Dean’s Message2018-02-20T18:50:17+00:00

January 8, 2018

Dear CARTA Incoming and Returning Students,

Of behalf of the faculty and professional staff, welcome to the Spring 2018 semester!

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 scholarships and other 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 visit your college’s homepage, There you will learn more about the College of Communication, Architecture, + The Arts’ (CARTA) engaged mission to drive the information, innovation, and cultural economy of South Florida and beyond and to provide you with applied, trans-disciplinary curricula that fully prepares you for meaningful careers and leadership positions. Composed of three schools and seven departments — the School of Communication + Journalism, School Architecture (ranked 2nd in the nation again this year by, 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 – CARTA is home to a nationally acclaimed faculty and is recognized as a leader in trans-disciplinary education.

So, what does CARTA have to offer you in support of your FIU Worlds Ahead education? Where do we begin? First, I encourage you to watch Our Future Is Now! for quick overview of CARTA. (Hint: Be sure to turn up the sound.)

So, are you Interested in attending music concerts or theatre productions in our beautiful Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center? How about attending our art exhibitions, guest lecture series, or job fairs? Festival of the Trees? Walk on Water? How about joining the FIU Symphony, FIU Choir, or the FIU Golden Panther Marching Band? 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, and study abroad opportunities? Maybe you will want to study at our campus in Genoa, Italy? How about studying on Miami Beach or in Wynwood? In addition to offering courses on our primary campuses, MMC and BBC, CARTA has innovative community based facilities on Miami Beach and in Wynwood! The CARTA | Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) is located in the historic 420 Building, on one of America’s most famous thoroughfares, Lincoln Road. MBUS has performances, lectures, exhibition galleries, design studios, and is home CARTA Innovation Lab, the nation’s largest 3D Printer Maker Space in an arts or design school. Our soon-to-be opening CARTA | Mana Wynwood facility is also ideally located in the heart of Miami’s arts and design district, and is home to CARTA’s exclusive partnership with the Bauhaus-Dessau, the CARTA Bauhaus-Dessau Think Tank, and to our Miami Urban Futures Initiative. You guessed it. You can find all of this information – and more – on the College’s homepage!

Are you interested in learning more about the impacts of climate change? Well, you can visit our CARTA Climate Change Initiative webpage and our award-winning webpage. Enter your address and you can visualize the impacts of rising sea levels in South Florida. Are you interesting in virtual reality? Well, you can learn in our Mobile Virtual Reality Journalism Lab or the Integrated Computer and Virtual Environment (I-CAVE). 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 Lab. . Do you have an innovative idea and are considering launching your own business? Our Ratcliffe Arts + Design Incubator may be exactly what you need to become a successful entrepreneur! You guessed it; these initiatives are all part of your college and available to you!.

Are you interested in connecting with your friends and learning more about your colleagues’ and faculty members’ accomplishments? If so, I encourage you visit our social media links, our CARTANews site, and our nationally acclaimed South Florida News Service site. How about learning more about the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center For the Advancement of Women? Environmental Journalism? Spanish Language Journalism? (We have the only graduate program in the country!) Public Speaking Labs? Writing Labs? Scene Shops? Fabrication Labs? How about our academic partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (FIU RCL World Stage) and their brand new rehearsal, production, and performance facility at our BBC campus? You guessed it; these are all part of your college and you can find information about each on our homepage.

As you can see, there is lot to do and a lot to be proud of in CARTA. And, we, like you, are excited about the upcoming year and the opportunities ahead of us!

Go Panthers!


Brian Schriner

College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building
11200 SW 8th Street Miami, Florida 33199
PH: 305-348-7500 | Fx: 305-348-6717