Communication Arts

Lights, Camera, Action!

Your Exciting Career in the Fast-Paced World of Communication Arts

Overview

Editing for Game of Thrones. Interviewing Kanye West. Producing and Directing an Award Winning Movie.

These are just some of the things St. Francis Communication Arts students have gone on to do after graduation.

New York City is an extended part of the classroom, giving students access to incredible internships

Students at St. Francis put their talents to use in an HDTV studio and black box theater while using programs like Adobe InDesign and Adobe Premiere to create their own programs and publications.

The Communication Arts department at St. Francis College offers a wide range of courses in advertising, film and broadcasting, voice, theater and related areas. Communication arts majors choose from one of four concentrations:

  • Advertising / Public Relations
  • Digital Media: Film, Broadcasting and Journalism
  • Performance Studies
  • English & Communications

New York City is an extended part of the classroom, giving students access to incredible internships at places like The Wendy Williams Show, WABC, and the New York Mets, as well as large and small advertising agencies.

From internships come great jobs, like for these SFC alumni:

  • Sandra Schron '95 is Senior Vice President for Marketing Production at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and oversees: Oxygen Media, Syfy Channel Productions, Bravo Media, Esquire Network, USA Network, E! Entertainment Television, Chiller, and Sprout
  • Terrisha Kearse '05 wrote, directed and produced two feature films including 10-20 which won the HBO Best Feature Film Award at the 2009 Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
  • Thomas Lindsay ’07 was Digital Dailies Manager for the first season of Game of Throne. He was also assistant editor for TV show Smash and various movies.
  • Ken Bruno '09 is an Account Executive at Access Emanate Communications with clients including large technology companies
  • Sean Lynch '10 interviewed Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa and dozens more Hip Hop starts while working as Assistant Editor for The Source magazine. Lynch now handles social media and marketing for Fila while also working as a journalist for MTV News.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue

Courses & Program Info

Department Mission

The Communication Arts program seeks to approach today’s vast and rapidly changing communication and media world through a major in Communication Arts. Students may choose to concentrate in four areas of focused study: Digital Media: Film, Broadcasting, and Journalism; Advertising and Public Relations; Performance Studies; and English and Communication studies.

With its specialized preparation for career and graduate school, Communication Arts contributes to the Core Program at St. Francis College through Fundamentals of Speech, a course required of all undergraduates. Through this offering the Department participates in the liberal arts tradition of the College, helping to foster skills vital to success in college and life. Speech is a component of the College’s Freshman Year Program.

Events sponsored by Communication Arts reflect the program’s commitment to excellence in pre-professional and professional training. The annual St. Francis Film Festival is a celebration of inspiration and production excellence in video and cinema. The Delaney Speech Contest is a college-wide contest organized to display the presentation and performance abilities of students from all classes and majors. The Department’s annual theatrical is mounted in conjunction with acting, production, and writing workshops. Guest lecturers include directors and experts in film and television production, journalism, advertising, and public relations and media.

The Communication Arts Program is supported by a new TV studio installation capable of High Definition, by a new computer laboratory dedicated to video editing and advertising design, and by a multi-purpose black box theater fully equipped with professional lighting.

Regardless of specialized tracks selected, all students majoring in this program receive a BA degree in Communication Arts or English and Communication Arts. The program’s wide range of successful graduates provides an excellent network for mentoring and employment. Internships, available to qualified juniors and seniors, build on the program’s deep roots in New York City’s communication industries.

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Faculty

Timothy Dugan

Timothy Dugan

Assistant Professor
Communication Arts
Nick Efteriades

Nick Efteriades

Adjunct Professor
Communication Arts
David Gewirtz

David Gewirtz

Special Lecturer
Communication Arts
Kathryn Grant

Kathryn Grant

Adjunct Professor
Communication Arts
Brian Gregory

Brian Gregory

Assistant Professor
Communication Arts
Lynne Jackson

Lynne Jackson

Department Chairperson, Professor
Communication Arts
Jenny Lazar

Jenny Lazar

Lecturer
Communication Arts
Augusta Palmer

Augusta Palmer

Assistant Professor
Communication Arts
Edward Setrakian

Edward Setrakian

Professor Emeritus
Communication Arts
Michelle Steven

Michelle Steven

Lecturer
Communication Arts
James Turner

James Turner

Adjunct Professor
Communication Arts
Scott Weiss

Scott Weiss

Associate Professor
Communication Arts, American Studies

News & Events

News

St. Francis Celebrates Spring Graduates

It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College's Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.

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2nd Annual Women's Film Festival

After reviewing over 1,000 submissions, the 2nd Annual St. Francis College Women's Film Festival screened 60 films from 27 countries over two days in the College's Founders Hall.

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Upcoming Events

Goals & Objectives

  • Develop oral communication skills for success in college and career by exposing students to speech and voice training and interpersonal and small group exercises, with an emphasis on critical thinking and presentation dynamics.
  • Instruct students in the methods and practices of modern media by requiring majors to complete courses in mass communication, persuasion, news writing, television production, film, and advertising with an emphasis on media’s ethical, social, economic, and technological impact.
  • Nurture creativity and develop critical standards through a sequence of hands-on courses stressing professional skills and practices. Writing for performance, acting, film and video production, directing, and advertising design aim to achieve this goal.
  • Develop and understanding of cultural theories, including analysis of film, performance, television, journalism, advertising and public relations.
  • Enable students to use performative and digital practices for creative expression and to address real world issues.
  • Enable students to understand their own roles as both domestic and international citizen and the social responsibilities of these roles.
  • Cultivate an appreciation for refined qualities in film, television and live performance.

  • Exhibit an understanding of the process of both human and mass communication. Students will be able to:
    • Identify and explain key variables and concepts in the human and mass communication processes.
  • Apply Communication principles in a variety of contexts and various practices. Students will be able to:
    • Exhibit ability to work both independently and cooperatively in groups.
    • Exhibit competence in speaking, writing, video, computer mediate, or relational communication.
  • Exhibit an understanding of the interrelationship between communication and culture. Students will be able to:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between communication and culture in mutually shaping the other.
    • Identify the impact of diverse cultural perspectives on communication interactions.
  • Engage with and reflect upon the personal social, and ethical consequences of communication. Students will be able to:
    • Apply ethical analysis to the communication process.
  • Apply communication- related theories, concepts, and methods to contemporary issues and everyday life. Students will be able to:
    • Synthesize and evaluate communication research, methods, and theories.
    • Demonstrate ability to conduct independent or directed research.
  • Study Patterns and practices of established artists in all media and in myriad settings. Students will be able to:
    • Develop emerging stylists in film, television and live performance.
    • Demonstrate creative acumen in visual and temporal forms such as filmmaking, video, radio, television, live performance, and other shared forms.
    • Cultivate an appreciation for refined qualities in film, television and live performance.

Learn about Courses and Program Requirements in the Course Catalogue