Your Career Path
The Department of Communication & Design Arts at AU offers practical, real-world experiences incorporated into each student's education. Every graduate leaves AU with a significant experience of applying their education in a professional setting.
Many of our alumni have shared how an internship or project working with our professionals-in-residence have opened doors of opportunity beyond graduation. Our graduates routinely leave AU with professional portfolios that many in the industry take years to develop.
Your career path is your own; each student's journey to a fulfilling professional experience is unique. Yet, there are proven steps you can take.
Step 1: Schedule a Campus Visit
Step 2: Apply for Admission
Step 3: Explore majors and minors
Step 4: Build your portfolio — The Anderson University Department of Communication & Design Arts offers opportunities for students to gain professional experience, as early as their freshman year, through Covenant Productions®, WQME, The Andersonian, and Fifth Street Communications™.
- Covenant Productions® has won more than 30 awards, including two individual Emmy® awards. Students work on a variety of projects, both in the United States and overseas, which have aired on television networks such as EWTN, the Family Channel, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and PBS affiliates across the United States and Canada. Recent works include Anderson University's Candles and Carols Christmas music program, with a potential audience of one billion viewers; and documentaries Digital_Man/Digital_World and A Ripple of Hope. In 2012, students will travel with Covenant professionals to document mission work on location in Brazil and Haiti.
David Armstrong, Don Boggs, and Mark Dawson have eight Emmy® nominations, two wins; one Dove nomination; and more than two dozen RIAA gold, platinum, and multi-platinum music videos. For a list of awards, please visit Covenant Productions®.
- WQME is a commercial FM radio station serving central Indiana which plays the top hits in adult contemporary Christian music. Students gain practical experience announcing, reporting news and sports, screening music and writing, production and editing commercials. Other experiences include live remote broadcasts from the Mobile Studio, promoting local events, hosting contest giveaways, and keeping listeners informed on weather and local school closing information. WQME is a member of the Associated Press and a CNN Radio affiliate.
- The Andersonian has been the student newspaper of Anderson University since 1947 and is published weekly during the academic year. The print edition is distributed on campus and the content is also available online. The newspaper offers journalism students a learning laboratory in which they can develop their reporting, writing, editing, design, photography, computer and management skills. The Andersonian is a member of the Associated Press, the Indiana Collegiate Press Association, and the Hoosier State Press Association.
- Fifth Street Communications™ is a student-staffed professional PR agency that serves the needs of local nonprofit organizations and gives public relations majors a chance to do hands-on, portfolio-quality work. Under faculty supervision, student account executives lead teams that assist nonprofits with strategic planning, copywriting, media relations, and event planning. Clients include the Anderson University Office of University Communications and the Allen County (Indiana) Building Department, among others.