When you think of Rome, you may think of incredible ancient monuments like the Colosseum or stunning works of historic art like the Sistine Chapel. However, while Rome’s rich history is everywhere you look, you may not realize that Rome is also a modern film, television, and media hub.
From the city’s legendary film studios to John Cabot University’s (JCU’s) own production facilities, studying communications at JCU is an unrivalled opportunity. Here are just three fantastic benefits that communications majors get by studying abroad in Rome.
1. Studying Abroad Helps You Learn About Culture and Global Media
Media is a part of global culture and is itself becoming increasingly globalized. That makes the ability to understand and relate to different cultures essential if you want to thrive in the media and communications fields. Studying abroad is your opportunity to expose yourself to different ways of life and new perspectives. Simply being surrounded by an unfamiliar culture and language everyday can help you step out of your comfort zone and look at the world from new angles, which is a great skill to have if you want to work in media.
Furthermore, many of the courses offered at JCU will give you a better understanding of how media and culture interact. For example, in Media, Culture and Society, you will learn how media functions in social discourse. Other courses, like Intercultural Communications and Italian Cinema, give you an opportunity to learn about media’s role in different cultures and regions.
2. Communications Majors Can Learn from Rome’s Legendary Film Industry
Italian cinema is world-famous, with directors like Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, and Roberto Rossellini among the most acclaimed directors to have ever lived. Rome’s legendary Cinecittà film studio is at the heart of the Italian film industry. This is the largest film studio in Europe, and it is where iconic movies like La Dolce Vita, Ben-Hur, and Roman Holiday were filmed.
Communications majors who study abroad in Rome get to go on field trips to Cinecittà and absorb some of the movie magic at a studio where major films and television shows are still produced. Beyond Cinecittà, communications majors also take advantage of Rome’s many other film and media assets. These include attending film screenings with directors, author events, international conferences, and influential speaker series.
3. You Can Take Advantage of the Media Production Facilities at JCU
For anybody studying communications, having access to excellent production facilities is a must. When you study communications at JCU, you’ll have access to our impressive media production facilities. At our Digital Media Lab, for example, you can edit your work on 27” Apple iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite and use MIDI keyboards and Sony 7506 headphones for mixing and mastering music.
Our TV studio is the ideal place to get some hands-on experience in a functioning television studio. This facility boasts Panasonic mirrorless camera feeds, green screen, teleprompter, a Newtek Tricaster and control surface, and much more. The TV studio control room gives you a chance to use tools like a vision mixer, technical director’s station, video monitor, and audio mixing console. With these tools at your disposal, you’ll get invaluable experience for a career in media.
Do you want to study abroad in Italy?
Contact John Cabot University to learn about the programs at our Rome university.