Community Partners

NSU's Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts aims to serve the needs of our community while providing relevant educational experiences to our students. Below is a list of community organizations we have partnered with to give students hands-on learning in an array of industries. 

Florida Scholastic Press Association

The Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) District 7 Workshop is for all students in public and private schools in Broward, Martin, and Palm Beach counties enrolled in journalism courses, including: Journalism I, Broadcasting, Literary Magazine, Newspaper, Yearbook, Web Design and Graphics. This conference brings nearly 1,000 people to campus, and students get experience presenting on a variety of media topics. The FSPA includes more than 300 student publications, online media teams, and broadcast programs throughout the state. Its mission is to educate, train, and support scholastic journalists and their advisers.

Alvin Sherman Library Circle of Friends

The Alvin Sherman Library Circle of Friends and DCMA are working together to enrich the cultural life of the University and its larger community through the creation of several "Pen to Purpose" events that bring award-winning professional communicators to campus to discuss the work they do, including journalists, novelists, documentary filmmakers, and cartoonists.

Hoffman's Chocolates

With Hoffman's Chocolates donating the product, NSU undergraduate Communication students create chocolate-retail product mockups over the course of an eight-week course. The class gives students time to generate a proposed chocolate product, create visual design elements, and strategize promotional campaigns with depth and nuance. It also gives students a chance to translate their communication knowledge into practical experiences and share their talents with the world.

Yo Mama's Ice Cream

The Ice Cream Entrepreneur Program is a free summer program sponsored by the department for college-bound high school students with an interest in communication skills, advertising, branding and public relations. The program offers students the opportunity to learn about creating and launching a consumer-ready ice cream product. Working in teams, students meet for five consecutive days in the summer to develop a unique ice cream flavor while applying communication, branding, marketing, and oral presentation principles and skills. At the end of the program, each team gives an oral presentation and ice cream tasting to a panel of judges. Groups are evaluated on the quality of their ice cream, its market potential, and the oral presentation. Each student earns a certificate for completing the course and the winning flavor will have the opportunity to be produced locally at Yo Mama's Ice Cream in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Sweet Aloha Ice Cream

Students in COMM 4300: Social Media Theory and Practice have worked with Sweet Aloha Ice Cream to design social media campaigns and other marketing materials.

OutClique Magazine

OutClique magazine is South Florida's link to LGBTQA+ arts, entertainment, and travel. NSU communication students work with them to get experience writing and publishing news stories and press releases, as well as participating in a professional editorial process, learning PR skills that will serve them in their future careers.

Ceiba Groupe

For three decades, the principals of Ceiba Groupe have been a driving force in real estate development in South Florida and Canada. Family owned and operated, Ceiba Groupe was formed in 2012 to continue a legacy of pioneering developments—each of which defines its location, brings vibrancy to its neighborhood and enhances its community. Ceiba Groupe is recognized in the industry as a premier development firm that is true to its principles of integrity and innovation, with a collective portfolio that spans trend-setting luxury developments, cutting-edge mixed-use spaces, as well as strategically located office and industrial properties. Ceiba Groupe crafts one success story after another, maintaining the unique character and fabric of each destination.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Ranking among the top ten most-visited theaters in the world, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons. Overlooking the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, this premier performing arts venue hosts Broadway musicals, operas, ballets, concerts, plays, multi-cultural performances, lectures, workshops and educational events; and it offers one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, serving more than 150,000 students annually.

City Theatre - Miami

City Theatre is the only professional theater in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and production of ten-minute plays and musicals year-round for all ages. Launched in 1996, City Theatre is known as one of Florida's most distinctive theater companies, and Miami's 4th oldest.

Florida Breast Cancer Foundation

The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF) was founded by three Miami women in 1993. Originally named The South Florida Breast Cancer Coalition, the organization began as a nonprofit, grassroots organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through advocacy, education, and research.

The Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center

The Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center is a 498-seat theatre and part of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center on the NSU Florida main campus. The Performing Arts Center enhances both the academic experience at NSU, as well as the cultural life of the community at large, through its academic seminars and arts programming.

Slow Burn Theatre Company

Slow Burn showcases the best of contemporary musical theatre to South Florida, particularly by producing high-quality shows that likely have not been seen by our audiences. They recognize and support the incredible talents of South Florida's creative professionals, and provide them with a home where they can create and perform in a nurturing and rewarding environment.

Symphony of the Americas

The Symphony of the Americas (SOTA) is South Florida's premiere professional orchestra founded in 1988 by Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. To enrich the cultural environment of South Florida and the Americas, SOTA presents diverse orchestral music, international ensembles and educational programs with world-class guest artists on an intimate scale and foster the community through summer music festivals, educational instruction, outreach programming and unique partnerships in collaborative presentations.

Thinking Cap Theatre

Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT) strives to create theatre that explodes with thought. Founded in 2010, Thinking Cap Theatre is a 501c3 not-for-profit, professional theatre company that holds residence at The Vanguard.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Our faculty and students in the Art + Design program partner with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to teach PACE Girls of Broward County how to screen-print. We provide a graphic design workshop with the PACE girls where they create inspirational and uplifting quotes that they then print on tote bags, shirts, and papers.

Davie Golf Club

Our faculty and students worked with the Davie Golf Club to create an onsite mural.

David Posnack Jewish Community Center

The David Posnack JCC is a client in the ARTS 4500 Professional Print Design course taught by Prof. Kolos Schumy, In this course, students are designing logos, food truck wraps, and menus for the JCC’s grant-funded Hire Ability Project, which equips adults with IDD (intellectual and developmental disabilities) with employability skills and job opportunities.


The Frank

The Frank C. Ortis Art Gallery and Exhibit Hall is always looking for new student art to showcase in different sections of this warehouse turned gallery in Pembroke Pines.


Students enrolled in ARTS 3700 Methods & Materials transform prefabricated sculptures into marketable art pieces. They are given a blank sculpture to customize while thinking about the art market and what is saleable. At the end, students receive payment for their pieces.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Our department secures internships for our Art + Design students with the museum. We have also volunteered to create free screen prints for the community of a specific artwork created by featured artists.

Small Press Fair

NSU Art + Design is a sponsor for the Small Press Fair (SPF) and hosts a booth where we sell student works and teach the Fort Lauderdale community how to screen print. We make over 100+ prints (bags, shirts, paper) for the community each year.


Art + Design students and faculty volunteer their time to create massive (6' x 3') storybook sheets for StoryFest! every year. In addition to creating these storybook pages, students volunteer to attend the festival and create art with the local community.

Westfield Broward Mall

The Westfield Broward mall is constantly looking for new innovative artworks to display in their gallery and throughout the walls of the mall. They often hire DCMA students to create murals or to showcase their works.

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