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 à£à£Ö±²¥Ðã 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, à£à£Ö±²¥Ðã 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 à£à£Ö±²¥Ðã 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 à£à£Ö±²¥Ðã 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 à£à£Ö±²¥Ðã 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.
Carol Bishop Mills, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the School
New Courses for Spring 2024—NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT SCMS
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.
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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 à£à£Ö±²¥Ðã 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 à£à£Ö±²¥Ðã in Multimedia Studies track (Film, Video, & New Media). Tuesday & Thursday: 2:30-3:50 PM.