Digital Storytelling Program Details – Asbury University
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Welcome to Asbury University’s Master of Arts in Digital Storytelling program! This M.A. program prepares you to craft compelling narratives for a variety of contexts, including film, live production, and the web. The program combines theoretical knowledge with the practical skills and technology knowledge needed for exceptional digital storytelling.

Students with an undergraduate media-related degree: Students who have already completed a multicam studio television class, single camera (filmstyle shooting) & editing class, and a basic audio class can move directly into the online Digital Storytelling M.A. degree and complete the program in 30 credit hours.

Media professionals: Media professionals, or individuals who have extensive media experience in television studio production, single camera, editing and audio production, can move directly into the online Digital Storytelling M.A. degree and complete the program in 30 credit hours.

Individuals who have no media experience and have not completed media classes: These individuals will be required to take three undergraduate prerequisite courses to prepare them for the graduate curriculum. The classes include Multicam Television Production, Single Camera Production and Audio Production. This means that these students will be required to take the 9 credit hours of prerequisites plus the 30 credit hours in order to complete the M.A. program. The three prerequisite courses can be taken on campus during the Fall and Spring semesters or students have the opportunity to take each of these courses as intensive two-week classes during the summer.

You will need to consult with your faculty advisor for more information on specific courses.

Credit for Professional Experience: 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.

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

Degree Requirements

Ready to get started? Here are the classes you’ll need to take. Please note that if you have not completed prerequisites MC 121 (Audio Production), MC 261 (Television Production), and MC 302 (Single Camera Production), or their equivalent, you’ll need to take them as part of your degree path. All three courses are offered as two-week intensives during the summer.

Digital Storytelling Core (12 Credit Hours)

  • DSG 502 – Intro to Grad. Communication
  • DSG 550 – Master Storytellers Seminar
  • DSG 630 – Viral Marketing Methods
  • DSG 640 – Comm. Research Methods
  • DSG 642 – Media Ethics & Criticism

Experiential Courses (Choose 1 course = 3 Hours)

  • DSG 612 – Summer Film Production
  • DSG 613 – Summer Television Production
  • DSG 710 – Directed Apprenticeship

Media Writing Courses (Choose 1 course = 3 Hours)

  • DSG 582 – Feature Film Screenwriting
  • DSG 585 – Cross-Platform Storytelling
  • DSG 614 – Writing the One-Hour Drama
  • DSG 616 – Writing the Half-Hour Comedy
  • MCG 533 – Advanced Journalistic Research/Writing

Industry Courses (Choose 1 course = 3 Hours)

  • DSG 625 – Deconstructing the Documentary
  • DSG 650 – The Business of Media
  • MCG 530 – Media Ministry & the Church

Elective Courses (Choose 3 courses = 9 Hours)

You may choose any DSG or MCG course (not previously used), an IDG course, or an MBA 500-level course. Below are some examples of courses you could choose.

  • DSG 610 – Cinematography Theory & Practice
  • DSG 620 – Rewriting the Script
  • DSG 655 – Directing for Television & Film
  • DSG 799 – Master’s Thesis/Creative Project
  • MCG 525 – Sports Storytelling
  • MCG 532 – Sundance Film Festival
  • MCG 560 – Underwater Cinematography
  • IDG 550 – Project Management
  • MBA 516 – Strategic Marketing

The degree requirements are also available for download as a PDF.