Media Arts

SUNY Adirondack offers an Applied Associate in Science (AAS) or professional certificate in Media Arts. Half the classes in each program can be taken online. 

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Media Arts applies new technologies and channels to produce video, print, audio and other forms of digital media. Media artists are sought after throughout various industries due to their specific talents and experience in the ever-evolving digital space.


Media Arts students learn how to turn their ideas into reality. Studying the history and culture behind media arts lays the foundation for advanced courses across the spectrum of art, design, photography, videography, communication and the use of cutting-edge software and equipment.

Further specialization is available as part of the two-year Applied Associate degree, including choices for students across the spectrum of course offerings in Media Arts.


SUNY Adirondack offers small class sizes and access to dedicated faculty who have years of field experience in multimedia, print and web design, professional photography and have worked for media companies like Apple.

Students of the Media Arts degree and certificate programs also have the opportunity to choose from an advanced media workshop, a variety of internships or a portfolio development program to increase their career and business marketability.


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Degree requirements

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With the recent growth in web, social, mobile and general digital technology, career prospects are at an all-time high for Media Arts students. Graduates of the program can use their creativity and industry-leading skills to help shape future careers in areas like:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Web Design
  • Multimedia
  • User Interface Design
  • Animation
  • Advertising
  • Marketing

For those seeking further education, Media Arts offers articulation opportunities with many four-year universities or colleges in the SUNY system and at large.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a proficient knowledge of the Macintosh Operating System.
  2. Create various forms of computer graphic imagery using industry standard software.
  3. Create imagery for a commercial purpose and/or personal expression using a digital single lens reflex camera.
  4. Discuss the history of the Media Arts including styles, genres, and prominent artists.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in presenting and critiquing various forms of imagery objectively.
  6. Create a portfolio/resume for employment and/or transfer opportunities.