Media Production/Media Literacy Summer Institute


July 8, 2019 – August 2, 2019

About the Program

Sports BroadcastingThe four-week Media Production/Media Literacy summer institute is a dynamic hands-on program designed for students interested in careers in the ever-changing 21st century communications and media industries. MPML students will develop their skills as professional communicators while exploring the intersections of media and culture. Located in the School of Communication and Media Arts on the campus of Sacred Heart University the program features:

  • Cutting edge facilities in the television studios, sound stages, control rooms and media labs of the Martire Business and Communications Center
  • Ideal location in the center of the U.S. media industry that brings together media professionals and students on campus, in nearby New York City, and in other East Coast locations
  • Hands-on curriculum that offers ample opportunity for students to work with professional equipment
  • Experienced faculty with industry connections working alongside graduate student assistants dedicated to assisting with program participants

The MPML program integrates daily production-centered training with regularly scheduled medial literacy workshops designed to engage students with the important role media plays in society. In addition, the program includes site visits to media industry locations such as working television studios, as well as field trips to cultural sites, such as the Museum of the Moving Image. Media professionals from television, radio and film will meet with the students and share their knowledge of the industry. Students completing the program will gain a solid foundation in both studio and field production in the classroom as they experience the world of professional communication in the media capital of the USA.

U.S. & International students are encouraged to enroll

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An Intensive Media Experience

Student Behind CameraThe program consists of four one-week production-focused modules complemented by regularly scheduled media literacy workshops, field trips and events. Activities with professionals from the media industry will also be integrated throughout the length the program.

Week 1: Capturing the Image
The first week of the program focuses on the production and examination of the moving image. Program participants will learn the fundamental elements of video production, and by week’s end, the successful student will understand and be able to apply the essentials of digital videography, including principals of composition and camera movement, shooting for continuity, and the use of cameras, lights kits and editing as appropriate.

During this week, the program will also feature presentations by professional camera operators and media scholars interested in the role of the media in representations of international culture. 

Visits: Production Excursions to shoot scenic highlights of the beautiful New England seashore

Week 2: Digital Storytelling
The second week of the program introduces students to the fundamentals of multimedia storytelling. Students will be exposed to the basics of pre-production, production and post-production for continuity filmmaking, including such skills as developing scripts, preparing storyboards, casting, scouting locations, working with a crew and the division of labor during shooting. Students will also improve their analytical skills as they engage in classroom analysis of each other’s films and additional out of class examples. 

During this week, the program will also feature workshops by professional filmmakers as well as media scholars focused on the role of cinema in society. 

Visits: Museum of the Moving Image, NBC Studios, New York City

Week 3: The Television Studio
The third week of the program is dedicated to the fundamentals of television studio production. Students will attain the skills necessary to operate the studio cameras, Ross Carbonite switcher, teleprompters, Chyron graphics, and studio lighting. In addition, students will rotate through on-air positions in front of the camera as they learn the basics of studio production.

During this week the program will also feature workshops by professional studio crew members, as well as media scholars focused on the role of media conglomeration in the media industry.

Visits: Amusement/Water Park

Week 4: Broadcast Production
The fourth week of the program culminates with the production of a studio-based show that integrates student work from all four weeks of the program. Students will script, shoot, and edit a final production that includes studio elements and individual stories. Every student will leave the program with their own specific multimedia production that reflects their entire breadth of work in the program. 

During this week the program will also feature workshops by professional on-air television broadcasters.

Visits: Boston/Cambridge, Massachusetts

Program Location

The program will be conducted in Fairfield, Connecticut on the beautiful main campus of Sacred Heart University. Fairfield is situated between New York City and Boston in an area known as the “creative corridor,” which is home to hundreds of media companies such as ESPN, NBC, CBS, and many others.


Students are eligible to receive 3 academic credits upon enrollment in a related SHU Graduate Program.

Application Information

  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
  • Application Decision: April 1, 2019
  • Issuance of I-20s: April 15, 2019


4 weeks: $4,000 - includes instruction materials, room and meals and field trips

F1-Student Visa will be issued for the duration of the program — an additional $65 fee for processing and shipping the I-20, document necessary to obtain an F-1 student visa, will be added to cost.