students producing their thesis film

The Park School is a place for immersive learning:  from day one, students are engaged in producing creative work, learning and applying theory, and exploring and critiquing the current industry practices.

As a proud alumna (TVR '74) of the Park School, I warmly invite you to explore our exceptional environment for learning, creating, and making an impact on the world with today's powerful media tools.  The Roy H. Park School of Communications has been in the communications education business for more than 70 years, not only adapting to, but leading the changes in our remarkable field.

Although a lot has changed since I was a student here, our students have always been passionate about studying and creating media in all forms and getting involved from day one.  They are curious, collaborative, and creative.  Our professors have always been at the top of their games - but are here because they derive great joy from teaching.  They are also provided with the resources they need to stay engaged, explore new territory,  and to continue to make an impact in the scholarship and practice of communications. 

What's it like here?  The place literally vibrates with energy both during the day while classes are in session, but also nights and weekends when students are busy producing over 20 TV shows a week on ICTV, doing paid media gigs for Park Productions and our new Drone Squad,  DJing shifts on WICB-FM and VIC radio, getting the Ithacan stories online and ready for weekly print publication, and creating promotional strategies and social media content for Park Promotions.  Downtown, The Studio is a vibrant incubator for student films and a sound stage where students can build and maintain sets over long periods of time for their class projects, but even more importantly can invite the community to their screenings and to presentations by visiting filmmakers, producers, and screenwriters.

As you walk through the halls, you’ll encounter professors and students engaged in lively discussions in classes and collaborating on creative projects, labs where advertising pitches, multimedia games, and smart phone apps are being developed for class projects and national competitions, distinguished alumni running mini-courses and critiquing student portfolios, and our advisors and professional development coordinator working one on one with students to plan their courses of study (including for many, a semester or more at our New York City or Los Angeles programs or abroad) as well as landing internships and jobs. 

Dean Gayeski's Ithaca College diploma

Dean Diane Gayeski

What I found as a student, what informed my practice as a professor here for more than 30 years, and what I continue to support as the Dean is an environment where students are treated as young professionals and scholars from the moment they first set foot in the building.  They engage in real work, tackle "wicked" problems, tough issues and important concepts, and are given remarkable opportunities to produce and even distribute and monetize their work and begin their own entrepreneurial ventures.   I experienced remarkable support from my own professors here who encouraged me to go right on to grad school where I not only was well prepared to take classes, but was actually asked to teach graduate classes after my first semester!  I have heard versions of that same story hundreds of times from our alumni - our students leave with the confidence, knowledge, and network of support that allows them to be immediately successful in their chosen careers and to live well-rounded and fulfilled lives informed by a broad liberal arts education. 

I invite you to learn more, and hope that you'll seize the opportunity to have the same exceptional experience that I had when I was a student here.  

Diane Gayeski, Ph.D. '74  Dean and Professor of Strategic Communication