Certificate in Media Literacy
According to the New York Times, in 2009, the average American consumed approximately 34 gigabytes of data and information each day -- an increase of about 350 percent over nearly three decades. Which is why many companies now place a value on employees who have the ability to interpret and construct messages, using the different "languages" of media, such as film & television, audio. Media literacy is also expected to become part of elementary and secondary school curriculum.
The Certificate in Media Literacy at Webster University prepares you for your career by providing a critical perspective that will enable you to decipher the information received through mass communication channels. You'll identify media literacy concepts and apply them to programming; examine the cultural, political and economic context of media and its impact on individuals and society; and learn how to produce effective, responsible media messages.
Media Literacy is a critical thinking skill that is applied to the source of most of our information -- the channels of mass communication. This certificate program provides non-majors with tools that will enable students to learn to communicate, using a variety of media, including: audio, video, print, graphics, and interactive media. The Media Literacy program is your opportunity to take a step back and examine the message and the messenger, and to make independent choices about what we watch, read and hear.
Points of Distinction
- Award-winning faculty who practice in the field, and have authored texts used around the nation, allow you to take what you learn and apply it at work.
- Opportunities to collaborate, via Skype, email and Facebook on projects with students in the same course in international campuses in Thailand, England, Switzerland, China, and The Netherlands.