The Department of Communication, Media & Design Arts offers a strategic and creative curriculum to prepare students for careers in diverse fields including print and digital design, journalism, PR & advertising, film & media production, and studio art.

Our classes are taught by a supportive faculty of accomplished professionals, emphasizing hands-on, collaborative learning. Classes in Communication, Media & Design Arts (CMDA) focus on developing students’ skills in a variety of media and means of expression. Our students directly apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real world opportunities and challenges.

With this strong foundation, our graduates enter a variety of careers. Many become professionals in print and digital design, consulting, art education, journalism, publishing, speech writing, and other fields including law and public policy. Still others take post-graduate studio positions or pursue graduate school in studio art, art history, or communication. Whatever their career path, students in PLU’s Department of Communication, Media & Design Arts graduate with the skills needed to make their mark on the world.

Majors and Minors

Students work on laptops in a communications classSharpen your skills and capacity for innovation with our robust roster of classes.

Student Organizations

Students broadcasting for LASROur students have the opportunity to work on resume-building projects in a variety of student groups.

University Gallery

The gallery is located in the center of the artistic action in Ingram Hall and features four shows per year.


Your professors are engaged, innovative, and active in their fields. They have a lot to teach you!


Renewable scholarship awards ranging from $1,000-$7,500 are available for incoming/first-year PLU students.

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