Why study media communication?
Taylor University's Media Communication Department allows you to work with professors on video/film, design, and public relations projects for real clients. With connections to media industry professionals, a variety of guest speakers, and workshops, opportunities for networking happen throughout the entire year.
Every year, the best student work is entered in professional competitions and film festivals. Trophy cases line the hallway of the Rupp Communication building, showcasing the award-winning work of Taylor media communication students.
You'll take courses designed to confront issues you are likely to face in your career and examine media industries from a Christian worldview. All media communication courses integrate faith and learning, focusing on understanding other people and meeting their needs with a servant’s heart and professional integrity. You will learn to be an exceptional storyteller in print and/or visual media, telling the human story with authenticity and with the goal of positive cultural transformation.
Off-Campus Study Opportunities
- Taylor University Hollywood Internship Program: Study in Hollywood and intern in the film industry while taking a class taught by industry professionals. This Taylor program requires a 3.25 GPA and junior status. You can also join students from other Christian colleges and study at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center for a semester. You'll take several production classes and learn what it's like to live and work in Los Angeles.
- Washington Journalism Center: A semester at the Washington Journalism Center prepares you for the world of political journalism. You’ll connect with top journalists and add to your portfolio by interning with a news organization like the Washington Times, CNN and Baptist Press.
- Contemporary Music Center in Nashville: If you enjoy film and media production but are also an audio enthusiast, consider adding audio to your film and media production major by spending a semester in Nashville. While there, you can specialize in audio recording, engineering, and live sound and lighting. Public relations students can study the promotion and marketing of music.
- Study abroad: Taylor has programs of its own in Ecuador and Ireland. Media Communication majors can study in Ecuador, gaining language skills and understanding of media in a cross-cultural context.
- Take a course in independent film and travel to the Sundance Film Festival during J-term.
Professional Development Opportunities
Media communication majors are required to work with campus media for at least three semesters.
- Work with our award winning student publications, The Echo (newspaper) and the Ilium (yearbook).
- Work with Envision Productions, our in-house production team that produces chapel broadcasts, music programming, and a variety of projects for clients.
- Work with WTUR, Taylor’s online radio station, as paid or volunteer staff, and host a radio show or work with the staff on campus events.
- Join the crew of a junior or senior student's film and get more experience on set.
All media communication department majors must complete an internship and Senior Capstone, a final course preparing you for the job market or graduate school and requiring preparation of a professional portfolio.
Affiliation with Collegiate and Professional Organizations
- Associated Collegiate Press
- Association of Christian College Media
- Baptist Press
- Broadcast Educators’ Association
- College Media Association
- Heartland Film Festival
- Hoosier State Press Association
- Indiana Association of School Broadcasters
- Indiana Broadcasters’ Association
- International Association of Business Communicators
- Society of Professional Journalists
- The Windrider Forum
- University Film and Video Association