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

  • About This Program

    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.

    Areas of Study

    The Communication Arts program offers five diverse areas of study, allowing you to tailor your degree to the future you want.

    Cinema and Media Arts* prepares you for a career in radio, film and television with courses in audio production, screenwriting and more.

    Digital Media* combines your media interests with computing skills, exploring topics like multimedia, web authoring and communication technologies.

    Media History and Cultural Studies develops your hands-on research skills in subjects like advertising, mobile media and telecommunications, 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 public relations, with courses in speechwriting, social media, crisis communication and more.

    Relational Communication 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.

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

  • Minor(s)

    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.

  • Labs & Studios

    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 film screening room with surround sound.

    Video Production Lab

    From scriptwriting to narrative films, bring your work to life in our state-of-the-art video lab. Explore the artistry of digital media technology with high-definition cameras and equipment, as well as 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.

  • Meet Our Faculty

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    Anthony Tenczar

    Associate Professor
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    603-641-4316
    Anthony.Tenczar@unh.edu

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    Barbara Jago

    Social Science Division Chair and Associate Professor of Communication Arts
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    603-641-4106
    Barbara.Jago@unh.edu

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    Jeffrey Klenotic

    Program Coordinator and Associate Professor
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    603-641-4130
    Jeffrey.Klenotic@unh.edu

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    Carol Gay

    Adjunct Faculty
    Communication Arts Program
    Pandora Mill Building
    Carol.Gay@unh.edu

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    Rebecca Lavoie

    Adjunct Faculty
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    rlavoie@nhpr.org

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    Hank Osborne

    Adjunct Faculty
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    Henry.Osborne@unh.edu

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    Jeff Rapsis

    Adjunct Faculty
    Communication Arts Program
    Social Science Division
    Pandora Mill Building
    Jeffrey.Rapsis@unh.edu

  • Experience

    Internships

    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:

    • NH1 News Network
    • N.H. Department of Environmental Services
    • New Hampshire Public Radio
    • Sierra Club, N.H. chapter
    • Verizon Wireless Arena
    • WMUR-TV

    Senior Capstone

    The Senior Capstone puts your classroom learning into action through an internship, creative media project, service learning assignment or research. 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.

  • Why Study Communication Arts?

    According to recent data from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 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 after graduation and in the job field. Communication Arts prepares you for your first job, but also secures your future as a professional who can adapt to new industries that might not even exist yet.

    Communication Arts majors have the interpersonal abilities and both written and spoken communication skills that make them attractive to potential employers in all industries, such as marketing and advertising, business and sales, healthcare and education and more.

    Plus, UNH Manchester gives you the cutting-edge tools you need to be at the front of the pack after graduation. You’ll have access to state-of-the-art sound recording and video production studios, a high-definition editing lab and a brand-new, 40-seat film screening room with surround sound. You can intern in Manchester and Boston with top marketing agencies like Cookson Strategic Communications or EVR Advertising, prominent broadcasters like New Hampshire Public Radio or WMUR-TV, major sports and entertainment brands like Verizon Wireless Arena, NESN or ESPN-New Hampshire and more. You can

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  • Your Career

    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 Manager 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 Resources Specialist 21% $41,830
    Multimedia Artist or Animator 8% $55,640
    Producer or Director 6% $61,370
    Pharmacist 3% $71,350
    Public Relations Specialist 12% $54,170
    Social or Community Service Manager 21% $59,970
    Writer or Author 3% $55,940
  • Student Stories

  • Course Descriptions

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      CA 444 - Manipulating Media: Exploring Image and Sound Aesthetics

      This course is an introductory exploration of moving image and sound with an emphasis on discovering how aesthetic choices impact media messages. Students investigate aesthetic principles by finding, making and working with digital media, animation, video, audio, and film. This is not a production class per se, but rudimentary, hands-on production will be taught. No credit earned if credit received for CA 502. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 450 - Introduction to Public Speaking

      Theories of rhetoric applied to the practice of speech composition, oral performance and critical evaluation. Focus on student speeches for a variety of situations and audiences. No credit if credit earned for CMN 500.
      Credits: 4

      CA 500 - Media Writing

      An introduction to business, creative and freelance writing for a variety of media. Writing, editing and rewriting in areas such as video scripts, short magazine articles, audio scripts, ads, press releases, news, short one-act plays, blogs and more. Prereq: ENG 401.
      Credits: 4

      CA 501 - Internship: Communication in the Urban Community

      Field-based learning experiences. Connects students to the urban community and integrates their classroom education within a business or organizational setting. Students work under the direction of a faculty advisor and workplace supervisor to fulfill the obligations of the workplace internship plan and to complete individually-designed academic projects. Projects must be approved in advance by the faculty advisor. Open to matriculated students with a GPA of 2.50 or better and junior standing. Permission of instructor required. May be repeated for up to 8 credits, with 4 credits maximum accepted toward satisfaction of requirements for the CA major. Cr/F.
      Credits: 1-4

