Master of Arts in Communication Arts
The MA in Communication Arts establishes a graduate-level venue for studies and research in communications. The two specializations offer courses that develop analytical and practical skills for effective media-related writing and speaking, provide an understanding of media and cultural communication theories, and foster the capability to work in varied roles within the communications and creative industries or succeed in further studies leading to a doctoral program.
In relationship to the St. Thomas University mission, the MA in Communication Arts emphasizes the highest standards of academic quality and innovation. It specifically addresses the University's commitment to Diversity and Global Leadership.
The program develops in students the necessary analytical skills and technological applications to successfully manage communication projects in the modern media environment. The core courses required for both specializations focus on communications principles and enhancing the ability to apply the knowledge to these areas of study. Through its multidisciplinary curriculum, the program incorporates the diverse educational, professional and cultural resources within the University and the South Florida community.
Students in the MA in Communication Arts program select one of the two specializations:
The Specialization in Arts Management
gives successful graduates a comprehensive understanding of the communication requirements for effective management of art galleries, museums, and events. Specialization courses include the study of art economics, production, marketing, fundraising, and legal aspects of administering art projects.
The Specialization in Electronic Media Arts
focuses on film, television, and video gaming. Through a multidisciplinary approach, students gain a comprehensive understanding of electronic media. This specialization is an asset for an academic or business career in media, providing a competitive edge in the media workplace.
The Institute for Communication, Entertainment and Media curriculum is guided by eight learning outcomes to support the Institute’s goals. They are to:
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- Acquire, build and demonstrate critical thinking skills that entail analyzing communication research and theory.
- Develop and integrate research in the ability to compose writing in an articulate, logical, complex and clear manner.
- Evaluate and produce quality production materials for their area of study.
- Compose oral presentations and express themselves orally in a clear, articulate and intelligent manner in a variety of situations including academic and professional environments.
- Be proficient in current technology with imaginative applications.
- Analyze and demonstrate knowledge of value for cultural competency in a multi-cultural environment.
- Evaluate the power of media and the ethical use of that power.
- Assess and demonstrate leadership skills
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