The Salt Lake Community College School of Arts, Communication and Media (SACM) provides students with numerous opportunities for creative inquiry, expression, and inspiration.
With 17 different programs over two divisions, students can earn degrees or take general education courses covering music, film, communication, journalism, performing arts, visual art and design, architecture, fashion design, and much more.
“Whether students want to feed their creative side for their Gen Ed requirements, or learn specific art or media production or performance skills, this is the place,” says Nick Burns, Associate Dean of Communication and Performing Arts.
Housed in the one-of-a-kind Center for Arts and Media at the SLCC South City Campus, SACM classes utilize modern facilities and equipment to provide truly exceptional educational experiences. The Center also hosts exciting events and programs, including lectures, screenings, art exhibits, concerts, performances, and theatre productions at the historic Grand Theatre.
“We’re excited to continue this strong period of growth at the school by providing more dynamic classes, hosting entertaining and enlightening events and activities, and serving as a home for our amazing faculty,” says Richard Scott, Dean of the School of Arts, Communication and Media.
Division of Communication and Performing Arts
The Division of Communication and Performing Arts brings together degrees and courses that provide pathways for Salt Lake Community College students to share their voices. Whether making a film, performing a song, or writing a news story, students taking Division classes learn vital skills that are applicable to a wide range of careers.
“Our faculty help students learn media production skills and performance skills,” says Burns. “And from couch potato to customer service to politics, there is no area in modern life that is not touched by media and performance.”
With both general education and degree-specific courses, the Division offers AA, AS, and AAS degrees in multiple disciplines. These include Speech Communication (including Public Speaking, Persuasion, Interpersonal, Intercultural, Organizational and Small Group, Elemental, Human, Conflict Management, Interviewing, and Environmental Communication), Mass Communication (Journalism, Media and Communication Technology, Video Production, Radio and Television), Film Production, Music Production, and the Performing Arts (dance, film, music and theater).
Each semester the Division offers nearly 600 sections of various courses, many also available online. These classes provide a strong foundation for further academic success, including articulation with regional colleges and universities. The Division champions hands-on learning in industry standard facilities, including the television control room and studio, the film sound stage, music recording studio, radio station, The Globe newsroom and 22 video/audio edit suites.
The Division is also home to the SLCC Mass Communication Center (MCC), which oversees students’ hands-on experiences at The Globe newspaper, RadioSLCC, and television news.
Division of Visual Art and Design
The Division of Visual Art & Design (VAD) offers Salt Lake Community College students AS and AAS degree programs in a variety of disciplines, including Visual Art, Architecture, Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Art History. With the option to specialize in a number of areas, SLCC Art and Design students receive the skills and training necessary to succeed in these rapidly expanding creative fields.
Housed in the state of the art Center for Arts and Media at the South City Campus, as well as facilities at the Taylorsville Redwood and Library Square Campuses, VAD classes incorporate the latest technology and software so students can stay up to date with the changing demands of constantly evolving artistic fields. Interactive computer displays and traditional studio spaces allow for a truly hands-on approach to education, with instruction focused on both traditional and digital techniques.
In addition to the degree programs, students throughout Salt Lake Community College can include some art in their schedules by taking fun and engaging general education courses that expand their artistic abilities, with topics including painting, photography, animation, and more. The division also offers one-year certificate programs for several different subjects.
With highly skilled faculty recognized throughout their industries, VAD programs hold a well-earned reputation for quality and excellence. Whether going directly into the workforce or looking for opportunities to pursue further education, the Visual Art & Design division provides SLCC students with an engrossing academic experience.