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Pre-Communications Media (Entertainment Technology) (A.A.)

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A.A. Degree

Program Description

The Associate of Arts degree in Pre-Communications Media has been developed in close cooperation with the Department of Communications Media at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). It is specifically designed to allow students to complete the first two years of their IUP baccalaureate degree requirements at Pennsylvania Highlands. An articulation agreement assures students of the transfer of earned Pennsylvania Highlands credits to IUP. Students transfer at the fifth semester level to IUP’s campus at Indiana, PA. The program focuses on principles and applications necessary for the development of Web-mounted communication media, as well as fulfilling forty-eight Liberal Studies credit hours requirements for the IUP degree. The Department of Communications Media at IUP offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Media as well as minors in Communications Media and Educational Technology.

Further information on IUP’s Communication Media program may be obtained on the Web at:, or by contacting the department at (724) 357-2492.

DISCLAIMER: This program exists with Indiana University of Pennsylvania as the sole partner. Pennsylvania Highlands does not warrant that the credits earned in completion of this degree will transfer to any other institution’s communications media degree requirements.

Career Opportunities

(after completion of IUP degree)

  • Multimedia Web Page Developer
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Educator or Trainer
  • Web Design/Multimedia Consultant
  • Web Design/Multimedia Project Coordinator
  • Electronic Game Developer

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Transfer to one of IUP’s CommMedia undergraduate degree programs having completed 60 credit hours towards their baccalaureate degree requirements.
  2. Display familiarity with Internet terminology and services including sending and receiving files using FTP, search engines, browsing, and other services.
  3. Develop effective web site content and to adapt existing material to web site publishing.
  4. Use a variety of commercial software to integrate graphics, video, and sound into multimedia publications.
  5. Create and manipulate graphic images, photographs and animations.
  6. Understand and demonstrate the basics of creating a web page with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and XML technologies.
  7. Demonstrate a familiarity with the structure and function of a multimedia design team in a commercial environment.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Arts degree, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Execute a Letter of Intent to transfer to IUP at the time the Associate of Applied Science degree is completed.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education Core and Technical Core.


*Students are required to take either HUM105 Introduction to Art History or HUM130 Introduction to Music as their Fine Arts elective, and either HUM110 Introduction to Philosophy or HUM120 World Religions/Religious Studies to fulfill their Philosophy/Religious Studies requirement.

**Students are required to take 9 credits in the Social Sciences, 3 of which must be PSY100 General Psychology. The other 6 credits may be any 2 of S0C100 Introduction to Sociology, ANT100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, ECO100 Macroeconomics, GEO100 Introduction to Geography, GOV100 Introduction to American National Government, or SOC200 Contemporary Social Issues. Any Liberal Studies elective taken in Semester IV may not repeat a course prefix taken previously.

***Depending on their math background, students may take any of MAT145 College Algebra, MAT170 Precalculus, OR MAT200 Probability and Statistics to fulfill their 3 credit mathematics requirement (MAT210 is 4 credits).

***Students are required to take a natural science with lab combination (4 credits total). A second natural science course without the lab (AST100 Introduction to Astronomy) may be taken as a Liberal Studies elective in Semester IV.

Credit hours: 51

Credit hours: 12

Typical Sequence of Courses

Total Credits (15)

Total Credits (16)

Semester IV

Minimum Credits to earn the A.A.S. Degree: 63


*BIO105 and CHM105 have a lab component for 4 credits. PHY100 and PHY101 need to be taken together for the 4 credits.

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