What will I learn?

Students majoring in journalism learn about the American news media in all forms—newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the Internet—as the basis of a liberal arts education. Students also become media “practitioners” as every journalism class offers a unique opportunity to develop publishable work for The Channels, SBCC’s award-winning student newspaper and online service. The Journalism Department is an active part of the School of Media Arts, and we offer all students the opportunity to collaborate with those from the disciplines of film, video production, multimedia, photography and graphic design.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer degree in Journalism provides students with the foundational knowledge necessary to make a successful transition into a Baccalaureate Degree at any of the CSU campuses. The Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) is a special degree offered at California Community Colleges. Students who earn an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission to a campus within the California State University (CSU) system in a similar major, although not necessarily to a specific campus. Students who complete an AA-T or AS-T are given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college major and will be given a special GPA advantage when applying to CSU impacted campuses or majors.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop and apply news judgment to select report and produce publishable news projects.
  • Practice standard reporting and newsgathering techniques across media platforms.
  • Identify and employ the best medium by which to convey journalistic content.
  • Develop journalistic content in multiple media forms.
  • Identify and employ best practices of professional journalists: commitment to role of the free press in a participatory democracy; sound ethics; accuracy, fairness and context in all content.

Which department am I in?

Santa Barbara City College

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$8,784.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $366 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,464 (4 units @ USD $366 per unit)
Application deadline

1 November 2021, 1 May 2022, 15 June 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 27 June 2022, 29 August 2022

Venue

Schott Campus

310 W. Padre Street,

SANTA BARBARA,

California,

93105, United States

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$8,784.00 per year
Fall and Spring: USD $366 per unit for two semesters (12 units); Summer: USD $1,464 (4 units @ USD $366 per unit)
Application deadline

1 November 2021, 1 May 2022, 15 June 2022

Start date

10 January 2022, 27 June 2022, 29 August 2022

Venue

Santa Barbara City College

721 Cliff Drive,

SANTA BARBARA,

California,

93109, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Graduates of high schools or equivalent are eligible for admission, with the equivalent of a GPA of 2.0 or better.

Students must be 18 years or older by the start of the semester without restrictions.

English Proficiency: TOEFL: PBT 450, CBT 160, IBT 60; iTEP: 3.0; IELTS: 5.5; IGCSE: C; GTEC CBT: 1030; Pearson Test of English: 45; PTE Academic: 44; STEP-Eiken: Grade Pre-1.

Application deadlines: Fall Semester: June 15; Spring Semester: November 1; Summer Session: May 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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