Roy H. Park School of Communications

Diane Gayeski, Dean

Virginia Mansfield-Richardson, Associate Dean

Bryan M. Roberts, Associate Dean


For full faculty listings, see “Faculty and Administration.”

Faculty and Administration


The Park School offers the following degree programs:

Bachelor of Science

  • Cinema and Photography
  • Communication Management and Design
  • Emerging Media
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Television-Radio

Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • Film, Photography, and Visual Arts

Bachelor of Arts

  • Journalism
  • Documentary Studies and Production

Master of Science

  • Communications; for information see the Ithaca College graduate catalog. Graduate Catalog
  • Communications Innovation

Each undergraduate program involves students in all aspects of communication, including the history, structure, and function of communication organizations; the technical, creative, and aesthetic elements of media production; and the evaluation, criticism, and analysis of media and communication systems.

Creative expression and experimentation are strongly encouraged, and students are invited to participate in the school’s various student-operated media opportunities, including radio stations WICB-FM and 106-VIC; television cable access channel ICTV; the professional production unit, Park Productions; the campus newspaper, the Ithacan ; the College’s end-of-year publication, the Year in Review ; the online magazine, iMPrint ; the alternative magazine of satire and opinion, Buzzsaw ; and the diversity magazine, 360º . Students may also join the Park Student Advisory Council, the Public Relations Student Society of America, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Broadcasting Society (NBS), Alpha Delta Sigma (American Advertising Federation), Communication Management and Design Student Association, Writing for Production Association, Lambda Pi Eta honor society, and other student organizations.


In the Roy H. Park School of Communications we continue to build on our tradition of blending and balancing liberal arts and professional, theoretical, and practical studies. We explore, create, and practice communication in its many forms, educating agile, adaptable thinkers, ethical professionals, and lifelong learners.

Laboratory Fees

The Park School does not charge laboratory fees. However, the convergent nature of the communications discipline requires that all students have consistent access to a basic set of multimedia tools. All entering students are required to acquire a laptop computer for use in their classroom and production work. Specifications about the required make and model and any required software will be provided to students upon admission to the Park School. Students enrolled in certain courses may also be required to supply their own equipment and/or materials, including computer data storage media. In the cinema and photography program students are expected to furnish their own light meters and cameras for all still photography courses. In addition, students must purchase materials such as photographic film and paper, motion picture film, and mounting board. Because of the large number of production courses, students in B.F.A. programs in film, photography, and visual arts incur additional costs for materials.

Academic Policies

In addition to general College guidelines for academic standing, majors in the Roy H. Park School of Communications must meet the following requirements:

