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Multimedia Certificate

The industry is changing. Your skills should change, too.

Our Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Multimedia Journalism teaches the skills most in demand today for communication professionals in news organizations, nonprofits and business.

The 12-credit, four-course graduate certificate program is designed for working professionals and blends practical training in video, audio, photography, social media and interactive web publishing with the critical application of editorial, ethical and legal principles in digital media.

Built For Working Pros

  • Classes meet on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters, so there’s no conflict with work schedules.
  • Classes may be taken individually over a two-year period, or two at a time, enrollment permitting.
  • No GREs are required. Simply submit official undergraduate transcripts, a resume or CV, and a brief statement of purpose through the online application.
  • Completion of all four courses provides media professionals with a strong understanding of digital communication, including the fundamentals of web production, shooting and editing photos, video and audio, and use of mobile and social media tools. In addition, a media entrepreneurship class guides students through the steps of researching and pitching a startup digital business that could operate within an existing company or as a new enterprise.
  • Full-time University of Maryland employees qualify for full tuition remission.
  • Need more? Merrill College also offers full-time master’s degree programs. In fact, you can apply up to three of the four certificate classes toward a master’s degree.

Fall Semester 2021 Courses:

Classes will be held on 12 Saturdays from Sept. 11 though Dec. 11, 2021. There are no classes on Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving weekend). There will be one other day within the semester with no synchronous meeting. That date is to be determined. JOUR 652 will be delivered fully online, with synchronous meetings on Saturday afternoons and some work on your own. JOUR 604 will be delivered in a blended format, with some sessions on the College Park campus, and some sessions delivered online, using Zoom and Elms software. Details follow:

  • JOUR 604: Introduction to Multimedia Skills for Graduate Certificate ProgramsSaturdays during the 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. time block. Sessions will be delivered in person in Knight Hall on some Saturdays, and online, using Elms and Zoom, on others. DSLR cameras will be loaned out for the semester from the College Park campus, and software from the Adobe suite (Photoshop, Premiere, Audition) will be made available for download by the university, along with Elms and Zoom. You must supply your own laptop.

The course examines the basics of producing and editing digital photos, video and audio for news. Topics include framing, lighting and other aspects of composition; sequencing, using wide, medium and tight shots; and ethical considerations when collecting sound and visuals. Merrill College adjunct lecturer Nicole Munchel, a freelance photojournalist for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, is returning to teach the course. Munchel has taught other visual courses at the University of Baltimore.

  • JOUR 652: Interactive Design and Developmentwill be taught online using Zoom and Elms during the 1:30–5:15 p.m. time block. Synchronous class sessions and drop-ins will be delivered on Saturdays. Some work will be asynchronous.

The course introduces basic web-coding skills and tools to allow students to write and create digital news and feature packages. Students learn the basics of html, css and responsive design and are introduced to interactive graphics and data visualization. They build a portfolio package using WordPress and an interactive story project in code. Note: The university makes available the Adobe software suite for download to your laptop while you are enrolled, along with Zoom and Elms. Merrill College lecturer: Alexander Pyles.

Spring Semester 2021 Courses:

Due to safety concerns raised by the pandemic, both spring semester classes will be held online (on Zoom and a college ELMS site) on 12 Saturdays starting Jan. 30, 2021. Both classes will have synchronous sessions during the class hours listed — as well as work that students will complete independently. Classes will not meet March 20, when the university is closed for spring break. Students will also be off on Easter/Passover weekend April 3. Class sessions end May  1.

The course introduces several mobile applications and hands-on skills needed to collect and share news in the field. Students learn to remotely post information and stories to blogs and social networks and practice the latest location-based production techniques. Students use laptops (and their own smartphones) to record, edit and upload audio and video. 

  • JOUR455, section PCJ1: Media EntrepreneurshipSaturdays: during the 1:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. block, on Zoom. Instructor: Adjunct Lecturer Tom Davidson

Basic business and entrepreneurship concepts will be covered, and the class will explore how technology is transforming the business of media. Students develop and pitch ideas for media businesses, learn startup basics, do exercises in Internet advertising and business plan analysis, use social networks and other digital communication tools, and perform other hands-on exercises in business development and presentation.

Program application deadlines for Fall 2021: Feb. 2, 2021, for international applicants; July 2, 2021, for domestic applicants.

For More Information

Portrait of Chris Harvey

Chris Harvey

Director of Assessments; Director of the Graduate Multimedia Certificate Program; Senior Lecturer
Portrait of Rafael Lorente

Rafael Lorente

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Director of the Master's Program; Senior Lecturer
Portrait of Serap Rada

Serap Rada

Assistant Director, Graduate Studies
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