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School of Communication

Inside the control room at ZTV, the student-run TV station on campus

School of Communication


As Northeast Ohio’s only comprehensive communication program, we immerse students in the full range of communication skills necessary for successful careers – today and tomorrow. Students focus their study toward their areas of interest by choosing one of three areas of emphasis: media studies, public relations or strategic and organizational communication. The School houses a master’s program for select candidates.

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Matthew Cherry, whose animated short film "Hair Love" won an Academy Award in 2020.

School of Communication graduate's short film wins Oscar

Matthew Cherry, who studied mass media, radio and television in the School of Communication, has won an Academy Award for his animated short film, "Hair Love." Full story.

“I’m really proud to be a Zip," Cherry told the student newspaper, the Buchtelite. "And I think now’s a great time to take advantage at The University of Akron to take that next step in life to where you want to be. I couldn’t think of a better place.”


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