The School of Communication at the University of Miami is a remarkable program of discovery and excellence that has launched professional careers and changed lives. For anyone seeking higher education in fields within the communication arts and professions, this program offers the opportunity to develop a personal voice within the context of collegial collaboration. The SoC strives to provide a learning experience that is permeated with the multicultural and global realities of the contemporary world.
The SoC is comprised of nine undergraduate majors including Advertising, Broadcast Journalism, Communication Studies, Electronic Media, Media Management, Motion Pictures, Print Journalism, Public Relations and Visual Journalism. It is the third largest undergraduate school at the University of Miami.
The nature of how we communicate and connect worldwide continues to change rapidly. The SoC provides the tools and knowledge for reaching global audiences through voice, print, visual and multi-media. The SoC is also committed to a comprehensive, focused and academic education for students. The degree students earn in Communication is enriched by a second major of the student’s choice in any other School or College at the University.
The faculty at the SoC are not only mentors and teachers, but are award-winning industry professionals and seasoned scholars. Students learn from professors and professionals who have worked for top television news networks, newspapers and magazines, have been executive board members of nationally recognized organizations, and winners of Pulitzer Prize, Emmy and Academy Awards. This allows professors to bring theory and practice to students by taking the classroom into the world and ultimately setting them up for their careers. Our diverse faculty encourages and supports creative freedom and innovation from students.
As a student at the University of Miami SoC, you will be immersed in a global mix of cultures, media, technology and entertainment. The communication industry is changing and the SoC believes that we must embrace new technologies. The SoC has approximately 85,000 square feet of digital smart learning space and resources. Students have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment used in the industry and participate in “real world” projects. They have access to the most technologically advanced tools and facilities such as:
- Digital Post Production Suites (Final Cut, Avid Xpress Pro, Avid Nitris)
- Digital Photography Studio
- Digital Audio Studio
- Digital Television Studios and Control Rooms
- Digital Animation Studio
- Converged Multimedia News Bureau
- HDV, Digital Video, 16mm and Super 16mm Image and Sound Capture
- Knight Center Multimedia Convergence Lab for new Media Development
- 240-Seat Motion Picture Theatre Capable of Exhibition of All Moving Image Formats
- Computer (MAC, PC) Labs for Instructional and Non-instructional Student Use
- Broadcast Up Link Studio and Remote Organization Capability
- Student Advertising and Public Relations Agency
- Student Organizations’ Support Offices
Given this strong network of support and training, SoC students have won numerous regional and national awards in categories ranging from news reporting to web design. Upon graduation, students will have received not only a strong classroom foundation but real hands-on skills and training in their field.
Not convinced yet?
The Common Ground Courtyard is the heart of the SoC. It is dedicated to the fundamental freedoms of speech and the press and is the site of numerous lectures, concerts, screenings, receptions and other student activities throughout the year.
Through the U/MIAMI News Service students regularly write for newspapers and magazines throughout South Florida and the nation and utilize a professional, converged multimedia newsroom to publish.
The Bill Cosford Cinema is a cutting edge theatre that screens classic and contemporary international and independent motion pictures, previews major Hollywood films, presents student work through the annual Canes Film Festival and serves as a screening site for the Miami International Film Festival, the Miami Short Film Festival and other regional events.
The Richard D. Buckley, Jr. Audio Studio is a digital audio broadcast facility for students to prepare news, special reports and public service announcements that are broadcast on UMTV or WVUM-FM.
Communication Week is an annual one-week program of special events, seminars, screenings, lectures and other activities designed to engage students and connect them with the leaders of their future professions.The best part of the SoC are students like you that contribute to our success. Be a part of what drives the University of Miami to continue to be one of the top 50 universities in the nation!
Tours of the UM School of Communication are given by appointment throughout the week. Please click here to schedule a tour of the school.