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Communications Media (B.S.)

B.S., Communications Media

College of Education and Educational Technology

What You'll Do

The emphasis on communication and the role of television in our culture is undeniably strong. As a Communications Media major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, you’ll learn the hands-on skills you’ll need for careers in several professional fields.

This major offers flexibility, making it possible for you to select most of your major courses. Among the classes you can take are Broadcast Newswriting, Communications Graphics, Television Production, Beginning Photography, Radio Production, Process of Digital Game Development, Animation, and Advanced Video Production. An internship is required.

With the electives built into this major, you’ll have the opportunity to take a minor or a collection of courses outside Communications Media that will make you more competitive in the job market. You might want to consider a minor in Journalism, Art, Psychology, Music, or Business Administration.

What You'll Become

The Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Media prepares you for a career in television or radio broadcasting, media relations, graphic design, advertising, or video production.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, competition through the year 2016 is expected for camera operator jobs in the television broadcasting and motion picture industries. The report recommends job seekers earn a degree, gain experience, and acquire advanced computer skills. In radio, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts stiff competition for jobs in larger cities and relatively good job prospects in smaller towns.

Audio and video equipment technicians, who must set up and repair equipment, are expected to see 24 percent employment growth through 2016, according to the report. Graphic designers with a bachelor’s degree and knowledge of computer design software, particularly website design and animation, will do the best in the competitive job market for this field, the report added.

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Special Features

  • Through practica, students can gain experience and college credit working at campus facilities such as WIUP-TV, WIUP-FM, the Penn, Media Relations, Admissions, and Media Resources or by doing projects with professors such as brochures, promotional videos, and computerized training modules.
  • The Department of Communications Media includes state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in the Applied Media and Simulation Games Center, audio recording studio, Graphics and Multimedia Lab, radio station, and television station.
  • Students can choose to join several extracurricular groups such as the Student Photography Association, the National Broadcasting Society, WIUP-FM, WIUP-TV, and the International Game Developers Association (IUP Video Game Club).