B.A. in Communications

Study Communications in Rome

B.A. in Communications

The Bachelors of Arts in Communications is a rigorous, multi-disciplinary program designed to give students the analytical, critical, and creative skills that are fundamental to any career in the information age. Our core curriculum balances theory, practice, dialogue, and creativity, requiring students to study a range of topics and learn a variety of skills, including writing and multimedia production. Our program fosters and encourages cross-cultural encounters, making our classrooms microcosms of the global communications environment. We strongly believe that our students are uniquely prepared to engage a rapidly changing world of media and communication.

Combine Theory and Practice

Required core courses include: Public Speaking; Introduction to Visual Communication; Writing Across the Media; Introduction to Cinema; Foundations of Digital Video; Media, Culture and Society; Digital Media Culture; Advanced Communication Theory; and Senior Capstone Project.

Upon completion of the program, students will have produced analytical papers about contemporary issues in media (with an emphasis on debates around social, sexual orientation, gender and race inclusivity), research projects, infographics, video essays, press kits, blogs, short videos and e-portfolios.

This major promotes intellectual development and ethical reasoning to empower students to take leadership roles and make a difference in a variety of fields both within and outside of the communications industry. You can jumpstart your media career through our partnership with The New School, which allows students to pursue a fast track to a graduate certificate or Masters in Media Management while attending JCU. In addition, our agreement with the University of Milan (Università degli Studi di Milano) is the first to offer a dual US B.A./Italian Laurea in Communications.

Study Communications in Rome

We view Rome as an extended classroom, where students gain practical experience outside of the university by working with local organizations and participating in community activities. Additionally, Rome offers unique opportunities to: 

  • Utilize Rome’s neighborhoods and environment for digital media projects. We have a state of the art Media Center, with fully updated Mac editing lab, portable HD camera kits, and TV studio. 
  • Study with visiting artists and media makers to learn creative and innovative skills in areas like sound design, directing, audio collage, and activist art projects. 
  • Study with scholars that specialize in Arab media, media and the environment, Italian cinema, screenwriting, digital storytelling, film, media activism, and popular culture. 
  • Study Italian and Roman cinema by visiting original set locations of classic films and tour the world-famous film studio, Cinecittà. 
  • Attend special conferences (Media Education Summit and Selfie conferences), screenings (Ethiopian and Syrian documentary showcases), and talks (theorist Mark Fisher; the Italian nominee for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film Jonas Carpignano; and British avant-garde filmmaker Isac Julian) organized by Communications faculty. 
  • Explore how the Mediterranean’s rich media environment attracts students and scholars, including from North Africa and the Middle East. 

Career Outcomes

Whether the goal is to continue on to graduate school, become an entrepreneur, work as a professional media maker, or work as a professional communicator for enterprise or non-government organizations, JCU's curriculum will equip you with a variety of tools to enable you to succeed in a globalized media environment.

Our students have gone on to prestigious graduate and PhD programs (London School of Economics, New School for Social Research, King's College, Goldsmiths), internships (NPR, UNESCO, FAO) and have found work with major international organizations (New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Norwegian Nobel Committee, Greenpeace, UNESCO).

Students with a BA in Communications can go on to careers in such fields as:

  • Film and Video Production
  • Journalism
  • Corporate Communications
  • Advertising
  • Media and entertainment industries (music, publishing, film, radio, television, web, video games)
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Community Organizing and Service
  • Education, Management
  • Non-profit Administration 

Types of jobs include: 

  • Multimedia specialist
  • Program researcher, broadcasting/film/video
  • Communications officer
  • Runner, broadcasting/film/video
  • Social media manager
  • Television/film/video producer
  • Web content manager
  • Media scholar/researcher
  • Writer/journalist/screenwriter 

Some success stories  

Wanda Gabai (‘10) has worked as an International Consultant for the Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM), in Thailand.  

Tariro Mzezewa (’14) completed her masters at Columbia University and is currently staff editor for the New York Times Opinion page, writing about culture, style, and human rights. She also writes for Vogue.

Geraldine Ghelli's photos have been published in the New Yorker as part of the "A Portrait of a Couple in Love and in Transition" article, which follows a couple (Michelle Ainsworth and Jennifer Lee) as they undergo gender-confirmation surgery together. She also freelances for Bloomberg. 

Kiriko Mechanicus, Jasmine Manari, and Alessandro Ceschi have each found large, international audiences for work that they produced while at JCU, while Nikolai Berger has parlayed his student production experience into professional work as a producer and cinematographer at the Nautical Channel and Al Jazeera.

As the Media Lab continues to develop additional courses and opportunities for experience in the field, and as the network of alumni working in production after graduation expands, the opportunities for JCU students to gain recognition on the world stage for their work will grow. 

Internship Opportunities

JCU's Career Services Office connects students with hundreds of competitive internships per semester. By taking advantage of these services, you could graduate from college having completed an internship working in your desired field, from helping curate the communications strategy of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to working as a journalist for Italy's national broadcasting station, Rai.

Facilities

The JCU Media Production Facilities support a wide range of audio and video production activities, from screenwriting through principal photography and onward to editing, visual effects, and musical composition. Students, faculty, and staff make use of Panasonic camcorders and Canon cameras, Tascam and Zoom audio recorders, and Rode microphones in order to create beautiful images and immersive soundscapes. You will have access to a Digital Media Lab with a dozen 27" Apple iMacs running Adobe Creative Suite as well as Apple's professional applications (FCPX, Logic Pro X, and Motion), and a fully equipped TV Studio Lab and TV Studio Control Room.