What You’ll Learn

The best stories are told by people who are passionate about what they do. No matter what story you want to tell, the communication arts program at JCSU will teach you how to do it well so that others will want to listen.

What will I study as a communication arts major?

You’ll begin with an introduction to mass communication and how organizations in the print, broadcast and online industries speak to their target audiences. Guest speakers and field trips to communications organizations will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how different forms of communication are presented to the public.

The ability to speak with various audiences is the key to a successful career. In our program, you’ll learn how to effectively communicate to the various groups you’ll encounter on the job. Equally as important is the ability to understand audio/video production and design. You’ll receive hands-on practice with both in classes that teach you how to use the right equipment to tell a good story.

Whether you prefer to express your creativity through your writing or with video and sound, your education in the communication arts program will give you the maximum exposure to the communication industry with the knowledge and skills to move across careers in various industries.


  • Video Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Audio Production
  • Public Relations

Popular classes in the communication arts program



COM 239 Video Production and Programming

Experience hands-on work as camera operators, directors, editors and producers for video.

COM 432 Intercultural Communication

Study the influence of culture in different forms of communication by interviewing people of differing cultural and social groups.

COM 334 Journalism and Graphic Design

Gain experience in reporting, writing, editing, layout, design and photography while working on the JCSU student newspaper.

COM 430 Integrated Marketing Communications

Learn how advertising, research, marketing promotions and sales work together to communicate a brand message to the consumer.

Where will I study communication arts?

We know that technology plays a huge role in today's communications. That's why our communications arts program offers modern technology in all areas of media that you might work with.

If you're interested in graphic design or publishing, our state-of-the-art Mac computer lab offers software programs that the professionals use. The latest audio and video programming equipment will prepare you for a job in broadcast journalism or radio.

No matter what field you enter after graduation, your diverse background in communications will ensure that employers see you as a valuable asset to their organization.

What will I learn outside the communication arts program?

JCSU is a private liberal arts university. What this means to you is that your education will broadly cover all areas of study. The diversity of your classes will help you look at “the big picture” in any career you choose.

  • Classes in computer science and communication arts will give you a definite advantage in the job market and workplace.
  • Taking several English and foreign language classes will help you interact with a global community that is getting smaller each day.
  • By taking math and science classes, you’ll have a better understanding of the world around you.
  • Health and physical education courses give you the knowledge to cope with everyday stress and lead a better, longer life.

Having a college education will give you the tools to succeed in life. Having a liberal arts education will give you the opportunity to take your success further.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.330.1361.