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Studio 5

Studio 5 is a renowned faculty-facilitated, professional communications studio: students doing real work for real clients. It is a capstone course in Simmons College's Communications Department and gives soon-to-graduate students the advantage of hands-on experience before they begin their professional careers.

Students work in collaborative teams to undertake a number of projects for non-profit organizations in the Boston metropolitan area. These may require them to analyze client communications' needs, identify an appropriate communications strategy, submit a proposal, and ultimately create professional-quality solutions to meet client needs.

Students enrolled in the course are experienced in various communications fields including graphic design, public relations, videography, marketing, web design, project management, integrated media, and/or writing.

Studio 5 clients include: State Street Corporation, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Project Bread, Boston’s Timilty School, Science Club for Girls, Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass, and several internal clients.

Studio 5 Faculty

Simmons College is proud to have faculty with diverse educational and creative backgrounds facilitate the Studio 5 course. Studio 5 evolved from the integration of classroom and community, which has long been central to the college's communications program.

Andrew Porter
Title: Internship Director & Senior Lecturer
Phone: 617-521-2841
Office: Library Building - L314
Email: andrew.porter@simmons.edu

Briana Martino
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 617-521-2312
Office: Library Building - L322
Email: briana.martino@simmons.edu

Student FAQ

What can I expect to do in Studio 5?

Communications students integrate the skills that they have learned in their previous classes as they work with Boston area non-profit clients. They create professional-quality work. Students are exposed to the dynamics of client-employee relations and a collaborative work model, ultimately producing professional work based on their clients needs.

Will I work alone?

Students in Studio 5 work in teams. Each team member has specific roles and responsibilities for each project they take on. Each team works with two or more non-profit organizations over the course of the semester.

How are teams determined?

Faculty base the make up of the teams on a student self-assessment form that is filled out at the beginning of the semester. Each team is comprised with an aim to balance particular skills and the extent to which these meet the needs of the clients they will be assigned to.

Contact Us

Are you a non-profit organization seeking affordable student services? Contact Studio 5 today! We are regularly seeking new Boston-based clients and partnerships.

Client Forms

Our Creative Capabilities

  • Branding & Corporate Identity
  • Web Design
  • Video/Radio Production
  • Marketing Collateral
  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Posters
  • Invitations
  • Solicitation letters
  • Event Planning

Contact Information

Phone: 617-521-2838
Email: andrew.porter@simmons.edu, briana.martino@simmons.edu.

Simmons College
Communications Department
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115

What Students Say About Studio 5

“Studio 5 was a truly valuable experience. I learned so much about dealing with clients and the steps required to create a finished product. I am very proud of my team and the work we were able to produce.

Alyssa Graca ‘15

“This was a great experience that has resulted in portfolio pieces that I am proud of.”
Kate Steiper ‘15

“I feel I greatly benefited from this experience and really enjoyed working with my team and for our clients.”
— Eva Weber ‘15

What Clients Say About Studio 5

“Overall, great ideas and follow-up, as well as production. We are very excited to continue this campaign in the future.”

Erin Holmes, Colleges of the Fenway

“Once again we had a marvelous experience with your students.”
— Phaedra Thomas, Boston Children’s Hospital

“The young women I worked with were excellent…They were creative and attentive.”
Jill Blanchard, Cape and Islands Veterans