Create examples of traditional layout comps, thumbnail, and sketch mode visualizations.
  • State the critical and aesthetic essentials seen throughout the history of graphic design.
  • Utilize the tools of digital design including computer and design software to prepare graphic design examples.
  • Create a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency in graphic design.

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Illustration/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts
The Fine Arts Option in Illustration is a Liberal Arts transfer-oriented curriculum that provides students, through a core of visual arts/illustration-related courses, a theoretical and practical understanding of the commercial art area of illustration. Utilizing skills and techniques learned through a combined lecture/studio experience, students are taught to creatively differentiate between product, journalistic, and advertising forms of illustration. Considerable time is focused on learning specific studio media and techniques including the use of pencil and dry media, pen and ink, watercolor, oil, gouache, tempera, and acrylic paint. Study also includes concentration on beginning and advanced visual problem-solving through use of illustration software in a Macintosh laboratory environment.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • State the techniques and materials commonly used in textural and figurative depictions.
  • Create art work utilizing a variety of media including watercolor, colored pencil, ink wash and gouache.
  • State the critical, aesthetic and historic approaches to illustration.
  • Utilize computers and digital software to prepare illustrations.
  • Create a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency in illustration.

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International Studies

Option offered through Liberal Arts

 
The International Studies option is designed for traditional transfer-oriented students seeking a baccalaureate or higher degree in international affairs leading to possible careers with multinational corporations, the federal government, or international organizations. Community leaders interested in foreign policy issues and business people seeking to expand their knowledge of the international economy within the global system may also find this program of interest.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will have:
  • The ability to think critically about the global system
  • A familiarity with the history and culture of those civilizations which have interacted with the west over the last several centuries 
  • Knowledge of the basic operation of the international system of sovereign states from the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 to its current evolution
  • An understanding of the causes of war and the efforts made to produce alternative methods of conflict resolution, including collective security through the United Nations
  • An awareness of the roles played by intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), such as WTO, WHO, UNESCO, and non-government organizations (NGOs), such as Green Peace, in the global system
  • Familiarity with the development and growth of the Global Economy
  • An understanding of the role of multinational corporations(MNCs) within the international system
  • Familiarity with statistics so that students can analyze population trends, economic projections, and political data
  • Sensitivity to the different value systems, ideologies, national interests, and alternative business practices of various cultures
 
 

Journalism

Option offered through Communications
 
This program is designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. Course work includes theory and practice of reporting and writing news and features for print publications. Students are required to consult with an advisor regarding appropriate option and course selection for their needs and interests.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Communicate orally and in writing in college level discourse
  • Discuss and analyze current social and political issues and events
  • Demonstrate proficiency with productivity software such as word processing, presentation manager, web browser and apply them in the field of communications
  • Explain the importance of committing to a process of life-long learning 
  • Evaluate prevalent cultural narratives and texts and the various media used to convey them 
  • Compose articles and headlines appropriate to the style requirements of a variety of media publication and distribution channels
Other Communications Degrees Include:
 
  • Audio Production
  • Communications
  • Film
  • Game Design Creation
  • Multimedia
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television

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Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts program has existed at Union County College since its beginning in 1933. It is the College’s premier transfer-oriented curriculum for students who want to complete a broad-based liberal arts and sciences foundation before majoring in particular disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics. The program is designed to meet the core requirements of most four-year Liberal Arts colleges.
 
A wide range of program options have been developed from this core curriculum, many of which allow a measure of specialization during the first two years of college. The core Liberal Arts program provides a basic college introduction to many academic disciplines and programs. It is the quintessential preparation for a well-rounded general education, allowing students to experience various academic disciplines before settling on a major after transfer.
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:
 
  • College-level competency in historical knowledge about the Western tradition and its development in America.
  • College-level competency in the social sciences.
  • College-level understanding of American government, politics, and society.
  • College-level appreciation of the economic forces shaping all human societies.
  • College-level appreciation of the fine arts: music, art, drama, literature.
  • An understanding of the findings of the natural sciences and their applications to solving practical problems. 
  • College-level competency in mathematics that allows the graduate to use algebra and statistics to solve various problems in the sciences and practical life. 
  • An awareness of and concern for the ethical implications of institutional policies and individual practices.
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and effective communications skills.
  • The ability to use technology for learning and research.
  • The ability to learn independently and to direct his/her own learning.

Multimedia

Option offered through Communications
This program is designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree-granting institution. Students will learn the fundamentals of multimedia design and gain practical experience in the development of multimedia content through the fusion of audio, video, images and text. Students are required to consult with an advisor regarding appropriate option and course selection for their needs and interests.
 
Other Communications Degrees Include:
 
  • Audio Production
  • Communications
  • Film
  • Game Design Creation
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Radio
  • Television
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Communicate orally and in writing in college level discourse
  • Discuss and analyze current social and political issues and events
  • Demonstrate proficiency with productivity software such as word processing, presentation manager, web browser in addition to software specific to the field of multimedia design
  • Explain the importance of committing to a process of life-long learning 
  • Manage current technology in the area of multimedia development and design
  • Work effectively as a member of a team in the field of multimedia
  • Analyze and apply the technical and theoretical skills in the field of multimedia design and web specialist.

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Music/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts
The study of music will include an exploration of the various styles and periods of music throughout history, as well as the acquisition of basic music skills such as reading music, playing simple instruments, and conducting song sessions. Discussions and listenings will illuminate the different forms of music.
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:
 
  • basic general musicianship skills;
  • a basic understanding and appreciation of various musical styles;
  • a general understanding of formal creative issues, including musical form, melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, motive, instruments, and orchestra;
  • basic music theory, including notation, intervals, scales, and triads;
  • the necessary knowledge for teaching general music at the elementary school level.

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Photography/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts
The Fine Arts Option in Photography is a Liberal Arts transfer-oriented curriculum that provides students, through a core of visual arts/photography-related courses, a theoretical and practical understanding of the artistic and commercial areas of photography. Utilizing skills and techniques learned through a combined lecture/studio/darkroom experience, students are taught the basics of black and white, color photography, and the history of photography which are applicable to the commercial and artistic environments.
 
A large component of this program focuses on developing studio photography skills, including darkroom techniques, standard and large format camera usage, studio lighting, theoretical and historical applications, and comprehensive portfolio development.
 
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Apply general picture-taking skills including f/stop, shutter speed, and depth of field control.
  • Process black and white negatives and color and black and white prints.
  • Utilize darkroom and studio equipment including strobes, large format cameras, and light meters.
  • Analyze issues of photographic practice.
  • Communicate effectively about art both orally and in writing.
  • Create a portfolio that demonstrates competency in photography.

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