      CA 502 - Image and Sound

      Image and Sound is a foundation course in the aesthetics of motion picture and sound production. This course explores the aesthetic principles that are used to communicate stories, emotions and messages in popular media. Students will study film, television and new media and survey production methods. This is not a production course per se, but is particularly helpful to students interested in video and film production. No credit for students who have completed CA 444.
      Credits: 4

      CA 503 - Techniques for News Reporting

      Focuses on the essential elements of fact-based reporting and discussion of the principles and ethics of independent journalism. Techniques include determining the different perspectives and voices that belong in a story, developing research skills for locating information, strategies for reconciling conflicting information, and procedures for effective interviewing. Prereq: ENGL 401 plus CMN 455; or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 504 - Film Criticism

      Introduction to the practice of film criticism. Critique of film as both art form and medium of communication. Examines the process of film production, basic principles of film form, techniques of film style, and major approaches to film criticism. Prereq: ENGL 401, CMN 455; or permission. Special fee. Film screenings run 1.5 hours longer than the lecture section. Students who plan to take video production courses in the future are permitted to use CA 504 as a substitute for CA 502 to meet the prerequisite for CA 514.
      Credits: 4

      CA 506 - Gender

      How gender is created, maintained, repaired, and transformed through communication in particular historical, cultural, and relational contexts. Topics include the relationship between sex and gender, language, cultural mythologies, identity, health care, sexuality, and strategies for resisting conventional gender definitions. Prereq: CMN 457 or permission. Students who have completed CMN 583 should not register for this class.
      Credits: 4

      CA 507 - Relational Violence

      This course explores relational violence and its impact on individuals, families, and communities. Topics include relational violence as a continuum, types of relational violence (domestic, gangs, hate crimes), causes of relational violence, PTSD, responding to relational violence, silencing, compassion fatigue, and restorative justice. Prerequisites: CMN 457 or permission of the instructor.
      Credits: 4.00

      CA 508 - Conflict in Relational Communication

      Introduces communication theories relevant to the study of conflict interaction in interpersonal relationships. Considers interpersonal concerns contributing to conflict such as power, face-saving, and goals. Examines behaviors that affect our ability to resolve conflict and strategies to resolve conflict such as mediation. Develop the ability to diagnose productive and destructive conflict patterns in relationships. The course is both theoretical and practical in its orientation. A combination of lecture, discussion, case studies, in-class group assignments will be employed. Prereq: CMN 457.
      Credits: 4

      CA 510 - Language and Interaction

      Examines how identities, relationships, and social realities are constituted through language and interaction. Specific topics include perception, meaning, metaphor, power, gender, illness, and the environment. Prereq: CMN 457 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 512 - Screenwriting

      Examines the pre-production phase of moving image media, focusing especially on the art and business of writing for the screen. Covers the process of developing student work from original story idea to completed, first draft screenplay. Topics include script formats, narrative structure, plot development, characterization, style, and marketing strategies. Prereq: ENGL 401, CMN 455 or 456 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 513 - Radio News Production

      Theory and practice of producing news stories for radio. Research, organization, and technical skills necessary to produce a basic three-and-half to four-minute radio piece that includes three interviews, a scene created with sound, instructions for a studio mix, and a host introduction. Intended for beginning and intermediate students who have a strong interest in news writing and news production. Prereq: ENGL 401 plus CMN 455; or permission. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 514 - Fundamentals of Video Production

      Beginning electronic field production using digital video and nonlinear editing formats. Covers basic aesthetic principles and practices of video communication. Introduces techniques for effective image and sound recording in the field, fundamentals of shot and sequence construction, and basic postproduction practices on nonlinear editing systems. Prereq: ENGL 401, CA 502 or CA 444, CMN 455, or permission. Preference given to CA majors. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 515 - Advanced Video Production

      Advanced electronic field production and post-production using digital video and nonlinear editing formats. Emphasizes original student work of increasing conceptual, formal and technical complexity that begins to incorporate a wider range of images, sounds, and editing techniques. Prereq: CA 514 or permission. Preference given to CA majors. May be repeated, with permission, to a maximum of 8 credits. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 516 - Speechwriting

      The strategies of art and persuasion in the craft of professional speechwriting for a variety of modes, audiences, and exigencies. Examines a wide array of famous speeches from political, literary and cinematic sources to uncover the fundamental theories of rhetoric and persuasion at work in these texts. Application of these theories and strategies of persuasion in original speechwriting projects. Prereq: ENGL 401, CMN 456 or permission
      Credits: 4

