Studio 5 is a renowned faculty-facilitated, professional communications studio: students doing real work for real clients. It is a capstone course in Simmons University'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 University is proud to have faculty, Andrew Porter and Briana Martino, with their 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 university's communications program.
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.
Our Creative Capabilities
- Branding & Corporate Identity
- Web Design
- Video/Radio Production
- Marketing Collateral
- Solicitation letters
- Event Planning
Working with Studio 5
Are you a non-profit organization seeking affordable student services? Contact Studio 5 today! We are regularly seeking new Boston-based clients and partnerships.
Learn more - download our fact sheet
Request a project - complete our project request form
Give feedback - complete a project evaluation
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