Arts, Media and Communications Career Cluster
The Arts, Media and Communications cluster is all about creativity and human expression. Careers in this cluster typically involve designing, producing, creating, writing, performing, exhibiting, persuading, informing and publishing. Opportunities exist behind the scenes and in front of an audience, as well as producing all types of content for public consumption.
How NIU Gets You There
NIU offers a variety of academic pathways, activities and access to organizations to help you get started on your journey toward a career in art, media and communications. In addition to the majors, you should experiment with your creative expression (e.g., writing, music, thinking, dance, public speaking), develop a portfolio to show to prospective employers, expand your cultural experiences, join professional organizations and related student organizations, and gain practical experience through internships and volunteer opportunities.
- Write for the Northern Star
- Participate in the NIU Community School of the Arts
- Learn a new language
- Check out programs offered by the NIU Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Participate in the Study Abroad program
- Join related professional organizations like Towers Literary and Creative Arts Magazine, NIU Forensics, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), National Association of Black Journalists, Spanish Club
- Assist faculty or community/arts organization with research, a production, writing or filming
- Log in to Huskies Get Hired to search for internships and jobs!
Explore Your Skills
Skills needed in this cluster:
- Abilities: artistic, creative, computer, research, speaking, writing
- Social: communication, cultural sensitivity, good judgment, interpersonal, leadership, objectiveness, resourcefulness, perceptiveness
- Personal: concentration, detail oriented, persistence, time-management, working to deadline
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Industries in this career cluster include:
- Arts Administration
- Performing Arts
- Printing Technology
- Public and Corporation Relations
- Radio/TV/Film/Video Production
- Social Media
- Visual Arts
- Writing and Mass Communication
Related NIU Majors
Learn more about career paths related to this cluster, possible job titles, internships obtained by NIU students and employers who have hired NIU graduates.
- Communication Studies
- Foreign Languages
- Theatre Arts
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