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Communication Department

  • ​Welcome

    Welcome to the Communication and Media Studies Department at Santa Monica College. Our department includes four disciplines: Communication Studies, Film, Journalism, and Media. These programs study communication in all its forms. From interpersonal speech to filmmaking to video production to news writing, students receive excellent theory-based training, as well as professional hands-on experience. The Communication and Media Studies Department is also the home to The Corsair, SMC’s award-winning newspaper, the campus radio station, Corsair Radio, the innovative Promo Pathways program and the taping of campus activities, including sporting events, debates and theater arts presentations.

    Our passionate, dedicated and exceptionally trained professors are here to serve students.  Our faculty introduces our students to a variety of communication theories, from a detailed look at how the media portrays race and gender to hands-on work in film, video, web and newspaper production in preparation for both transfer and employment.

    Student clubs include a traveling competitive debate team, a film club that showcases student productions at the end of the semester and a media production club that collaboratively develops students’ media and artistic talents.

     Our alumni have built amazing careers. We also connect students with industry leaders through guest speakers, internships and the Promo Pathway program that trains students to write, produce and edit promo videos.​




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    Career Options

        Video Editors
        Video Camera Operators
        Broadcast Engineer
        Master Control Operator
        Program Director
        News Director
        News Writers
        Audiovisual Technician
        Sound Engineer
        Television/Radio Announcer

    Media Studies
        Media Consultant
        Public Relations Representative
        Advertising Executive
        Brand Strategist
        Media Planner/Buyer
        Talent Agent
        Digital Media Producer
        Social Media Specialist
        Film Director
        Film Editor
        Sound Editor
        Sound Mixer
        Assistant Director
        1st Assistant Camera
        Boom Operator
        Dolly Grip
        Dialogue Supervisor
        Video Playback Supervisor
        Lighting Technician
        Film Critic
        Film Historian
        Film Archivist​​
        News Reporter
        Print/Web Editor
        Investigative Journalist
        Documentary Filmmaker
        Book Editor
        Book Author
        Multimedia Content Producer
        Copy Editor
        Layout and Page Designer
        Publications Specialist
        Sports Information Director
        Social Media Editor
        Video Journalist
        Public Relations Officer
        Government Media Liaison
        NonProfit Organization Media Specialist
    Communication Studies
        Government Relations Officer
        Community Outreach Coordinator
        Grant Writer/Technical Writer
        Content Strategist
        Human Resources
        Event Planner
        Business Management


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