Tell us a story.

In our media arts program you'll come to understand the power of the visual to communicate, to uplift, to educate, to engender change. Learn the craft of visual storytelling. You'll explore the art and science of communicating across multiple media — including drawing, video, animation, digital imaging, web, photography, and radio — and gain confidence in your own vision. And you'll do it in Boston, with close proximity to the MFA, the ICA and numerous other world-class art museums and galleries.

Work on projects for local, non-profit clients with a team of your peers in our communications workplace, Studio 5, or tackle creative opportunities like working on Commtracks, our award winning senior magazine. You'll hone your advanced aesthetic abilities and apply them to real-world projects. Our students develop a keen understanding of all communications disciplines, from graphic design to journalism, making them instrumental to any creative workplace.

Boston ranks in the top 5 US media markets. You'll have countless exciting and rigorous internship and career opportunities at your finger tips. Our students go on to jobs in television, multimedia, web and video production.

Program Requirements

Students may pursue a media arts concentration that combines written, visual and digital media.

Step One: The Communications Core Requirements

The major requires three core courses that explore the areas of media and society, writing and editing, visual culture and the technology currently driving emerging media. A blend of theory and hands-on, practical projects prepares students for further developmental work in one of the department's concentrations of study.

  • COMM 121 Visual Communication
  • COMM 122 Media Writing Bootcamp
  • COMM 124 Media, Messages, & Society

Students should complete the three core courses by the end of the second year of study in a four-year program. A student should declare a major at the end of the sophomore year. In this recommended sequence, the student would complete the core and then choose a track to declare at this time.

Step Two: Four required courses

  • COMM 120 Communications Media
  • COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design
  • COMM 240 Intermediate Graphic Design I: Typography
  • COMM 262 Media Convergence

Step Three: Three elective courses, at least one 300-level course

  • COMM 163 Radio Operations/Podcast
  • COMM 220 Video Production
  • COMM 222 Animation
  • COMM 244 Web Design
  • COMM 246 Digital Imaging for Design
  • COMM 248 Intermediate Graphic Design II: Type and Image
  • COMM 260 Reporting: Chasing the Story
  • COMM 263 Broadcast, Narrowcast, and Interactivity
  • COMM 269 Globalization: Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 320 Media & the First Amendment
  • COMM 322 Video Journalism
  • COMM 323 Digital Cultures: Communication and Social Media
  • COMM 328 Special Topics (when appropriate)
  • COMM 333 Web II
  • Comm 340 Advanced Design

Step Four: COMM 344 Senior Seminar/Storytelling

Step Five: Independent Learning

Minor Requirements
  • COMM 120: Communications Media
  • COMM 121: Visual Communications
  • COMM 124: Media, Messages, and Society
Electives (select 2):
  • COMM 210: Introduction to Graphic Design
  • COMM 220: Video Production
  • COMM 222: Animation
  • COMM 240: Intermediate Graphic Design I: Typography
  • COMM 244: Web Design
  • COMM 246: Digital Imaging for Design
  • COMM 248: Intermediate Graphic Design II: Type and Image
  • COMM 262: Media Convergence
  • COMM 320: Media and the First Amendment
  • COMM 323: Digital Cultures: Communication and Social Media
  • COMM 333: Web 2
  • COMM 340: Advanced Design
Customize Your Program

We encourage our students to tailor the Media Arts major to fit their interests. Simmons offers many dual-major and minor options. Your advisor will help you develop the best path to meet your personal and professional goals.

We also offer a minor in Media Arts for students majoring in other areas.

Internships and Research

Our students take advantage of internships at arts and cultural organizations in Boston and beyond, building their skills and resumes and learning from mentors in their fields.

Our students fulfill their independent learning and internship requirements in a variety of ways, including recent placements at Mullen, Harvard Medical School and the Boston Ballet. 

    Bob White
    • Bob White
    • Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2844
    • Office: L324
    Ellen Grabiner
    • Ellen Grabiner
    • Associate Professor and Chair of Communications, Co-Director of the Cinema and Media Studies Minor
    • Phone: 617-521-2827
    • Office: L301
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