Career and Technical Education (CTE) of St. Johns County

UNF Welcomes Nease Communications Academy Students

Recently, Nease Digital Design Juniors and Seniors took a trip to the University of North Florida to learn about the college’s Design program.  Professor David Begley, Head of UNF’s Art, Art History and Design Department, took the group on a guided tour of the fine arts building to kick off the trip. Students got to visit the ceramics lab, photograph building, printmaking lab, and see student work.  During their tour, students were informed about the design major, the small class sizes offered to students, extracurricular activities on campus, and they learned about UNF’s on-campus art galleries.  Students were then welcomed into a design classroom, where Professor Begley discussed his background in design, and how he came to UNF as an instructor.  He shared what types of jobs students can get with a degree in design, what types of courses are offered in the curriculum, and discussed the new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design.  Students were able to see work created by design majors and ask questions.  It was an incredibly informative field trip, and our students had a great opportunity to learn about what UNF has to offer those who have an eye on digital design as a future career!

Not long after the Digital Design students spent some time with the Ospreys, the upper-level Wired and Sports Media students travelled to the University of North Florida’s campus, learning more about the University’s School of Communications.  The students toured the school’s Production studio, control room and equipment room.  They had the chance to watch students produce a Facebook Live weather report and learn more about the control room and studio equipment UNF’s program features.  On a walk through campus, students learned that a B.S. in Communications from the University of North Florida features four concentrations from which they can choose: Advertising, Multimedia Journalism, Digital Video Production and Public Relations.  Following the tour of the Communications Department, students visited UNF’s student union building, which houses Spinnaker Media, a student-run media outlet for television, news, and radio.  Our students got to speak with UNF students and learn more about the ample opportunities to hone their broadcasting or journalism skills via Spinnaker Media.  The UNF field trip, organized by Communications Academy Advisory Board member, Professor David Deeley, offered students valuable information and a first-hand view of the opportunities that UNF has to offer at the college level, and we thank him for organizing the event for us!