Communication and Media Arts

USF communication media

On the front page, on the home page, on camera, or behind the microphone… these are just a few of the places you’ll find University of St. Francis Communication & Media Arts (CMMA) majors.

Communication & Media Arts is a broad field that touches on every aspect of human social behavior. Along with traditional communication theory, media writing, and broadcast/print production, you will learn about new and emerging electronic media. Digital media, wikis, video sharing, podcasts, blogs and social media are altering the way we communicate. They have drastically affected the more traditional fields of advertising, public relations, journalism and broadcasting, therefore, CMMA addresses the convergence of these media in the curriculum.

Students are encouraged to “jump in with both feet” from the moment they step on campus by:

  • Writing articles or taking photos for the USF Encounter student news magazine
  • Filling air shifts on USF’s radio station, WCSF 88.7 FM
  • Creating graphics for a television or video production
  • Producing on-location video news stories
  • Designing websites for the community and completing real world projects
  • Developing storytelling techniques for social media

Concentrations

  • Advertising & Marketing
  • Audio
  • Data Visualization Information Design
  • Journalism & Public Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Motion Graphics and FX
  • Photojournalism
  • Video
  • Visual Communication
  • Web Design

Accreditations

The University of St. Francis is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ibhe.org).

Testimonial

“I’m writing this email from my desk at my new, full time job. This week, I started at […], a boutique, association management firm in […]. Yesterday, I wrote a press release for the […] (our biggest client) and thought of you. My boss said it was “outstanding.” I have you to thank for that!

My official title is Program Assistant. Basically, I’m working as the assistant to the Director of Meetings and Special Events, so I love it. I am so excited to have gotten a job in Communication, especially one that involves planning special events.

I want to thank you for everything over the years at St. Francis. You and the other professors in the MCOM/CMMA department fully prepared me for this field.”

–Elizabeth H.

What Can You Do With This Degree?

What can’t you do with a CMMA degree?

Sarah worked in internal communications at Caterpillar. Dave markets a nonprofit. We have alumni at CBS and Fox in Chicago. We have an alumnus who works in visual effects in Hollywood.

Consistently, our graduates tell us they got their first job out of college because they had a broad set of skills that helped them comprehend fast-paced, competitive industry environments better than other job candidates.

More than anything, you will graduate with the ability to tell compelling stories. And every organization – corporations, nonprofits, big, small and in-between – needs help in telling its story.

Grow Through Real-World Experience

Students are encouraged to combine practical experience with their college curriculum. Therefore, internships are a significant part of USF’s Communication and Media Arts program. Employers say they look for students who have an internship on their resume, so the CMMA staff recommends them for ultimate student success. Students can get additional experience working for the Encounter student newspaper, the USF TV studio or the WCSF 88.7 radio station. In addition, the Multimedia Lab holds state-of the-art equipment that allows students to gain experience with multimedia software. The lab features 26-inch iMacs, outfitted with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, Avid video editing software, and other resources.

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