      CA 517 - Fundamentals of Audio Production

      This course provides students with an introduction to the history, principles, and techniques of audio production. Through hands-on experience, class projects, and homework assignments, student learn how to use voice, music, writing, sound effects, and audio hardware and software to design sound and tell a story. This class will also look at the radio industry and how sound design is being used by a variety of industries. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 517 - Fundamentals of Audio Production

      This course provides students with an introduction to the history, principles, and techniques of audio production. Through hands-on experience, class projects, and homework assignments, student learn how to use voice, music, writing, sound effects, and audio hardware and software to design sound and tell a story. This class will also look at the radio industry and how sound design is being used by a variety of industries. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 519 - Advanced Screenwriting

      Advanced examination of the preproduction phase of moving image media, focusing on the art and business of screenwriting. Develops student works from original idea through the numerous steps to completed, second draft screenplay. Prereq: CA 512 or permission
      Credits: 4

      CA 520 - Special Topics in Applied Communication


      Credits: 4

      CA 522 - Graphic Design I

      This course will present the fundamentals of Graphic Design while touching on foundation art theories and vocabulary. The general principles and practices of Graphic Design in this course are based on the integration of type and image to convey a message. Through examination and analysis of professional graphic design, students will become familiar with the relationship between graphic design process, creative solutions and critical thinking. The student will work with a variety of traditional and digital media, with an emphasis on the process of design, composition and typography. This course will provide a solid foundation for moving on to more complex Graphic Design classes. Students in the course will engage in a significant amount of computer lab and creative studio time, and will be required to purchase a variety of art supplies as needed (e.g. binder, paper, exacto knife, eraser, pencils, glue stick, etc.).
      Credits: 4.0

      CA 525 - Media Programming

      Process of program planning for electronic media. Covers the contexts—social, cultural, institutional, economic, technical, and regulatory—within which decisions concerning program selection, form, content, and scheduling are made. Prereq: CMN 455 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 526 - Organization of Newswork

      Examines news as socially situated discourse. The professional norms, work routines, representational practices, ideologies, and ethics of news producing organizations. Prereq: CMN 455 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 527 - History of Film

      The history of film since 1948. Historical analysis of the development of cinema since the emergence of television, both in the United States and abroad. Selected topics include cinema and the cold war, international stylistic movements, film exhibition, the decline of the studio system, new technologies, third cinema, globalization and economic consolidation. Prereq: CMN 455 or permission. Special fee.
      Credits: 4

      CA 528 - Media Policy and Law

      Nature, scope, history and current practice of federal regulation over broadcast and related telecommunications media. Emphasis on FCC policies and procedures in the United States with some coverage of comparative regulatory systems. Prereq: CMN 455 or permission
      Credits: 4

      CA 531 - History and Organization of Advertising

      Examines the development of advertising in historical context, focusing on the evolving structure and function of advertising agencies, market research practices, advertising design, anthropological approaches to advertising and consumer culture, and contemporary policy issues. Prereq: CMN 455 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 532 - Typography I

      Typography is the formal study of letterforms. Students gain perspective into this important field by starting with a focus on early visual communication, symbols, handwritten letterforms, calligraphy and the development of movable type. Students explore ways to categorize type into families and identify and define similarities and subtle differences in classical typefaces. Class discussions, projects, critiques and lectures focus of typography terminology, as well as the aesthetic discipline of using type effectively as designer. Note early start/end dates. Held at New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, 88 Lowell St., Rm. 207
      Credits: 4.00

      CA 535 - Marital Communication

      Introduces students to the study of communication in marital relationships. Examines the major theoretical orientations that characterize the marriage field and investigates the processes by which communication facilitates or hinders marital adjustment and stability: understanding, and relationship satisfaction. Also explores popular cultural constructions of marriage and intimacy and how these influence personal expectations for marital relationships. Students need not be married to take or benefit from this course. Prereq: CMN 457, or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 537 - Health Communication

      This course introduces students to foundational concepts and theories in health communication, and their application to real-world settings. Students explore how health communication is embedded in social, cultural, economic, political, technological, and historical contexts. Students also critically explore a broad range of real-world issues, including the meaning of health, illness, and cure; physician-patient interactions; the role of caregivers; the impact of illness on identity and family relationships; advertising and public service media campaigns; television and film narratives; the structure of the US health care system; end of life; and the role of ethics. Students learn about careers in healthcare and patient advocacy. Prerequisites: CMN 457 or permission of the instructor.
      Credits: 4.00

      CA 539 - Communicating in Families

      Explores the role of communication in the creation, maintenance, and transformation of family systems. Focus on how meanings of "family" are constructed through familial and popular discourses, and the consequences these communication practices have for lived experience. Prereq: CMN 457 or permission.
      Credits: 4

