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The SCMA Difference

What differentiates SCMA from other Media schools is simple – the students, the faculty, and the facilities.

The students are committed, creative team players. They are eager to learn and get involved and make a difference both on and off campus.

The faculty not only have extensive knowledge in their fields of study but also real-life industry experience that they bring to the classroom. They are dedicated to educating the entire person and are easily accessible for meetings and extra help.

Facilities include three production studios, including control rooms, a media theater and lecture forum and screening classrooms, all with state-of-the-art equipment.

Vision and Mission

The School of Communication and Media Arts, as part of the College of Arts and Sciences, aspires to be known as a community of internationally recognized faculty scholars and mentors, accomplished students, and academic programs known for distinctiveness and excellence. We strive to demonstrate the value of the liberal arts in contemporary society through a value-based curriculum that develops strong leaders and contributors to the local, national, and global communities.

The School of Communication and Media Arts has given me the resources to pursue my career as a multi-media journalist. Between the hands-on work in the studio to being able to write and produce my own scripts, I have learned the tools it takes to become a professional in my field. The professors in the program are there to help you every step of the way with internships, interviews, and guidance. I am so happy I made the decision to come to Sacred Heart and to continue my education with their master's program.
-- Camila C. '20

Location

With the increase of media industry outlets in Connecticut, SCMA is the home of the next generation of film, television, and communications professionals. The close proximity to New York and Boston in the heart of the communication industry offers an array of internships and career opportunities. Getting early exposure to the workplace, and the chance to network and form professional relationships, in the Tri-State area and elsewhere, is part of what makes an SCMA degree so valuable.

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Faculty

Students will be taught by established media scholars and industry professionals as they move through a curriculum that will be grounded in traditional courses and complemented by intensive workshops offered by media practitioners each semester. Our core faculty features instructors with extensive experience from their work.

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Internships

Not only do students gain valuable experience but they receive academic credit for their internship learning experiences. In addition to completing internships at top corporate media outlets, some students choose to focus on community outreach and teacher training opportunities depending on their career goals and personal interests.

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Facilities

Outfitted with up-to-date multimedia production software and equipment, SCMA’s facilities support SHU students, faculty, and the university as a whole, serving all academic and athletic departments. Equally important, the Communications Center has developed partnerships with outside production companies to develop opportunities for current and former students.

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Message from the Director

I’m thrilled to announce the official launch of the new School of Communication and Media Arts (SCMA) at Sacred Heart University in the recently built Martire Business and Communications Center. It is the latest exciting chapter in our rich history of providing quality communication and media programs to our students. Since the early 1990s, when media studies was a major with just 30 students, we have had thousands of students participate in our programs, which now include four undergraduate degrees and four master’s degrees.

The new School of Communication and Media Arts will continue its mission to educate lifelong learners, critical thinkers and effective communicators who have the creative and professional skills to compete for the best jobs in the communication and media industries. Our new Martire Business and Communications Center supports these goals through its state-of-the-art television studios, film sound stage, motion capture lab, media theater, screening rooms, post-production labs and radio station. We will also continue to leverage our close proximity to New York and our location in Fairfield County to provide internships at an impressive array of leading communication companies and media outlets, while also expanding our study abroad program throughout the world. Our curriculum, faculty and facilities make SCMA a nationally competitive program that all of our current students and alumni can be proud of.

Please follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook to stay up to date on what our professors and students are doing across our undergraduate and graduate degrees, including media arts, digital communications, communication studies, theatre arts, film and television production, strategic communication and public relations, digital journalism and broadcasting, sports media and athletic communications, and media literacy.

The launch of our new school is a testament to the quality of our alumni who built the foundation on which we continue to grow. On behalf of my SCMA colleagues, I invite you to visit our Fairfield campus to tour our new facilities and celebrate the founding of our new School of Communication and Media Arts.

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– James Castonguay