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What do great filmmakers, journalists, TV and radio broadcasters, public relations professionals, advertisers, and other successful media producers all know deep in their bones?
How to tell stories. That’s what we know, too, and the art of storytelling is what we teach students in Le Moyne’s Department of Communication & Film Studies. Stories that play on movie screens and smart-phone screens. Stories that pop off pages of magazines. Stories that sing through a listener’s earbuds, or that take audiences into elaborate worlds of digital multimedia.
Our students, of course, learn how to use the tools of storytelling: state-of-the-art HD cameras, production and editing software like InDesign and Premiere, even pens and pencils.
But the tools are always secondary, in service to the hard work of storytelling: discovering important things to say, and then saying those things vividly, gracefully, even poetically. And always powerfully.
Why do we place so much value on storytelling? Because that skill will remain essential, no matter what new technologies come along, no matter how different the media landscape might look in five years or fifty years.
Stories. Essential. We know how difficult it is to tell them really well. We know how much practice it takes, how much guidance. And we know—because our students show us all the time—how infinitely informative, entertaining, and vital stories can be.
Stop by, send us an email, or call us. We'll tell you our story.
When you join the Department of Communication & Film Studies, you’ll begin broadening and deepening your critical literacy—becoming better able to interpret stories told by others and telling your own with greater wisdom and power. And because we exist within a Jesuit liberal arts college, you’ll explore deeply what it means to tell stories ethically and through the lens of social responsibility.
Like every student in our department, you’ll take a “nucleus” of courses that will give you foundational skills in writing, video, and audio, and that will familiarize you with the complicated and fascinating ways in which the media works. Beyond that nucleus, you’ll be able to choose from nearly 50 courses in all kinds of media study and production, from advertising to digital videography, from music journalism to the history of film, from science writing to public relations. You can sample widely or zero in on your area of greatest interest.
Through those courses, through internships, and through extra-curricular activities, you'll get a four-pronged education in storytelling and media production:
After your vigorous and formative four years, you’ll be multi-skilled, adaptable, and ready to navigate the ever-changing world of professional communications. You'll be prepared to work in professional media or to study further in graduate school. You'll be ready to contribute creatively, ethically, and learnedly to the world beyond Le Moyne.
For all the details about our curriculum, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.
In the Spring 2015 semester, students in our senior-level Convergence course went looking for people in the Le Moyne community who were “working for good.” They found a lot. And they used video, photography, audio, and writing to tell those stories. Check out this website they created to present those multimedia stories.
Students in the Communication & Film Studies Department have recently worked as scriptwriters, actors, production crew, and editors to help create an original 40-minute feature film, Business Affairs. Our Public Relations students even hosted a sold-out red-carpet premiere. Click to watch the completed project. And if you’re a student interested in having your name in the credits of the next “Le Moyne Makes Movies” creation, please join the cast or crew.
You can practice what you learn in the classroom by joining any of the student-run media clubs. This is a great way to get real-world experience and build a portfolio that will help you get a job. Click on the following links to learn more about the campus newspaper (The Dolphin), TV station (LCTV), and radio station (WLMU).
Prof. Dan Roche
Reilly Hall 240Department of Communication and Film StudiesLe Moyne College1419 Salt Springs RoadSyracuse, NY 13214
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