Communication Arts, B.A.

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Shaping skilled communicators through creativity, technology and hands-on experience

With expert faculty, state-of-the-art studios and a vast network of internship opportunities, our Communication Arts program gives you the skills and experience to turn your passion into a profession. Our highly interdisciplinary program opens doors to limitless career possibilities — shaping the next generation of filmmakers, journalists, HR specialists, marketers and beyond.

Recent data from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences shows that Communication Arts is the largest and most popular of the humanities disciplines. Part of this interest is because we live in a world where communication is a vital part of daily life, regardless of career or industry. But another part, potentially even more important, is the inherent flexibility that students find — not only during college, but in the job market after graduation.

Through hands-on learning in our classrooms, in our studios and in the field, you'll shape the interpersonal and technical communication skills you need for success in industries from media to business, healthcare, education and more.

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If you have an interest in a particular area, your faculty advisor will help you select courses that tailor your degree to the future you want. Students in Communication Arts can focus their studies in the following areas:

  • Cinema and Media Arts* prepares you for a career in radio, film and television with courses in audio and video production, screenwriting, narrative and more.
  • Digital Media* combines your media interests with computing skills, exploring topics like multimedia, web authoring and motion graphics.
  • Human Relations* lays the foundation for careers in human resources, social services, education and more by exploring how topics like gender, language and conflict affect how people communicate.
  • Media History and Cultural Studies develops your hands-on research skills in subjects like film history, graphic design and mobile media, giving you a deeper understanding of today’s media-driven culture.
  • News and Public Relations gives you the media savviness to succeed in the fast-paced world of reporting and PR, with courses in media writing, social media, advertising and more.

* Cinema and Media Arts, Digital Media and Human Relations are degree options that appear on the official UNH transcript and diploma.

As a Communication Arts major, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art sound recording and video production studios, a high-definition editing lab and a brand-new digital media screening room with surround sound.

Video Production STUDio

From script to screen, bring your work to life in our state-of-the-art video studio and editing lab. Explore the artistry of digital media with high-definition cameras, green screen technology and industry standard editing software.

Audio Studio

The audio studio gives you the tools to record, edit and produce your original projects. Equipped with a digital recording booth, editing stations, control room and more, the studio is your haven for both audio and video production.

Take a virtual tour of our labs and studios. 


Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Communication Arts majors have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:

  • Granite United Way
  • NH1 News Network
  • New Hampshire Public Radio
  • N.H. Department of Environmental Services
  • Verizon Wireless Arena
Senior Capstone

The Senior Capstone puts your classroom learning into action through an internship, creative media project, service learning assignment or original research study. Working closely with a faculty advisor, you’ll synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills you’ve gained throughout your college career to real-life scenarios.

Showcase your hard work and creativity to the UNH community by presenting at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference or publishing your work in Inquiry, the university’s undergraduate journal.

UNH Manchester students can now enroll in graphic design courses at New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) at no additional cost. NHIA's series of design courses complements and adds breadth to the communication arts curriculum, so you graduate with additional skills that set you apart in the workforce.

Communication Arts majors gain the interpersonal and communication skills that employers in all industries look for. With a highly flexible curriculum and the ability to personalize your studies, your Communication Arts degree will open doors to unlimited career and graduate education opportunities.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects positive growth in many communications-related professions between 2012 and 2022. Make an impact with career possibilities in any industry, from media to healthcare, education, counseling and beyond.

Job Title Job Growth Average Salary
Advertising, Promotions or Marketing 12% $115,750
Film/Video Editor or Camera Operator 3% $46,280
Graphic Designer 7% $44,150
Health Educator or Community Health Worker 7% $44,150
Human Resource Specialist 21% $41,830
Multimedia Artist or Animator 8% $55,640
Producer or Director 6% $61,370
Public Relations Specialist 12% $54,170
Social or Community Service Manager 21% $59,970
Writer or Author 3% $55,940

Add breadth to your degree with a Communication Arts minor, giving you the interpersonal and communication skills that will set you apart to employers in any industry.

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Course Sequence

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Course Catalog

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