Public Relations

Minor

  • Broaden or compliment your major area of study
  • Learn a variety of skills and techniques needed in the field
  • Expert faculty and state-of-the-art facilities

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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.

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.


Advertising and Public Relations


Major
specialization in Advertising and Public Relations requires 50 total credits:

COMM 201 Marketing Principles for Communication
3
COMM 202 Advertising: Principles and Practices
3
COMM 204 Public Relations: Principles and Practices
3
COMM 301 Advertising Copywriting
3
COMM 303 Public Relations Writing for the Media
3
COMM 305 Media Planning and Buying
3
COMM 306 Communication Graphics
3
COMM 307 Case Problems in Public Relations
3
COMM 309 Computer Graphics (Desktop Publishing; Multimedia Production)
3

Minor in public relations requires 18 credits:

COMM 115 News Writing
3
COMM 201 Marketing Principles for Communication
3
COMM 204 Public Relations: Principles and Practices
3
COMM 230A or B Communication Arts Practicum
1
COMM 303 Public Relations Writing for the Media
3
COMM 307 Case Problems in Public Relations
3
COMM 330B Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production 
1
COMM 430B Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production 
1

The practica may be replaced by COMM 450 Internship, with permission of the program director and department chair.

Five Year Bachelor/Master Program in Communication Arts


A combined undergraduate/graduate program will allow students to receive both bachelor's and master's degrees in only five years. Students must meet specific qualifications and follow a prescribed program in order to successfully complete both degrees in five years.

Students seeking completion of the combined degree program (BA/MA) must:

  1. Apply for the combined program in their sophomore year.
  2. Meet all undergraduate requirements for degree completion and for taking graduate courses in the senior year.
  3. Meet all admission requirements for acceptance into the graduate program.


Graduate courses taken in senior year will be selected in consultation with the department chairperson. Contact the Communication Arts Department for further information on the master's degree in communication arts.