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

 


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FAU Celebrates Constitution Week

Join the Florida Atlantic University community in a series of events from September 13th to September 21st that celebrate the importance of the U.S. Constitution. This wide-ranging series of events includes:

Discussion of the Judicial Branch and Exercising Your Right to Vote

The series starts with a Zoom virtual event—a panel discussion on The Judicial Branch and Exercising Your Right to Vote with Judges Cymonie Rowe and Daliah Weiss (15th Judicial Circuit of Florida), and Judge Melanie G. May (4th District Court of Appeal of Florida) on Monday, Sept. 13th.

The Right to Vote and The Constitution

The Robert J. Bailyn Symposium on The First Amendment presents a lecture by Astead Herndon, National Political Reporter for The New York Times on The Right to Vote and The Constitution. Astead is an incredibly accomplished and dynamic young journalist. You've probably read his work in The Times or seen him as a guest on CNN. OLLI Auditorium, Tuesday Sept. 14th from 2-3pm.

The Rise of the Constitution

Declare and decorate your own Constitution while exploring the rise of the U.S. Constitution. The event on Tuesday, Sept. 14th, 1:30 - 2 PM, is free and open to all students.

Movie Night: National Treasure

Enjoy a free movie night watching the film National Treasure at the Oasis Lounge, on the Davie Campus Student Union, Friday, Sept.19th, 4 - 6:30 PM. For more information, email ncarte10@fau.edu.

Individual Freedoms vs Collective Responsibility: A Debate Over America’s Future

On Tuesday, Sept. 21tst from 12 pm to 1 PM at the Social Science Building Rotunda on the Boa Campus, join this event, hosted by Breezeway Dialogues: Diverse Viewpoints Through Civil Discourse on Individual Freedoms vs Collective Responsibility: A Debate Over America’s Future. Listen to panelists Dr. Allan Barsky, Professor of Social Science, and Dr. Nicole Morse, Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, as they discuss topics such as gun control, election laws, and COVID vaccines. The event is free and open to FAU students, faculty, and staff.

Constitution Week events at FAU are sponsored by the Jack Miller Forum. Other departments supporting the events include the Diversity Platform, Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, FAU Deptartment of Political Science, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, all participants, regardless of vaccination status, are expected to wear masks while indoors in any FAU facilities. Anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms will be asked to leave the venue to support the safety and protection of the university community.

NEWS ALL NEWS

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...

Scholarships 2021-2022
April 29, 2021

Three merit-based Palm Beach Post Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding SCMS Multimedia Journalism majors who “have expressed and demonstrated an interest in a career in journalism” through their published writings...

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April 16, 2021

The April 16th episode of the South Florida Journal Podcast is now available. Check it out on Spotify, and also check out South Florida Journal on Instagram.

Spencer Paysinger
February 23, 2021

Former NFL player and current Netflix producer and actor Spencer Paysinger met with students interested in TV and film careers over Zoom on February 24, as part of the FAU Black History Month Spotlight Conversation Series.

Integrity Week
February 21, 2021

Did you miss Integrity Week? You can watch the videos for the events at the above link.

 
SPOTLIGHT STORIES

FACULTY
Dr. Carla Pennington
Dr. Carla Pennington
Small Business Owner, Author, Adjunct

Dr. Carla Pennington is a woman of many talents and is known for her tenacity and eagerness in the areas of community engagement, public relations, leadership, communication, management and team engagement. Dr Pennington... Read More

ALUMNUS
Pat Archer
Pat Archer

Pat was recognized in 2010 for his efforts and selected by former Governor Charlie Crist as a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Florida Developmental Disability Council (FDDC). While serving as an FDDC council member, he helped... Read More

STUDENT
Kennedy McKinney
Kennedy McKinney
Sophomore, Multimedia Journalism

During her first year at FAU, McKinney and her peers felt the need for a publication that would represent the Black community, address issues pertaining to the community, and share their accomplishments... Read More