Production and Announcing in the Electronic Media Certificate
Award: Certificate in Mass Communications
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Prof. Wayne Hepler, 443-412-2358, whepler@harford.edu; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

This program is designed to prepare students for entry level employment in production for the digital media and internet, and includes only those courses directly related to this field.

Upon successful completion of this program of study, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate media literacy;
  2. Appraise present-day media content, operation, regulation, impact, and/or implications;
  3. Apply current technology to produce or market media content;
  4. Convey ideas via electronic media.

 NumberTitle Credits
 CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3   
 CMST 101Speech Fundamentals
 MC 293Independent Media Project 3   
 MC 101Introduction to Electronic Media 3   
 MC 102Audio Production 3   
 MC 103Television Studio Production  3   
 MC 201Writing for the Electronic Media 3   
 MC 203Advanced Audio Production  3   
 MC 204Video Production and Editing  3   
 MC 283Field Project: Announcing/Production in Electronic Media 3   
 MUS 222Popular Music of the United States 3   
 Total Credits30  

Electronic media producers, directors, writers, and on-air talent are employed by new media,websites, television and radio stations, satellite and cable systems. They shoot, edit, and upload digital audio and video; write online, journalism, and commercial copy; anchor news, sports and podcasts; and record performing artists, among other technical and creative endeavors.

While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts slight declines in employment of on-air talent, significant growth is expected among digital producers, writers, and editors. To this end, the Mass Communications department is equipped with:

  • high definition video and audio editing systems
  • digital cameras
  • a TV studio
  • WHFC-FM.org
  • Owl magazine and Facebook
  • access to Harford Cable Network.
Certificate holders may expect to face employment competition. Students are encouraged to keep a portfolio for transfer or entry into the field.


Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018, and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.

Mass Communications Production and Announcing
Program Level - Undergraduate certificate
Program Length - 1.5 years

Occupations: Technical Directors/Managers
CIP Code: 10.9999
SOC Code: 27-2012.05
Link to O*Net: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/27-2012.05

*How much will this program cost me?
In-State (in-county) Tuition and fees: $4,806.00
Out-of-State Tuition and fees: $7,521.00
Books and supplies: $1,172.00
On-campus room & board: not offered

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: *

* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2016-2017, *% finished in 18 months.

*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2016-2017. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2016-2017 is *%.

* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Template: http://ww2.harford.edu/gedt/10.9999PA-GEDT.html