Fine Arts, Humanities & Mass Communications
The Department of Fine Arts, Humanities and Mass Communications offers courses in communication, music, art and humanities that are included in the University System Core Curriculum options. In addition, the department offers elective courses in speech communication, mass communications, drama, music and art, which are open to all University students. The major goal of the department’s curriculum is to educate and expose university students to the many facets of the arts, humanities and mass communication disciplines and provide the depth and breadth of exposure to culturally diverse styles, periods, techniques, methodologies, and technologies that will allow them to apply their training in future vocational endeavors. Currently there are three majors in the department; Commercial Design, Music and Mass Communications. Each program of study has made tremendous progress academically through technology and laboratory enhancements along with curriculum changes validated by industry and national accrediting standards.
Commercial Design - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degreeThe Commercial Design program provides majors with on-the-job training at design studios, public relations firms, television stations, newspaper and magazine publishers, publishing companies, the film industry, print shops, department stores and governmental agencies. Student interns must receive a satisfactory performance evaluation from the external internship supervisor in order to complete this requirement. Many of the graduates are hired permanently with these companies after graduation. These experiences reflect a much needed collaboration with the Mass Communications major at the university. Most of the internship agencies involve the same type of work experiences that are needed for both majors, thus creating a collaborative resource for our students with technical expertise.
Music - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degreeThe Music program is designed to educate and to prepare teacher candidates capable of demonstrating success in bringing students from diverse groups to high levels of learning in music. The professional roles of our graduates will be in the areas of vocal and/or instrumental music at the elementary, middle and secondary levels. Unlike programs in other comparable institutions, the program includes courses such as Computer Applications in Music with special reference to computer-based instruction to introduce students to contemporary computer and recording techniques associated with music education. The program is also responsive to multicultural perspectives by the inclusion of courses to educate students not only in their respective ethnic traditions, but in cross-cultural interactions for better understanding and appreciation of various peoples. In that sense, the program is unique. The music program is designed to produce artist-teachers who have skills, knowledge, and positive attitudes to be successful teachers of music in a variety of settings.
Mass Communications - Bachelor Arts (B.A.) degree, with concentration in Broadcasting, Print Journalism or Public RelationsThe Mass Communications program prepares students for future graduate degrees and professional careers in communication, law, human relations, journalism, public relations, television and radio. The field of mass communications is constantly changing. The changes are the results of technological innovations which are challenging both the traditional methods of delivering information to the public and the methods used by journalism and mass communications educators to prepare future media professionals. Therefore, the challenge for educators is to use new technologies creatively to teach those critical skills that enhance employment opportunities for students. To this end, our program is committed to: (1) attracting and training a diverse student population for successful careers in print media, public relations or broadcasting, (2) providing practical hands-on opportunities for students to become efficient in the essential communication skills of writing, announcing and interviewing and to hone their skills in production and visual communications, while understanding the legal and ethical parameters in which they will deploy these skills in the marketplace, and (3) providing a broad theoretical framework for analyzing and understanding societal issues. Graduates of the program should be able to gain employment and internships in various media industries such as radio, newspapers, magazines, television, cable, public relations and new media firms. Producers, news directors, copy editors and managing editors will find the Mass Communications graduate to be suitably qualified for employment with little or no supervision.
Minor programs of study are offered in Commercial Design, Mass Communications, Music (with concentrations in Jazz, Instrumental Music, Piano Performance and Vocal Performance) and Speech Communication.
- Band and Music Scholarships - The University awards scholarships to selected members of the FVSU Marching Band.
- Art and Music scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to students of superior ability. These scholarship programs are administered by the Music Directors and the Department Head.
- Carlos Mookie Gardner Garcia Scholarship; HOPE, and FVSU Foundation
- Shirley Ellis – Director of FVSU Television (TV21)and Radio Station (FM 103.4)
- Ervin Williams – Radio and Television Technician
- Geraldine Davis – Secretary
- Dontay Farley
- Anntonio Gunn
- The Blue Machine Marching Band
- Jazz Ensemble
- Concert Band
- Concert Choir
- Male Glee Club
- Women’s Ensemble
- Gospel Choir
- Joseph Adkins Players
- Special Events
- J.C. Hill Forensic Debate Team
- Designers’ Guild
- Mass Communications Club
- The Peachite student newspaper
WFVS-LP is a non-commercial educational low-power radio station licensed to the Fort Valley State University's Broadcasters Club. The 100-Watt Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulated station covers a radius of about 3 miles and streams on the internet at Fort Valley State University homepage. The station serves the educational, cultural, and social needs of the FVSU students, staff, and faculty and the surrounding community. It is also simulcast with the university's 30 Watt AM Carrier Current radio station WFVS AM530.
Shirley L. Ellis, the University's television station manager initiated the process to start the station and the Broadcasters Club was granted a permit to begin constructing the station in June 2003. Construction of the station was completed in August 2004 during which time the station began broadcasting on frequency 104.3. Ellis authored a Title III Grant to get the initial funding for the station. The station prepares students to become professionals by integrating hands-on experience with classroom instruction.
Students receive hands-on training in all aspects of radio broadcasting including programming, production, promotions and management. Students serve as on-air personalities, music directors, producers, program directors and editors on the station. By working as a member of the student radio station volunteer staff the students are prepared for professional-entry level positions in radio broadcasting. The station complies with FCC guidelines and operates under the same standards as commercial radio stations. It is managed and operated by the Fort Valley State University Fine Arts, Humanities and Mass Communications Department. The station is instrumental in the department's efforts to teach students mainstream radio broadcasting. Using the on-air slogan "The New Power Jamz ... Middle Georgia's Best Music Mix," the station is formatted to play a mix of several music genres, including Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Hip-Hop. The station also broadcast daily special programming that includes national news and sports, entertainment-oriented shows, health and inspirational programing from the America Urban Radio Networks (AUN) and the Sheridan Broadcasting Networks (SBN) and Anderson Communications.
During football season live play by play action of Wildcat Football is broadcast on the station. Since its inception, the station has received several awards Black College Radio (BCR) organization including the 2008-2009 Black College Radio Station of the Year. The station is also associated with national professional organizations including the National Black Programmers Coalition (NBPC).