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Internships: Student Gains Global Experience at The Estee Lauder Companies

  • Thursday, 17 July 2014
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By Peri Diamond, PR Student This summer I had the opportunity to intern at The Estee Lauder Companies with the MAC Cosmetics Travel Retail Americas Division as the Public Relations and Special Events Intern. Working in the travel retail industry has allowed me to explore more about unique retailing opportunities and public relations in niche markets. In addition to…

Middle- and High-School Students Train at Hurricane Debate Institute

  • Wednesday, 9 July 2014
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More than 40 middle- and high-school students from about a dozen Miami-Dade schools trained and competed in the 23rd annual Hurricane Debate Institute at the School of Communication over three week-long sessions in June and July. Students learned speech and argument skills, public forum, policy debate, student congress debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate. The camp is highly interactive, featuring brief…

Study Abroad: Navigating the Panama Canal

  • Tuesday, 1 July 2014
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By Nick Sirio, Gabriella Canal and Mira Shah, Galapagos Summer Abroad Program Shortly before 5 p.m., the cruise ship Ocean Dream entered the Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Sixteen of us from the University of Miami had been waiting hours for the ship to make its move. We were on the first leg of a three-week long summer abroad…

Student project: Christina Cyprien's Photo Essay on a Military Mom

  • Monday, 16 June 2014
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This spring, Christina Cyprien, a student in professor of practice Maggie Steber's photojournalism course, documented the life of Ashlee Etienne, a military mom. The photo essay captures touching moments of the daily struggles and triumphs of a military family. Cyprien's work is an excellent example of how students learn and grow as visual storytellers at the School of Communication,…

UM Finishes Second in National Student Advertising Competition

  • Wednesday, 4 June 2014
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When students on the School of Communication's National Student Advertising Competition team were tasked with targeting millennials for storied cosmetics brand, Mary Kay, they decided to take big risks, said Kelly Smith, B.S.C. '14, a creative director for the team. The team developed The Skinny Dip Challenge, a seven-day make-up free commitment to introduce millennial women to the brand's…

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Cinema & Interactive Media

The Cinema and Interactive Media Department offers cinema production, documentary production, photo documentary and interactive media. CIM students create and deliver content (narrative film, documentaries, photo and other media) for worldwide showcases and designs new and innovative delivery systems, applications and games.

Study film production, producing and screenwriting with an innovative and independent streak. The Cinema and Interactive Media Department offers a completecurriculum for a new generation of media specialists, providing historical context and embracing the moving image creative process from writing and development through production and post-production to all forms of exhibition.

New for fall 2013! M.F.A in Interactive Media. Study interactive design and games that impact, augment, and influence how people communicate.

Students in the CIM department have produced short films in Guatemala, Spain, Prague and China, created exciting webisodes, maintained engaging blogs, created websites for social change and interactive environments all while learning from discussions with visiting guests from around the world.

"While at UM I made four short films. All of those were made with the School's equipment and with hands-on help from my professors. To actually have professors who care about you and know who you are sitting with you in an edit bay and helping you work out problems is an incredibly valuable and unique experience."

Kyle Alvarez
Class of 2005
Writer, Director, and Independent Spirit Award Winner


Communication Studies

The Communication Studies Department empowers students to develop advanced skills in cross-cultural communication, leadership, argumentation, oral and written presentations, critical thinking, research, relationship building and more — skills that can be used in any field or career.

Communication Studies students also have the opportunity to conduct important research on a number of topics. Students are challenged to apply communication skills through hands-on experiential learning and professional internships.

Our outstanding professors prepare students for many different careers, including politics, public advocacy, healthcare promotion, business, intercultural education, or to pursue graduate or law school.

The program also specializes in the rapidly developing field of health communication through collaborative work with UM's medical school and other campus resources.

"The Communication Studies program at the School of Communication is amazing. The program helps you become an expert in any field you desire. In three short years, I have learned so much about research. Choosing Communication Studies as a major may seem somewhat ambiguous at first, but it is the best decision I have made. The classes give you the opportunity to practice researching and analyzing anything you're interested in and prepares you for what's to come in the real world regardless of what path you choose."

Katiana Rodriguez


Journalism & Media Management

The Journalism and Media Management Department includes majors in Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Electronic Media and Media Management.

Journalism and Media Management faculty teach students to gather content, analyze information, and use technology to tell meaningful stories to global audiences, as well as to understand those audiences and think critically about demographic and usage trends important to today's media enterprises. While doing this work, students will find themselves using state of the art digital equipment and facilities and exploring cutting edge multimedia and social media practices. Graduates of this department can be found working for news and information operations such as CBS, Fox News, E! Entertainment Television, ESPN, Telemundo, The Washington Post and National Geographic.

"The hand-on experience I received in the Journalism program was invaluable. I had already produced, written, and anchored a newscast before graduation. Major newsrooms are filled with UM grads, from managers to producers, writers to reporters, and anchors. It's a real testament to the quality of a UM education."

Maggie Rodriguez
Class of 1991
Broadcast journalist and former Co-anchor
The Early Show, CBS News


Strategic Communication

The Strategic Communication Department consists of Advertising and Public Relations, two programs that are continually evolving to meet the demands of the ever-changing media industry. Advertising students specialize in the area of the advertising business that best suits their skills and talents and may pursue a degree focusing on an advertising creative, advertising management, or general advertising track. Students in all three tracks learn how to create an effective, strategically sound advertising campaign for a real-world client through our exciting and contemporary curriculum.

Many UM advertising graduates are working in the most prestigious advertising agencies in the country, including Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Young & Rubicam, BBDO, Grey Advertising, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Saatchi & Saatchi, Mullen, and Arnold Worldwide.

Public Relations students learn how to promote a client's business, image, product, or service in the national and international marketplace through media releases, editorial content, and promotion. Courses also reflect the importance of research and multimedia technology in public relations for both the public and private sectors. Students have the opportunity to create and execute PR campaigns for real-world clients through course work.

"The School of Communication was a great place to learn how to succeed in the public relations field. The professors gave me insight and understanding about an industry I knew nothing about before I came to UM. The knowledge and experience I gained were invaluable and made my transition into the 'real world' exciting rather than intimidating."

Dara Busch
Class of 1993
Executive Vice President, Managing Director
Rubenstein Public Relations (NYC)