The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts.

Communication Arts students can expect required courses in communication and journalism such as:

  • Group communication
  • Argumentation
  • Debate
  • Participatory journalism and social media
  • Contemporary storytelling

Required internships allow students to get field or hands-on experience in an area of communication in which they are interested. The internship is the culmination of the coursework and skill development Communications Arts students learn in one of eight concentrations.

When studying at Fairmont State, Communication Arts students can specialize in:

  • Government communication
  • Health communication
  • Sport communication
  • Performance communication
  • Public communication
  • Multimedia communication
  • Visual communication

Through the School of Fine Arts, Communication Arts students can take advantage of hands-on opportunities through the public speaking, oral interpretation, and debate teams.

This is a liberal arts degree. The Department also provides a minor for the students with an interest in communication.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts can seek employment in business, industry, media, non-profit organizations, or government. Their experience at Fairmont State gives them a competitive edge in applying for employment or graduate study. The minor in communication is a complement to the student’s major field of study. It allows the student to present themselves to a potential employer as a liberally educated individual.  Communication Arts students can become:

  • Media analysts
  • Spokespersons for corporations or nonprofit agencies
  • Mediators
  • Public relations managers
  • Advertising managers
  • Event planners
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FSUNow Stories

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Department of Music is announces its 2015-2016 Music on the Hill concert season, featuring four performances on the Fairmont State campus and at First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts announces the cast of its second Youth Company production, “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” 

“Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” will run Nov. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Wallman Hall Theatre on the main campus.

Cast members for the show are as follows: Paige Krcek, Billy Tobin, Jocelyn Maxwell, Sophia Flower, Trenda Ridgeway, Jasper Brown, Rileigh Fortney, Sidney Apanowicz, Sara Campbell, Miranda Koch, Sydney King, Caroline Maxwell, Marianna Jones, Bella Smith, Franchesca Aloi. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced on Sept. 16 the awarding of $763,044 in grant funds to support and build the arts in community and statewide programs across West Virginia.

Fairmont State University was awarded a $6,206 grant in support of bringing the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra to the Fairmont campus for two performances. Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Robert Mild, Interim Dean of the School of Fine Arts, attended the event in Charleston to officially receive the grant award.

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