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COMTECH-BS - Communications Technology


Official Name of Program

Communications Technology

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Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

BS - Bachelor of Science



NYSED Program Code

28292 - COMTECH-BS

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Program Mission

The York College Communications Technology Bachelor's of Science degree is an interdisciplinary program upon completion:

Students will demonstrate the ability to review, conceive, and design integrated media experiences in a variety of mediums and techniques with an understanding of how it will be engaged by a variety of users. Students will demonstrate the ability to navigate the decision-making process for selecting and implementing methods to create integrated media. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate with and present work for a particular chosen community of integrated media practitioners which they value.

Communications Technology BS Program Goals

Television Production Concentration Goals

  1. Students will advance their ability to review, conceive and design linear visual story structure using motion pictures as their medium.

  2. Students will advance their technical skill using industry standard tools in motion based visual storytelling.

  3. Communicate and present their time-based work in a professional manner concurrent with modern media marketing and digital identity techniques found in the entertainment industry.

Web Design and Development Concentration Goals

  1. Review and create basic website architectures and designs with the user experience in mind.

  2. Understand the fundamentals of digital images, HTML and CSS for constructing web page designs.

  3. Understand the full-stack web development process for front-end and back-end development. With an intermediate level understanding of JavaScript to develop front-end and back-end tools for interaction.

  4. Advance communication and presentation skills necessary to succeed in obtaining professional employment and/or pursue graduate studies.

The York College Communications Technology major is an interdisciplinary program bringing together television, web, information systems, computer science, and design. The program offers three main concentrations: digital video, computer graphics, and systems and applications. Our majors are prepared for a variety of career opportunities in a variety of production environments.

The majority of CT classes are project-based. Students create documentaries, graphics packages, multi-camera television shows or market work through social networks. In addition, students are kept abreast of emerging industry workflows. Every project becomes an opportunity to showcase work in a portfolio.

One of the unique attributes of the CT program is how web-based portfolio building is embedded within the major. Every student in the major builds a work-in-progress portfolio for every project-based class. Each class portfolio becomes a storehouse of the students' work and their process with critique from faculty and peers. Upon reaching their senior year, students will have an abundance of work to reflect on and choose from to build their final portfolio to showcase and start their career.

New York City is the media capital of the world, and students have unique access to quality internships year round. Communication Technology majors have interned with a number of organizations including: NY1, NFL Films, MTV, VH1, SNY, and Silver Cup Studios.

A significant number of our majors are in our highly successful Digital Video concentration - a non-fiction television production program. From the beginning, students are taught to focus on storytelling and access to story as they build technical expertise in production and post-production. The preparedness of our graduates is reflected in their success stories. Students in the digital video concentration have been published in media journals, become web sensations, gone to graduate school, work in film, television, news and more.