Mission statement

MISSION STATEMENT

The Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of Communication and Design (CC&D) provides students an opportunity to acquire the knowledge,

skills and experience necessary to build successful communication and design careers in the global media marketplace.

The college is committed to offering professional and academic programs in communication that provide “hands-on” educational opportunities

across a broad array of disciplines that include film and television production; journalism, advertising, social media, and public relations; and digital

art and design, including the study of photography, computer animation, visual effects, as well as graphic and web design.

The unique pedagogy of theory, practice and internships offer students an opportunity to build a solid foundation for success in the competitive

fields of communication, graphic design and computer animation. The college’s innovative approach to collaborative education enables students to

participate in integrated learning projects that simulate media industries and promote the transition to professional positions in communication,

media and design.

FACILITIES

State-of-the-art digital facilities house radio/TV and cinema production and post-production centers, digital art and design labs with 3D printing,

motion capture animation and virtual reality studios that enable students to develop professional skills and an advanced understanding of studio,

field and news production, as well as digital post-production editing and visual design. Instructional facilities for new media promote the early

adoption of developing technologies into the media and design mix.

GRADUATE PROGRAM

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Communication and Media is an advanced degree designed for media and design professionals and recent

baccalaureate graduates who plan careers as media and visual design scholars and/or practitioners. The program emphasizes the application of

technology and new media delivery systems in the evolving media and visual design environment.

Graduate Admission Standards for M.S. in Communication and Media

Students are required to meet the following prerequisites for admission to the program:

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

2. Undergraduate GPA 3.0 or higher.

3. Official undergraduate transcripts.

4. A letter of recommendation from an academic or professional source.

5. A writing sample demonstrating the capacity to perform at the graduate level.

6. For international students who have not graduated from an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States, a satisfactory TOEFL

score (550 paper-based, 213 computer-based or 80 internet-based) along with an International Transcript Evaluation and a course

equivalency report must be provided. International applicants must provide official TOEFL/IELTS/-PTE Academic scores if English is not

the applicant’s first language. Applicants with a minimum TOEFL score of 80 (Internet-based), a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or a minimum

PTE Academic score of 55 will be considered. Consideration may be given to students who fall slightly below Lynn University’s

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic English requirement. These cases will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Office of Admission.

Completion Requirements

1. Complete the degree in four calendar years from the date of a student’s initial registration or be held to any new degree requirements.

2. Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and achieve a C (2.0) grade or higher in each course.

3. Complete GSR 501, Graduate Orientation Seminar (one credit).

4. Complete 36 graduate credits of foundation and specialization* course work, and a one-credit orientation seminar. Students completing

the Digital Media, Design Strategies for Web Development and **Web Design Technology specializations are required to submit a digital

portfolio at the conclusion of their studies.

* In the Media Studies and Practice specialization, a creative project or thesis may be substituted for COM 540 and COM 545.

** Students who select the Web Design Technology specialization, and who have not completed undergraduate courses in introductory and advanced

web design courses, are required to take GVC 235 and CGD 276 prior to taking courses in the specialization.

Curriculum

The curriculum seeks a balance of theory and practice by incorporating a substantive foundation of communication and media theory,

research, law and history with multiple layers of practical application in design, content production and delivery.

The interdisciplinary nature of the degree permits students who have undergraduate degrees in a variety of majors to enter the program without

penalty.

The M.S. in Communication and Media is composed of two sets of courses: eighteen (18) credits of foundation courses and eighteen (18) credits

of specialization courses. There is also a one- (1) credit orientation course.

Students in the Media Studies and Practice specialization may elect to complete an optional creative project or thesis that is evaluated by a

graduate committee. Students in the Digital Media, Design Strategies for Web Development and Web Design Technology specializations complete a

digital portfolio in the final term.