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Communication Arts

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Academic Information: top


What is Communication Arts? top

Communication and media science has emerged as the field of study concerned with tailoring the way we communicate to different applications:

Journalism, electronic media, and TV & radio broadcasting
Intercultural and multi-linguistic communications
Politics and public administration
Performing arts, speech and rhetoric
Business administration, industrial relations and corporate communications
Marketing, advertising and public relations
By majoring in communications, students develop a critical awareness of how effective communications contribute positively to personal interactions, business relationships and the mass dissemination of information through media outlets. Communications majors develop analytical skills and functional proficiency in comprehending, interpreting, writing, and speaking, allowing them to become critical thinkers and effective problems solvers in contemporary society.



Career Information - top


Possible Job Titles  -  top

Advertising

  • Account Manger
  • Account Executive
  • Media Planner
  • Media Buyer
  • Market Researcher
  • Traffic Manager
  • Talent Administrator
  • Copywriter
  • Art Director
  • Media Representative
  • Promotion Specialist

Audiovisual and Multimedia

  • AV Producer
  • AV Writer
  • Production Assistant
  • AV Technician
  • AV Director

Business/Industry

  • Sales associate
  • Corporate communications director
  • Account coordinator
  • Advertising coordinator
  • Customer representative
  • Corporate trainer
  • Direct marketer
  • Human resources manager
  • Investor relations manager
  • Management consultant*
  • Marketing manager
  • Marketing researcher
  • Media planner
  • Publicist

Communication Science

  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Audiologist
  • Speech Researcher

Film

  • Scriptwriter
  • Agent
  • Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Unit Production Manager
  • Continuity Person
  • Art Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Camera Operator
  • Key Grip
  • Gaffer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Recordist
  • Boom Operator
  • Editor
  • Dubbing Editor

Government/Public Interest

  • Lobbyist
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Legislative press secretary
  • Community affairs director
  • Special events promoter
  • Attorney*
  • Public affairs analyst
  • Media consultant
  • Experiential educator
  • Public administration*

Journalism/Publishing

  • Editorial project manager
  • Reporter
  • Managing editor
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Copy editor
  • Correspondent
  • Photographer

Magazines

  • Editorial Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Copy Editor
  • Associate Editor
  • Publicity Specialist
  • Promotion Specialist
  • Sales Assistant
  • Production Assistant
  • Layout Coordinator

Other

  • Legislative Aide
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Speech Teacher
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Speech Coach
  • Politician
  • Promoter
  • Lobbyist

Newspaper/News Services

  • Copy Aide
  • Journalist
  • Reporter
  • Copy Editor
  • News Editor
  • Section Editor
  • Editorial Writer
  • Bureau Reporter
  • Columnist
  • Critic
  • Promotion Specialist
  • Production Assistant
  • Circulation Assistant
  • Rewrite
  • Stringer
  • Foreign Correspondent

Photography

  • Free Lance Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Photo Journalist
  • News Photographer
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Industrial Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Dark Room Technician
  • Biophotographer
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Custom Printer
  • Photo Retailer

Public Relations and Business

  • Communications
  • Account Supervisor
  • Account Executive
  • Account Writer
  • PR Researcher
  • PR Assistant
  • Public Information Officer
  • Internal Publications Editor
  • External Publications Editor
  • Speech Writer
  • Community Relations Professional
  • Fund-Raiser
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Technical Communicator
  • Senior Media Relations Representative
  • Publishing
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Copy Editor
  • Assistant Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Researcher
  • Proofreader
  • Publicity Manager
  • Promotion Manager
  • Fact Checker
  • Indexer

Radio/Audio

  • Program Manager
  • Music Director
  • Music Librarian
  • Announcer
  • Production Manager
  • Public Service Director
  • News Director
  • Scriptwriter
  • Reporter
  • Sales Representative
  • Traffic Assistant
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Recording Mixer
  • Sound Engineer

Television and Video

  • Program Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Director
  • Production Assistant
  • Scriptwriter
  • Floor Manager
  • Set and Props Manager
  • Staff Announcer
  • Research Director
  • News Director
  • Managing Editor
  • News Production Assistant
  • News Reporter
  • Newscaster
  • Anchor Person
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Service Coordinator
  • Media Coordinator
  • Audio Engineer
  • Technical Director
  • Station Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Media Resource Director
  • Writer-Producer
  • Continuity Writer

*Denotes additional education required


Typical Places of Employment - top

  • Advertising agencies
  • Government agencies
  • In-house agencies
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Retail stores
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Publishing companies
  • Newspapers
  • Trade books/magazines
  • State/regional networks
  • Trade associations
  • Educational & professional
  • Public relations firms
  • Photographic services
  • Consumer magazines
  • Meeting Planner
  • National radio/TV networks
  • Human Resources
  • Departments or Firms


Required Skills and Abilities -  top

  • Editing
  • Creating artwork
  • Decoration, designing
  • Teaching
  • Explaining
  • Helping
  • Selecting and training
  • Communicating
  • Researching
  • Publishing
  • Managing
  • Scheduling
  • Solving problems
  • Working independently
  • Enlightening guiding
  • Informing, organizing
  • Illustrating
  • Planning


Alumni Resources  - top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

ALUMNI NAME GRAD DATE CURRENT JOB ORGANIZATION
Gibson, Katie 05/2006 Enhanced Media Specialist Discovery Communications
Duffy, Ken 05/1999 Box Office Manager Philadelphia Phillies
Wood, Joann 05/1991 Attorney Dugan & McKissick, L.L.C.
Wojtek, Robert 05/2006 Disaster Preparedness Coordinator St. Joseph Medical Center
Weiner, Ariel 05/2006 International Proposal Development Manager SGS
Watson, Caroline 05/2005 Media Planner Merkley and Partners
Maddox, Shea 05/2005 Asst. Manager of Operations UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
Lam, Mark 05/2007 Sales Associate American Lawyer Media Advertising
Crisostomo, Contessa 05/2002 Media Reporter The Gazette/Post-Newsweek

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

Professional Associations:

Association for Women in Communications homepage

Society for Technical Communication

Southern States Communication Association

Public Relations Society of America

International Communication Association

Institute for Global Communications

American Journalism Historians Association

Association of American Publishers

Association of Directory of Publishers

Educational Paperback Association

International Publishers Association

Magazine Publishers of America

National Newspaper Publishing Association

City and Regional Magazine Publishers

American Advertising Federation

Careers in Advertising, PR, Public Affairs

Careers in Journalism

Careers in Mass Media

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