From James Corcoran, Chair
Welcome to the Department of Communications Student Portfolio, home of one of the more popular majors at Simmons College. That popularity can be traced, in part, to a curriculum that is an exciting blend of theory and hands-on application. It is a curriculum that will help you develop skills to analyze media and to understand how it reflects, affects, and molds public opinions, ideas, and values. It is a curriculum that will challenge you to find an answer to Marhall McLuhan's question, "Does a fish know when it is wet?" And have you recognize how that answer relates to mass media.
But you won't just think and talk about media. You will create media, construct multimedia sites and web pages, edit and write news, feature, and opinion articles, press releases, and scripts, design page layouts, brochures, and posters. You will make movies. You will do whatever it is that excites you, that interests you about the field of communications.
And you will create all those wonderful things while working side by side with professors who practice what they teach. The department faculty are working — and in many cases, award-winning — journalists, book authors, filmmakers, graphic designers, published research scholars and public relations professionals who keep a foot in the educational and professional world, and who bring their ongoing experience into the classroom. You also will be linked to the vast network of Simmons alums in the working world, and, through a variety of department programs, we put you in professional settings, as well — from one-day job shadowing to semester-long internships. This approach to teaching, this hands-on engagement with the cutting edge of the profession, is what makes us dynamic.
We aren't just teachers, however. Since we know the field and what is needed to survive and succeed in it, we will be there for you outside the classroom to serve as advisors and mentors.
The education and training you receive from us will prepare you to think critically, write well, speak articulately, and be visually literate. That is the vision that animates education at Simmons College, particularly in our department. It is a vision we believe will make you, upon graduation, an attractive candidate to employers, and will give you the best grounding for a fulfilling professional and personal life.
The Show! The Party! 2010
Below is a video retrospective of the 2010 "The Show! The Party!", the Communication Department's annual showcase of student work.