DEPARTMENT Of communication & design arts

We help students make the journey from being merely consumers of media to being skilled and thoughtful storytellers, content creators and designers in a range of professional areas. The Department of Communication & Design Arts offers programs of study in:

The approximately 90 students in the Department encounter a curriculum focusing on theory and practice, and their academic work is complemented by hands-on experiences with Fifth Street Communications®, the Andersonian, and Black Bird Media Lab. The Andersonian also hosts “Raven Watch,” a weekly program that features game highlights as well as news and feature stories about AU teams and athletes.

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The Andersonian

The Andersonian has been the student newspaper of Anderson University since 1947 and is published most weeks during the academic year. The print edition is distributed on campus, and news content also is 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 Indiana Collegiate Press Association and the Hoosier State Press Association.

Raven Watch

The Andersonian also hosts Raven Watch,” a weekly program that features game highlights as well as news and feature stories about AU teams and athletes. The production and technical staff consist of students in a practicum taught by Professor David Armstrong. The show may be viewed at and on the City of Anderson’s cable-television channel. It is sponsored by the Steve Folgate Agency. In 2018, “Raven Watch” was nominated for two national sports media awards: Outstanding Program Series, Collegiate Student by the Sports Video Group and a Pinnacle Award for Best Television Sportscast by the College Media Association. These nationwide nominations place AU’s “Raven Watch” program at the same level as some of the country’s powerhouse schools for media and broadcasting.

Black Bird Media Lab

This production and distribution platform gives students hands-on experience in storytelling in film, television, and online media. Black Bird Media Lab follows in the strong tradition of Covenant Productions and shares its name with a film festival held each year to showcase student and alumni filmmakers.

Fifth Street Communications®

This student-powered public relations agency seeks to support the education of Anderson University students and uplift area non-profits. To write for the agency, students must be upper-division public relations majors. Each client is matched with a Fifth Street Communications® associate who serves on an account manager’s team.


“With emphasis on creativity, integrity and excellence, we will develop leaders for the public relations industry and become a relied-upon communication resource for area non-profits.”


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