Communications Expectations and Information

  • Turn your creativity, into a career.

    The Communications program introduces students to the ever-changing world of the media and communications industries. Students in this program study the history, evolution and changing state of mass communications as well as the technologies and techniques used in production, public relations and social media. Courses offered combine theoretical and hands-on training, with a strong emphasis on teaching the discipline needed to succeed in the media and communications industries.

    The Digital Media Arts Center (DMAC)

    The Digital Media Arts Center at Dean College features an all-digital video facility that includes a state of the art master control room, a three-camera high definition television studio and HD post-production editing workstations. Students use the industry standard software and hardware. The DMAC houses Final Cut video editing software as well as Adobe Creative Cloud digital editing workstations in the state-of-the-art media labs. The DMAC also houses an integrated classroom enabling faculty and students to use technology in a class setting.

    WGAO-FM Radio Station

    WGAO-FM is Dean College’s radio station (WGAO 88.3 FM). The station streams live online and is primarily directed and staffed by Dean students.

    The station is one of only a few college stations that made the Boston Media market ratings book. It consists of a well-equipped on-air studio, music library, newsroom and production studio. A state-of-the-art computerized broadcast system enables the station to play music 24 hours a day, year-round. This technology makes WGAO comparable to most major commercial radio stations today. WGAO is a broadcasting lab, modeled as a professional station. It operates much like a real commercial station does, with a main format, contests, remote broadcasts in the community, and news, weather and sport reporting.

    What You’ll Learn

    Communications majors learn from working at our on-campus radio station as well as developing audio, video and social media production work for internal campus clients. Communications majors can also practice what they've learned through field work at local television and radio stations located in one of the top ten media markets in the nation.
    Through the Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management, students will gain exciting learning opportunities with the New England Patriots, New England Revolution, Pawtucket Red Sox, Providence Bruins, WEEI Sports Radio and the Boston Cannons.

Take the next Step

  • Communications Alumni

    • David Breen '95: On-Air Talent, WAAF, Boston, MA 
    • Craig Lappin '96: Camera Operator, WTVT Fox 13, Tampa, FL
    • Joshua Walsh '96: Cameraman, ESPN-TV, Bristol, CT
    • Gary Wild '01: Video Producer, ISC-TV, Twin River Casino, Lincoln, RI
    • Philip Alcaidinho '06: Media Relations Assistant, Tampa Bay Lightning
    • Chris Perry '07/'09: Technician, WBZ-TV, Boston, MA
    • Freddy Wheeler '11: News Photographer, New Hampshire 1 News
    • Betty-Jo Cugini '82: Vice President of News Operations, NBC-10, Providence, RI