  • All students at Ithaca College must complete the Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC).  The requirements for the ICC are listed under the degree requirements for each of the eight majors in the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
  • Majors in B.S. and B.A. programs must complete at least 60 credits outside of Park School communications courses (including the distribution requirements listed above) to satisfy their degree requirements (120 credits). B.F.A. majors must complete at least 48 credits outside of Park School communications courses to satisfy their degree requirements (120 credits). The regulations of the New York State Education Department require 60 credits in courses designated as liberal arts (LA) for the B.S., 90 credits for the B.A., and 30 credits for the B.F.A.
  • Majors must take all communications courses, whether required or elective, and all outside courses required for the major, including supplemental requirements and distribution requirements, for a letter grade. The only exceptions are specially designated communications courses, which may be offered on a pass/fail basis, and internships, which are offered only pass/fail. Credit for courses that a student has taken pass/fail and passed before becoming a major will be accepted.
  • Majors are required to take a minimum of 12 credits each semester. Part-time status requires the approval of the associate dean and is usually granted only to seniors who lack fewer than the 12 credits required for graduation and to certain students of nontraditional age who are enrolled in approved majors.
  • Majors are required to make up incomplete grades in communications courses by the end of the following semester, as required by the course instructor. Incompletes will not be given in production courses (a production course is any course that requires equipment to be checked out from the Park Portable Equipment Center).
  • Students may enroll in only one major within the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
  • A few courses offered in the Roy H. Park School of Communications may be taken twice with the permission of the instructor (these are specified in the course descriptions). However, even with the permission of the instructor, if there is not enough space to permit a student’s taking the class a second time, preference for registration in the course will be given to students who have not taken the course and who need it to stay on track for graduation.
  • Total credit for workshop courses in the Park School may not exceed 8 credits, except for B.F.A. majors, who may not take more than 12 credits in workshop courses.
  • Auditing laboratory or production courses is not permitted.
  • In programs requiring concentrations, students should elect the concentration before registration for the first semester of their sophomore year. Several courses are available only to students with declared concentrations that require the course. A student may have only one concentration; the concentration most recently declared is the one in force.
  • All proposed waiver-substitution forms must be submitted to the appropriate department chair before the last day of class of the semester before the student’s final semester. Requests submitted after that deadline may not be honored, which may delay the student’s graduation.
  • Students enrolled in 1-credit minicourses are not permitted to add, drop or withdraw from the course within the three days before the course’s start date.
  • Plagiarism — the use of work other than one’s own without proper citation or credit — is a serious offense. Penalties for plagiarism include failure on the assignment, failure in the course, and/or College academic discipline, which could mean suspension or dismissal from the College. Plagiarism can involve not only written work but also computer programs, photographs, artwork, films, videos, and sound. Students at all unsure about what constitutes plagiarism or how to give credit should see their instructor and consult the Ithaca College student handbook. For further information see also “Plagiarism” in the "Academic Affairs Information" section of this catalog. 

Individual departments and programs in the Park School have additional requirements, especially regarding internal and cumulative grade point averages. Students should refer to the department and program requirements for complete information.

Failure to meet any of the academic regulations of the College, school, or individual department or program will result in placement on academic warning, program suspension, or dismissal from the Park School, or dismissal from Ithaca College.

Academic Status

To remain in good academic standing, a student must meet the minimum academic standards for his or her degree program under the catalog year in which they entered the degree program, unless a student elects to move to a different catalog year that occurs after the student entered the degree program . These standards are listed under each degree program. Students who do not earn the required minimum overall cumulative GPA will be placed on academic warning or suffer program suspension, program dismissal, or dismissal from the College. In the Park School a student need not be on academic warning for one semester before being suspended or dismissed from the program or dismissed from Ithaca College. Students who drop to part-time status (fewer than 12 credit hours in a semester) without written permission from the associate dean submitted on the appropriate form will be placed on warning.

Dean’s List

The dean’s list in the Roy H. Park School of Communications is made up of majors in each class who meet all the following criteria during the semester:

  • a minimum semester GPA of 3.70
  • completion of a minimum of 15 credits, of which at least 12 are graded, not pass/fail or Satisfactory/D/F option
  • no final grades of D, F, or I (incomplete)

The dean’s list status, awarded each semester, is based on a student’s semester GPA rather than the cumulative GPA for all semesters the student has attended Ithaca College.

Academic Advising

All students in the Park School are assigned an academic adviser on entering their academic program. Students are required to meet with their advisers before registration for classes. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisers if they are planning to study abroad or in Los Angeles or New York. Any change in a student’s academic plan, such as adding a minor or second major, should first be reviewed with that student’s academic adviser. A student may change his or her adviser at any time by filling out a form available in the dean’s office. A student’s academic adviser must teach courses in the student’s major department.

Park students have an academic adviser assigned to them at all times, even if they are on academic warning, program suspension, or program dismissal. (Students who have been dismissed from their degree program in the Park School retain their academic adviser until they are accepted into another major at Ithaca College.) If a student’s academic adviser is on sabbatical, a leave of absence, or a medical leave of absence, or if he or she leaves employment at the College, the student is assigned a new academic adviser within his or her major. The academic adviser assigned to the entering first-year student during orientation is not necessarily the same adviser a student will be assigned when starting classes in the Park School. To verify the name of their academic adviser, students should check their online student information on Homer Connect. (

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