Journalism

Minor

  • Broaden/complement your major
  • communication arts and English/literature courses
  • 18 credit minor program

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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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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Requirements -- All Majors

The following courses are required for all Communication Arts students, in Advertising/Public Relations, Digital Media, and Broadcast Journalism (23 credits):

COMM 101 Dynamics of Speech Communication 2
COMM 112 Communication Theory
3
COMM 115 News Writing
3
COMM 130B First-Year Practicum
1
COMM 230A and B Communication Arts Practicum
1,1
COMM 233 Video Production I
3
COMM 233L Video Production I Lab
0
COMM 330A and B Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production 
1,1
COMM 336 Broadcast Newswriting
3
COMM 430A or B Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production 
1
COMM 451 Coordinating Seminar in Communication Arts
3

Note: Seniors must take 430A or 430B during the semester in which they are not registered for COMM 451.

Broadcast Journalism


Major in Broadcast Journalism requires 50 total credits:
 

COMM 118 Introduction to Electronic Journalism and Social Media 3
COMM 224 Electronic Newsgathering Seminar 3
COMM 234 Video Production II 3
COMM 234L Video Production II Lab 0
COMM 237 New Communication Technologies 3
COMM 238 Media Scriptwriting 3
COMM 306 Communication Graphics 3
COMM 320 Communications Ethics and Law 3
COMM 418 Electronic Storytelling and Documentary Production 3
ENGL 484 Political Writing and Rhetoric 3

Minor in journalism requires 18 credits:

English Department

ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
3
ENGL 400 Structure of Linguistics
3
  OR course substitution approved by Communication Department Chair
ENGL 321 The Essay as Literature
3
OR
ENGL 480 Advanced Writing
3

Communication Arts Department

COMM 115 News Writing
3
COMM 233 Video Production I
3
COMM 233L Video Production I Lab 0
COMM 336 Broadcast Newswriting
3