Our Programs

Our Programs

Faculty & Staff

Sarah Cole

Sarah Cole

Professor, Communication, Media, & Performance Department
Liz Mazar Phillips

Liz Mazar Phillips

Administrative Assistant, Communication, Media, & Performance Department
Ashley McDowell

Ashley McDowell

Visiting Lecturer, Communication, Media, & Performance Department
Whittemore Library 210
Mary Kate Caffrey

Mary Kate Caffrey

Associate Professor, Communication, Media, & Performance Department
O'Connor 304 | Sabbatical Fall 2022


Professor Niall Stephens

Department Chair
Whittemore Library C218
nstephens [at] framingham.edu

Liz Mazar Phillips

Administrative Assistant
Whittemore Library C203
ephillips4 [at] framingham.edu

Ram Statue

Learning Objectives

  • Apply communication theories to interpret oral, visual, written, and electronically mediated texts. (Communication Theory)

  • Analyze visual images using discipline-specific terminologies. (Visual Studies)

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and nonverbally. (Performance Competence)

  • Communicate effectively in writing to inform, instruct, entertain, or persuade. (Writing Competence)

  • Create and produce visual messages using fundamentals of design and aesthetics. (Visual Production)

Department Information and Opportunities

  • A professionally active, accessible, and tech-savvy faculty who are enthusiastic instructors with terminal degrees in multiple disciplines. 
  • A hybrid department (with four main areas of study) employing a wide-range of instructional methods that give students enhanced learning opportunities and a competitive edge in the workplace.
  • Core critical studies courses that engage students in constructive criticism, writing, oral presentation, and analysis in small, informal settings.
  • Production courses with a 16:1 class ratio, meeting 6-hours per week in intensive studio learning environments.
  • Dedicated classrooms and production labs outfitted with the latest software and hardware.
  • Dedicated equipment checkout room allowing students ready access to resources in support of media production class projects.
  • An integrated curriculum whose requirement of 14 courses allows students to easily meet their General Education requirements outside the Major, and provides students the opportunity to develop a broader appreciation for inter-disciplinary study via open electives and a strongly encouraged completion of a Minor.
  • Single or double-credit internships
  • Directed Study and Independent Study course options closely mentored by faculty
  • Transfer course equivalents for most courses
  • Opportunities to study abroad and transfer credits into Major
  • Capstone Seminar course in Communication, Media, and Performance
  • Production Portfolio Capstone course
  • Freshman “creativity” seminar
  • Advisor-led student clubs (Hilltop Players, WDJM-FM radio, the Gatepost student newspaper, etc.)
  • Academic Excellence and Service Excellence Awards offered annually to outstanding majors
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Public Information Officer
  • Speech Writer
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Human Resource Management
  • Communications Marketing
  • Corporate Communications Management
  • Interactive Web Designer/Programming
  • Broadcast Television Production
  • Film Production
  • On-Air Talent
  • Commercial Photography
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Arts Administration
  • Government Lobbying
  • Intercultural Communications Consulting
  • Legal Communications Consulting
  • Educational Media Specialist
  • Graphic Designer
  • User Interface Designer
  • TV Production Company Owner
  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Dean of Students
  • Promotions and Event Manager
  • Home Organizer
  • Radio Sports Reporter/Host
  • Comedy Television Show Host
  • FEMA System Analyst
  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Actors/Stage Manager
  • Director of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Film and Video Editor
  • Legislative Aide Area
  • Director for Hotel AV Department
  • Copy Editor/Page Designer
  • Junior Data Associate
  • Media Traffic Sales Analyst
  • Marketer for University Press
  • Public Relations
  • Videographer and Writer
  • Marketing Director
  • Reality Show Cinematographer
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Television and Film Writer
  • DVD/Multimedia Producer
  • Teen TV Producer
  • Media Account Coordinator
  • Communications Analyst
  • Studio Technician
  • Outreach & Technology Coordinator
  • Career Service Assistant Director
  • Assistant Director of Sponsored Programs
  • Account Executive/Manager
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Interactive Marketing Coordinator
  • Business Development Manager
  • Literacy Tutor and Mentor

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