The CMP Student Experience
From their very first day, students in Communication, Media and Persuasion gain hands-on experience and skill with photography, design, argumentation, video production, debate, advertising, and public relations. Below is a small sample of current groups, projects, and coursework:
The James M. and Sharron E. Rupp Debate Society
The James M. and Sharron E. Rupp Debate Society is comprised of students from Idaho State University who compete in various types of intercollegiate debate and speech competitions.
The American Advertising Federation is an active student organization at ISU. They hold regular meetings and events throughout the year to fund-raise and network, and compete every spring in the National Student Advertising Competition.
Sport Crew is responsible for the production and broadcasting of all Bengal home football, basketball, and women’s volleyball games.
Although not an official CMP student organization, many of our Journalism, Photography, and Corporate Communications majors gain valuable experience working at The Bengal, The Independent Voice of ISU.
KISU provides not only the best of traditional public radio programming, but also produces between 20-to-30 hours of local radio programming every week covering news, public affairs, and a wide range of eclectic musical genres. KISU also broadcasts live ISU women's soccer, volleyball and basketball events throughout the school year.
Current Student Projects
CMP 3339 - Web Design
Web Design students produce two major projects over the course of the semester. Each student is required to create a personal portfolio website, as well as participate in a group project wherein they build a website for an external client.
CMP 3352 - Photo Communication
This survey course is typically the first photo class taken after introductory photography. CMP 3352 provides students opportunities to explore visual genres of portraiture, landscape, documentary, and studio. Course trips take students on location for practical field experience.
CMP 4457 - Advanced Photo Media
This is the capstone course for Photo Media track majors. Here, photography students develop in-depth visual stories, learn practical business skills, and develop a professional portfolio.
CMP 4436 - Advanced Issues in Design
In the capstone course for Graphic Design majors, students polish their portfolios and get ready to enter the job market. They also create posters for the Simplot Games, which are presented to the Simplot Games Board of Directors and a winning poster is chosen. The winning student is then awarded a $500 check and a donation is made to the Mass Communications Department.