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Exploring the New Center for Communication and Interactive Media at The College of Saint Rose


The new Center for Communication and Interactive Media (CCIM) at The College of Saint Rose has been in action for just over a year.

Home to one of the fastest-growing programs, the CCIM serves 30 graduate students in the MA in Communications.

“The breakneck pace of change in the communications industry presents both challenges and opportunities. The CCIM is an incubator for ideas that will have impact on future jobs in the world of communications,” notes Dr. R. Mark Sullivan, President of the College.

The Communications discipline celebrates 30 years at the College this year. Since its inception, the department has combined communication theory with practical application and internships, preparing students for the field’s ever-changing technological advances.

The Master of Arts in Communications program prepares students for a variety of industries, with a focus on public relations and journalism. The curriculum recognizes the importance of technology in the communications workplace, with courses such as New Media Production and Online Journalism. The program serves both full- and part-time students.

“Working on a master’s degree in this state-of-the-art facility makes our students more competitive in the marketplace,” notes Karen McGrath, Professor and Chair of Communications. “Production skills are not always included in a master’s program, the way they are in ours, where faculty combines professional experience in the subjects they teach with excellent academic credentials.”




Communications graduate students come from both far and near, and their résumés are impressive. Recent graduates and current students are working in television and radio, in higher education, and in Web content management. Their positions in journalism and public relations reflect the emphasis on these disciplines present in the program.

 “I am glad I had a chance to learn and be in the company of some great people at Saint Rose,” notes Bashir Ahmad Gwakh of Afghanistan, who received his MA in 2009 and is currently a reporter with Radio Free Europe. His classmate, Dilshad Abubakir of Iraq, serves the regional Kurdish government there as a public relations officer.

Both came to Saint Rose on Fulbright scholarships – evidence of the high caliber of instruction and reputation of the MA in Communications. Supporting that instruction, the CCIM building offers the opportunity to work in facilities that echo the developing nature of the field, with an HDTV studio, radio station, news room, video viewing theater and computer labs.

The TV studio includes a control room, where producers and directors can work and edit digital recording. The set has several set-ups – for news and talk shows, with “greenscreen” technology and room for a live audience. The space supports courses in TV production for studio and field, Web and multimedia, advanced multimedia production, and photojournalism.

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The radio suite includes a control room for a producer/announcer, a sound mixing and recording workstation for a producer/host, and chairs for guests. The adjoining post-production lab and classroom has an isolated sound booth for recording voice tracks. This facility supports an online radio station,

Some courses meet in the projection room, which serve courses in Communications and other departments. With four tiers of seating at worktables, the room boasts full 1080p HDTV projection and a Dolby 5.1 surround sound system. Mac and PC computer labs are outfitted for editing all forms of video, including full 1080p HD. An undergraduate degree in the discipline is not required for admission to the MA in Communications.

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Successful students come from a variety of backgrounds. What they share are excellent writing and interpersonal skills, as well as a strong academic history and a desire to advance their communications career. An application to the MA in Communications will include the basic admission requirements – application, statement of purpose, recommendations, transcripts and a résumé. In addition, with its emphasis on excellence in writing, the program requests that applicants submit two writing samples that demonstrate their ability to write in journalistic or public relations style, and to prepare research papers.

For information about applying to The College of Saint Rose, contact the Graduate Admissions office at (518) 454-5143 or Our Web site is



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