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About Communication Arts (General)

Are you interested in how new technologies and the globalization of media are blurring the lines between previously distinct areas of media production and reception? You should look into the Communication Arts Major and it’s concentrations offered at Ramapo College.

The Communication Arts Major prepares students for a richly interdisciplinary field that exists at the intersection of media, film, and culture. To prepare you to produce outstanding creative work in an increasingly diverse society, the curriculum is both grounded in the liberal arts and committed to teaching the principles, aesthetics and tools of the discipline through the development of new pedagogies based on digital interactive multimedia technologies.

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Classes you can take:

Digital Culture, Music and Gender, Media and Technology, The New TV Criticism, Newswriting, Motion Graphics and Title Design, Media Sports and Society,The Social Documentary, Graphic Design, Photojournalism, New York as a Latino Cityscape, Global Workplace, The Narrative Art

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Ramapo Graduates of the Communication Arts major have established professional careers as graphic designers, web and animation designers, filmmakers and editors, event planners, public relations specialists, advertising executives, journalists, writers and media specialists, while others have gone on to graduate school.

Sample Job Titles

Job Title
Graphic Designers
Reporters and Correspondents
Advertising and Promotions Managers
Print Binding and Finishing Workers
Sound Engineering Technicians

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services (cahill@ramapo.edu) or visit www.ramapo.edu/careercenter/.

Interested? The communication arts major offers five comprehensive programs in the following areas of study to concentrate on:

  • Digital Filmmaking (documentary, fiction, screenwriting, television and film production and theory)
  • Global Communication and Media (media studies, communication, persuasion, advertising)
  • Journalism (community journalism, digital journalism, photojournalism)
  • Visual Communication Design (graphic, print, digital publishing and web design, interactive animation, motion graphics)
  • Writing (creative writing, writing for publication, writing for the media, promotions writing)

As a communication arts major, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, including computer labs for digital imaging, print design, interactive multimedia production, audio postproduction, Final Cut Pro digital postproduction, and writing; a field production classroom, private editing suites, audio recording studio, student access clusters, and studio facilities for television/digital film/new media production. Out of the classroom, Ramapo offers experiential opportunities and extracurricular activities such as weekly film screenings, the Rho Phi chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Arts Honor Society; a student Creative Media Club; regular presentations by artists, professionals, and alumni, and Media Collision, the annual spring showcase of outstanding student work.

All majors also complete an internship or co-op. Ramapo communication arts majors have gained experience in film, television, and interactive media companies; newspaper, magazine, and book publishers; or museums, public relations, promotions, and other commercial and non-profit organizations. These experiences include interning with NBC Universal, Push to Walk, The Record, ESPN Radio, Mercedes Benz, and Live! With Kelly & Michael.

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