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Degree Options

There are multiple degree options within the Liberal Arts Division. Contact the Program Coordinator for an appointment to learn all about degree requirements, coursework, transfer, career options and the profession in general.

 
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The Liberal Arts Degree AA      catalog (pdf)
(Concentration, Global Studies)
A traditional, interdisciplinary degree in Liberal Arts to prepare for transfer to a 4-year institution and further specialization. This degree option provides the foundation necessary to continue studies in a variety of majors beyond Mercer. The degree sequence offers some flexibility so that students can tailor their studies to their intended transfer institution and future specialization.

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Barbara Hamilton
hamiltob@mccc.edu
Office: Liberal Arts Building Room LA 131

 
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Education AA      website      catalog (pdf)
The Education degree is a liberal arts based degree with a focus on education. It is a great degree choice for students wishing to pursue teaching at any level or in any subject area. The degree is flexible and can be tailored to fulfill the requirements of the intended transfer institution as well as future teaching specialization.

Education AAS      website      catalog (pdf)
This is an applied degree that is not built for transfer. Instead, it is designed to prepare students for a career in education as paraprofessionals, classroom assistants, or teachers in private early childhood centers. Students may select this degree option if they do not want to pursue teacher certification at the state level or continue their studies beyond Mercer.

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Theresa Capra
caprat@mccc.edu
Office: Liberal Arts Building Room LA 150

 
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Advertising + Graphic Design      website      catalog (pdf)
The Advertising + Graphic Design option of the Visual Arts A.A.S. degree prepares students for positions as designers, graphic communicators, and assistant art directors. It also prepares students for advanced study in graphic design, advertising design, web design, or visual communication. The option parallels the first two years of education at a majority of undergraduate universities and art colleges, with an emphasis on career training for gainful employment.

Program Coordinator:
Tina LaPlaca
laplacat@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 121

 
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Communication      catalog (pdf)
(Concentrations: General, Organizational, Radio, and Television)
The Communication program prepares students to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program. Designed to explore both theory and the development of practical skills, the core curriculum includes courses in oral communication, mass media, and media ethics. Students then select from one of four concentrations to complete their degree.

Program Coordinator:
Mitch Canter
canterm@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 111

 
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Communication: New Media      catalog (pdf)
The New Media program prepares students for the rapidly developing field that combines traditional media such as photography, film, music, and spoken and written word with the interactive power of computer and communications technology. Students who have traditionally pursued courses of study in journalism, public relations, advertising, and communications will find that this program substantially prepares them to enter the work force or transfer to communications programs at four-year universities.

Program Coordinator:
Barry Levy
levyb@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 120

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Communication: Speech and Theater      catalog (pdf)
The Communication: Speech and Theatre option of the Liberal Arts and Sciences program prepares students to transfer as juniors into bachelor of arts programs in theatre, speech, and communication. Students planning careers in communications should choose elective subjects which best meet their educational needs.

Program Coordinator:
Jody Gazenbeek-Person
gazenbej@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 123

 
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Dance      catalog (pdf)
The Dance program offers rounded and intensive study of jazz, ballet, and modern technique. Students also receive training in choreography and perform in student-driven projects as well as the Mercer Dance Ensemble (M.D.E.), Mercer County’s own dance company. The program offers two degree options, A.A. or A.F.A., both of which combine conservatory training in the performing arts with academic education in the liberal arts. The A.A. allows students to transfer as juniors into bachelor of arts programs.

Program Coordinator:
Jody Gazenbeek-Person
gazenbej@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 123

 
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Digital Film      catalog (pdf)
The A.A.S. degree program in Digital Film prepares students to create, interpret, and analyze visual language through the study of aesthetic and technical concepts applied in the making and producing of films. Students learn all aspects of digital film including directing, producing, editing, cinematography, and screenwriting.

Program Coordinator:
Barry Levy
levyb@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 120

 
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Digital Media Arts      catalog (pdf)
(Concentrations: 3-D Animation, Web Design, Multimedia) The Digital Media Arts A.A.S. option of the Visual Arts program prepares students for entry-level positions in three areas: 3-D Animation, Web Design, and Multimedia.

