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  • Locations: Minneapolis, United States; St. Paul, United States
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: HECUA 
  • Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 09/15/2022 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Partner: HECUA - Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs Click here for a definition of this term Program Term(s): Semester only
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Prerequisites: No Click here for a definition of this term Previous Language Study Req?: No
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language courses offered: None
Click here for a definition of this term Meet Language Reqt in One Semester?: No Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment (Shared), Student responsibility
Click here for a definition of this term 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
Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Options: Community Engagement, Internship (with credit transfer)
Program Description:

Meet creators challenging mainstream media narratives and building social movements with their stories. Develop the skills you need to tell your own.


Program Description

Media and Movements: Storytelling for Justice is a holistic program centered on how storytelling is a vital tool for community agency, long term solidarity and social change. 

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 storytelling and media can either reinforce dominant narratives or disrupt them, amplifying different perspectives and possibilities. As an active learning community, they ask: What are the stories that inform our values and motivate us to act? What narratives are we seeing and why? How can storytelling play a role in organizing for change?  Which voices are amplified? How can our narratives – and the media that relay them – center those most impacted by oppressive systems? How can our narratives reveal not just our pain, but also our dreams? 

By the end of the semester, all students will have the skills needed to produce multi-media that inform, inspire, and activate.

Media and Movements 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. 

Credits & Courses

Courses are taken as an integrated whole and provide a semester’s worth of credit (i.e. 16 semester credits). HECUA’s courses provide upper­ level credits, and nearly all students obtain significant major and minor credits for participating in this program. HECUA staff are available to assist students in negotiating credit transfers.
  • From Consumers to Creators (4 Credits)
  • Digital Laboratory (4 Credits)
  • Internship (8 credits)
Total: Students complete all courses for a total of 16 semester credits.


HECUA designs an internship experience for all students that meets personal learning goals and connects program themes. Past internships sites include Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, Line Break Media, and Lily Springs Farm. Students can expect to spend 12-15 hours/week in their internship.


HECUA programs are highly experiential, interdisciplinary and integrated. We go beyond the classroom. By combining theory and praxis, you will apply classroom knowledge to real-world work in an internship with a local organization that is working to advance movements for justice and equity. Students and faculty are seen as co-teachers and co-learners. Through HECUA, you will gain hands-on experience, develop new skills, make connections, build your resume, and develop your own capacity to make change. 

Why Study in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN)?

There are many reasons to consider study away in the Twin Cities. Here are just a few of HECUA’s top reasons, why you should consider this location as a great space to go beyond the classroom. Click here to read more

Student Testimony

"At its core, this program is grounded in a belief that storytelling is a powerful vehicle that can be used to change the world.” - Darby, University of Minnesota. Click here to read more student stories. 

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 if you would like more information about housing.

Program fees

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 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. Students are also encouraged to contact their institutions financial aid office.Visit our website to learn more. 

To Apply

  1. Submit an application to HECUA. 
  2. Submit an application to HECUA to study off-campus through your home institution.
  3. Contact for more information.


  • November 1st -  early bird scholarship deadline for spring US programs
  • December 1st - spring US programs deadline
  • March 1st - early bird scholarship deadline for summer and fall programs
  • April 15th - summer and fall US programs deadline

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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.