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HECUA: Making Media, Making Change


For a program description, sample syllabus, example internships and more please visit HECUA's Making Media Progam Page.


Course Schedule:

Making Media is offered every FALL AND SPRING semester. The courses meet:
  • Monday and Wednesday
  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN): 550 Vandalia Street Suite 170, Saint Paul MN 55114

Credit Information:

U of M students enroll in two HECUA courses totaling 8 credits:

  • HECU 3555W - From Consumers to Creators - 4 credits (fufills Arts/Humanities core and Technology & Society theme)
  • HECU 3556 - Digital Laboratory - 4 credits (fufills Civic Life and Ethics theme)
Due to the interrelated nature of the content and field experiences, you are required to take both courses simultaneously (in other words, you cannot sign up for only one of the courses). You may take classes at the U of M as long as their schedule does not conflict with your HECUA class schedule. This gives you the flexibility to continue making progress on campus while engaging in an immersive, experiential, community-based program.

It is possible to fulfill major and/or minor requirements through HECUA. (Contact your advisor or the CCEL office for details). If the credits cannot be applied to major/minor requirements, oftentimes students use these HECU 3000-level credits to fulfill "upper-division, outside of major requirements."


Optional (but recommended) Internship:

After you have completed your Making Media, Making Change coursework during the semester, you have the option to intern at a local community-based media organization during the summer OR the following semester. (If you have significant film-making experience, it may be possible for you to do the internship concurrent with your HECUA courses; instructor approval only.)

You will earn credit for the internship but have 2 registration options:
  • HECU 3557 - 4 credits - 100 hour minimum internship

  • OR

  • HECU 3558 - 8 credits - 200 hour minimum internship

Tuition Information:

The fee for the 8-credit fall or spring (2016-2017) coursework is $4,960. If you choose to take additional U of M courses, tuition is assessed on a per-credit basis (visit OneStop for current tuition rates). Additional fees may apply.

The program fees for the OPTIONAL internship are:

  • $1720 for the 4 credit internship
  • $3440 for the 8 credit internship

Financial Aid Information:

Most financial aid applies. Students enrolled in full-time (13 credits minimum) during the spring semester (8 credits from the HECUA program plus additional U of M courses) may receive financial aid. During summer, some student are eligible for financial aid (but must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits). To learn what you may qualify for, contact Amanda Temple in the Office for Student Finance.

There are several scholarships available through HECUA. CLA students enrolled in a HECUA internship may also apply for the CLA Internship Scholarship. CEHD students enrolled in a HECUA internship may apply for the CEHD Internship Grant.


Want to Participate?

Learn about the application process for U of M students here.


Still Have Questions?

Make an appointment with our HECUA advisor.