Communication Arts: Media Communications at a glance
North Central’s Communication Arts: Media Communications major will prepare you with the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience you need to pursue your calling in a broad range of media careers. You’ll gain relevant skills in print and visual media—including video, photography, and web—while growing in your understanding of communication theories and trends. Through opportunities both on and off campus, you’ll be able to practice different mediums for creative expression and contribute your voice to the North Central community. In the process, you’ll learn to integrate your Christian faith and your future career in the media professions. Learn more about the communications major below!
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Interested in earning your degree in Communication Arts: Media Communications at NCU?
What sets us apart
Skills you’ll gain
When you graduate from the Communication Arts: Media Communications program, you’ll be prepared to:
- Understand a broad range of communication theories, including convergent media and technology, rhetoric, global context, and business communication
- Execute the technical aspects of media communications, including writing for digital media, web user experience and design, web content management, photography, videography, video post production, and documentary filmmaking
- Integrate your Christian faith and your career
- Practice ethical communication
Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:
- Advertising professional
- Media planner
- Agency Account executive
- Social media marketer
- Broadcast producer
- Web communications specialist
- Corporate media specialist
- Church media director
- Creative director
Selecting a track will help you focus your education and specialize in a field.
- Digital Media Communication
- Public Relations and Business Communication
Minors & supporting programs
We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:
- Business Administration
- Media Production
- Public Relations and Advertising
- English: Creative Writing
- Intercultural Studies
- International Development
- Latin American Studies
- Middle Eastern Studies
- Urban Studies
See the full list of minors and supporting programs.
Camden McAfee '13
"As Communications Coordinator at PULSE, I get to manage digital marketing through social media, emails, and writing projects. The relationships I developed with students and teachers gives me a solid network for the future."
Josh Chitwood '15
"I was always challenged, encouraged and supported by my professors at NCU, even before I arrived on campus. The assignments were stretching and had plenty of space for creative thinking and incorporating faith.The DOXA Film Festival cultivated my filmmaking skills and has had a profound impact on the way I create."
Dan Erickson '15
"At North Central, professors are more than just teachers you listen to for two and a half hours in the classroom every week—they’re mentors who make the effort to get to know you for who you are, what you love, and where you’re going in life."
Morgan Chitwood '15
"My professors guided me not only in the basics of creating media but also helped me gain a theological understanding of the effects of media. Today, we still look to several professors for input and advice in the work that we do."
All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Communication Arts: Media Communications degree.
Meet one of your professors
Kingsriter Center #20
Assistant Professor, Communication Arts: Journalism
After working in both the technical communications industry and the journalism field, I’m excited to teach students in writing and digital media skills. In a world reliant on well-designed, quick, and accurate communication, it’s hard to find another field with more relevance. My desire is to see students hone their journalistic craft to serve others with the power of the story.
What are your areas of expertise?
My graduate work in the technical communication field involved researching effective methods of environment risk communication. I’m a member of both the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and the International Society of Arboriculture. In the past, I’ve been an assistant editor at a national publication, worked as a technical writer for web development, and published works as a freelance writer in places such as Christianity Today, Ministries Today, Charisma, Relevant, Duluth News-Tribune, and Mankato Free Press, among others.
What do you love about teaching at North Central?
Our campus fosters the unification of faith and learning in all fields. I love being at the intersection of storytelling and faith. I’m also thrilled to be teaching in Elliot Park, a downtown neighborhood unique for its cultural diversity and strong community organization. I enjoy encouraging students to find and report great stories within our neighborhood.
What are your favorite classes to teach?
Introduction to Digital Media Production, Layout and Design, Feature Writing, Technical Writing