New Media

EARLY COLLEGE CAREER ACADEMY

What is New Media?

New media most commonly refers to content available on-demand through the Internet, accessible on any digital device. Common examples of new media include websites such as online newspapers, blogs, wikis, video games and social media. Much of the new media content is communicated through visual aids. This, in simplest terms is any form of communication that relies on visual cues/graphics to transmit a message to people.

Communication using new media requires graphic/communication designers to help achieve communication goals by analyzing, structuring, planning and creating images and text to improve or develop visual communication for specific purposes. These designers are skilled in the process of creating, producing and distributing materials, both digital and print, as well as in the use of typography, drawings, photo and graphic manipulation, illustration and color.

Why Study New Media?

The world of work is powered by technology – and digital experiences drive the new economy.”  Steve Adler, Senior Solutions Consultant, Adobe Systems

The new media program may be challenging at times but I really enjoy it. I like a challenge, and this program is a perfect fit.” Megan Ellis, ECCA Class of 2017, Whitehall High School

You get to do photography, graphic design and learn other skills to that you will use in the real world. Learning all the software is fun, and the projects really push us to do our best.”  Addison Kelly, ECCA Class of 2018, Lake George High School


Employment Outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of media and communication occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024, which will result in about 27,400 new jobs. Demand for media and communication occupations should stem from the need to create, edit, translate and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms." 

The median annual wage for media and communication occupations was $53,530 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $36,200.

For more information related to Career Opportunities, visit CareerZone and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Program Overview

This two year program combines the strengths of the SUNY Adirondack Media Arts program and the WSWHE BOCES Graphic & Visual Communications program.  The New Media program exposes students to graphic design, photography and video editing and production, as well as communications theory and practice. It blends art, technology and soft skills through a highly integrated, hands-on curriculum. Students will become versed in the industry standard software (Adobe Creative Suite), have opportunities to work with/design for local non-profit agencies and learn project management skills.  

By the end of the program, students will have had the following experiences and opportunities:

  • collaborate with local non-profit organizations. Just as is done in the real world, students often work in teams to design and develop novel solutions to class projects and industry challenges from local non-profit organizations.
  • engage with local industry partners. The program’s business partners host students for learning opportunities alongside experts, sponsor industry challenges, and guest lecture in our classes.
  • creation of a professional portfolio. New Media students will create a comprehensive portfolio of their work during the program.
  • cutting edge technology. The New Media students are provided with a laptop and digital camera.  The state-of-the-art learning lab contains the following equipment: Wacom drawing tablet  -  large format printers  -  Mac Lab with workstations  -  Adobe Design Suite software
  • earn internationally recognized certifications. Students will have the opportunity to earn three industry-recognized Adobe Certifications, and an Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Certificate.
  • earn up to 32 college credits. Upon completion, a student is eligible to earn 32 college credits toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, a SUNY Adirondack Media Arts Certificate.

The ECCA Program Catalog contains the names and descriptions of the courses in the New Media program, as well as a Plan of Study.


Highlights

  • project based work. Every subject is taught through project-based learning that engages students in every facet of their education.
  • collaboration and innovation. Just as is done in the real world, students often work in teams to design and develop novel solutions to class projects and industry challenges.
  • student-centered learning. Students take an active role in their own education, working with teachers in a professional, collaborative environment built on two-way communication.

Opportunities and Next Steps

1. Stay at SUNY Adirondack and complete a degree in Media Arts AAS or a Media Arts Certificate.
2. Transfer to another 2 or 4-year college. Transfer Counseling available
3. Join the workforce. Career and job search assistance is available! 


In the News

SUNY Adirondack Associate Professor of Graphic Arts and Technology Division Chair Nick Paigo.

SUNY Adirondack Associate Professor of Graphic Arts and Technology Division Chair Nick Paigo participated in the Creative Futures event at The Hyde Collection.

Partnership promotes Creative Futures

SUNY Adirondack partnered with The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls to offer high school students and young adults an opportunity to learn about the future of arts-related careers.

The Creative Futures event, held Jan. 20, 2018, at The Hyde, focused on the arts as a viable career option for young people.

The program was led by Troy-based illustrator Ira Marcks, local graphic designer and Sidekick Creative co-founder Will Fowler and SUNY Adirondack Associate Professor of Graphic Arts and Technology Division Chair Nick Paigo. Each speaker provided a presentation and related arts activity to teach students about their creative career field.

Free with sponsorship from The Workforce Development Institute, the event was geared toward high school students and young adults, with content is suitable for preteens and young teens.

The Hyde Collection is a historic house and museum complex with a distinguished collection of art exhibitions in five gallery spaces. Creative Futures correlated with the museum’s “Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau” exhibit.

More news stories about the ECCA New Media program and other interesting industry articles.

High schoolers get a jump on college at SUNY Adirondack, timesunion.com 9/30/16
Graphics Communications Industry Joins Forces ... to Close Workforce Skills Gap
Choosing a Career in the Graphic Communication Industry

 

Contact Us

To learn more about the SUNY Adirondack College Academy programs, contact:

The Office of Extended Programs
Wilton Center
696 US Route 9, Wilton, NY 12831
518.584.3959
Fax: 518.584.0896
academy@sunyacc.edu