Dean’s Message2018-08-20T12:09:24+00:00

August 20, 2018

Dear CARTA Incoming and Returning Students,

On behalf of the faculty and professional staff, welcome to the Fall 2018 semester!

First, let me begin by thanking you. We are appreciative of your trust and your decision to pursue your goals in the College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts (CARTA). We know you had options when selecting a university to pursue your dreams, and we are confident you made the correct choice. We are very proud of the fact CARTA provides you with the unique opportunity to study with award-winning faculty members, in nationally acclaimed programs, among motivated and talented peers, in the heart of Miami, North Miami, and Miami Beach – three of the nation’s most exciting and creative cities!

Whether you are a new or a returning student, to begin your semester, I encourage you to visit There you can review your class schedule, the University Course Catalog, your Panther Degree Audit (PDA), your unofficial transcript, and any financial assistance you may be receiving in support of your goals. You will also find the name and contact information of your professional academic advisor. If you have not done so already, please contact your academic advisor to discuss any questions you have and to confirm you are registered for the correct courses, putting you on track for a timely graduation.

I also encourage you to begin  your semester by visiting your college’s homepage,, and viewing the video, Our Future Is Now!, (Hint: Be sure to turn up the sound.) Home to three schools and seven departments — the School of Communication + Journalism, School Architecture, School of Music, Department of Art + Art History, Department of Theatre, Department of Communication, Department of Journalism + Media, Department of Architecture, Department of Interior Architecture, and the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design – your college is recognized as a leader in trans-disciplinary education. We want to you stay connected with your friends and learn more about your colleagues’ and faculty members’ accomplishments; therefore, I encourage you visit our social media links,  CARTANews, and our Department of Journalism + Media’s  South Florida Media Network and award-winning South Florida News Service.

In addition to providing you access to a 21st century, experiential-learning curriculum designed to prepare you for meaningful careers and taught by renowned faculty, what does CARTA have to offer you in support of your FIU Worlds Ahead education?

Let’s start by reviewing our events calendar.  Are you interested in attending music concerts or theatre productions in our beautiful Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center? How about attending art exhibitions, guest lecture series, or job fairs? Professional student organizations? Interior Architecture’s annual Festival of the Trees? Architecture’s Walk on Water? How about joining the FIU Music’s Symphony Orchestra, Choir, or Golden Panther Marching Band?  Are you interested in Public Relations? Why not join our student-run BOLD Agency? You guessed it; they are all part of your college and you can find information about each on our homepage.

Are you interested in learning about additional scholarship, internship, mentorships, and study abroad opportunities? Of course, you are!  After visiting our listing of scholarships and study abroad opportunities, I encourage you to visit our Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center For the Advancement of Women in Communication. Maybe you will want to study at our campus in Genoa, Italy? Are you interested in working at one our news bureaus in Washington, DC or New York City? If you prefer to stay closer to home, you can take classes and attend events at the CARTA | Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS). It’s located in the historic 420 Building on Lincoln Road and home to the CARTA Innovation Lab — the nation’s largest 3D Printer Maker Space in an arts or design school. Do you have an innovative idea and are considering launching your own business? Our Ratcliffe Arts + Design Incubator on the Biscayne Bay Campus may be exactly what you need to become a successful entrepreneur!  Where can you learn more? You guessed it. You can find all of this information – and more – on our homepage!

Are you interested in learning more about the impacts of climate change? Well, you can visit our CARTA Climate Change Initiative and our award-winning community journalism project, Enter your address and you can visualize the impacts of rising sea levels in South Florida. Are you interested in virtual reality and other such emerging technologies? Our Integrated Computer and Virtual Environment (I-CAVE) and our soon-to-be constructed Immersive Studio for Altered Reality (iSTAR), a state-of-the-art facility funded by Bridgegate Picture, may be for you.  Are you interested in building sciences? You can take classes and conduct research in our Structures and Environmental Technology Lab, our Fabrications Lab, and our Robotics and Digital Fabrications Lab. You guessed it; these initiatives -and several like them – are all part of your college and all are available to you!

In closing, thank you again for your confidence in FIU and CARTA. Your education is an investment in your future, and what you do now – or choose not to do – will influence your future opportunities. I encourage you to get involved on campus, attend events, and participate in organizations. As you can see, there is lot to do and a lot to be proud of in CARTA. We believe Our Future Is Now!, and like you, we are excited about the upcoming year and the opportunities ahead of us!


Brian Schriner