2020-2021 College Catalog 
    Feb 01, 2023  
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Mass Communications, Creative & Performing Arts & Speech

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Chairperson: Clinton Crawford 718 270 5140 office crawford@mec.cuny.edu
Office: B-1007P
Faculty: Dwayne Bynum, Beatrice Brathwaite Clinton Crawford, Izell Glover, Verna Green, Jimmy Jenkins, Glen McMillan, Roman Mitchell Moses Bernard Phillips

General Information

The mission of the Department of Mass Communications, Creative & Performing Arts & Speech (MCCPAS) is to provide high-quality instructions in the visual arts, dance, media, music, speech, and theater which enable students to experience personal growth, broaden their cultural perspectives, and develop the talents that create opportunities for both graduate study and employment.

MCCPAS is an academic department in the School of Liberal Arts and Education. It provides a wide range of interdisciplinary courses in visual, sound, and performance media (art, dance, music, speech, radio, video, and TV, film, acting, journalism and theatre arts). Innovative approaches and pedagogies, including emerging technologies, are used integrally to prepare the learner for quality futuristic experiences that include the study of new technologies.

The curriculum is structured to allow students to select or follow a course of study in a particular subject area or to diversify. In addition to the course offerings, the Department has planned enrichment activities for learners in laboratories, internships, gallery visits, exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and performances. Information regarding these activities is available in the MCCPAS offices. Further, the department produces its own collaborative performances, a forum for national and international visits, exchanges, and presentations, encouraging education in, and sensitivity to, the cultures of a variety of peoples. Other opportunities for learner development are provided through networking, membership in professional associations, groups and societies, as well as with community based organizations.

The Department offers an Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in Liberal Arts. The A.A. Degree in Liberal Arts requires completion of 60 credits. The 60 credits of the program are distributed as follows:

After successfully completing the course of study leading to this degree, students usually:

  1. pursue a BA degree in a Department at Medgar Evers College that gives a degree in a related area, i.e. Business, Public Administration, Education, Psychology; or
  2. enroll in the CUNY BA Program; or
  3. Enter the workforce

The Department seeks to prepare our students for the new digital world that is being created by the converging of all the subjects that are taught in our department with technology. While it is important that traditional skills and disciplines not be overlooked, it is imperative that we prepare our students for the merging of these disciplines and technologies. The Department wants its graduates to experience success; therefore, they must master and apply recent technological advances.

Academic Criteria

Students must meet all proficiencies required by The City University of New York. A minimum of sixty (60) credits is required for the AA in Liberal Arts. Of these, twelve (12) credits must be from the MCCPAS Departmental Courses and taken under advisement. A syllabus is provided for each course. The student is required to adhere to the flexible guidelines and requirements. The student must demonstrate computer proficiency before being awarded the AA in Liberal Arts degree. In this Department, a student is required to take at least one year of a spoken language, other than his or her native language. The majority of the faculty in our Department are teacher/ practitioners. Research is required in all of our courses. Reading, writing, and speech are a vital part of our curriculum.

Academic Standards

Students in the Department are expected to pass Mass Communications required Core courses with a grade of “C” or better. For graduation, a student must have an index of 2.0


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