School of Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences

Dean: Cynthia McGregor, Ph.D.

Department Chair: Rebecca Wolneiwicz, Ph.D.

Office: 702B, (619) 482-6372

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General Description

Telemedia is the study of television, video, film, and related new media. It combines elements of the visual and performing arts with writing, speech, engineering, computer science, theory, history, technology, criticism, literature, law, psychology, sociology, and management in the production of visual and aural communications. Telemedia explores the broadening implications of producing media for new wider Internet and other distribution opportunities.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the telemedia major. Most of these require a certificate of achievement or an associate in arts degree, some require a bachelor’s degree, and a few require a graduate-level degree: possible career options include producer, director, art director, advertising agent, broadcaster, special effects technician, camera operator, studio manager, actor, scriptwriter, grip, high school or college instructor, performance artist, computer graphics artist, animator, editor, and communication manager.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Telemedia 01280
Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical
Telemedia Production Specialist 02530
Telemedia Technology 02535
Certificate of Achievement
Telemedia Technology 02536
Certificates of Proficiency
Telemedia Production Specialist - Basic 02531
Telemedia Production Specialist - Advanced 02532

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.


Gary Bulkin, B.A.

Mark Sisson, M.F.A.

TELE 234



Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Fee: $45

Recommended Preparation: TELE/ART 131 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasis on the theory, history, technical, and aesthetic characteristics of nonfiction (documentary) field production. Content includes documentary pre-production (including research and writing), production, and post-production processes. [D; CSU] (Same as: FTMA 124)

TELE 242



Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Prerequisite: TELE 131 or ART 131 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours

Offered: ALL

Develops directing skills in a full range of production types. Emphasizes writing, visualization, production techniques for film style, and multiple camera directing. [D; CSU; UC] (Formerly: TA 242; Same as: FTMA 127)

TELE 299



Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of telemedia of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the College. [D; CSU]