Associate of Arts in Communications

Online Communications DegreeWaldorf’s Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts combines core studies in the liberal arts with the opportunity for students to select specific areas of concentration. This provides a broad base of knowledge in several subject areas, along with the option to more deeply explore a specific area of interest.

Communications Concentration
Waldorf’s Communications concentration provides hands-on experience with current technology to prepare students for careers in the communications industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn these technologies through a creative, project-based experience. Students will explore a variety of areas within communications including:

  • Digital Production and Social Media (COM 1020)
  • Graphic Design (COM 1010)
  • The Relationship Between Mass Communication and Pop Culture (COM 1030).

Students can also explore either:

  • Journalism (COM 1040)
  • Critical Thinking Skills for Visual Media (COM 2010).

Option to Continue Towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications
For students who may wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Communications in the future, the associate degree program is designed to prepare for entry into Waldorf’s bachelor’s degree programs with upper division standing.

Estimated time to complete the associate degree program is two years with full-time enrollment.

Requirements for Communications Concentration

Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
  12
COM 1010 Graphic Core 3
COM 1020 Digital Core 3
COM 1030 Mass Communications and Society 3
Choose one from the following:
´╗┐COM 1040 News Gathering and Reporting 3
COM 2010 Visual Theory 3

Hardware Requirements

Required hardware is listed within the course descriptions in the course catalog. Waldorf’s Communications program requires a Mac computer with the minimum specifications needed to operate the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design Suite software:

Apple Store education pricing – See Mac computer with the following specifications:

  • 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz memory
  • 750GB 5400-rpm hard drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000

Software Requirements

Required software is listed within the course descriptions in the course catalog.