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NESCom Certificates

In our rapidly-evolving, knowledge-based economy, workers are struggling to keep up with the latest technologies and skills. These challenging certificate programs teach skills that are directly transferable to the workplace or as credits toward a degree at Husson University. Students who are currently enrolled in a degree program at Husson can add a certificate to their credentials as well. Hands-on classes offer high-level training in the most current industry practices and emphasize learning by doing.  Instructors are respected professionals currently working in the field. You may choose from the following options of certificates at the New England School of Communications:

Advanced Live Sound Technology

This certificate is designed for students who would like to complement their current skill set in audio engineering with the advanced skills of live sound that would allow them to further their career options. Courses will provide students with applicable skills in advanced sound reinforcement and speaker system technology. Students will also gain valuable experience working live events for NESCom Mobile Productions and with the Live Sound department.

Students enrolled in the B.S in Communications Technology - Live Sound Technology Program are not eligible for this certificate.

*In order to progress in the Advanced Live Sound Technology Certificate, a grade of C+ or higher must be achieved.    

REQUIRED COURSES
CT 206 Intro to Live Sound Technology* 3
CT 251 Sound Reinforcement Techniques I* 3
CT 337 Sound Reinforcement Techniques II* 2
CT 350 Broadcast Audio Engineering Event Practicum* 1
CT 351 Broadcast Audio Engineering 3
CT 352 Speaker Systems: Design and Optimization 3
Total Hours 15


Audio Engineering

This certificate is designed for students that would like to complement their current skill set whether communications related or not with the fundamentals skills of audio engineering. Courses will provide students with a basic knowledge in audio vocabulary, careers, equipment, software, introductory recording & mixing, technology, & music production.

Students enrolled in the B.S in Communications Technology - Live Sound Technology Program or B.S in Communications Technology – Audio Engineering Program are not eligible for this certificate.               

REQUIRED COURSES
CT 110 Audio Technology I 3
CT 112 Applied Audio Technology I 2
CT 206 Intro to Live Sound Tech 3
CT 213 Pro Tools I 3
CT 270 Audio Technology II, Multitrack Recording & Mixing 3
CT 271 Applied Audio Technology II, Multitrack Recording & Mixing Lab 2
Total Hours 16


Digital and Social Media Marketing

The Certificate in Digital and Social Media Marketing provides students with knowledge of the online and social media marketplace and how to strategically leverage it for business success. Students learn the fundamentals of online marketing, how to develop and gain online insight and apply that knowledge to develop marketing messages and then produce digital content and deliverables. Students learn principles of inbound marketing, organic search engine marketing, website promotion, online advertising, and analytics and conversation tracking. Students will develop and execute an actionable plan for digital marketing of businesses as well as personal brands. This certificate is designed for students as well as working professionals in the field of advertising, public relations, marketing and small business.

REQUIRED COURSES
IT 211 Search Engine Marketing 3
MC 220 Introduction to Marketing 3
MC 228 Digital Marketing and Principles 3
MC 322 Social Media Marketing 3
Choose one from the following 3
IT 202
Web Design for Non-Majors
IT 207
Web Design-Content Layer
Total Hours 15


Entertainment and Design Technology

Students interested in broadening their technical skills in the technical operations of entertainment venues should consider a Certificate in Entertainment Design and Technology. This program covers basic design, stage automation, lighting, audio and CAD design.

These courses can be applied towards a B.S. degree at Husson University in any appropriately related field, as a way to augment a student’s current degree and provide for the diverse challenges found in the many career opportunities within the communications industry.   

REQUIRED COURSES
EP 118 Entertainment Safety 3
EP 122 Event Design & Technology I 3
EP 131 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting 3
EP 221 Computer Aided Drafting/3D Visualization 3
Choose one from the following 3
EP 210
Audio for Event Management
EP 231
Advanced Stage Lighting
EP 322
Entertainment Design and Technology II
FA 120
Drawing I
FA 205
Painting I
MI 331
Networking
Total Hours 15


Entertainment Production

This certificate program is designed to provide an overview of the conceptual skills demanded by the entertainment industry. The program covers basic concepts and skills in design, technology and management process that are used in entertainment venues such as stages, concerts, cruise ships, trade shows, and theme parks.

