Apr 26, 2018  
Fitchburg State University 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Photography Concentration, Communications Media, B.S.

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Communications Media

Mary Baker    
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
Robert Carr Mary Baker Jonathan Amakawa
Robert Harris Cap Corduan Kevin McCarthy
Randy Howe Stephen Goldstein Kyle Moody
Jon Krasner M. Zachary Lee Les Nelken
Peter Laytin Viera Lorencova Britton Snyder
Richard McElvain Donald Tarallo, Jr. John (J.J.) Sylvia
Kelly Morgan Samuel Tobin  
Ann Mrvica    
Wayne Munson    
Charles Roberts    
Charles Sides    
Jeffrey Warmouth    

Objectives for the Program in Communications Media

The Communications Media Program prepares individuals to assume communication positions as freelancers, designers, independent producers, or employees of corporations, institutions, and media organizations.

The program provides a blend of the principles and practices necessary for the effective design, production, and evaluation of media for information presentation by graphic, photographic, film, video, electronic, and print technologies. In combination with the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program, Communications Media fosters the development of skills critical to adapting to an ever changing technological and knowledge-based society.  

Requirements for the Major in Communications Media

The Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Media requires 54 semester hours in its major requirements. Course requirements are organized into five phases.

* Fulfills Jr/Sr Writing requirement
** Computer Literacy requirement is met through a Production Concentration (e.g. COMM 3305 , COMM 3470 , COMM 3645 , COMM 3895 , COMM 3960 .)
***Fulfills speaking/listening requirements

Phase I Freshman Introductory Requirements

Phase I exposes students to the foundations, concepts, and practices used in the preparation, delivery, evaluation, and research of verbal and visual messages.

Phase II Applied Concentration

Phase II enables students to become involved with an in-depth investigation of an area in communications which is most closely aligned with individual talents and interests. Students must select and complete one concentration with the consent of their advisor. A minimum of five required courses must be taken within a concentration.

Note: Only students who have completed the requirements of a second concentration can formally declare this concentration to have it recognized on their transcript.  Students interested in Communication Studies as a second concentration may formally declare it at any time.

Note: For some concentration courses, students are expected to pay for supplies that may range in cost from $100 to $300 per course.

Photography Concentration

Media History Requirement

Communications Media students are required to complete a media history course, prior to their capstone internship, selected from the following list.  The course may be used to fulfill an LA&S requirement or elective, OR a Communications Media requirement or elective, according to its current designation.  Dual concentration students need only take one media history course from either of their concentrations to fulfill the requirement.

Phase III Advanced Electives

In consultation with their advisor, students select four courses from GAME, COMM, TETA, or THEA:

  • Four additional courses in the same concentration
  • Four courses in other concentrations
  • Four courses from a combination of concentrations, including additional theory, conceptual, or methodological courses

Any course which a student is using to fulfill either an LAS Requirement or a Minor may NOT be counted toward Phase III Requirements for the major.

Phase IV Upper-Level Theory/Conceptual/Methodological Requirements

Students in their junior/senior year will take the following:


*Fulfills Jr/Sr Writing requirement

**Computer Literacy requirement is met through a Production Concentration (e.g. COMM 3305 , COMM 3470 , COMM 3645 ,COMM 3960 )

***Fulfills speaking/listening requirements

Phase V Integrated Studies

This required senior level phase provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills in a professional environment.

Required Course


VISIONS is an annual juried exhibition of the best work by Communications Media students during that year. VISIONS is held in late April of each year.

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