College of Arts & Sciences
Mississippi University for Women's Department of Communication has an integrated computer network for WMUW, the campus radio station, The Spectator, the campus newspaper, and the television studio that supports the media convergence curriculum.
The Spectator lab provides access to industry standard desktop publishing, web development, and video & audio editing software, such as Adobe's Creative Suite 5.5 and Sony's Sound Forge Pro 10.
Specialized editing bays contain workstations specifically designed for advanced multi-track audio and video editing.
With the equipment, students and faculty of the department can do just about anything "paperless" and everything electronically. As long as you are a student, everything you write, record or edit is on the server. When you can graduate, you can simply burn a DVD containing all your work for your portfolio.
The mutli-media industry places a premium on graduates who have both technological expertise and strong superior communication training. The program's focus is on writing, editing and creative skills and the softward and hardware in place enhances students' learning.
The convergence curriculum was designed with this technology in mind. The intent to move into a fully converged product that incorporates text, still images, moving pictures, audio and the internet. This allows for a lot of flexibility in what can be done in the classroom. It makes the classroom more of a real work experience for students.
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