When it comes to teaching with books and research papers, the Mass Communication Center (MCC) breaks the concept of traditional learning. This is because they incorporate the learning from books with hands-on experience, called practicum. So if you are looking for a program that is not only about books and homework, but also the experience you gain, then you might want to consider Mass Communications here at Salt Lake Community College.
The classes that the MCC offers vary, but the majority of the courses include practicum hours. Practicum hours are the hours that you have to do for your class that give you experience in the field that you are going in to. The practicum provides the hands-on portion of learning environment which helps students get a better experience and learn more.
The MCC offers many courses. The main ones are for television, radio and newspaper. There are seven courses that are going to be offered this fall semester that utilize practicum. If you are interested in television and how it’s produced, you may want to look into Communication 2200 which is Intro to Video Production. 2310 is a news class and 2510 is a class that teaches students about producing documentaries.
If you are interested in radio, you might want to take Communications 1560, which is a radio class. If you don’t like being in front of a camera or a microphone but you like the mass media and would like to learn to write for it, Communications 1130 and 1610 are right for you. Those classes not only will teach you to write for the newspaper, but also for radio and television. There is also Communications 1800, which is Digital Media Essentials.
“If you want to do mass communication you will get the experience because you will be applying what you’ve learned,” said Alison Arndt-Wild, the coordinator for the MCC.
If you are interested in these classes but are intimidated by the practicum, you may want to think that twice. There are many different opportunities for students to fulfill those practicum hours. Plus, if you are having a hard time everyone at the MCC is friendly and are more than happy to help you and answer your questions. Often times students who enjoy doing the practicum hours apply for a job with the MCC, including work study and radio or TV production. Part time positions are available.
If you are looking for a program that is not only about books and homework, but also the experience you gain, then you might want to consider the Mass Communication program here at Salt Lake Community College.
If you are interested or simply have questions or want to know more about the MCC contact Alison Arndt-Wild at (801) 957-4093 or stop by her office at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus in the Technology Building (TB) room 319B.