      CA 540 - Public Relations

      This course provides students with an overview of the field of public relations, including its history, ethics, and current practices. Will include case studies of major public relations issues that have occurred both historically and in recent years; individual and class projects that enable students to determine how best to plan for and respond to public relations issues; and quest practitioners who work in various fields, including business, government, the non-profit sector, and education. Prereq: CMN 456 or CMN 455 or permission
      Credits: 4

      CA 542 - Social Media for Organizations and Business

      Focuses on the history, development and practical use of social media for organizational and business communications. A primary focus is on the latest social media tools and their use in developing social media campaigns. Hands-on student work is an important part of the course. Prerequisites: Eng 401, CMN 455 or CA 500 or permission of the instructor.
      Credits: 4

      CA 550 - Special Topics in Communication Organization, History, and Policy

      New or specialized topics in the organization, history, and policy of communication practices not covered in regular course offerings. Topics vary; descriptions of course content and any prerequisites are available during preregistration. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits if topics differ. Prereq: contingent on topic.
      Credits: 4

      CA 600 - Research Methods: Media

      Qualitative research practices for the study of mass communication. Tools for investigating the production contexts of media institutions, the cultural and ideological meanings of media texts, and the social dimensions of media consumption in home and family. Emphasis on how to review literature, develop a research question, define a unit of analysis, select and apply method, interpret data, and draw conclusions grounded in theory. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 455 is prerequisite or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 601 - Exploring Relationships

      Critically examines the myriad ways qualitative researchers approach the study of interpersonal communication. With an emphasis on the artistic practice of fieldwork, the course considers the process of research design, the relationship between researcher and researched, the moral and ethical aspects of research, issues of representation and audience, and evaluation strategies. Students design, conduct, and present original qualitative research projects. Prereq: any two 500 level CA courses (excluding CA 501), one of which must have CMN 457 as a prerequisite or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 610 - Communication Technologies and Culture

      Role of communication technologies in shaping cultural meanings and human consciousness. Covers the work of Innis, McLuhan, Ong, Postman, Carey and other to understand the historical development of shifting communication technologies and patterns of culture from orality to computer communication. Also explores the dynamic between mass culture and subcultural appropriations of media forms and content. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 455 is prerequisite or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 611 - Theories of Relational Communication

      Critically examines a variety of theories which seek to explain the dynamics of interpersonal relationships including performance theory, social construction theory, systems theory, feminist theory, and narrative theory. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 457 is prerequisite or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 612 - Narrative

      Considers ways humans make sense of experience through the stories we construct within particular relational, cultural, and historical contexts. Explores a variety of topics including narrative conventions, canonical stories, subjectivity and reflexivity, the relationship between story and audience, space and time, memory and imagination, and narrative truth. Each student will conduct an original narrative project. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 457 is prerequisite or permission. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 614 - Communication and Power

      Explores the concept of power -- how we conceive of power, how we enact power, and the effects of power in our interpersonal relationships. Using a variety of theoretical approaches such as relational theory, feminist theory, and social constructionism, we will consider the idea that the expression of power is an act of self-definition, that power resides in the ability to define one's reality while identifying and choosing courses of action, and that disempowerment is the end result of the loss of freedom of action. Prereq: CMN 457 and any two courses from areas A and B for which CMN 457 is a prerequisite. Students who have received credit for CA 720, Seminar: Communication and Power are not eligible to receive credit for CA 614.
      Credits: 4

      CA 615 - Film History: Theory and Method

      Intensive study of philosophical, rhetorical, and methodological issues in film history research. Examines a series of selected historical problems in the areas of social, aesthetic, industrial, and technological film history up to 1948 and reviews existing historiography on these problems. Focus is on original student research. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 455 is prerequisite or permission. Special fee. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 618 - Documentary

      Exploration of the historical development, ethics, funding, sociocultural significance, and communication strategies of documentary film and video. May focus of a particular genre or genres. Prereq: any two courses from both areas A and B for which CMN 455 is prerequisite or permission. Special fee. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 720 - Seminar in Communication Arts

      Intensive readings and research course in a highly focused area of study. Topics vary. Descriptions of course content and any prerequisites are available during preregistration. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 credits if topics differ. Prereq: contingent on topic. Prereq: CMN 457 plus any two courses from both areas A and B or permission. CA 720 may be repeated if topics differ. Writing intensive.
      Credits: 4

      CA 795 - Independent Study

      Advanced individual study under the direction of a faculty member. Content area and research project to be developed in consultation with faculty supervisor. May be repeated for up to 8 credits, with 4 credits maximum accepted toward satisfaction of requirements for the CA major. Prereq: permission.
      Credits: 1-4

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