Communications Media Department

Prepare for the demands of an increasingly complex, complicated, dynamic, and globalized world.
Professor Jeff Warmouth with Game Design students

Studying communications media means you're going to develop the skills necessary to adapting to an ever-changing technological and knowledge-based society.

We have many majors and concentrations, so there's guaranteed to be something that suits your interest.

Majors and Concentrations

Game Design

This major seeks to make the methods and tools of game design and development accessible to everyone.

Film/Video Production

A concentration that prepares you to work in film and digital media as you examine narrative and documentary filmmaking.

Graphic Design

A concentration of endless opportunity, from visual identity and branding, to web design, advertising, and more.

Photography

Study photography through hands-on experience with traditional darkrooms and the latest digital technologies.

Professional Communication

Focus your career in the following areas: public relations, advertising, marketing communications, and more.

Communication Studies

Study strategic analysis, design, application, research, and evaluation of a variety of media systems.

Theater

Perform full-scale theatrical productions that are produced and directed by our theater faculty and students.

Technical Theater

Develop a base of technical, analytical, managerial, and creative competencies for theatrical production.

Student Portfolios

Communications Media Showcase

Visit our Communications Media Showcase for a look at the incredible work by students across all our programs.

Beyond the Classroom

Communications Media Internships

Internship Program

Each Communications Media student is required to complete an internship as part of the graduation requirements. The full-semester internship requires the completion of a semester of 32-40 hour weeks of mentored practicum experience.
Read more about: Internship Program

VISIONS Honors Program

Visions is the juried honors showcase of the year's best original student work in the Communications Media Department.
Read more about: VISIONS Honors Program

Honors and Recognition

We have many outstanding students we would like to recognize for their exemplary work in our concentrations. 
Read more about: Honors and Recognition

Comm Media Alumni

Throughout our program's long history we have had a number of notable alumni that are spread out all over the country and the world.
Read more about: Comm Media Alumni

Questions? Get in touch!

Please reach out with any questions you might have, either though the contact information below or by contacting the department chair, Mary Baker, MFA, at  978.665.3058.

Facility and Equipment Information

  • Communication Studies theory classrooms are equipped with smart board technology to aid our students in advancing their studies.
  • Film/Video Production students have access to industry standard production and editing equipment beginning their freshman year. Students get hands-on experience with a variety of film and digital cameras ranging from basic HD cameras to 2K and high end Arriflex film cameras. We have numerous post-production labs and suites running professional editing applications for both sound and picture. Additionally, the film and video facility houses a large motion picture studio that can accommodate multiple productions simultaneously.
  • Graphic Design has a lab facility, work room, and a print room equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that gives students a competitive edge when they enter the field.
  • Photography students have access to one of the finest darkroom and studio facilities in New England. Our students work with professional equipment as early as their first year. Students get a hands-on experience with equipment ranging from manual 35mm film to digital SLR cameras, medium format Hasselblad and Mamiya cameras, as well as traditional 4x5 view cameras. The photography lab is equipped with two large group darkrooms and several individual darkrooms. There are also two digitally equipped professional commercial studios in which to learn and create.
  • Professional Communication students will produce professional text and will have the opportunity to be critiqued by experienced professionals throughout the program.
  • Game Design students will have access to a game library/lounge which will allow them to research, playtest, and experience games together on a variety of systems. The game design and development lab and game workshop room feature computers, tablets, and mobile device tools in multiple platforms for seminars and small group work.

Student Lab Hours
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FALL 2020 UPDATE: The Department of Communications Media will provide in-person services Monday - Friday from 8am – 4:30pm in Conlon Hall, Room 237 for the Fall 2020 semester. Please contact Karen Valeri kvaleri@fitchburgstate.edu or Samantha deManbey sdemanbe@fitchburgstate.edu for assistance. To make an appointment with Prof. Mary Baker, Department Chair, please email mbaker1@fitchburgstate.edu. To make an appointment with a Communications Media or Game Design faculty member, please contact them directly. Contact information and office hours are listed below.