Communication

Communication (BA)

Professor Miller teaching a communication class.

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USF’s Communication program will enhance your creative spirit and output, while showing you how to apply it to a career in film/video/media production, public relations, or theatre. As a Communication major, you’ll benefit from our blend of:

  • Practical, skill-building courses
  • Creative, project-based learning
  • Real-world applications (two internships!)
  • Professional connections
  • Expert faculty
  • State-of-the-art facilities

Plus, when you graduate, you’ll have a professional portfolio of representative work!

We help creative people find the space where they can be creative and productive in the workforce.

Jane Martin
Professor of Communication and Program Director

Communication class

Tailored to Your Interests

USF’s Communication curriculum offers three concentrations:

Film, Video, and Media Production

You’ll develop strong visual storytelling skills working in our on-campus Television Studio (complete with camera, lighting, and editing equipment). You’ll meet professionals at local TV and film production companies, where you’ll also have the opportunity to apply your skills through internships.

Public Relations

You’ll learn all the facets of the PR world through two professional internships and course that focus on practical skills like giving speeches, writing media campaigns and press releases, and analyzing social media. Frequent alumni presentations will keep you connected to a fast-
changing professional environment.

Theatre

Each year, USF produces two full-length productions in our 2,000 seat auditorium. You can perform onstage or work behind the scenes creating costumes, props, set pieces, and more.

Group of USF students collaborating on a project in class.

Active & Applied Learning

Communication majors complete two internships. We’ll help you find the ideal opportunity!

Recent internship sites include:

  • Pollywood Outdoor Furniture
  • ArtLink Gallery
  • Glass Eyed Pix (Brooklyn, NY)
  • PBS Fort Wayne
  • Mad Ants
  • Civic Theatre
  • Arts United
  • Disney College
  • Youth Theater
  • Civic Theater
  • FAME (Foundation for Arts & Music Education)

Practice in professional-level facilities.

The professors know us as individuals, so they find opportunities that fit our interests. For example, they all know I’m interested in lighting and photography, so they helped me find an internship at BFA Commercial Photography. That has turned into a part-time paid position and I even went to Florida for a national clothing company photo shoot.

Mollie Shutt ’19
Communication major

Career Outlook & Success

$71,620

Median pay for Producers and Directors (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

$129,380

Median pay for Promotions and Marketing Managers (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

$59,300

Median pay for Public Relations Specialists (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Graduates of our Communication program work in a variety of careers, including:

  • Video production
  • Television Director/Producer
  • Editor
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Communication Director
  • Public Relations and Marketing

Turn your Passion into a Career

During her senior year, Sarah Colagrossi ‘16 focused her capstone project on disaster and humanitarian relief — a cause that was close to her heart. She created the Hope for Syria Art Auction, which raised funds for Syrian refugees. Today, Sarah supports her passion in a
professional capacity: As a program manager for the Jericho Foundation, she works each day “to bring hope to Bosnia and Herzegovina one child at a time.”

Be Part of a Creative Community

USF’s School of Creative Arts is a hub of energy and activity. As a Communication major, you will collaborate on projects with students studying Graphic Design, Animation, Web Design, Photography, and more — giving you the opportunity to create truly professional-quality work.

Get Involved! Join USF’s

  • Film Club: Analyze and discuss the artistic merit and social significance of a variety films, from classic to avant-garde (and everything in between)
  • Public Relations Society: Participate to deepen your knowledge, engage in professional development, and connect with professionals.
  • Act One (theatre club): You’ll get hands-on experience on and off the stage, as well as grow in appreciation of theatre as a communal art form.

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Program Director

Jane Martin
jmartin@sf.edu
260-399-7700 ext. 8008