Communication Arts

For undergraduates, Communication Arts recognizes that communication abilities are vital leadership skills for all careers and professions. These skills are central for lifelong learning that the 21st century demands. The refinement of our students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills along with the ability to effectively use communications technologies is among the most important objectives of our programs. The communication program major prepares students effectively for careers in a wide range of areas. Our students graduate from STU with a sense of accomplishment and a deep understanding of the skills necessary for media and communications related professions.

Graduate students will discover a graduate-level venue for studies and research in communications. The specializations offers 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.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION ARTS

The goal of the B.A. in Communication Arts is to graduate students who are media literate. The program prepares communication specialists to work in diverse environments. Students will acquire competencies in a total communicative approach that emphasizes critical thinking, articulation skills in the spoken and written word and production experience. Additional coursework draws from areas such as art, humanities, literature, business, computer science and psychology. This is a traditional 4 year undergraduate degree program in an in-person, intimate education experience on our bucolic campus.

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • TV and Film Production
  • Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing Firms
  • Event Planning
  • Art Galleries
  • Communication writing for traditional and new media

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

COM 410 Advanced Broadcast Production
This course provides the opportunity to work in a professional setting in the student- managed campus channel. This is a one credit course which can be repeated up to six times.

COM 409D Video Game Analysis
This course explores the history and artistry of videogames, with emphasis on the aural as well as visual aspects of the form. In addition, this course qualifies as a diversity course and will explore race, ethnicity, gender and class in terms of issues of representation and consumption.

ART 246 Elements of Design: Color and Composition
This is a studio-based course that focuses on learning the theory and practice of composition, color, and design. Students will investigate the potential and impact that design elements offer in the creative and communication process. It includes an examination of the history and artists that define color and composition.

ART 251 Introductions to Graphic Design
This course introduces the graphic design visual communication theory and practice: elements and principles of perception and design, typography, symbols, and desktop design.

COM 346 Message Design for Public Relations
Students will learn the underlying fundamental principles, skills, concepts, and methods of designing a message for public relations and how to convey that message in a variety of sectors including information industries, entertainment, and politics. The course emphasizes the strategy of crafting and delivering a Public Relations (PR) message with special focus on pre-writing, preparation and editing. Students will gain professional exposure to writing for a PR career.

MASTER OF ARTS IN COMMUNICATION ARTS

Electronic Media Arts Specialization

The M.A. in Communication Arts establishes a graduate-level venue for studies and research in communications. It offers 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. This program is an in-person, intimate educational experience on our bucolic campus. The degree is designed to function well for students who are working full-time. Courses are offered evenings and weekends. The M.A. is two years of coursework plus a written thesis. This degree is valuable for those working in communications who wish to strengthen their credentials for advancement, as well as for those wishing to shift to a career in communications.

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • TV and Film Production
  • Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing Firms
  • Event Planning
  • Communication writing for traditional and new media

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

COM 620 World of Cinema
A review of the history of American and international cinema focusing on major cinema movements, historical generative mechanisms, and theoretical frameworks and models leading to an understanding of the integration of business, technology and the creative process.

COM 621 Genres of Television
A review of the history of television in the U.S. and other countries with a special emphasis on generic structures. It examines various economic, political and social forces that affect our television content and utilizes television theory to understand these effects.

COM 622 Videogame Art & Analysis
A comprehensive analysis of videogaming, this course covers the history and development of videogames, analysis of videogames as an art form, and the technological, sociological and commercial impact of gaming on modern culture including the complex ways race, gender, ethnicity and sexuality intersect with gaming both on screen and off.

COM 624 The Cutting Edge: Media Techno-trends
This course reviews the latest in technology trends effecting media. From podcasting to blogging – this course is designed to bring the media student up to speed in the latest developments in media technology.