The Master of Arts in Civic Media offers students an applied perspective on how digital technologies can transform society and culture and encourage new forms of interaction. Students partner with diverse communities and civic and media organizations to collaboratively create, design, deploy, and assess accepted and alternative civic media solutions within the current media ecosystem. During the program, students will foster and support local civic engagement, media literacy, and social action, particularly in historically oppressed and under-represented communities.
As a result of successfully completing program requirements, students should be able to:
- access, analyze, evaluate, and curate data collected from private, public, and government sectors to examine their accountability and social impact;
- use community-centered technologies and culturally responsive practices to fight processes of systemic oppression and build sustainable bridges between diverse groups and institutions;
- design and produce impactful media strategies and content that foster civic engagement and lead to social and cultural equity, particularly in historically underrepresented and systematically oppressed communities; and
- lead and inspire communities to strategically employ civic media practices to increase access, strengthen democratic participation, and ensure equity, in the service of collective problem-solving and socially and culturally transformative community engagement.