Academic Departments

Communication & Media Studies Department


Contact the Communication & Media Studies Department

Department Contact:

Department Chair Nancy Grass


  • Drescher Hall (DH), First Floor, Room 150

At Santa Monica College, our students are award-winning leaders across disciplines, including communication studies, journalism, media, and film. Our diverse and comprehensive programs provide students with many opportunities to learn, sharpen, and apply real-world skills. Students work under the direction of highly skilled instructors, many of whom are also industry professionals.

We study various forms of communication, including speech, news writing, media production and broadcasting, and filmmaking and screenwriting, with an emphasis on career training.

Instructors focus on transferable skills that both universities and employers value, including:

  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Decision making
  • Fluency in industry software and technology applications

We offer a range of education options, including Associate in Science degrees and certificate programs across many concentrations.

Programs of Study

Communication Studies

Understand the dynamics, nuances, and cultural differences in communication between individuals and among groups.

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Esports Management, Production, and Performance

This cross-disciplinary program gives students an introduction to esports while preparing them for careers in media and game studies.

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Film encompasses both the technical film production program, as well as the analytical film studies program.

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Gain career and technical training in reporting and nonfiction story production across print, photography, video, audio, and social media.

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Gain hands-on experience in television, radio, and Internet broadcasting, including training in news, sports, podcasting, promotional videos, and AR.

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Promo Pathway

Access the nation’s first accredited on-air promotions training program, produced in partnership with PromaxBDA, and grounded in diversity and inclusion.

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