Woodbury University announced the formation of a groundbreaking advanced degree program in Media for Social Justice. Students in the two-year M.A. program – which will reside in the university’s School of Media, Culture and Design – will learn how to create and leverage media for social change. The program, accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), will welcome its first cohort in September 2014.
Throughout the two-year program, students will explore their commitment to social justice, develop skills in transmedia production and entrepreneurship, and work closely with award-winning producers Harry Wiland and Dale Bell of the Media Policy Center in Santa Monica.
The M.A. curriculum will combine traditional coursework with an innovative, hands-on apprenticeship program that runs the entire course of the graduate degree. The program’s transmedia approach will provide an immersive media experience as students work together to advance the cause of social justice across multiple media formats and platforms. Students will emerge from the program as media entrepreneurs, with the knowledge, tools, and networking skills necessary for producing and distributing media that promotes greater social justice.
“The Media for Social Justice program is a very special collaboration between Woodbury University and the Media Policy Center,” said Nicole Keating, Ph.D., Chair, Media for Social Justice, Woodbury University. “Whether students want to produce documentaries, develop websites, design games, engage in research and writing, or design their own approach to transmedia production, our program teaches social entrepreneurship with an emphasis on civic engagement. Students will have the privilege of working with Harry and Dale, two media luminaries whose experience and expertise will shape apprenticeships that promise to be transformational.”