Why Study Media Communication?
Real clients: 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.
Award-winning work: 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.
Professional preparation: 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