Student speaking into microphone in OWL Radio
Radio production is a vital part of the Multimedia Journalism major in SCMS. South Florida Journal podcast is produced in these courses
Students in Public Speaking courses practice their craft at the School’s First Amendment Plaza
Students in Public Speaking courses practice their craft at the School’s First Amendment Plaza
The 2023 Flamingo Film Festival
The 2023 Flamingo Film Festival
Graduate Students in Virtual Production
Graduate Students in Virtual Production

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION & MULTIMEDIA STUDIES

The School of Communication and Multimedia Studies (SCMS) is a vibrant hub within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. With the School provides opportunities for study for those interested in a wide array of human communicative activities, ranging from face-to-face human interactions to mediated communication to computer animation.

The School of Communication and Multimedia Studies offers two distinct yet aligned baccalaureate degree programs with over 1,200 majors, a , and a The larger of the two B.A. degrees, with over 800 majors, is The degree program allows ֱ to concentrate either in or in Undergraduate coursework maybe divided between FAU's main campus in Boca Raton and our Davie campus; the M.A. program is located primarily on the Boca Raton campus, and the M.F.A.program is housed on the Davie campus.

In addition to their coursework, ֱ in the SCMS become involved with many aspects of co-curricular life at FAU. From public debates and Speakers' Corner events, to film festivals and exhibitions, to student clubs such as the Film Clubs and Zeta Iota (the FAU chapter of the national communication honorary society Lambda Pi Eta), to such as Wavelengths and South Florida Journal, to cooperation in student run media such as The University Press, OWL Radio, or OWL TV, SCMS ֱ have myriad opportunities to apply skills learned in the classroom in their engagement in campus and community life. Many of these co-curricular activities fall under the umbrella of the SCMS's commitment to the American Democracy Project, a national initiative promoted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in cooperation with The New York Times that is dedicated to the reinvigoration of citizenship and civic engagement among ֱ in public colleges and universities. The SCMS takes the mission of the American Democracy Project to heart, and much of our curriculum explores the inter-relationships among human communication activities and public life. The Communication Studies B.A. is built around issues of communication and civic life.

The SCMS enjoys a unique cooperative, public-private alliance with , a four-theater complex located with the School in FAU's new Culture and Society Building. Commercials theaters by night, the Living Room Theaters serve as important teaching spaces during the day for our film classes. The cooperative relationship affords our film ֱ opportunities to study the film business from multiple perspectives.

As a graduate from the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, you would have many career options. Most of our graduates move directly into the job market, but many others go on to graduate school, law school, or other professional advanced degree programs. The opportunities for SCMS graduates to take theoretical, analytic, and critical perspectives and combine them with performance and production skills opens many career doors. And this is not surprising. A poll of 330 industry leaders conducted by the University of Phoenix revealed that 96% of executives ranked communication and interpersonal skills as the most valuable traits for employees, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities conducted a poll of major U.S. employers that showed that employers want colleges and universities to increase their focus on written and oral communication,critical thinking and analytical reasoning, and concepts and developments in technology, including of course communication technologies. Graduates from the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies fit this profile of what employers increasingly seek.

As you look around our website and investigate our programs, we invite you to envision yourself as either an undergraduate major pursuing the rich array of curricular and co-curricular offerings available to you or as a graduate student specializing in either Communication Studies or Media, Technology, and Entertainment. In the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, we enrich lives as well as careers.

Sincerely,
Carol Bishop Mills, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the School

FEATURE STORY


New Courses for Spring 2024—NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT SCMS

Student with Drone

Special Topics

There's a number of Special Topics courses being offered in Spring 2024, including Environmental Media Creation, Drone Videography, Post-Production, and FAA Remote Pilot Test Prep, Polling and Public Opinion, Television Studies, Short-Form Nonfiction Production, Television Studies, Israeli Film, Social Media Strategies, and MediaLab 1 & 2. Details here.

New Opportunities

Apply now to join FAU on its race to excellence. For more information on everything FAU has to offer, please visit . Note: Current FAU employees must apply as an internal applicant by logging into their existing Workday employee account.

The School of Communication and Multimedia Studies is pleased to announce the following openings:

New Cultural Studies Course

IDS 4332: Cultural Studies of Globality: This Cultural Studies course will be co-taught by Stacey Balkan (English) and Chris Robé (Communication) and is designed to assist ֱ in the analysis of various forms of “culture,” from Florida to the Global South.  We shall examine film, literature, song, advertising (etc.) and/as cultural practices that shape our everyday lives.The course will count as an elective for ֱ in Multimedia Studies track (Film, Video, & New Media). Tuesday & Thursday: 2:30-3:50 PM.

NEWS
Scene From Lopez de Victoria's Videogame Project
Multiple ֱ for Visiting Faculty
Faculty Visiting Instructor Samuel Lopez de Victoria was awarded a 2023 Ellie Creator Award for a video game art project with a peaceful narrative based on a distant future, where natural plants have merged with digital...
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Robé Latest Book
Faculty Author on Book Tour
A special shout out to Dr. Chris Robé who recently published his new book Abolishing Surveillance: Digital Media Activism and State Repression. Recently Dr. Robé talked about his book on the podcast Coffee With Comrades...
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New Minors in SCMS!
SCMS Announces Three New Minors
We are excited to announce THREE interdisciplinary minors beginning fall 2022! Students can now earn a minor in Political Communication, Sport Studies, and Public Relations, each requiring only 12 credits. Visit the link...
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Pacha Mama Workflow
Alumni Finalists in Producers Guild Honor
"Pacha Mama", a short film from Noitom International (Miami) was nominated for the Producers Guild of America Innovation Award (LA). The film was created by MTEn-MFA alumni Alberto Alvarez (Author and Technical Director;...
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Alison Currie
Student in SCMS Wins Broadway Theater Fellowship
A student from the SCMS, Allison Currie, is among the five recipients of the Black Theatre Coalition/Broadway Across America Fellowship sponsored by the John Gore Organization. Currie is an undergraduate student pursuing...
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SPOTLIGHT STORIES

FACULTY
Bogdan Stefanescu
Bogdan Stefanescu

I am a professor of English at the University of Bucharest, a fellow of New Europe College, and a grantee of the British Council, the University of London, the University of Stuttgart, and the European Commission. I will... Read More

ALUMNUS
Alexandra Robinson
Alexandra Robinson

Alexandra Robinson earned her BA in Multimedia Communications, specializing in Film and New Media, from FAU in 2021. After graduating, she relocated to New York City to pursue her passion of filmmaking. She is now the co-creator... Read More

STUDENT
Pascal Okoh
Pascal Okoh

Pascal Okoh—also known as Junior—is a 22-year-old filmmaker and director who has been making films for a year. He was born in Nigeria and moved to Lauderhill in South Florida as a child. Growing up, he spent a lot of... Read More