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The New State of the Art

The School of Communication and Media offers interdisciplinary programs that will prepare you for the exciting future of media. Our core curriculum provides you with the knowledge and critical-thinking tools you need. Our relationships with the most important and creative business and civic organizations in the region provide access to the projects and internships essential to refining your talents.

Combine these programs with our technologically sophisticated multimedia facility and lively campus, and the result is a vibrant, exciting academic environment. You will graduate from the School ready to tackle a rapidly changing communication and media world.

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Our program in Audio/Sound Design is unique in its scope. We provide students with a depth and breadth of audio experiences that encompass a range of media that includes film, television, theater, radio and music recording. This diversity gives students multiple career directions.

David Sanders
Professor, School of Communication and Media Featured in Time magazine’s list of the most popular courses at U.S. universities “The Hottest Seats in Class” (2013)

Our Academic Programs

Majors

  • Communication and Media Arts (BA)
  • Communication Studies (BA)
  • Filmmaking (BFA)
  • Journalism (BA)
  • Public Relations (BA)
  • Television and Digital Media (BA)

With concentrations in: Audio/Sound Design, Documentary, Sports Media and Journalism, Television Production

Minors

  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism

Graduate

  • Arts and Health (Certificate)
  • Public and Organizational Relations (MA)

Communication and Media Arts

Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Our Communication and Media Arts Program is ideal if you want to develop a critical approach to media and culture and learn how to analyze and create media for traditional, digital and social media platforms. Through unique combinations of classes, the program provides opportunities to explore a variety of media formats and contemporary issues in both scholarly and applied contexts and develop a range of aesthetic, critical and technological competencies that are essential for future market demands. Our aim is to equip you with lifelong learning skills that will position you as a thought leader in the rapidly evolving communication and media industries and help you remain competitive throughout your career.

Communication Studies

Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Minor

The Communication Studies Program provides you with the theoretical lenses and practical skills you need to be a leader, collaborator, problem solver, and generator of innovative communication programs and strategies in corporate, government, media and nonprofit settings.

Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, you will study how communication processes and functions vary across interpersonal, organizational, public, and cultural channels and contexts. You will develop strong communication skills and a cultural awareness that is vital in today’s modern and global work environments.

The program is designed with great flexibility so that you can pursue your own interests and focus on such areas as health, culture and diversity, and democracy.

Filmmaking

Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Stories — and the art and craft of storytelling — are at the heart of our Filmmaking Program. As a filmmaking student you will start making films from your first semester — exploring fiction, documentary and experimental filmmaking as you learn how to develop a film from script to screen. You will be trained in every aspect of filmmaking — lighting, camera, sound, editing, producing, screenwriting, directing, and even 2D and 3D animation — by a faculty of working professionals, as you acquire the skills necessary for a career in the entertainment industry.

Journalism

Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Minor

Our Journalism Program teaches you how to create and deliver compelling news and other media content for television, radio, print, the Internet and mobile technologies. As a journalism major, you will learn how to find a story and cover it from every angle by developing your writing, research and production expertise in both traditional and emerging digital environments.

There are opportunities to work on the development of multi-platform projects — including our campus radio station, WMSC-FM; the student newspaper and website, The Montclarion; our Carpe Diem television program; the online news site WiredJersey.com; and our Center for Cooperative Media. You will graduate with a contemporary and well-rounded skill set.

Public Relations

Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Storytelling and building mutually beneficial relationships are at the heart of the Public Relations Program. Clients seek top flight PR talent, and that’s what you’ll become, by acquiring the ability — through classroom work, unparalleled internship opportunities, and actual “real” client work — to research, write, master social media skills, develop campaigns and successfully present your client’s story to its publics.

Our graduates can be found in executive positions at the very best companies: Disney, Fleishman-Hilliard, MWW PR Group, New Jersey Theatre, Ogilvy Public Relations, Proctor and Gamble, Rachael Ray Show, Time Inc., UNICEF and so many more.

Television and Digital Media

Programs Offered: Bachelor of Arts

Our Television and Digital Media Program provides you with practical experience in every facet of television, digital media and audio production. You will be challenged to think critically and creatively and master new technologies. This program allows students to select areas of focus including Television Production, Audio/Sound Design, Sports Media and Journalism, and Documentary. Production classes take place in our modern high-definition digital media production facility where you will learn on the same equipment used by professionals.

Public and Organizational Relations

The MA in Public and Organizational Relations is carefully designed for early and mid-level professionals who have made the commitment to expand their career opportunities.

The program provides you with the expertise to become a highly desirable organizational asset. Its innovative multidisciplinary curriculum will more effectively tap into your potential and enable you to confront and overcome challenges from different perspectives. The coursework focuses on strategic thinking, leadership skills, sophisticated communication techniques and advanced media skills, all of which are honed in myriad ways through applied projects, internships and independent studies.

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Learning Beyond the Classroom

Internships

Every aspect of your academic experience is designed to provide you with as much practical experience as possible. Through our proximity and connections in New York City and the Center for Cooperative Media located on campus, you can network with professionals and participate in a thriving internship program. Student placements include top communication and media companies, such as:

The two interns I’ve received from Montclair State University were simply top-notch. One student has helped research numerous stories that made air; the other former intern earned an entry-level job within our organization. I couldn’t be prouder.

Steve Livingstone
Producer, 7 On Your Side, WABC-TV New York

The Center for Cooperative Media

Montclair State University’s Center for Cooperative Media is one of the few university-based media cooperatives in the country. Its mission is to strengthen new and existing media voices in New Jersey while providing on-campus work-study and internship opportunities that span the media landscape. By leveraging the talents and resources of the School of Communication and Media, the Center brings media professionals to campus and provides you with marketable experiences. It also serves as a national hub for industry forums and guest lectures, as well as research into the future of journalism and the dynamic media landscape.

Activities

Your academic experience includes opportunities to work on award-winning, student-run media outlets and participate in scholarly communities that will help you find your voice. Whether it’s conducting research and presenting at conferences, or trying your hand at being a reporter, producer, on-air talent, camera operator, or an audio or video editor, you’re given unparalleled opportunities to graduate with a set of impressive credentials and highly marketable job skills. Opportunities include:

Carpé Diem
Weekly half-hour magazine show
The Montclarion
University newspaper
Lambda Pi Eta
Communication honor society
Public Relations Student Society of America
Professional Organization for PR students
Video Club
Forum for film critique and video projects
WiredJersey.com
Online media collective
WMSC 90.3 FM
University radio station

Events

Your School of Communication and Media experience will include an abundance of opportunities to discuss today’s important issues with some of the media’s most influential communicators.

Our Colloquium Series hosts such elites as NBC Senior VP Karen Horne and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward, while our Terhune Lectures offers a chance to hear from top journalists like Fox Business reporter Maria Bartiromo or The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta.

SCM Special Projects include panel discussions with top sports journalists, executives, players and commentators. And, our Films and Filmmakers Series provides a forum for students to hear from some of the industry’s most innovative filmmakers.