Overview

Careers in communications, arts, and media offer opportunities to use written and verbal communication, creative expression, and diverse mediums to convey meaning and information to audiences—whether it be working at a museum, advertising agency, broadcast network, or beyond.

Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in fine arts, performing arts, entertainment, museum/cultural institutions, advertising, public relations, journalism, writing/editing, sports media, and design. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey. 

As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including written and verbal communication,  critical thinking, digital technology, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.

 

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Specialized career coaches are available throughout the year to meet with you individually about any aspect of your career journey—from exploring career opportunities, to researching graduate programs, to launching a job/internship search.

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Amy Flynn

Amy Flynn

Amy has been working with Boston College students for more than ten years. She specializes in assisting students who are exploring their interests as well as students who are interested in pursuing careers in communication, arts, and media. 

Where Boston College Graduates Have Landed

17%

of 2018 graduates who are employed are working in advertising and marketing

4%

of 2018 graduates who are employed are working in communications and media

1%

of 2018 graduates who are employed are working in public relations

1%

of 2018 graduates who are employed are working in publishing

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Explore Opportunities in Communications, Arts, and Media

Advertising/Public Relations

Advertising is a marketing communication that employs an openly sponsored, non-personal message to promote or sell a product, service or idea. Sponsors of advertising are typically businesses wishing to promote their products or services.

Public Relations, or PR, is the practice of deliberately managing the spread of information between an individual or an organization and the public. PR may include an organization or individual gaining exposure to their audiences using topics of public interest and news items that do not require direct payment.

Types of Positions

Where BC Graduates Land

  • Brand Journalism/Content Creation
  • Corporate Communications
  • Crisis Communications
  • Events
  • Executive Communications
  • Internal Communications
  • Marketing Communications
  • Media Relations
  • Multimedia
  • Reputation Management
  • Social Media
  • Speechwriting

Public Relations:

  • Antenna Group
  • BackBay Communications
  • Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) Global
  • LaunchSquad
  • MacDougall Biomedical Communications (MBI)
  • McNeil Gray & Rice
  • Racepoint Global
  • SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK)
  • Walker Sands Communications
  • 2BPR
  • Day One Agency
  • Edelman PR
  • Matter Communications
  • PAN Communications
  • Rubenstein Associates
  • SHIFT Communications

Advertising:

  • GroupeConnect
  • Gupta Media
  • PHD Media Worldwide
  • Publicis Worldwide
  • Arnold Worldwide
  • Criteo
  • FCB Health Network
  • Fred and Farid (F&F) Creative
  • Kantar Millward Brown
  • AspireIQ
  • Blue 449
  • C Space
  • C49 Productions
  • Campus Insights
  • CARAT Global
  • Commerce House
  • DataXu
  • Dentsu Aegis Network
  • Engine Group

3%

received job offers before fall semester of senior year

25%

received job offers during fall semester of senior year

42%

received job offers during spring semester of senior year

31%

received job offers after senior year

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is not required for most entry level positions.

Graduate School

Journalism/Writing

Journalism is the production and distribution of reports on recent events. The word journalism applies to the occupation, as well as citizen journalists using methods of gathering information and using literary techniques. Journalistic media includes print, television, radio, and Internet.

Types of Positions

  • Content Marketer
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate Communications Manager
  • Editor
  • Grant Writer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Social Media Specialist

Where BC Graduates Land

Journalism:

  • Conde Naste

Where BC Graduates Land

Writing:

  • TBD

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is not required for most entry level positions.

Graduate School

Editing/Publishing

Editing is a stage of the writing process in which a writer or editor strives to improve a draft, and sometimes prepare it for publication, by correcting errors and by making words and sentences clearer, more precise, and more effective whereas Publishing is the activity of making information available to the general public.by disseminating literature, music, or information.

Types of Positions

  • Proofreader
  • Online Editor
  • Critique Partner
  • Commissioning Editor
  • Developmental Editor
  • Content Editor
  • Copy Editor (working in various fields, including newspapers, magazines, and websites)
  • Book Editors
  • Literary Agents
  • Literary Scouts
  • Publicists

Where BC Graduates Land

Editing:

  • The MIT Press
  • Boston Magazine
  • Conde Nast
  • Life Sciences (journal)
  • Tech Target
  • W.W. Norton & Company

Where BC Graduates Land

Publishing:

  • Hackett Publishing
  • Pengiun Random House

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is not required for most entry level positions.

Graduate School

Broadcasting (Radio/TV)

Editing is a stage of the writing process in which a writer or editor strives to improve a draft, and sometimes prepare it for publication, by correcting errors and by making words and sentences clearer, more precise, and more effective whereas Publishing is the activity of making information available to the general public.by disseminating literature, music, or information.

Types of Positions

  • Sports Broadcaster/Announcer 
  • Radio Show Host 
  • Disc Jockey 
  • Radio News Reporter 
  • TV News Reporter 
  • TV News Anchor Person 
  • Radio Show Producer 
  • Radio Show Technician 
  • Online Talk Show Host 
  • Online News Reporter

Where BC Graduates Land

Radio:

  • WATD FM
  • Cumulus Media

Where BC Graduates Land

TV:

  • Yelp
  • Nike Communications
  • Boston Globe Media
  • CBS News
  • Google
  • Copperfield Advisory
  • KREX 5 News
  • National Geographic
  • NBCUniversal Media
  • 3Q Digital
  • Accuen
  • Ampush
  • Brandstyle Communications
  • Brunswick Group
  • CBS Interactive
  • CBS Television Studios
  • Charter TV3
  • Discovery Communications
  • Considerable

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is not required for most entry level positions.

