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The Department of Mass Communication and Theatre

The Department of Mass Communication and Theatre offers four degree programs that combine art, technology and scholarship: digital filmmaking, journalism, mass communication research and theatre. The faculty includes both internationally acclaimed scholars and award-winning artists. They are supported by state-of-the-art technology and studio facilities. Students produce a newspaper, a yearbook, an Internet web site, operate a television station, and create motion pictures and stage plays. Graduates can expect to find employment in motion picture, online, television, newspaper and magazine industries, in theatrical production, and in corporate, medical, police, and military communication.



Storytelling is the heart of the UCA Digital Filmmaking program. Students work to create original, well-structured stories, with compelling characters and conflicts, while also learning the technical aspects of digital production, including digital cinematography, non-linear editing, lighting, and computer-based audio design. The result gives students the technical skills and artistic competence to pursue work in the motion picture industry as well as in corporate applications.



The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking is a three-year, 60 credit hour terminal degree. Upon completion of the MFA program, graduates will be fully qualified to teach at the university level or compete in the ever changing landscape of the motion picture industry. The program emphasizes production skills through both a series of production seminars and the thesis project. In addition, students are required to take courses in writing, history, and theory in order to create a more well rounded education. Full time students are expected to take nine credits a semester. Students complete two years of full time course work. In their third year, students write, direct, produce, and edit a thesis film (approximately 30 minutes).


The College of Fine Arts and Communication

The College of Fine Arts and Communication offers undergraduate and graduate programs of exceptional quality in selected disciplines. The college's primary mission is to prepare the next generation of artists, communicators, and scholars not only to participate in their various disciplines, but to provide leadership in their fields. The college is comprised of the Departments of Art, Mass Communication and Theatre, Music, Speech and Public Relations, and Writing, as well as the Reynolds Performance Hall. The many disciplines within the college share a dedication to both rigorous studio practice and scholarly achievement. Through its communication venues such as broadcasts, conferences, exhibits, live performances, publications, readings, recitals and screenings, the college shares its artistic achievements and communication expertise with the general public.


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Speech & Public Relations

Writing Department


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