School of Communications & Media Technologies

We are located in the heart of the technology revolution and draw from the best talent and the latest technologies to help you tell compelling stories on every multimedia communications platform. From broadcast and streaming, to mobile and social: You will shoot, edit, and produce stories that inform, entertain, and engage.

Our curriculum moves beyond training for traditional jobs in broadcasting to drive students towards a world of online digital content. We provide a hands-on approach where skills are learned by doing. There is a dual emphasis on interpersonal and mass communication, and a focus on skills that are immediately employable. You will produce your own content, including online series, music videos, podcasts, broadcast productions, and motion graphics.

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What We Teach

Communicate on all screens and keep pace with an ever-changing media landscape—from broadcast to streaming, from mobile to social.

Business of Media
A creative career needs sound business management, built on real world experience. Gain that experience as you pitch and create productions for real clients, learn marketing through social media, and lead a team to manage our popular radio station: Urban Knights Radio on iHeart.
In-Depth Project: Studio Entertainment Series
Talent competitions and other reality programs are a staple of modern broadcasting. They require a team with a broad spectrum of skills, working closely together under time pressure. You and your team will take on the roles of host, producer, director, videographer, and editor to produce a weekly live studio series covering entertainment, art, food, and fashion.
Media Specialties
Drones are everywhere. Learn the aerial production skills that are in high demand. eSports is the fastest-growing entertainment segment in live production. Learn videogame streaming and play-by-play. Apps are critical to a still-growing mobile world. Learn to turn your idea into a tool on your own phone.
Using voice and personality, today’s performer entertains and informs on every platform – from broadcast to streamcast, both live and recorded, in studio and on location. Learn sports play by play, eSports announcing, and YouTube channel promotion. Working alongside industry professionals, you will act as the talent and as a producer directing that talent.
Visualization and Effects
Virtual reality, augmented reality, 360-video and motion graphics account for the fastest-growing jobs in media. They require the skill to visualize things never before possible. You will use the latest tools in graphics and animation to tell a story that crosses the boundaries of broadcast, web, and mobile devices.

Multiplatform Content Creators

See what Academy of Art University’s School of Communications and Media Technologies is all about with this in-depth look! Keep pace with an ever-changing media landscape—multiplatform, cutting-edge, hands-on—from broadcast to streaming, and mobile to social.

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Your dream is within reach. Follow your heart and get started on the career of your dreams.

Facilities & Technology

The latest in software and equipment is essential to preparing you to enter the work force. This is why we keep up with current advancements in media technologies and industry practices as you earn your communications degree. Whatever the pros are doing and whatever the pros are using is what you will find in our classrooms and studios.

Artistry Soars to New Heights With Drones

The drone industry has taken flight, introducing a new form of media production that pushes the boundaries of photography, journalism, and cinematography. Drone production classes give students the opportunity to be part of this exciting shift in communications. You’ll gain hands-on experience with remote-controlled aircraft, producing live aerial footage with an emphasis on creative storytelling. Students who complete the class will be fully qualified for employment as cinematographers and journalists prepared for federal certification.

Students in Action

Watch how students explore this exciting shift in communication as they take to the sky with their drones.

Student Work

Cannon Secrist: Elbow Surgery
Megan Bemis: Rainy Day Blues
Jia Zhao: Year of the Tiger
Kiba Wang: Cosplay Guide
Aljude Garcia: Streaming 101
Harold Taylor: The Silent Child
Chelsea Ge: Where Are You
Jazmine Hunt: Breaking
Min Deng: Lego Stop Motion
Limeng Zeng: Art of Tea #1
Shayna Zhang: City of Stars
Jianjin Lu: Custom Catch

Alumni Success

Featured Alumni

Industry Partnership

Help produce programming for our live, 24/7 student-run radio station available on the iHeartRadio app and Taught by industry legend Matty Staudt, it is ranked as the #1 college station on the iHeartRadio app.

Careers in Communications & Media Technologies

As one of the top art and design schools in the country, Academy of Art University offers graduates with a range of opportunities to choose from. Our facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to earn your communications degree.


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Radio/Podcast Personality
As an on-air and online presenter of audio content, the radio/podcast personality introduces and discusses topics like music, news, and sports.
Social Media Manager
As a social media manager, you'll develop and implement social media marketing strategies that engage, excite, and promote a brand audience.
Video Producer/Editor
As a video producer/editor, you will turn raw recording into a media story. Utilizing timing, compositing and storytelling, you'll be responsible for quality control and the execution of the director's vision.
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Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Our online programs are purpose-built to deliver art and design courses. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes.

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