Program

Below is a visualization of how students will generally move through the Digital Storytelling program. First, determine which track fits you:

  • The Media Hybrid Track is designed for students who do not have an undergraduate media-related degree. While the majority of the classes are online, this track requires that students spend 2-4 weeks on-campus during a summer or summers.  Consult with your faculty advisor for more information on specific courses.
  • The Advanced Media Online Track is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate media-related degree or have extensive professional media experience. The program may be completed entirely online, although a student may choose to take part in on-campus classes. Up to 3 hours of credit for professional experience may be considered in place of a specific course. Talk to your advisor for more information.

Locate the semester heading at the top of each column and read from left to right across the page. The total academic hours for each column are located at the column’s bottom.

Projected Program course cycle: We expect students to pursue their coursework at different rates. Our tentative course cycle follows: 

Media Hybrid Track

Fall I Spring I Summer I Fall II Spring II Summer II
Master Storytelling (3) Advanced Screenwriting (3) Television Production (3) Apprenticeship (3) Editing Practice & Theory (3) Thesis/Project I (2)
Media Ethics (3) Viral Marketing (3) Digital Field Production (3) Elective (3) Elective (3) Thesis/Project II (3)
Deconstructing Documentary (3) Research Methods (1) Audio Production (3) Elective (3)    
           
Total: 9 hours Total: 7 hours Total: 9 hours Total: 9 hours Total: 6 hours Total: 5 hours

Advanced Media Online Track

Fall I Spring I Summer I Fall II Spring II
Master Storytelling (3) Advanced Screenwriting (3) Apprenticeship (3) Elective (3) Thesis/Project I (2)
Media Ethics (3) Viral Marketing (3)   Elective (3) Thesis/Project II (3)
Deconstructing Documentary (3) Research Methods (1)      
         
Total: 9 hours Total: 7 hours Total: 3 hours Total: 6 hours Total: 5 hours

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR 2 TRACKS

Note: Students must complete each course with a minimum 2.0 for the class to count toward the M.A.

Course Key: (These are tentative-we are in the process of moving additional classes online)

F= Course offered during the Fall semester
S= Course offered during the Spring semester
IS= Course offered during an intensive summer session on-campus
OC= Course offered on-campus
ON= Course offered online
SUM= Course may be taken during the summer

1. Media Hybrid Track Requirements (45 semester hours)

  • MC   261 Television Production (F, S, IS)
  • MC   302 Digital Field Production (F, S, IS)
  • MC   121 Audio Production (F, S, IS)
  • MCG 528 Editing Practice & Theory (S/ON)
  • DSG 582 Advanced Screenwriting (S/ON)
  • DSG 621 Master Storyteller’s Seminar (F/ON)
  • DSG 625 Deconstructing the Documentary: Myths, Propaganda & Truth (F/ON)
  • DSG 630 Viral Marketing, Methods, Messages, Media (S/ON)
  • DSG 641 Research Methods (F, S/ON)
  • DSG 642 Media Ethics (F/ON)
  • DSG 710 Apprenticeship (F, S/SUM)
  • DSG 740/741 Master's Thesis/Creative Project (F, S, SUM)

Select three of the following electives with your advisor’s permission

  • MCG 510 Cinematography (S, SUM/ON)
  • MCG 512 Film Production (SUM/OC)
  • MCG 511 Directing the Narrative Film (S/OC)
  • MCG 520 Design for Film, TV and Theatre (S/ON)
  • MCG 521 Advanced Directing (F/OC)
  • MCG 524 Producing for Film (S/OC)
  • MCG 526 Designing/Creating with After Effects (F, OC)
  • DSG 692 Directed Study (May be taken more than once) (F, S, SUM)

 

2. Advanced Media Online Track Requirements (30 semester hours)

  • DSG 582 Advanced Screenwriting (S/ON)
  • DSG 621 Master Storyteller’s Seminar (F/ON)
  • DSG 625 Deconstructing the Documentary: Myths, Propaganda & Truth (F/ON)
  • DSG 630 Viral Marketing, Methods, Messages, Media (S/ON)
  • DSG 640 Research Methods (F,S/ON)
  • DSG 642 Media Ethics (F/ON)
  • DSG 710 Apprenticeship (F, S, SUM)
  • DSG 740/741 Master's Thesis/Creative Project (F, S, SUM)

Select two of the following electives with your advisor’s permission:

  • MCG 510 Cinematography (F/ON, S/OC)
  • MCG 512 Film Production (SUM/OC)
  • MCG 528 Editing Practice & Theory (S/ON)
  • DSG 691 Independent Study (May be taken more than once) (F, S, SUM)
  • DSG 692 Directed Study (May be taken more than once) (F, S, SUM)

Note: Up to 3 hours may be waived based upon prior coursework or extensive professional experience.
*Note: If these electives were taken at the undergraduate level, they may count toward the MA degree.

Graduation Requirements

  • GPA requirement of 3.00
  • Successful completion of the MA in Communications Thesis or Project

How will the program benefit me?

The Masters of Digital Storytelling mission will enable graduates to be able to better communicate their values and message, thereby helping them become more effective leaders. Specifically, storytelling is inherent. That is, we are driven to tell stories because that is a primary vehicle whereby we enable others to understand us and come to understand our world. Every person has a desire to tell story, to use narrative as a means of making connections. In fact, narrative is, according to novelist Reynolds Price, “the dominant source of our lives.” So, students will work to create, produce, tell and interpret stories. In doing so, students benefit in several ways. They will

  • learn the craft of creating stories through character, plot, and action that enable participants to experience the events of the story.
  • master skill sets in how to tell various types of stories that enhance intercultural understanding and communication for maximum audience impact.
  • get practical experience in producing material that is engaging, visual, and imaginative.
  • learn how to use narrative as a teaching tool for communicating key ideas and themes.
  • learn to use story as a way of knowing and revealing possibilities. That is, story help students and others reveal that which is achievable, that which is within our potential, that which serves as the foundation for vision.
  • use state-of-the-art digital technology to enhance their storytelling.

These are some of the acquired benefits when students take ownership of and partner with the Master of Digital Storytelling program. From the start this master’s program is more than a way of exchanging information and promoting ideas. Rather, the program is about learning how to write more powerful stories, experiencing narrative techniques to explain universal life experiences, exploring diverse cultures, and learning how to integrate narrative principles and digital tools to communicate meaning. We show students how to use their voice to create a compelling vision for the world.

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Click to view the Advanced Media Major sheet.