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Communication & Media Studies Department





Welcome to the Communication and Media Studies Department at Santa Monica College. Our department includes four disciplines: Communication Studies, Film, Journalism, and Media. These programs study communication in all its forms. From interpersonal speech to filmmaking to video production to news writing, students receive excellent theory-based training, as well as professional hands-on experience. The Communication and Media Studies Department is also the home to The Corsair, SMC’s award-winning newspaper, the campus radio station, Corsair Radio, the innovative Promo Pathways program and the taping of campus activities, including sporting events, debates and theater arts presentations.

Our passionate, dedicated and exceptionally trained professors are here to serve students.  Our faculty introduces our students to a variety of communication theories, from a detailed look at how the media portrays race and gender to hands-on work in film, video, web and newspaper production in preparation for both transfer and employment.

Student clubs include a traveling competitive debate team, a film club that showcases student productions at the end of the semester and a media production club that collaboratively develops students’ media and artistic talents.

 Our alumni have built amazing careers. We also connect students with industry leaders through guest speakers, internships and the Promo Pathway program that trains students to write, produce and edit promo videos.




Career Options

    Video Editors
    Video Camera Operators
    Broadcast Engineer
    Master Control Operator
    Program Director
    News Director
    News Writers
    Audiovisual Technician
    Sound Engineer
    Television/Radio Announcer

Media Studies
    Media Consultant
    Public Relations Representative
    Advertising Executive
    Brand Strategist
    Media Planner/Buyer
    Talent Agent
    Digital Media Producer
    Social Media Specialist
    Film Director
    Film Editor
    Sound Editor
    Sound Mixer
    Assistant Director
    1st Assistant Camera
    Boom Operator
    Dolly Grip
    Dialogue Supervisor
    Video Playback Supervisor
    Lighting Technician
    Film Critic
    Film Historian
    Film Archivist​​
    News Reporter
    Print/Web Editor
    Investigative Journalist
    Documentary Filmmaker
    Book Editor
    Book Author
    Multimedia Content Producer
    Copy Editor
    Layout and Page Designer
    Publications Specialist
    Sports Information Director
    Social Media Editor
    Video Journalist
    Public Relations Officer
    Government Media Liaison
    NonProfit Organization Media Specialist
Communication Studies
    Government Relations Officer
    Community Outreach Coordinator
    Grant Writer/Technical Writer
    Content Strategist
    Human Resources
    Event Planner
    Business Management