These courses can be applied to a B.S. degree at Husson University in any appropriately related field, as a way to augment a student’s current degree and provide for the diverse challenges found in the many career platforms within the communications industry.  This Certificate will also be of value to Husson’s International initiatives, as it creates a broad overview of the entire EP Program.   

REQUIRED COURSES
EP 111 Introduction to Theatre 3
EP 118 Entertainment Safety 3
EP 122 Event Design & Technology I 3
Choose two of the following 6
EP 131
Fundamentals of Stage Lighting
EP 225
History of Theatre
EP 240
Production Management
EP 310
Business of Theatre
Total Hours 15

Event Technician

This certificate would increase work readiness in theatrical, broadcast, touring, and AV technology industries.

Candidates for the Event Technician Certificate must complete at least fifteen (15) semester credit hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

This program is not available for Entertainment Production majors.   

REQUIRED COURSES
EP 118 Entertainment Safety 3
EP 122 Entertainment Design & Technology I 3
EP 131 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting 3
IT 331 Networking 3
CT 404 Stage Wiring & Electronic Troubleshooting 3
Total Hours 15


Fundamentals of Live Sound

This certificate is designed for students who would like to complement their current skill set whether communications related or not with the fundamentals skills of audio engineering. Courses will provide students with a basic knowledge in live sound vocabulary, careers, equipment, software, sound reinforcement technology, and concert production.

Students enrolled in the B.S in Communications Technology - Live Sound Technology Program or B.S in Communications Technology – Audio Engineering Program are not eligible for this certificate.

Candidates for the Fundamentals of Live Sound Certificate must complete at least thirteen (13) semester credit hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

*In order to progress in the Fundamentals of Live Sound Certificate, a grade of C+ or higher must be achieved.   

REQUIRED COURSES
CT 110 Audio Technology I* 3
CT 112 Applied Audio Technology I* 2
CT 206 Intro to Live Sound Technology* 3
CT 251 Sound Reinforcement Techniques I* 3
CT 337 Sound Reinforcement Techniques II 2
Total Hours 13


Fundamentals of Video Production

This certificate is designed for students who would like to complement their current skill set, whether communications related or not, with the fundamental skills of video production. Courses will provide students with a basic knowledge in video vocabulary, careers, equipment, software, broadcast and studio production.

These courses can be applied towards a B.S. degree at Husson University in any appropriately related field, as a way to augment a student's current degree and provide for the diverse challenges found in the many career opportunities within the communications industry.

Candidates for the Fundamentals of Video Production Certificate must complete at least fifteen (15) semester credit hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

*In order to progress in the Fundamentals of Video Production Certificate, a grade of C+ or higher must be achieved in this course.   

REQUIRED COURSES
CT 100 Intro to Video Production* 3
CT 105 Video Production I* 3
CT 224 TV Studio/Remote Production I* 3
CT 243 Video Compositing & Motion Graphics 3
Choose one from the following 3
CT 135
Scriptwriting
CT 205
Video Production II
CT 206
Intro to Live Sound Technology
CT 245
Photography I
EP 131
Fundamentals of Stage Lighting
FA 240
History of Photography
IT 121
Computer Applications for Digital Media
IT 202
Web Design for Non-Majors
MC 114
Intro to News Reporting
MC 245
Graphic Design
MC 322
Social Media Marketing
Total Hours 15


Graphic Design

Society has become more reliant on visual communication and as a result Graphic Design has become a critical element in many fields. The Certificate in Graphic Design Certificate spotlights the design process and how to develop a piece from concept to delivery. The program covers design and technology processes that are used in print, web, visual and production design. Students will learn the elements of and how to design posters, packages, publications, exhibitions, information displays and web pages. Students will learn imaging creation using contemporary technical skills and industry standard software. These studio courses provide students with practical experience in design across multiple design disciplines and media. Students will develop a portfolio that demonstrates their design skill and knowledge.

