Sacred Heart University is establishing a new School of Communication and Media Arts (SCMA), effective immediately. It will be located in the cutting edge Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, which includes a television studio, a film production soundstage, a motion capture lab, a media theater and multimedia classrooms, post-production labs and screening rooms. The new SCMA will offer undergraduate and graduate programs in advertising, public relations and corporate communications; film, television and digital media production; digital journalism and broadcasting; digital communications, media literacy and theatre arts. It will also be home to the student radio and television stations, newspaper, magazine and the public relations and media production student clubs.
“Becoming a school is the next chapter in what has been an exciting story of growth and recognition for our communications programs, faculty and students,” says Professor James Castonguay, founding director of the SCMA. “Our educational goal is to graduate ethical practitioners, critical thinkers and creative professionals who are well-versed in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual traditions and have the skills necessary to compete successfully for the most coveted jobs in the communications and media industries.”
“In addition to making Sacred Heart more attractive to students and faculty, our status as a School of Communication and Media Arts will also attract leading media executives, artists and scholars to our newly established residency programs in the College of Arts and Sciences,” says Robin Cautin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Cautin commends the School’s distinguished faculty, which consists of internationally recognized scholars as well as accomplished industry professionals. “The School’s centralized location in the Martire Center will facilitate interdisciplinary and intercollegiate programming,” she adds.