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Communication Arts

The Communication Arts Department is proud to offer our students a learning environment that teaches concepts in composition and creative thinking skills. Journalism and public relations and visual communications design students begin the program as a cohort, taking foundational courses in mixed media, concept and composition, photography, social media management and business law. Students in both concentrations graduate with entry-level experience as well as upper-level management experience.

Concentrations

JOURNALISM AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

This concentration is designed for Communication Arts majors pursuing careers in public relations, journalism, advertising, corporate communication, marketing and promotion, fundraising, and service in non-profit organizations. Course offerings stress an integrated approach to communication, building knowledge and skills in writing, reporting, editing, interviewing, multimedia, visual, and oral communication. Students in this concentration are encouraged to minor in complementary areas of study such as English, Business Administration, Psychology, History, Agriculture, etc.

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS DESIGN

This concentration is recommended for students interested in photography and video and audio production. Students can take courses in areas such as visual communication, photography, script writing and video production, graphic design and web site development. Communication Arts shows students how to combine images and words to convey a message. Students will explore their own creativity. Students will also learn the value of flexibility and diversity because one needs to combine diverse skills to be an effective communicator.

Careers & Outcomes
Studies in Communication Arts lead to a variety of career options including:
Job Titles
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Communications Management
  • Event Planning
  • Marketing
  • Media Relations
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design