Communication Arts

MA

  • Production, media management, health communication, corporate communication
  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Research, hands-on experience, expert faculty

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Our program offers an interdisciplinary approach where you can choose concentrations in production, media management, corporate communications, health communications, and information sciences options, or have the opportunity to create a program that meets your specific needs.

More About This Degree

  • Michael Mirabito, Ph.D., Professor, Chair of Department. New communication technologies, computer applications in the communication field, space exploration and communication systems.

  • Douglas Lawrence, Ph.D., Assistant Professor. The impact of student development through the use of all forms of mass communication, including oral interpretation, written delivery and technology. Exploration and development of critical theory relative to expressing clarity in message delivery through the communication process.

Computer labs, TV studio, Learning Resources Center

Chris

I've worked for DreamWorks Animation and currently am a DisneyToon Studios employee working on Planes: Fire and Rescue.

I graduated in 2003 and immediately moved to Los Angeles with my wife to break into the movie business (she's an MU graduate as well).  I found my way to DreamWorks Animation.  For nine great years, I worked with amazing teams of artists crafting entertainment enjoyed by people the world over.  I worked on everything from The Croods to Kung Fu Panda.  After finishing The Croods, I left DreamWorks and joined DisneyToon Studios where I currently handle #stereoscopic-camera-finaling on Planes: Fire and Rescue.  I go through every single shot of the movie and not only fine tune the camera work to make sure it's perfect, I also help creatively drive the 3D version of the movie. 

You may be wondering how my time at Marywood helped me get into the field of animation.  With its liberal arts core, Marywood better prepares you for your career than you might have imagined.  It's the foundation that you build upon.  You use the smaller class sizes to your advantage by creating bonds with your professors, who are working professionals in most cases.  For me, it was really exploring the technology and art of filmmaking.  This was a natural introduction into the world of computer-generated animation; an art form I have always loved.

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Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Master of Arts in Communication Arts

36 semester hours

I. CORE COURSES

18 Semester hours

COMM 501 New Communications Technology: Theory and Practice
COMM 502 Professional Writing
3
COMM 503 Public Presentation
3
COMM 595 Internship
3

EDUC 501

Research Theory
3
OR  
COMM 522 Leadership in Communications
3
COMM Elective; including:
COMM 504 Film History
3
COMM 505 TV Criticism
3
COMM 506 Communications Law and Policy
3
COMM 531 Media Production I 
3
COMM 561 Media Management 
3
COMM 500 Independent Study
3
COMM 520 Health Communication 3

Concentration 2: Media Management

18 semester hours

COMM 561 Media Management
3
COMM 562 Media Promotion and Publicity
3
PUB 502 Problem-Solving Methods for Modern Management
3
PUB 507 Organizational Dynamics
3
PUB 511 Ethics in Management
3
Elective; choose from:
PUB 505 Financial Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations
3
PUB 508 Human Resources Administration and Personnel Systems
3
PUB 512 The Grantsmanship Process
3
PUB 513 Strategic Planning
3
PUB 519 Administrative Law
3

Please note: A suitable management course in another department may be substituted with the approval of your advisor and the Chairperson.

Concentration 4: Interdisciplinary

18 semester hours

The student designs her or his own program in consultation with the faculty advisor. Sample concentration:

COMM 531 Media Production I
3
COMM 532 Media Production II
3
ART 541A Computer Aided Design I
3
COMM 561 Media Management
3
PUB 502 Problem-Solving Methods for Modern Management
3
PUB 519 Administrative Law
3