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    Jul 19, 2024  
Lee University Catalog 2018-2019 
Lee University Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog]

Communication Arts

Joel Kailing, Chairperson


Professors Joel Kailing, J. Matthew Melton and Megan Moe
Associate Professor Luis Almeida
Assistant Professor Mike Finch

Public Relations

Professor Michael Ray Smith
Assistant Professors  Andrea Phillips and Mark Vermilion

Digital Media Studies

Associate Professor Matthew Fisher
Senior Lecturer Mary Dukes


Associate Professors Dan Buck and Christine Williams
Senior Lecturer Catherine Mantooth


Associate Professor Mary Mathias-Dickerson
Assistant Professors Jordan Holt and John Simmons


Communication (Advertising)
Public Relations
Digital Media Studies (Journalism, Cinema, Studio Production)
Art (Studio, Graphic Design)

The Communication Arts Department at Lee University exists to provide instruction and training to individuals pursuing knowledge and/or professional development in the wide variety of fields associated with the communication discipline. As an integral part of an institution that bases its educational practice on the discovery of truth found in Scripture, the faculty of Communication Arts seeks to guide students through programs of professional, technical and vocational education with a view toward the integration of faith in daily life and learning.

Communication Arts offers: a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Communication; a Bachelor of Science in Communication Education; a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations; a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Studies; a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre; a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education; a Bachelor of Arts in Art; and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education. The B.A. and B.S. in Communication offer an emphasis in Advertising. The B.A. and B.S. in Digital Media Studies offer emphases in Cinema, Studio Production, and Journalism. The B.A. in Art offers emphases in Studio Art and Graphic Design.

The Department of Communication Arts also oversees Student Media, producing a print and online newspaper, the Clarion; a yearbook, the Vindagua; and an online news show, Ignite. Lee University Theatre stages four theatrical productions each year as well as a summer Theatre Day Camp for community children.


The Communication major helps students maximize their options for graduate school or a professional career. The emphases offered, seek to give students the opportunity to craft their own program of study, within reasonable academic limits. Regardless of which emphasis the student may choose, Communication Studies or Advertising, the core courses in the major provide the tools necessary for success in a diverse field, including speech, writing, and communication; addtionally, Advertising students have the opportunity to create campaigns and compete in national competitions. The professional and religion capstone courses demonstrate how all these elements come together to equip the student for faith and living. We also offer a B.S. in Communication Education for public school teachers.

Public Relations

The B.A. and B.S. in Public Relations are designed to train students interested in professional or academic work in the area of corporate, nonprofit or agency public relations. The courses in the major provide students with the tools and tactics necessary to fulfill their calling as public relations professionals who think critically and creatively with a biblical worldview. In Fall 2011, the public relations program earned international accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America, receiving a Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR). Lee became the first Christian University to receive this certification. Approximately 40 schools internationally have been awarded CEPR.

Digital Media Studies

Digital Media Studies offers three areas of focus for students. Cinema, Studio Production and Journalism are all designed to train students in both professional and academic pursuits. The B.A. provides additional training in world language studies. The three degree programs share a common core of courses that prepare the student in the writing and presentation aspects of the field, as well as in the basics of production and aesthetics. Cinema students develop storytelling skills through advanced training in film directing, image creation, sound design and post-production. Studio students enter the fast-paced, team environment of television and remote video production that is used in many broadcast, industrial and religious media outlets. Journalism students train in the ever-expanding world of the multimedia journalist, crafting information and visuals to best inform the public about what is happening in the world around them. Students join together again with a senior religion capstone course that demonstrates how Christians can use media to influence and positively shape culture.


The B.A. in Theatre is designed to train students interested in professional or academic work in the areas of acting, directing and technical theatre. The theatre major seeks to give students the opportunity to craft their own program of study, within reasonable academic limits. The core courses in the major provide preparation for graduate school or the professional stage. The senior seminar and religion capstone bring together the students’ academic study with the art and practice of a Christian theatre artist. The BAT in Theatre Education shares much of the same curriculum with the addition of a teaching certification for K-12.


Lee University offers a B.A. in Art with classes in most traditional studio media as well as computer graphics. We also offer a B.S. in Art Education for public school teachers. These degrees will provide thorough training in the visual arts within the framework of a Christian worldview. Our goals are to foster excellence and to serve God and society through the development and use of creative artistic abilities.

One of the ways that we are created in the image of God is our ability to be creative. The Lee University Art faculty is committed to providing an environment that fosters creativity in students. A variety of media and processes are used to enable students in developing technical artistic skills and the ability to think conceptually and creatively.

Coupled with the various studio classes, are required courses in Art History. In the belief that a culture is defined by its art, students will become knowledgeable in the history of art in order to profit by what has been done by past artists. By studying the creative efforts of other individuals and cultures, students will become more aware of the God-given talents of mankind and how each of us can contribute meaningfully in today’s society. In addition to studying the history of art, students will engage with contemporary artistic issues that are a part of the modern world. By engaging in these concepts, students will become more aware of the importance of a Christian witness in the visual arts and how this might be best accomplished.


The Department of Communication Arts offers courses for a minor in advertising, cinema studies, communication studies, digital media studies, graphic design, journalism, media writing, public relations, studio art, and theatre.


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