Undergraduate (BA)

Media Communications Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts Program

The Media Communications BA at Webster University Leiden is an innovative program focused on cutting-edge technology and new modes of media production and distribution. This includes courses such as video production, digital photography and interactive multimedia combined with theoretical courses to develop critical thinking skills as well as production experience. Through coursework, internships, and portfolio reviews we prepare our students to become successful media professionals.Webster’s Media Communications degree enables you to explore the ways humans use media and technology to exchange ideas. You’ll learn to interpret media messages, communicate effectively in context, demonstrate creative problem solving, and exhibit professional knowledge and skills that will make you a valuable asset to marketing firms and organizations.

A Media Communications degree offers you a balanced education that emphasizes critical thinking, communication skills and technical expertise. Following graduation, you’ll be ready to begin a career as a leading-edge producer, writer, reporter, editor or technician. It offers you a balanced, well-rounded education that emphasizes the development of your critical thinking, communication skills and technical expertise.

Program Description

The BA in media communications enables students to become familiar with several areas within the communications curriculum. Students will take a core that will ground them in media theory, writing and production, and then select a 12-hour concentration within the programs in the School of Communications.

For more information you can visit the main campus website Webster University Media Communications Program or you can search the online course catalog for detailed course descriptions Webster University Course Descriptions.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the BA in Media Communications students will be able to effectively demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Critically analyze media messages.
  • Demonstrate strategic use of media in context.
  • Demonstrate creative problem solving through the application of professional knowledge and skills.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 39 required credit hours from the Media Communications Program.
  • 89 credit hours from applicable university global citizenship, or general education program electives.

Portfolio Review

Students must pass a portfolio review, ordinarily in their junior year of study.  To be eligible for the review, students must complete 15 credit hours in the School of Communications including MEDC 1010, EPMD 1000, and nine (9) additional credit hours within the program.

Required Courses

EPMD 1000 – Introduction to Media Production

MEDC 1010 – Introduction to Mass Communications

MEDC 1050 – Introduction to Media Writing – or – JOUR 1030 Fundamentals of Reporting

MEDC 1630 – Media Literacy

MEDC 2200 – Ethics in the Media

MEDC 2800 – Cultural Diversity in the Media – or – MEDC 3260 International Communications

MEDC 4100 – Law and the Media

SPCM 1280 – Interpersonal Communications

MEDC 4620 – Senior Overview – or – MEDC 4950 – Professional Media Practicum (Internship)

Concentrations in Leiden Campus

In addition to the above required courses, students will also select a 12-credit (4 course) concentration in one of the following disciplines from the School of Communications.  At least six (6) credit hours of the twelve must be at the 3000-level course or above.  This normally translates into two courses at the lower level 1000/2000 and two courses at the 3000/4000 level.  At the Leiden campus we proudly offer the following concentration tracks.  (It may be possible to peruse different concentrations through online coursework or study abroad opportunities).

Interactive Media

Intro to Interactive Digital Media

Visual Design for Interactive Digital Media

Programming for Web Communications

New and Emerging Technologies

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Media Communications

Emerging New Media Technology

Introduction to Media Research

Media Design

Topics in International Communications

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Digital Basic Photography

Digital Photographic Imaging

Photography Workshop

Topics in Digital Imaging

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Film TV & Video Production

Fundamentals of Film and Video Production

Camera & Light


Experimental Film and Video

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Our Team

Media Communcations Faculty

John Loughlin

Video Production

Paul Anstiss

Media Ethics

Tina Bastajian

Media & Film

Dara Colwell

Media Writing

Machteld Aardse

Visual Arts

Carlos Roos

Audio Production

Jeroen Spijker

Art: Sculpture

Sean M. Leahy

Head of Department