Courses & Programs

Electronic Media Certificate

Justin West

Faculty, Communications, Media, Theater, Arts

Arts and Humanities

Fine and Performing Arts 218

413.552.2525 (Tel)


what will you learn?

Ideal for those not seeking a full degree, but who wish to gain new career skills in video, multimedia, digital imaging, digital sound, multimedia design, animation and computer applications for media. This program may be completed in one year. 

what will you do?

Students will develop a portfolio of their work while gaining skills that will help them in further study or to pursue a career in:  

  • Multimedia Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Video
  • Public Relations
  • Digital Imaging
  • Broadcast Media
  • Digital Audio Production
  • Animation
  • Journalism
  • Web Design
  • Communication
  • Interactive
  • Game Design
  • Theater
  • Education
  • Photography
  • Film

Explore your education and career options at HCC's Advising, Career and Transfer Center.

25 total credits

25 program requirements


A foundations course in art and design. The basic elements and principles of two-dimensional composition will be explored through the manipulation and organization of black, white, and gray media. Students will learn to think and communicate visually. Two 2 1/2 studios per week
Introduces the technical and aesthetic craft for making a photograph through outdoor-indoor practices and hand processing and printing methods that lead to professional quality work. Prerequisite: None. Adjustable digital or adjustable film camera required.
Introduces students to the necessary elements of informative and persuasive public speaking. The course includes performance analysis of speakers and major historical speeches. Course skills learned are useful in all forms of oral presentation in professional and academic settings. Students are required to attend one outside speaking performance, to deliver several speeches in class, and to participate in group discussion. Please note that this course replaces SPE 120 - Fundamentals of Speech. Students will not receive credit for both SPE 120 and COM 150.
This course offers a systematic study of the ways in which images convey meaning. Focus is on integrating visual theory with the practice of analyzing images or sequences of images from art, photography, video, film, advertising, and electronic media. Course topics include basic structure of the human eye and brain, physical nature of light, perception, basic semiotic theory, composition, color, and the application of these to visual media such as informational visual media, visual art, and advertising. Provides a conceptual visual foundation for students majoring in art, communication, electronic media, graphics, journalism, marketing, photography, theater, or any field dealing with visual communication.
This course explores a special topic relating to Electronic Media. Students work individually and/or in groups to research, design and produce major media projects, focusing on expanding their knowledge of and experience with the particular topic. (May be taken more than once.)

OR...choose any EMS course from the catalog

This course provides students with an opportunity to pursue an area of electronic media beyond the introductory level and to gain skills in project and time management. Over the semester students will work independently on a major media project of their choice, meeting regularly with the instructor.Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in EMS110 or EMS111 or permission of instructor.
This course provides students with an opportunity to create a major media project that integrates various aspects of electronic media and that demonstrates the student's ability to work competently in the field. The creation of a portfolio of work accomplished while in the program is an integral part of the course as well as an oral defense before a portfolio committee. This course should be taken in the final semester.Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


Please note that many EMS courses formerly carried the COM prefix.

For more information on the Electronic Media Program see www.hcc-cmta.org.

Students in the Certificate Program are strongly encouraged to meet with an Electronic Media faculty member as soon as possible after beginning the program.

Suggested first semester schedule:
EMS 105
EMS 110
EMS 111
ART 123 or ART 140 

It is very important that Electronic Media Certificate (H036) students take courses in correct rotation. Therefore, if classes are filled, please contact Justin West (413.552.2525) or Jay Ducharme (413.552.2508) to allow students to enroll.