Graduate School

Entertainment (TV Production)

Television Production, or TV Studio, is an installation room in which video productions take place, either for the recording of live television to video tape, or for the acquisition of raw footage for post-production.

Types of Positions

  • Production Assistant
  • Account Coordinator
  • Gallery Director
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Copywriter
  • Photography

Where BC Graduates Land

  • ABC Studios
  • ABC Television Baboon Animation
  • BSE Global
  • Conde Nast
  • Creative Artists Agency
  • Conundrum Entertainment
  • Directors Guild of America
  • Entertainment Studios
  • Innovative Artists
  • Live Nation Entertainment
  • Showtime
  • Sling TV

Where BC Graduates Land

  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Radical Media
  • Gamelook
  • A+E Networks
  • American Private Radio
  • DGA Productions
  • NBC Universal
  • Leferi Beauty Entertainment
  • United Talent Agency
  • Walt Disney
  • William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is not required for most entry level positions.

Graduate School

Sports Communications

Sports Communications is an aspect of communication studies which specializes in the study of communication in a sports setting.

Types of Positions

  • Multimedia Reporter
  • Multimedia Director
  • Multimedia Producer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Medio Coordinator
  • Sports Information Director
  • Sports Reporter
  • Sports Writer
  • Sports Radio Host
  • Copywriter
  • Art Director
  • Event Coordinator
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Account Manager

Where BC Graduates Land

  • TBD

Where BC Graduates Land

  • TBD

Post-graduate options:

  • Masters in Sports Communication, Masters in Sports Journalism, Masters in Sports Media 
  • With a Masters Degree, possible professions include Broadcast Journalist, Communications Director, Media Relations Director, Multimedia Content Producer, Public Address Announcer, Public Relations Director, Athletic Communications Manager, Radio Broadcaster, Sports Information Director, Sports Promoter, Sports Team Publicist, Sports Writer, Television Broadcaster

 

Graduate School

Film

The Film Industry or motion picture industry, comprises the technological and commercial institutions of filmmaking, e.g., film production companies, film studios, cinematography, animation, film production, screenwriting, pre-production, post production, film festivals, distribution and actors, film directors and other film crew personnel.

Types of Positions

  • Performers (Actor, Casting)
  • Movie Development
  • Production Sound
  • Production Supervisors
  • Camera Operators
  • Cinematographer
  • Lighting
  • Film Editor
  • Film Sound and Color
  • Film Music
  • Film Finance
  • Education and Film Festivals
  • Representation

Where BC Graduates Land

  • TBD

Where BC Graduates Land

  • TBD

Graduate schools:

  • American Film Institute 
  • American University 
  • Boston University 
  • California School of the Arts 
  • Chapman University
  • City College of New York 
  • Colorado Film School 
  • Columbia College (Chicago)

 

Graduate School

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts are art forms such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video, filmmaking, design, crafts, and architecture. Many artistic disciplines involve aspects of the visual arts as well as arts of other types.

Types of Positions

  • Art Director
  • Book Illustrator
  • Technical/Production Illustrator
  • Exhibitions Designer
  • Freelancer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Artists (Painters, Sculptors, Photographer and Illustrators)

Where BC Graduates Land

  • TBD

Where BC Graduates Land

  • TBD

Graduate schools:

  • Yale University 
  • University of California--Los Angeles 
  • Virginia Commonwealth 
  • University Rhode Island School of Design 
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
  • Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Columbia University 
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art

 

Graduate School

Performing Arts

Performing Arts comes in forms of including, but not limited to, creative activity that are performed in front of an audience, such as drama, music, and dance.

Types of Positions

  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Set, Costume or Lighting Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Arts Administrator/Manager
  • Choreographer
  • Professional Dancer
  • Technical Director
  • Film Director
  • Stage Director
  • Music Director
  • Producer
  • Acrobatics or Circus Performer
  • Agent or Business Manager
  • Performing Arts Critic or Reporter

Where BC Graduates Land

  • TBD

Where BC Graduates Land

  • TBD

Graduate schools:

  • The Juilliard School—Drama and Dance
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts—Drama and Dance 
  • Carnegie Mellon University — Drama 
  • Boston Conservatory — Dance 
  • Yale University — Drama 
  • Northwestern University — Drama

 

Graduate School

Museum/Cultural Institutions

This industry explores the history of museums and their role in society, as well as the activities they engage in, including curating, preservation, public programming, and education.

Types of Positions

  • Arts administration
  • Art Appraisal 
  • Art law 
  • Art business 
  • Art dealers 
  • Art Directors 
  • Designers 
  • Graphic Designers 
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators 
  • Set and Exhibit Designers 
  • Archivist 
  • Art Gallery and Auction House Assistant 
  • Art Historian
  • Art Law Specialist 
  • Art Critic/Writer 
  • Arts Organization Consultant/Administrator 
  • Corporate, Museum, University Curator 
  • Curatorial Consultant
  • Fine Arts Appraiser 
  • Researcher 
  • Restorer Conservator 
  • Publishing Proofreader 
  • Visual Resources Curator (Education & Industry)
  • Teacher/Administrator
  • Art Lecturer 
  • Conservator 
  • Curator 
  • Director 
  • Docent Exhibit Designer 
  • Graphic Designer 
  • Historian

Where BC Graduates Land

  • Apple Tree Arts
  • Christie’s
  • Sotheby’s
  • Art Smart
  • Bay Colony Shakespeare Company
  • Boston Center for the Arts
  • Central Square Theater
  • Starquest International
  • Upcast Talent
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

Where BC Graduates Land

  • TBD

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is not required for most entry level positions.

Graduate School

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