andrew_sikora.png21st Century Media Communication

If you're interested in fllm-making, communication. pub­lic relations, on line video and television programming, Ba­cone College has it neatly packaged in its new four-year 21st Century Media Communication degree.

The degree program is led by international award­-winning filmmaker Andrew Sikora, who looks forward to sharing his decades of international film-making and com­munication experience with his students - offering them a multitude of opportunities in communication in the global market

His experience spans a broad spectrum of media com­munication here and overseas, and his degree plan in­cludes collaborating with international media gurus, help­ing graduates form professional connections long before graduation.

The on line immersion applications class promises to be intriguing, where the students will learn to develop con­tent for a new app that will initially serve Native Ameri­can languages, then later thousands of other languages through a partnership with SIL International and Trans­parent Language.

We are even talking about adding virtual reality in to our program. We'd like to create courses in VR, which is predicted to be the fastest growing sector in the media;' Sikora said. Not just games, but education, training in the oil and gas industry, manufacturing. You name it, virtual reality training is going to be huge.

The entire 21st Century Media Communication degree plan, which can follow two tracks, is meant to be hands­-on from the very beginning, combining production classes early on with basic courses.

l truly believe in the 'flipped classroom: which means for me that you give power to your students, and by em­powering them, you are actually making them more at­tentive and more involved in the learning process," Sikora said. "So instead of one-way lecturing - professor to stu­dent - the professor is a moderator who makes sure all students are participating in the class.

Each student in each class will have not only experience hands-on producing, but be expected to complete a final project, so they know they are working toward a goal, he said.

The media communication track is more hands-on, giv­ing students experience with a plethora of on line applications and such programs as Final Cut or Photoshop.

"Media is becoming so prevalent in every industry, that no matter what business you are in, you have to use me­dia to some degree," Sikora said. "No matter where you go, you will be producing."

The possibilities are endless for media communication graduates, including working for major corporations, in entertainment venues, in television, as a journalist for on line media outlets. in education, for major news outlets and in professional sports.

"Journalism used to be only about print media, then with television it evolved into communication, and to­day's journalists need to be technology savvy," Sikora said. "While journalists stilI need a solid knowledge and writ­ing skills, they must have multimedia skills also today. It has become much more complex to communicate today than it was even 10 years ago:

For more information, contact Sikora at [email protected]­cone.edu.

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