BA in Communications

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The Dyson Advantage

The explosion in electronic media over the past decade has created a robust job market for communications professionals in a broad variety of industries. Whether you want to break into the news industry, create compelling ads, edit best-selling novels, make documentary films, or own your own public relations firm, Pace will provide you with the real-world, practical skills you need to achieve a successful career as a communicator.

The Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts on Pace University’s Westchester campus houses a broadly-based undergraduate program, offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Journalism, allowing students to take classes in production, film, journalism, speech, media theory, new media, and writing for media. At the graduate level, we offer a Masters of Arts degree in Media and Communication Arts.

Learning That Inspires Your Intellect

BA in Communications

This broad based major crosses disciplines and offers the flexibility to design a course of study according to your interests. Course topics include:
 

 
  • Writing skills for all media outlets
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  • Technical skills in video production and editing
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  • Verbal skills for effective workplace communication
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  • Professional presentation skills
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  • Advertising
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  • Public Relations
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  • Mass Media Theory
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  • Film
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  • Journalism
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    State-of-the-Art Facilities

    The Communications Center is equipped with professional digital equipment such as HDV cameras, and AVID and Final Cut Studio editing systems. Audio is recorded and edited digitally. Film classes take advantage of the screening room which features digital video projection and a 92” screen.

    Our faculty cares. You will not find a faculty more dedicated to the success of each individual student than ours. Our class sizes are small averaging 18 students per class. Documentaries made by MCVA students are consistently nominated for awards.

    Dyson's Innovative Scholarly Faculty

    Our faculty brings real-world experience directly 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.

    Internships

    Internships are a requirement of our communications degree programs. Students will earn academic credit and gain valuable professional skills as well as build a network of industry contacts. Whichever program or concentration you choose, you will acquire the skills needed to succeed including:

     
  • Writing skills for public relations, advertising, corporate communications, and journalism
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  • Verbal and presentational skills
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  • Technical skills in video/audio production and editing
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  • Screenwriting skills
  • Internships

    We strongly encourage our majors to take advantage of our internship program. Recent internship placements include:

     
  • MTV Networks
  • Ralph Lauren
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  • ABC Networks
  • Tribeca Film Festival
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  • Hudson Stage Company
  • NBC
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  • Westchester Magazine
  • Salvation Army public relations
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  • WABC-TV Eyewitness News
  • Tractenberg Fashion public relations
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  • 30 Rock casting department
  • Lion Television
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  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • CosmoGIRL magazine
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  • The CBS Early Show
  • Jacob Burns Film Center
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  • NBC Sports
  • Virgin Records America
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  • New Line Cinema
  • Diane von Furstenberg
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  • Cosmopolitan magazine
  • Steele Rose Communications