Program Coordinator:
Ric Giantisco
giantisr@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 122

 
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Entertainment Technology      catalog (pdf)
(Concentrations: Technical Theatre, Music Technology) The Associate in Applied Science in Entertainment Technology prepares students for careers in the entertainment industry. There are two concentrations: Technical Theatre and Music Technology. The Technical Theatre concentration prepares graduates for careers as lighting and sound technicians, technical managers, equipment marketing representatives, and technical personnel for distributors and rental houses. The Music Technology concentration enables graduates to pursue a variety of career tracks in the music industry such as record producer, recording engineer, remix engineer, sound technician for live shows and concerts, as well as careers in the field of film scoring and film music editing.

Program Coordinator:
Mitch Canter
canterm@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 111

 
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Fashion/Apparel Design      catalog (pdf)
The Fashion/Apparel Design A.A.S. degree prepares students for entry into the dynamic world of fashion or for further study at a four-year institution.

Fashion Merchandising      catalog (pdf)
The Fashion Merchandising option of the Business Management A.A.S. degree prepares students for careers in fashion/apparel sales, marketing, buying, and merchandising. Positions available to those with this educational specialization include retail merchandising director, corporate apparel manager, fashion/apparel sourcing specialist, and wholesale or retail buying manager. The program also prepares students for advanced study in business or marketing in a fashion/apparel-related program.

Program Coordinator:
Melissa Zimberg
zimbergm@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 121

 
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Game Design      catalog (pdf)
The A.A.S. degree program in Game Design helps to prepare graduates for careers in the video game software industry, a relatively new and rapidly expanding industry. The New York City / northern New Jersey metro region is one of the ten largest in the country for video game design and development. The Game Design program prepares graduates for positions as game designers, level designers, interface designers, producers, production assistants, and game artists.

Game Programming      catalog (pdf)
The Game Programming program prepares students for a number of career options, including game designer, software engineer, artificial intelligence programmer, graphics engineer, physics programmer, and user interface scripter.

Program Coordinator:
Ric Giantisco
giantisr@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 122

 
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Illustration      catalog (pdf)
The Illustration option prepares students for entry-level positions as illustrators or graphic communicators in advertising agencies, design firms, publishing houses, production studios, or corporate environments. It also parallels the first two years of study in illustration at many undergraduate universities and art colleges.

Program Coordinator:
Tina LaPlaca
laplacat@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 121

 
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Music      catalog (pdf)
The Music A.S. option of the Performing Arts program provides the prospective graduate with the theoretical and practical training necessary to transfer at the junior level in most baccalaureate music programs by way of a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses the same rigor and scope as that encountered in the first two years of a typical four-year program.

Program Coordinator:
Office: Communication Building Room CM 149

 
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Photography & Digital Imaging      website      catalog (pdf)
The Photography and Digital Imaging program provides for development of skills and creativity in both film-based and digital photography. Students from this program have transferred to major art schools such as the School of Visual Arts and Mason Gross School of the Arts / Rutgers.

Program Coordinator:
Michael Dalton
daltonm@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Room ET 125

 
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Radio      catalog
Radio, one of the two options of the Radio/TV program, prepares students for employment as radio announcers, news reporters, salespersons, copywriters, and other entry-level positions.

Program Coordinator:
Mitch Canter
canterm@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 111

 
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Television      website      catalog (pdf)
The Television option of the Radio/TV program is designed to empower students with the knowledge and skills to seek professional careers in all phases of the dynamic worlds of film and television, broadcast journalism, and video production; and to prepare graduates for enrollment into four-year institutions.

Program Coordinator:
Barry Levy
levyb@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 120

 
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Theater      catalog
The program offers two degree options, A.A. or A.F.A., both of which combine conservatory training in the performing arts with academic education in the liberal arts. The A.A. allows students to transfer as juniors into bachelor of arts programs in theatre. The A.F.A. includes ad- ditional training in performing arts and prepares students for work as well as further study in the field.

Program Coordinator:
Jody Gazenbeek-Person
gazenbej@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 123

 
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Visual Arts      catalog
(Concentrations: Art History, Ceramics/Sculpture, Fine Arts) The Associate in Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts prepares students to transfer into the third year of a baccalaureate degree program or to work in their field of concentration.

Program Coordinator:
Michael Welliver
wellieverm@mccc.edu
Office: Engineering & Technology Building Room ET 121





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