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Arts, Media & Entertainment

The Arts, Media, and Entertainment sector offers a broad range of employment opportunities. The variety of careers in this sector can accommodate different personalities ranging from eccentric actresses and professional gamers to multi-tasking managers. To be successful in these careers, self-discipline is a must. Work is often project-based, requiring time management skills with the ability to meet strict deadlines. Academic studies are needed to understand and keep up with changing technology used in this industry. A broad academic background, and interpersonal skills are also valuable. Participating in the arts promotes teamwork, communication skills, critical thinking, and decision-making abilities.

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Degrees & Certificates at ARC

Art New Media

Challenge both your creative and technical skills, while using cutting-edge technology that is used in today’s art and design world. Learn to communicate visually through a wide range of mediums and gain experience in teamwork and creative thinking.


  • Graphic Design 
  • Illustration 
  • 3D Animation 
  • 3D Modeling and Texturing
  • 3D Rigging Technical Director
  • 3D Technical Director
  • Web Design 
  • Technical Communications


  • A.A. Art New Media 
  • A.A. Technical Communications 

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Commercial Music

You’ll learn in both of our state-of-the-art studios how to record, mix, and master audio for commercial release. Or you can cover all aspects of the business side of music through such things as promotions and the recording industry legal principles. 


  • Commercial Music: Business 
  • Commercial Music: Recording 


  • A.A. Commercial Music: Business 
  • A.A. Commercial Music: Recording 

Learn more about Commercial Music

Freelance Photography

Learn everything it takes to create a selling photograph as a freelance photographer! You will learn all the basics of design principles and composition, all the way up to mastery of professional-grade cameras, studio lights and editing software. And when you’re finished, you’ll walk away with a killer portfolio. 


  • Freelance Photography 

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American River College provides a strong introduction to both general studies and a journalism or mass communication major. You can begin with a course in news writing and reporting, and an introduction to the mass media. The campus newspaper, the ARC Currentoffers valuable experience in writing, editing, photography, design and desktop publishing.


  • A.S.  Journalism & Mass Communication

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Theatre Arts

Explore your aspirations to be on stage or be an integral part of everything behind the scenes. In addition to our season of full-scale department productions, we feature touring Children’s Theatre productions and student-produced performances featuring scenes, improv and one-act plays. 


  • Acting
  • Children's Theatre
  • Costuming
  • Film


  • A.A. Theatre Arts: Acting 
  • A.A. Theatre Arts: Technical 

Learn more about Theatre Arts

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Whether your educational goal is to earn an Associate degree or certificate, transition into a new career, or transfer to a 4-year institution, American River College is dedicated to helping you reach that goal.

Application Process

American River College

American River College is a public community college that primarily serves residents of the six-county Greater Sacramento region. The college offers traditional classroom instruction, off-campus centers, and distance education online. Visit the ARC website

(916) 484-8011