S'Park: Igniting Your Future in Communications
This course is meant to be the igniter – the “spark” – of Park students’ educational experience and their transition from high school to being young communications professionals and scholars. Through many short presentations in person and via Skype by Park faculty, alums, and other noted experts, they are actively engaged in real-world, real-time challenges, concepts, and issues facing all facets of the field: media production and distribution, corporate and instructional communications, advertising, public relations, photography, animation, media arts, writing for the media, emerging technologies, and journalism. Throughout the course, they have the opportunity to creatively and collaboratively interact with each other and brainstorm solutions and creative new applications of media to address challenges such as globalization, audience-generated content, intellectual property, and new patterns of media consumption.
Because this is a required freshman class for all communications majors, we ensure that they will be exposed to a wide range of career possibilities and are aware of the resources available to help build a solid academic and co-curricular plan and to make the most of networking and internship opportunities.