Dean's Welcome

Dean of Comm

Welcome to the School of Communication and the Arts.

Located in the historic and scenic Hudson River Valley at Marist College, the School prepares students to live and work successfully in the global communication and arts environment.

Students in the School's five academic programs are immersed in an integrated approach to the study and practice of communication and the arts through the exploration of theories and models associated with their field of study, and by the application of what they have learned in hands-on, real-world practice experiences.

The School offers students abundant opportunities for practical learning and connecting with industry professionals through our extensive internship programs, many in nearby New York City. For instance communication/media arts students have interned at virtually every major media outlet in NYC, and many transitioned to work for such well known firms as ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, MTV, ESPN, and IBM. Similarly, students studying fashion design and merchandising have held internships with some of the most respected companies in the industry, including Betsey Johnson, DKNY, Chanel, Escada, Calvin Klein, Polo, Armani A/X, and Nordstrom. Art and Art History students intern at prestigious for-profit and non-profit organizations, such as the Brooklyn Arts Council, Glamour Magazine, Food Network Magazine, Harpers Bazzar, Garrison Art Center, Meredith Corporation, and Plazzo Vecchio Museum (Florence).  Students also take advantage of our robust study abroad programs. Recent study abroad destinations include Greece, London, Malaysia, Milan, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Thailand, and Venice.

Our undergraduate students are accepted at the most prestigious graduate programs in the country, including Boston University, Georgetown University, Pepperdine, San Diego State University, University of Maryland, and Wake Forest University. One reason our students enjoy so much success is because they have unique opportunities to conduct research with faculty. Students not only learn how to conduct cutting-edge research, they present their findings at regional, national, and international conferences. Recently, students presented their original research papers at the National Communication Association Convention.

Graduate students from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, including finance, environmental research, education, media relations, advertising, public relations, and more are enrolled in our distinctive fully online MA in Communication and MA in Integrated Marketing Communicating (IMC) degree programs. With no residency requirements, students in both programs take advantage of full-and part-time options. Students in the MA in Communication program learn to communicate effectively with multiple and complex audiences, conduct communication research, develop strong analytical skills, create strategies for communicating during conflict, and address communication questions from a variety of theoretical and ethical perspectives. Today's business success depends on effectively harnessing traditional and rich-media avenues to develop, distribute, and analyze consistent messages to keep their brand at the forefront. Developed with the help and direction of leaders in the communication industry, the IMC graduate program provides students with the critical knowledge and expertise necessary to succeed in the increasingly interactive, multichannel, and competitive global marketplace.

Our students are talented critical consumers and creators of information, art, fashion, and music rendered in an atmosphere of collaborative engagement. Our alumni live meaningful and productive lives. Our talented faculty represent diverse academic and artistic backgrounds and interests; and this diversity is reflected in their teaching, research, and creative activities.

I encourage you to explore our web site to learn more about the important teaching, research and creative work being conducted in the School and the impressive learning opportunities available to students.

Steven Ralston