Academic Programs of Study
Our comprehensive program will teach you to think on a multidimensional level. You'll learn strategic planning and tactical execution in marketing, advertising, public relations, special events and sales promotion. You'll be prepared for a career in advertising, public relations, special events and sales promotion.
The department offers a number of opportunities to enhance your education. These include professional internships, independent studies, and membership in professional and student-based organizations, such as the AAF and PRSSA (advertising/public relations), Marywood Players (theatre), Marywood University Dance Ensemble (dance), and the NACB (telecommunications). The department also supports its activities through its own and campus-wide, contemporary teaching facilities.
Five-Year Bachelor’s to Master’s Option
The 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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- WOOD WORD: Marywood's student newspaper.
- WVMW-FM: On-air stereo radio station licensed by the FCC; studio for interview programs equipped with PC-based music system and a digital delay for talk shows. A student staff manages and operates the station's daily broadcasting schedule with a coverage area that encompasses northeastern Pennsylvania; affiliated with the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.
- TV MARYWOOD: Digital facilities with full audio and video production capabilities, electronic field, graphics, and post-production facilities. Students have ready access to computer-based audio labs, nonlinear editors, and a comprehensive television control room and studio. Professional audio and lighting kits complement sophisticated digital field production systems. Student management and operational staff direct live and taped programming via regional facilities of Adelphia Cable; programming may also be produced for internal and external clients.
- MARYWOOD THEATRE: 1100-seat, professionally equipped auditorium with sophisticated lighting control system; supports the production of classical, contemporary, musical, and children's theatre.
- BLACK BOX THEATRE: Laboratory theatre with flexible staging; designed for student directed productions and to support experimental theatre.
- MULTIMEDIA THEATRE: Audio-video facility for public presentations involving cinema, slides, audio and video recordings, and computer-based media.
After stints with DreamWorks Animation and DisneyToon Studios, I'm helping launch a new independent studio's first animated feature film.
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. Now I'm helping to launch a new independent studio's first animated feature scheduled for release in 2017.
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
- Official transcripts
- Letter of recommendation
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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||
|COMM 115||News Writing||
|COMM 130B||First-Year Practicum||
|COMM 230A and B||Communication Arts Practicum||
|COMM 130C||Video Production I||1|
|COMM 233L||Video Production I Lab||3|
|COMM 330A and B||Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production||
|COMM 336||Broadcast Newswriting||
|COMM 430A or B||Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production||
|COMM 451||Coordinating Seminar in Communication Arts||
Note: Seniors must take 430A or 430B during the semester in which they are not registered for COMM 451.