Program

The Digtial Storytelling major is available to students who have completed a media-related undergraduate degree, media professionals and those choosing to change careers and have no media background.

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 or on-campus 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 or on-campus 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, Digital Field 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. Our tentative course cycle follows:

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) Elective (3)
Deconstructing Documentary (3) Research Methods (1)      
         
Total: 9 hours Total: 7 hours Total: 3 hours Total: 6 hours Total: 5 hours

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:

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

Prerequite Courses (Not required for everyone)

  • MC   261 Television Production (Fall, Spring, Intensive Summer session on-campus)
  • MC   302 Digital Field Production (Fall, Spring, Intensive Summer session on-campus)
  • MC   121 Audio Production (Fall, Spring, Intensive Summer session on-campus)

Digital Storytelling Core (15)

  • DSG 550 Master Storyteller’s Seminar (Fall, Online)
  • DSG 625 Deconstructing the Documentary: Myths, Propaganda & Truth (Fall, Online)
  • DSG 630 Viral Marketing, Methods, Messages, Media (Spring, Online)
  • DSG 641 Communication Research Methods (Fall, Online)
  • DSG 642 Media Ethics (Fall, Online)

Choose one of the following courses (3)

  • DSG 710 Apprenticeship (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • DSG 612 Summer Film Production (Summer)
  • DSG 613 Summer Television Production (Summer)

Choose one of the following courses (3)

  • DSG 582 Feature Film Screenwriting (Spring, Online)
  • DSG 585 Cross-Platform Storytelling

Select 3 of the following courses (as long as they were not taken above (9)

  • MCG 511 Directing thed Narrative Film (Fall, On-campus)
  • MCG 512 Film Production (Spring, Summer occasionally, On-campus)
  • MCG 520 Design for Filim, Television & Theatre (Spring, On-campus)
  • MCG 524 Producing for Film (Fall, On-ampus)
  • MCG 525 Sports Storytelling (Spring, Online
  • MCG 528 Editing Practice & Theory (Spring, Online)
  • MCG 530 Media Ministry & the Church
  • MCG 532 Sundance: A Study of Independent Cinema (Spring, Utah)
  • DSG 582 Feature Film Screenwriting (Spring, Online)
  • DSG 585 Cross-Platform Storytelling
  • DSG 600 Reading the Great Scripts
  • DSG 610 Cinematography (Summer, On-campus)
  • DSG 612 Summer Film Production (Summer)
  • DSG 613 Summer Television Production (Summer)
  • DSG 614 Writing for the One-Hour Drama
  • DSG 616 Writing for Half-Hour Comedy
  • DSG 620 Rewriting the Script
  • DSG 650 The Business of Media
  • DSG 655 Directing for Film & Television
  • DSG 691/692 Independent or Directed Study (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • DSG 799 Thesis/Creative Project (6 hours-with permission) (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • MBA 611Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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

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.