Add your voice to the growing media justice movement. Seek out and amplify hidden stories. No production experience necessary.
Narrative is the lens through which we see the world and a tool we can use to shape it. Students spend the semester exploring the ways in which media and film can either reinforce dominant stories or disrupt them, amplifying different perspectives and possibilities. As an active learning community, they ask: What stories are we seeing, and why? How can film play a role in organizing for change? How does mainstream news coverage frame rebellion? How does social media play a role in the information we get about what’s happening on the ground, and what is our responsibility as activists and organizers to document change? Who gets to tell these stories? Which voices are amplified? How can our stories – and the media that relay them – center those most impacted by oppressive systems? How can our narratives reveal not just our pain, but also our dreams?
Students also practice producing their own films through guided instruction. By the end of the semester, all students will have the skills needed to produce films that inform, inspire, and activate.
Media and Movements
is taught in collaboration with the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), a community media center that puts cameras into the hands of historically marginalized producers. Students of all experience levels have the opportunity to hone their artistic and creative voice by producing three original films, including a final work created in collaboration with a local nonprofit. In addition to hands-on training, students meet artists, community leaders, and activists committed to creating media that matters. Student work is situated in the context of a growing movement to make media accessible, relevant, and reflective of diverse voices.
In addition to hands-on training, students meet the leaders of the local media justice landscape. Students see their work situated in the context of a growing movement to make media accessible, relevant, and reflective of the diverse voices demanding to be heard.
- From Consumers to Creators (4 Credits)
- Digital Laboratory (4 Credits)
- Internship (8 credits)
HECUA designs an internship experience for all students that meets personal learning goals and connects program themes. Past internships sites include Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, Line Break Media, and Lily Springs Farm. Students can expect to spend 12-15 hours/week in their internship.
HECUA is planning to offer all programs in-person for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is subject to change based on health and safety guidelines.
Health and Safety
HECUA has been vigilantly and constantly monitoring the evolving conditions of COVID-19, including tracking updates from the Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, the US Department of State and other credible sources. Click here to view HECUA's most recent COVID-19 updates.
Students from institutions outside the Twin Cities are welcome to participate. While housing is not included in the program fees, HECUA staff are available to assist students with finding housing. HECUA is able to offer housing at an additional to cost through one of our local consortium member universities. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about housing.
Check the HECUA website for the current fees. These fees include include tuition, nearly all reading materials, some field visits (including meals while traveling), and tickets to events and opportunities associated with the program.
This program is open to any undergraduate students currently enrolled in a US college or university who have completed their first year of college and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, although any applicant with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 will receive additional review. Prospective students are encouraged to contact email@example.com with any other eligibility questions.
No prior experience required
Students with some or no media making experience are welcome in this program.
HECUA offers multiple scholarships to students each term. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) students, first-generation students, and students from low-income backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Visit our website to learn more.
If you're ready to apply or just want more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website to start your application.
Note: This provider has a Covid-19 vaccination requirement in order to participate in their programs.
- November 1st - January term and spring programs abroad, early bird scholarship deadline
- December 1st - spring US programs abroad deadline
- March 1st - early bird scholarship deadline for summer and fall programs
- March 15th - fall programs abroad deadline
- April 15th - summer and fall US programs deadline
To calculate an estimate of the total cost of your program, use the Cost Estimate Template
and do the following:
1. Go to the Full Fees Breakdown document on the HECUA website, located here: https://hecua.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Full-Fees-Breakdown-19-20-v5.pdf
2. Under your program, the HECUA Fee (comprehensive) includes the cost of tuition and housing.
3. Add the items listed under the heading Additional Expense Estimates to your total.
4. In addition to these fees, add the following costs to arrive at your total cost
- Application fee - $65
- Study Abroad Administrative fee - $460
- WSU Laptop fee (semester students only) - $485
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