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? By the end of the semester, all students will have the skills needed to produce films that inform, inspire, and activate.
Making Media, Making Change
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. Extraordinary mentors in the environmental arena lead students to participate in meaningful work during the internship portion of the program. Past internships sites include MN350, Growing North, and Lily Springs Farm. Students can expect to spend 12-15 hours/week in their internship.
Due to the pandemic, this program will be delivered in hybrid format for spring 2021. Through online instruction and socially-distant, in-person experiences, students will have the opportunity to go beyond the classroom in new and meaningful ways. HECUA's pedagogy is integrated, interdisciplinary and experiential. These principles are maintained in the new hybrid program structure.
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, we suggest that you connect with your HECUA Campus Representative. Click here to view the HECUA staff page and contact the Campus Representative who works with your institution.
- Connect with a HECUA Campus Representative
- Submit an application to your home institution
- Submit an application to HECUA.