Associate in Arts (Transfer)
Want to have a career creating, managing, or distributing media content to audiences via multiple channels and devices? They could be traditional channels, such as radio, TV, or film , or newer media like streaming, mobile or social media. Mass Communication is made for you.
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With classroom lectures, on-campus production studios, and numerous internship opportunities, students are well-prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university.
Get involved with the ICC Journalism Association and Harbinger Student Media, our student-run media outlet. Print, video, and podcasting opportunities engage the ICC community.
Creative Services Director, Media Manager, Promotion Manager, Public Affairs Director, Community Relations Manager, Multimedia Journalist, Radio Announcer, Screenwriter, Television Director, Publicist, Videographer, Digital Marketing Analyst, Social Media Manager
if Full Time
60 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
ICC Class of 2003 (Mass Communication) Transferred to SIU-Carbondale Production Supervisor, Walt Disney Animation Studios Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job. After graduating SIU-C, I traveled to Los Angeles for a summer internship with The Young & the Restless. After my internship ended, I got a job with Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan…
New Business Manager, Brent Baker Shares How ICC Nurtured His Success
ICC Class of 2011 (Psychology) Transferred to Bradley University – Bachelor’s in Psychology New Business Development Manager, Natural Fiber Welding 2021 ICC Alumnus of the Last Decade Award Tell us about the career path that led you to your current job: After graduating from ICC and then Bradley, I completed two years of AmeriCorps volunteer service through the Local Initiatives Support Corporation…
ICC Class of 2019 (Music) Transferred to Bradley University – Bachelor ‘s in Music Freelance accompanist/collaborative pianist I was originally planning to earn an English degree, but after taking an American music history course under Larry Harms, I fell in love with music and switched my area of study. Along with music theory and ear training, I took applied piano…
An ICC Family Celebration for Father & Son
Looking to aim high, Michael recently earned the ultimate head start in his education and career. In May, Michael earned his associate degree from ICC and graduated from high school simultaneously, all at the age of 17. ICC and the Dual Degree program made this incredible milestone possible. Michael said, “Before joining this program, I didn’t even know how seriously…
Students receive a broad overview of mass media. They also learn the basics of audio and video production. The student will acquire skills in writing, producing, and delivering content.David Smit, Professor, Graphic Design/Multimedia
How Do I Get Into the Mass Communication Program?
Switch on a career in the media that moves our world. The Mass Communication program connects you with the tools and technologies that reach new markets and dynamically engage diverse audiences. Talk to an Admissions Representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Student success advisors are available to help.
- Activities such as AV club, school newspaper and yearbook support your admission.
What Can I Expect as a Mass Communication Student?
- Learn high-impact ways to write, produce and deliver content.
- Receive hands-on experience with audio and visual production techniques.
- Become involved with Harbinger Student Media, our student-run media outlet.
- Enter a career with a wide range of professional communications opportunities.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.