COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS FOR YOUR SUCCESS
Whether you want to break into the news industry, create compelling ads, edit best-selling novels, make documentary films or features, or own your own public relations firm, Pace’s BA in Communications will provide you with the real-world, practical skills you need to achieve a successful career as a communicator. The explosion in electronic media has created a robust job market for communications professionals in a broad variety of industries.
SKILLED COMMUNICATORS ARE IN DEMAND
- Hands-on Learning: In our Communications Center, where you will take most of your classes, you will work with professional digital equipment such as HDV cameras and AVID and Final Cut Studio editing systems, and view films in the screening room, featuring digital video projection and a 92” screen.
- Through required internships, you will earn academic credit and gain valuable professional skills as well as build a network of industry contacts for a lifetime.
- This broad-based major crosses disciplines and offers you the flexibility to design a course of study according to your interests.
TAKE COURSES LIKE…
You’ll get a well-rounded education in communications by taking courses across a wide variety of topics, such as public relations, video production, advertising, corporate communications, and mass media theory. Additionally, you will gain valuable journalism writing skills; verbal and presentational skills; technical skills in video/audio production; and editing and screenwriting skills required for your success.
- MCA 226 Writing for the Electronic Media
- COM 339 Creative Writing for Broadcast Media
- MCA 497 Public Relations Campaigns
World Class Faculty: Our faculty brings real-world experience into our state-of-the-art Communications Center, where you will take most of your classes. They are experts in a variety of specialties including video and audio production, screenwriting, public relations, advertising, media theory, film, performance, speech and journalism. Specialized adjunct professors bring valuable knowledge of the most current trends in their fields to the coursework, and enhance your networking opportunities.
ADD OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES
Students in Professor Maria Luskay’s Producing the Documentary class have traveled to Cuba, Brazil, Hawaii, Holland, Belize, Portugal, and Mexico in recent years to shoot documentaries that have been recognized at the Indie Short Film Competition, Best Shorts Film Festival, Media Communications Association—International Media Festival, and Accolade Global Film Competition. Documentaries made by MCVA students are consistently nominated for awards.
Students can work with Mira Pantic, PhD on communications research projects that relate directly to their field of study. Pantic is a world-renowned scholar that helps students develop both quantitively and qualitative research studies. Her students have presented at NJCA, NCA and AEJMC as well as won the Top Undergraduate Paper Award at the New York State Communication Association’s annual meeting.
You may be eligible to join the Mu Iota Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), a student organization of the National Communication Association. The Media, Communications, and Visual Arts department (MCVA) hosts an annual networking event, Connections in Communications, to bring together professionals in the field with current undergraduate majors, a great way for you to make contacts in the communications industry.
CHOOSE YOUR CAREER
Students in the BA in Communications take a variety of courses that enable them to intern—and leverage those internships into greater career opportunities—at some of the top media organizations in the world such as MTV, ABC, CBS and VH1.
WHERE GRADUATES ARE EMPLOYED
Recent graduates have gone onto work at organizations including:
- Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
- Madison Square Garden
- Miami Dolphins