DEPARTMENT Of communication & design arts

We help students make the journey from being merely consumers of media to being skilled and thoughtful storytellers, content creators and designers in a range of professional areas. The Department of Communication & Design Arts offers programs of study in:

The approximately 90 students in the Department encounter a curriculum focusing on theory and practice, and their academic work is complemented by hands-on experiences with Fifth Street Communications®, the Andersonian, and Black Bird Media Lab. The Andersonian also hosts “Raven Watch,” a weekly program that features game highlights as well as news and feature stories about AU teams and athletes.

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The Andersonian

The Andersonian has been the student newspaper of Anderson University since 1947 and is published most weeks during the academic year. The print edition is distributed on campus, and news content also is available online. The newspaper offers journalism students a learning laboratory in which they can develop their reporting, writing, editing, design, photography, computer, and management skills. The Andersonian is a member of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association and the Hoosier State Press Association.

Raven Watch

The Andersonian and Black Bird Media Lab produce Raven Watch,” a weekly sportscast that features game highlights along with news and feature stories about AU teams and athletes. The production staff consist of students in a practicum taught by Professor Kris Rinas. In recent years, “Raven Watch” has received recognition on the national and statewide level. The show recently was a finalist for two national sports media awards: Outstanding Program Series, Collegiate Student by the Sports Video Group and a Pinnacle Award for Best Television Sportscast by the College Media Association. In 2020, the show won both first- and second-place awards in the Indiana Collegiate Press Association’s “best video” category. Wrote the judges: “This is amazingly well produced and narrated. This is better than many professional media outlets would be able to create. Nice work from the [on-camera talent]. The mic’ing of the coach added a completely different element to this that puts it over the top.” The show, sponsored by the local Allstate firm the Folgate Agency, also airs on the City of Anderson’s cable-television channel.

Black Bird Media Lab

This production and distribution platform gives students hands-on experience in storytelling in film, television, and online media. Black Bird Media Lab follows in the strong tradition of Covenant Productions and shares its name with a film festival held each year to showcase student and alumni filmmakers.

Fifth Street Communications®

This student-powered public relations agency seeks to support the education of Anderson University students and uplift area non-profits. To write for the agency, students must be upper-division public relations majors. Each client is matched with a Fifth Street Communications® associate who serves on an account manager’s team.


“With emphasis on creativity, integrity and excellence, we will develop leaders for the public relations industry and become a relied-upon communication resource for area non-profits.”