Communication Arts (Bachelor's To Master's)

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  • Choose from four career tracks
  • Hands-on projects using state-of-the-art production equipment

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Communication Arts (Bachelor's To Master's) at Marywood

This combined undergraduate/graduate degree is a broad-based program that covers a range of communication skills and careers. Choose from four tracks – media management, production, health communications, and corporate communications.

With lots of hands-on projects using state-of-the-art production equipment, the opportunity to work at Marywood’s WVMW-FM radio station and TV Marywood, and professional internships with local and regional media companies, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running as a communication professional – whether in television, radio, film, newspapers, advertising and public relations, or other media industry. Recent alumni are experiencing successful careers at companies like Dreamworks Studios, ESPN, MTV, and NBC.

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Chris

I wouldn't be where I am today without the opportunities Marywood afforded me.

In the past, I've reflected on my time at Marywood and realized that the ability to simply get involved and be creative was a crucial point in my life.  I wouldn't be where I am today without the opportunities it afforded me to get involved and be myself.

Today, I am lucky enough to work in New York City as New York University's Social Media and Mobile Product Coordinator.  It's a position I hardly envisioned being in after I took a few years to explore multiple opportunities ranging from sports journalism to government.  When I eventually settled into the marketing, social media, and training career path I had determined it was the right choice.

Working in social media is a challenging field.  It's always changing - always moving.  It's not something one just "does" contrary to the belief of many ill-informed "experts".  From building strategy, developing content standards and guides, to successfully delivering engaging campaigns that excite your audience, it's a field that offers a new challenge every day. 

...and I love every minute of it.

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 Communication

Major specialization in Broadcast Communication requires 50 total credits:

COMM 231 Audio Production
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 334 Media Management
3
COMM 337 Media Programming
3
COMM 339 Media Performance
3
COMM 389 Telecommunications Sales and Promotions
3
COMM elective: Internship or any other Communication Arts course; i.e., COMM 431 or 448
3

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.