FAU's Living Room Theater
The screening rooms of the Living Room Theaters double as classrooms for Film Studies students in SCMS
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
Recent MFA Graduate Monisha Selvaraj gives a poster presentation on her virtual reality research at the 2019 FAU Research Symposium.
Recent MFA Graduate Monisha Selvaraj gives a poster presentation on her virtual reality research at the 2019 FAU Research Symposium
Recent MFA Graduate Monisha Selvaraj gives a poster presentation on her virtual reality research at the 2019 FAU Research Symposium.
MFA Candidates in the Media, Technology, and Entertainment program (MTEn) use virtual production to capture human motion for their original 3D video game characters
 

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 an internationally known and award-winning faculty, 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 Masters of Arts in Communication Studies, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Media, Technology, and Entertainment. The larger of the two B.A. degrees, with over 800 majors, is Communication Studies. The Multimedia Studies degree program allows students to concentrate either in Film, Video, and New Media or in Multimedia Journalism. 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, students 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 digital media initatives such as Wavelengths and South Florida Journal, to cooperation in student run media such as The University Press, OWL Radio, or OWL TV, SCMS students 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 students 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 The Living Rooms Theaters, 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 students 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

 



critical conversations 4/11/22Critical Conversations Virtual Panel Streaming Now 

In light of the recent events in Ukraine, FAU’s Center for Peace, Justice, and Human Rights recently held a panel discussion titled The Current Crisis in Ukraine, with faculty members Noemi Marin (SCMS), Robert Rabil (Department of Political Science), and Palina Prysmakova (School of Public Administration). Moderated by Angela Nichols, Ph.D. .

 

 

 


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Speaking Center 2022

Speaking Center Continues Growth, Celebrates First Anniversary

The Speaking Center, created by the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies (SCMS), is an initiative dedicated to supporting students, faculty, and staff who want to hone their speaking skills for any event.  

As the Center recently marked its one-year anniversary in February, we spoke to The Speaking Center's director, Dr. Linday Harroff, to provide us with a quick one-year recap, and unsurprisingly, the Center has many achievements to share.  “We have seen an exponential increase in the number of students who have been coming to visit us,” said Dr. Lindsay Harroff, an assistant professor in the SCMS. A team of eight consultants works with speakers to help them with a range of concerns for academic and professional purposes.

The Center continues to lead workshops, partnering with academic units and individual professors. Consultants from The Speaking Center have helped students from the Graduate College prepare for the Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. The Center has also partnered with the Department of Biological Sciences and led a workshop teaching graduate students how to translate their research to the general audience. 

Dr. Harroff also shared the news that the Center is soon to experience a technology facelift using a tech fee grant it was awarded recently. For those who are interested in learning more about the Center, Dr. Harroff suggests that you follow them on social media and stay updated on upcoming events or workshops. 

Story by Palak Barmaiya

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If you are a student looking for some guidance on how to . . . 

  • develop your research idea,
  • identify key issues relevant to your audience, and/or
  • reduce speech anxiety, 

. . . The Speaking Center has got you covered!

If you are interested in booking an appointment with the Center, visit the link here. While the Center operated completely online when it first opened (due to COVID), it now offers both in-person and online appointments. 

The Center will be open with limited availability during the summer.

NEWS ALL NEWS

New Minors in SCMS!
May 26, 2022

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...

Pacha Mama Workflow
March 08, 2022

"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;...

Alison Currie
January 28, 2022

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...

Dr. Deandre Poole
January 27, 2022

School of Communication and Multimedia Studies senior instructor Dr. Deandre Poole has received the BIPOC Faculty award for excellence in research, teaching, and service. This teaching award, granted to non tenure-track faculty,...

2021 Hermes Awards
May 01, 2021

The School of Communication and Multimedia Studies won a Gold Award in the 2021 Hermes Creative Awards competition. The winning entry—a set of promotional videos highlighting the three majors in the School’s bachelor’s...

 
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FACULTY
SCMS Faculty Awards, 2022
SCMS Faculty Awards, '22

The following faculty of the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies were recently honored at the School’s annual Honors Day on May 5, 2022: In photo, from left: Dr. Lindsay Harroff, Becky Mulvaney Excellence in... Read More

ALUMNUS
Tabitha Karol, FAU-SCMS '19
Tabitha Karol

Tabitha Karol was recently hired at TikTok as a Strategic Sales Specialist. In her current position, she helps businesses and brands of all sizes unleash their creative side, connect with their audience, or get discovered.... Read More

STUDENT
SCMS Student Awards, 2022
SCMS Student Awards '22

The following students of the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies were recently honored with accolades and scholarships at the School’s annual Honors Day on May 5, 2022: In the photo, from left, Aaliyah Fisher,... Read More