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HECUA Making Media, Making Change: Digital Technologies, Storytelling, and Technology
St. Paul, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
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Program Sponsor: HECUA 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Partner:
HECUA - Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs
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Program Term(s):
Semester only
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Minimum Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Minimum GPA:
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Previous Language Study Req?:
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Housing Options:
Apartment (Shared), Student responsibility
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Areas of Study:
Art, Communication Design, Culture, Film, Gender Studies, Humanities, Journalism, Marketing, Mass Communications, Media Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies Program Design: Group based, Set Curriculum, Theme based
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Additional Program Options:
Community Engagement, Internship (with credit transfer)
Program Description:
Program Description:


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. Students complete a 4- to 8- credit internship during the program.

Housing is available in the dorms of nearby Augsburg University. 

This program consists of two linked courses (8 credits total), plus an internship.
  • From Consumers to Creators (4 Credits)
  • Digital Laboratory (4 Credits)
  • Internship (4-8 credits)


We are very excited to be partnering with the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN). SPNN is a non-profit community media center located in the Lowertown neighborhood in downtown St. Paul. SPNN serves the residents of St. Paul and the Twin Cities metro area with training, tools, and programs so that people are better equipped to make media that matters. SPNN’s mission is to empower people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice and build common understanding. The purpose of partnering with SPNN is twofold. First, SPNN staff will provide technical training, equipment, and production support for the Digital Laboratory course. Second, SPNN will be your living classroom, allowing you to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with community media and public access television as they relate to core theoretical questions around democracy, political economy, and cultural reproduction. SPNN will serve as the “hub” through which you will meet a diverse set of actors in the Twin Cities committed to using digital media to build community and create change. These actors include SPNN staff, policy makers, community producers, and members of SPNN’s audience. To learn more about SPNN visit
  • Languages

  • Subject Areas

Communication Studies
Film Studies
Media Studies
Cultural Studies
Justice and Peace Studies
Social Justice
Youth Studies
  • Program fees:

Program fees vary - check the website, here, for up-to-date pricing information.
  • Program is Open to:

Undergraduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States who have completed their first year of college. 
  • Cost Include Description:

Tuition, internship placement and supervision and all course related field visits.
  • Experience Required

  • Scholarships are Available

HECUA provides Scholarships for Community Engagement, Scholarships for Social Justice, and Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for scholarships is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.
  • Application Process Involves

  • Online or Paper Application
  • Letters of Reference
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Gustavus information

Note: Gustavus students may only participate in this program on a full-time basis – what HECUA identifies as 16 semester credits (4 Gustavus units), which will include 8 semester credits (2 Gustavus units) of internship.

HECUA. Gustavus belongs to the HECUA Consortium, so we are a part of the organization that offers this program. Any eligible Gustavus student is welcome to participate in this program.

Application process. Gustavus students will first apply for Gustavus approval through this website. Once approved by Gustavus to participate, you will then complete an online HECUA application as well. Note that Gustavus has a nonrefundable application fee of $70 (required for all Gustavus study away applicants), and that HECUA has a separate nonrefundable application fee of $50.

Advising at Gustavus. If you would like to speak with a Gustavus program advisor, please see our Advising page for more information.


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