We live in the Information Age, which means never before have there been so many opportunities for writers, artists and filmmakers to build careers doing the form of art they love. Graduates of the Friends University communications program work in fields such as electronic media, graphic arts, journalism, public relations, television, radio and film.
Communications majors choose a field of emphasis – publications, journalism/public relations or media studies – while retaining the option to select classes from any of the other areas.
Internships are an integral and required part of a communications degree at Friends. You can participate in professional internships at graphic arts studios, public relations firms, newspapers, television and radio stations, and within communications departments at a variety of area businesses and industries. There also are internships available right here on campus. An internship in a relevant career field can help you better gauge your skills and interests, make valuable contacts, and even consider new options. We pride ourselves on getting students connected with employers and giving them a hands-on learning experiences in addition to coursework.
Media Studies Track
The Media Studies track prepares students for careers in television, film or radio production environments. In addition to the core communications classes, students take classes in broadcast and media production, movie making, and 3-D computer animation. In this emphasis, students learn about scriptwriting, storyboarding, scene design, stage makeup, video, photography and postproduction editing. Students have the opportunity to write, perform and produce a variety of short projects using contemporary digital technology. Students gain real-life experience with off-campus internships at local and regional radio and television broadcast stations.
Communicaitons Program Outcomes
- Demonstrate proficiency in various types of professional writing.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical issues in the fields of journalism or public relations.
Media Studies Program Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge, appreciation and understanding of major mass media.
- Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze and research media program content within an ethical perspective.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scriptwriting formats for various mass media applications.
- Demonstrate the ability to create and compose media programming projects.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the technical production process for media.
- Apply classroom instruction and acquired skills through successful completion of a production portfolio and/or field internship.
Publications/Visual Communications Program Outcomes
- Compile, display and orally support a portfolio of work in a portfolio course that will compare favorably with students completing a similar program of study in the region.
- Satisfactorily perform business (marketing, promotions and/or public relations), copywriting, graphic design, media or photography skills in an off-campus internship that will compare favorably with students completing a similar program of study in the region.
- Design and produce a yearbook that will compare favorably with students completing a similar project nationally.
Potential Areas of Employment
- Graphic design
- Video production
- Public and media relations
- Social media management