School of Communication & Media Arts


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The School of Communication & Media Arts (SCMA) combines the social and cultural analysis of media and communication technologies with media production, including digital video, broadcast and print journalism, television, radio, photography, sports media, advertising, public relations and digital multimedia. The SCMA curriculum is interdisciplinary by nature and international in scope, blending theory and practice, the historical and the contemporary, and the mainstream with the alternative. SCMA offers undergraduate majors in: 
Communication Studies Digital Communication Media Arts Theatre Arts

SCMA students explore everything from broadcasting, filmmaking and journalism to advertising, performing arts, and web design. We offer a variety of minors, and within our majors we offer concentrations in:

We believe in the power of stories and we invite you to join the ranks of the most influential storytellers: the media. Our ideal location, in Connecticut’s creative corridor and nearby New York City, allows our experienced faculty to partner with industry leaders to provide students with workshops, internships and networking opportunities before they graduate. In addition to our undergraduate majors, each of our graduate programs provides our students with the tools and professional experiences you need to tell meaningful stories that resonate with audiences:

A Stamford-based master’s program that focuses on Film and Television Production

A master’s degree in Communication that focuses on Corporate Communication and Public Relations, Digital Multimedia Journalism and Digital Multimedia Production

A master’s degree in Media Literacy and Digital Culture that focuses on Children, Health and Media, and Media and Social Justice

A Master’s degree in Sports Communication and Media that focuses on Sports Broadcasting and Athletic Communications and Promotions

CMS Students OutsideOur overall goal is to produce responsible media scholars, consumers, and communication professionals who: 1) analyze the social effect, moral substance, and aesthetic value of the media and communication technologies, and 2) learn the social and artistic skills involved in the conception, shaping and execution of their own media/communication projects and career paths.

By facilitating critical and creative thinking, SCMA faculty members encourage students to explore the ethical implications of producing mass-mediated messages, and to appreciate the profound social responsibility she or he will have as a communications professional. Along the way, students gain the necessary skills to put their ideas and ideals into action through our robust media production curriculum.

In addition to visiting us at SHU's open houses and information sessions, we invite prospective students to tour our department and its facilities, or to meet with one of our faculty members. Please contact our academic assistant at or 203-371-7755 to schedule a meeting or tour.

Latest News

Castonguay Named Director of New School of Communication & Media Arts

October 2, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Professor James Castonguay, chair of SHU’s Department of Communication and Media Studies, has been named director of the University’s new School of Communication and Media Arts (SCMA) to be housed within the College of Arts and Sciences and located in the Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center.

Hartford Courant: SHU Announces New School of Communication and Media Arts

October 2, 2015

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.

SHU Signs Letter of Intent for Academic Collaboration with Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

September 24, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University has signed a letter of intent with Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) in India to develop a relationship of sharing faculty and educational opportunities, including a study abroad program, for the students of both institutions.