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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4 Beat Film Series

Student Creates Short Documentary Series to Highlight Artists Amidst Pandemic

An undergraduate student in the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies, Moises Linares is producing a series of short documentary/interview videos featuring talented musicians.

Through his series, 4Beat Media, Linares wants to capture the journey of musicians developing their crafts as artists, and share what it takes to innovate in the music scene while expressing passion and commitment to living and breathing art.

A musician himself, Linares was inspired to create the series seeing how the pandemic is affecting musicians and other artists. "..a lot of workers that are involved in the live music scene, they are either laid off or they are on unemployment," says Linares. He wants to "help those musicians so they can know their story."

He hopes to connect with other SCMS filmmakers and creatives to collaborate on future episodes, and feature talented artists. The first episode of the series was released in September and features a Fort Lauderdale, Fl, based artist, Daniel "Felix El Gato" Garcia. Drummer, bassist, DJ, and a Bboy performer, Felix has merged his passion for dance and music, to create his unique style.

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FAU Today
January 27, 2021

Students from two multimedia journalism courses now have the opportunity to anchor FAU Today, a weekly video series produced by FAU.

 
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SPOTLIGHT STORIES

FACULTY
Wendy Rhodes
Wendy Rhodes

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ALUMNUS
Patrick Martin SCMS-MMJ '16
Patrick Martin
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jessie
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