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Communication Arts

The Communication Arts Department cultivates wisdom in understanding, evaluating, and creating visual stories. Recognizing the responsibilities of meaning-making through the interplay of visual and verbal symbols, we explore how forms of visual storytelling mediate culture and human relations in our participatory, globalized context of media convergence.  We seek to reflect the image of God as Creator and Mediator developing creative and critical sensibilities shaped in the traditions of Christian theology and communication theory.


The Communication Arts Department is proud to announce the hire of two new faculty: Scott Thurman and Justin Edwards!

Scott Thurman is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, who received his M.F.A. from the University of North Texas. His recent documentary The Revisionaries won the 2014 duPont Award, which recognizes excellence in broadcast and digital journalism in public service. It is competing in the University Film & Video Assoc. conference in Montana in August.

Justin Edwards comes to Gordon from Los Angeles, where he worked in post-production and directed the award-winning comedy feature Detective, Detective, Detective. The film took home the Best Comedy Feature at the 2014 Philadelphia IFF and was nominated for Best Feature Film at the 2014 FilmQuest Festival. 

Scott and Justin's presence at Gordon will allow the Comm Arts Department to offer new courses in Cinematography, Documentary Production, and History of the Documentary.


"Popular media is the air we breathe. It’s significant to relationships, identity, and the language we speak. Because of that, studying communication helps us to gain a better understanding of what it means to be human."

Rini Cobbey, Ph.D.
Communication arts chair

"As a communication arts major I learned to think critically—whether assisting with a film production, giving a speech, writing an article or delving into the complicated vernacular of communication theory."

Alysa Seeland ’11, Wheaton, Illinois


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