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Examine the marriage of art and commerce, words and images, and old and new media.

Klein Family School of Communications Design
Liberal Arts and Policy Building
10 W. Preston St., Room 107
Baltimore, MD 21201

Division Chair
Jane Delury

Academic Program Coordinator/Adviser
Deidre Ferron

Academic Program Specialist
Lyndsay Bates

Making ideas public—that's how the Klein Family School of Communications Design defines its goal. Its programs blur the boundaries between creativity and practicality, between the arts and sciences and the real world.

The school offers opportunities to study traditional creative forms—poetry, fiction, drama, epic—as well as emerging media, including Web design and video, all presented within a historical and cultural context.

Our state-of-the-art Digital Design Studio lets students learn and practice desktop publishing; image creation, correction and manipulation; animation and Web design. Our Media Lab is the perfect place to explore studio and location digital video and audio production. The Ampersand Institute for Words & Images offers workshops, lectures and other public events that promote dialogue about the present and future of communication. The Baltimore Poetry library, a special collection in the Klein Family School of Communications Design, is the largest single collection of Baltimore-based, Baltimore-born, and Baltimore-related authors and publishers.

Our faculty produce a range of creative and professional work, including articles in scholarly and popular magazines and journals; academic, literary and commercial books; stories, poems and creative nonfiction; advertising, public relations and corporate identity pieces; films, videos and Web sites.

Our students and alumni work in major design, publishing and communications concerns in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

We keep ourselves busy.

When we're not teaching, studying, learning or otherwise improving the future of the communications, design and marketing fields, we like to support and provide homes to various projects:

  • Passager  's mission is to explore the imagination during writers' later years and to unearth the passion so often attributed to the young. As our writer friend Djelloul Marbrook said to us about his own work, "I've been writing all my life and finally I have something to say!" Passager journal publishes two issues per year of poetry, fiction and memoir from writers older than 50.

  • For more than 20 years, Passager Books has published first books by new older writers whose work has appeared in the journal. Learn more about Passager Books' latest offerings.

  • Welter  has been the University of Baltimore's student-produced literary journal for more than 45 years; it features students' poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction and artwork.