These courses can be applied towards a B.S. degree at Husson University in any appropriately related field, as a way to augment a student’s current degree or for a professional interested in advancing his skill set or exploring a new career field. 

CORE COURSES
MC 245 Graphic Design 3
MC 248 Typography 3
MC 329 Digital Illustration 3
MC 335 Graphic Design II 3
Choose one of the following 3
CT 245
Photography I
FA 120
Drawing I
IT 202
Web Design for Non-Majors
IT 207
Web Design-Content Layer
Total Hours 15

 

Marketing Communications

The Certificate in Marketing Communications is designed for those students, including international students, who want an exposure to the creative side of business known as Marketing Communications. Topics covered include an overview of public relations, advertising, graphic design, and social media marketing. Students learn to develop and leverage customer insight and apply that knowledge to develop the marketing message and then, produce creative content and deliverables. For international students, the curriculum can be completed in a single semester. 

CORE COURSES
MC 116 Intro to Public Relations 3
MC 245 Graphic Design 3
MC 322 Social Media Marketing 3
Choose one of the following
BA 421
Integrated Marketing Communications 3
MC 216 Principles of Advertising 3
Choose one of the following
BA 321
Marketing Fundamentals 3
MC 220 Introduction to Marketing 3
Total Hours 15

 

Photography

Photography has seen significant changes over the last ten years. The incorporation of sensor technology, which displaced film is the most obvious, but not the most significant. The most substantial displacement occurred fueled by social media and its integration with smart phones. Applications were created to bypass the disciplines associated with traditional photography. The photography certificate is designed to reestablish a link to traditional fundamental photographic practices, while embracing relevant technological advancements.

Students in the more obvious visual arts fields like video, marketing, and journalism can benefit from this certificate, as well as those in entertainment production, criminology, and others. The assemblage of the courses within this certificate provides historical perspective, compositional aesthetics, lighting, and lens perspective, which are all still relevant. Students who successfully complete this certificate will have a distinct and identifiable skill, which will enhance their resume. 

CORE COURSES
CT 245 Photography I 3
CT 345 Photography II 3
FA 240 History of Photography 3
MC 347 Photojournalism 3
Choose one of the following
CJ 221
Criminalistics 3
CJ 493 Forensic Seminar 3
CT 105 Video production I 3
CT 114 The Design of Cinema 3
EP 131 Fundamentals of Stage Lighting 3
FA 120 Drawing I 3
FA 205 Painting I 3
IT 202 Web Design for Non-Majors 3
IT 207 Web Design - Content Layer 3
MC 245 Graphic Design 3
Total Hours 15

 

Radio Broadcasting

Radio Broadcasting is a vibrant media outlet across the US and globally, but not all students can dedicate a full 4-year curriculum to study of the field. Students who work in radio broadcasting learn and cultivate communication skills and develop strong skills in media production. An ideal candidate is an outgoing student who wants to add performance and production media skills to their existing abilities. A Radio Broadcasting Certificate will train students on radio production and operational skills, including introduction to FCC rules and regulations, on-air performance as well as short and long form production.

These courses can be applied towards a B.S. degree at Husson University in any appropriately related field, as a way to augment a student’s current degree or for a professional interested in advancing his skill set or exploring a new career field. 

CORE COURSES
MC 102 Radio Station Operations 3
MC 114 Intro to News Reporting 3
MC 202 Advanced Radio Applications 3
MC 219 Sales Practices in Media 3
Choose one of the following 3
IT 202
Web Design for Non-Majors
MC 115
Radio News Writing and Reporting
MC 127
Intro to Sports Journalism
MC 131
Voice and Diction
MC 231
Radio Performance
Total Hours 15

 

 

Name
Phone and Email Address
Marcia Perry Mitchell
Administrative Assistant, New England School of Communications
207.973.1025
mitchellma@husson.edu
2nd Floor, Wildey Communications Center
Husson University
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401