Mastering the Art of New Media Production | Webster University

Mastering the Art of New Media Production

New master's degree meets students' needs and employers' demands

ST. LOUIS (April 16, 2015) – As the technology in media communications changes, practitioners who can adapt quickly and produce content on a variety of digital platforms are in demand with employers. A team of full-time School of Communications (SOC) faculty recognized the need for a different kind of master’s degree – one that could help sharpen the production skills students already had and introduce them to new skills they would need to succeed in the current dynamic media environment.“We are proud to launch the new Master of Arts in New Media Production degree,” said Rick Rockwell, SOC associate dean. “No other university in the St. Louis area can deliver this type of degree program with the quality of faculty and curriculum we will be delivering beginning in the fall. We’ve designed this for students who want to develop the creative and technical skills needed to compete in the constantly changing field of media communications.”

artwork used for MA New Media ProductionThe Master of Arts in new media production is comprised of courses in interactive media, audio production, video production, digital photography, and script writing. What makes the program unique, however, is that it’s not solely focused on production. Rather, as students learn production skills, they also learn to tell better stories. The focus is on content.

"I've been hearing from students, alumni and others that they wish more options were available for production-oriented graduate programs in the St. Louis area,” said Kathy Corley, professor of film studies and chair of the electronic and photographic media department.

“Media production tools and techniques have been changing rapidly in recent years. There are working professionals out there looking for an opportunity to be brought up to speed on these skills,” added Susan Stang, professor of photography. Stang will be teaching a digital photography course in the program.

Excited about the degree and his role in its creation, assistant professor Aaron AuBuchon said, “We’ve created a program that is unique, engaging, and artistic, while also having immediate pragmatic applications in today’s economy.” AuBuchon will teach the requisite course of the program, which provides an overview of new and emerging media.

Other courses being offered as part of the degree cover a variety of topics including:

  • Audio Storytelling
  • Visual Communication in the Media
  • New Media Tools
  • Video for Interactive Communications
  • Interactive Project Management
  • Digital Photographic Workshop

Courses for the Master of Arts in New Media Production are offered beginning in Fall 1, 2015.