School of Media Culture & Design

The School of Media, Culture & Design is a thriving, dynamic school offering many challenging degree paths designed to cultivate the next generation of creative professionals.

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Interdisciplinary Environment

By bringing together diverse fields in the areas of media, culture and design, our programs provide innovative learning opportunities in an interdisciplinary environment. The school encompasses eight undergraduate programs in the fields of animation, communication, fashion design, filmmaking, game art and design, graphic design, applied computer science  and psychology. Students are encouraged to explore the areas between and around these disciplines as they develop their personal vision and professional paths. Graphic Design students might select a consumer behavior course in psychology to better understand the factors that influence purchasing decisions. Fashion Design students may be interested in exploring costuming in the filmmaking department. Game Art & Design students might connect with Applied Computer Science to understand the logic and muscle that powers their games. Animation students might look to the psychology department to understand the power of stories to influence thoughts and behaviors. Our Communication department provides a cultural context for all of these connections, from visual communication to verbal and nonverbal social interactions to the examination of social and ethical entailments of rapidly evolving technological innovation. In the School of Media, Culture & Design, students are able to realize their educational objectives within a creative nexus that fully embraces, informs and enriches their academic journey.

School of Media, Culture & Design Animation Program


Bachelor of Fine Arts | BFA

Located in the heart of the animation industry near studios like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, the program teaches hand-drawn, stop motion, and computer-based animation techniques. In a studio environment, students learn to produce their own films rich in characters and worlds, many of which have been selected for international animation film festivals.

Animation program

Applied Computer Science

Applied Computer Science

Bachelor of Science | BS

In this media arts program, students will learn the skills to become active creators and developers of the new digital age. They will become proficient in both design and several programming languages with applications to a variety of platforms including virtual reality, mobile and web apps, interactive environments,  live events, robotics, film, VFX, gaming, and advertising.

Applied Computer Science program

Communication Radio Station


Bachelor of Arts | BA

Communication students learn how to promote and produce communication media including print, television, film, and social media. They can select either Strategic Communication or Media Studies and prepare for careers in the entertainment, corporate, or non-profit arenas developing strategies for communicating with audiences persuasively and strategically.

Communication Program

Fashion Design

Fashion Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts | BFA

Fashion Design students learn to produce original fashion designs and develop unique collections in womenswear, menswear, swimwear, knitwear, activewear, or tailoring. Classwork and senior collections are showcased in a professional fashion runway show, giving students an in-depth experience of the profession and preparing them for the industry.

Fashion Design Program

Department of Filmmaking


Bachelor of Fine Arts | BFA

The Filmmaking program prepares graduates for careers in film, television, and web programming. Students learn film production, screenwriting, editing, sound, cinematography, directing, producing, and film marketing and distribution within a few miles of major entertainment studios, providing a host of industry resources and networking connections.

Filmmaking Program

Game Art & Design

Game Art & Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts | BFA

Students learn how to design and develop video games through 2D & 3D art, animation, programming, sound design, story development and game design. Game Art focuses on 2-D and 3-D character art, environmental design, and animation. Game Design focuses on ideation, gameplay development, prototyping, narrative design and world building.

Game and Art Design Program

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts | BFA

Ranked as one of the top programs nationally by GDUSA Magazine, the program teaches the art of visual communication. Studying with nationally recognized faculty, students create projects in branding, publication, entertainment, advertising, packaging, web, app, and motion design, and have won over 100 national and international awards in these areas.

Graphic Design Program



Bachelor of Arts | BA

Students learn the complexities of human behavior preparing them for professional work in counseling or social work, or to pursue graduate school. Our research facility with physiology equipment and observational capacity aids in the development of their senior thesis projects many of which have been accepted for presentation at professional conferences.

Psychology program

Design Foundation

Core Studies in Drawing and Design

Students learn core drawing, design, color and composition skills to establish a foundation that prepares them for their major studies. In our drawing courses, they develop perceptual and technical skills for visualizing ideas and self-expression. In our design and color courses, they investigate the building blocks of 2D, 3D and time-based design.


Faculty Directory

Our faculty are accomplished caring academics and professionals dedicated to supporting the success of students throughout their academic journey. They bring their professional expertise to students and work closely with them to teach the skills and theory required to enter professional practice or pursue advanced study. Through this individual attention, we foster close mentoring relationships between faculty and students in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Faculty Directory

Faculty Spotlights

Find out more about the inspiring faculty in the School of Media, Culture & Design.

Dr. Kristen Fuhs Publishes Articles Exploring Crime Documentary

Faculty, Dr. Kristen Fuhs has recently published two articles. The first is “‘The dramatic idea of justice’: wrongful conviction, documentary television, and The Court of Last Resort,” in The Historical Journal of Radio, Film, and Television, vol. 38: 1 (2018). The article explores the history of this little-known true crime television program from the late 1950s and argues that it might be read as a theoretical model for later socially conscious documentary media about the pursuit of legal justice. See second is a chapter entitled “Crime Documentary’s Confessing Voice” in Vocal Projections: Voices in Documentary, edited by Maria Pramaggiore and Annabelle Honess Roe (New York: Bloomsbury: 2018). This chapter examines the rhetorical power of confession in the contemporary crime documentary by focusing on the extent to which the subject’s voice acts as a marker of authenticity and veracity. The chapter focuses on the recent, popular documentaries Making a Murderer (Moira Demos and Lucia Ricciardi, 2015) and The Jinx (Andrew Jarecki, 2015.) See

Image from “We Can Build on This.”















Dr. Nicole Keating Produces Documentary on Civic Engagement Project

Faculty, Dr. Nicole Keating co-produced a documentary called We Can Build on This: Architecture and Civic Engagement, along with architecture faculty member Jeanine Centuori, and directed by Woodbury alumnus Justin Mickens. The documentary presents the Outdoor Classroom at John Muir Middle School which was selected as a finalist in the “Learn by Design” competition at SXSW EDU 2018. Dr. Keating presented the film at SXSW EDU 2018 in Austin, TX, along with Greg Miller, Principal of John Muir Middle School, Burbank.  We Can Build on This was also screened at the AMPS Conference (Architecture, Media, Politics and Society) at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ and the Summit on Women and Wellbeing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Jennifer Peterson Publishes Book Chapters and Delivers Keynote Address

Faculty, Dr. Jennifer Peterson has recently published two chapters in edited book collections. These are: “Rough Seas: The Blue Waters of Early Nonfiction Film,” in The Colour Fantastic, ed. Giovanna Fossati and Joshua Yumibe (Amsterdam University Press, 2018), pp. 75-91 (see; and “Technologies of Place in the Early Sound Newsreel: The Aerial View,” in Rediscovering U.S. Newsfilm: Cinema, Television, and the Archive, ed. Mark Garrett Cooper, Sara Beth Levavy, Ross Melnick, and Mark Williams (Columbia University Press, 2018), pp. 155-172 (see In addition, Peterson gave the keynote address at the 11thOrphan Film Symposium at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York on April 12, 2018. Description and images here:; you can listen to audio of the talk here:

Dr. George Larkin Film Screened at International Film Festival

Dr. George Larkin recently showed his short film, Dead Week, at the Pasadena International and LA Shorts Film Festival.

Alan Flores Game Selected for IndieCade E3 Showcase

Adjunct professor Alan Flores’s game Drums of War was selected for the IndieCade E3 showcase Expo, June 12-14, at the L.A. Convention Center. Alan, who teaches Game 106: Game Code Fundamentals and Game 240: Networked Game Development, was on the floor with Game student Cameron Williams demoing Drums of War for the full three-day run of the show (To learn more about the game, click or tap here). Each year, IndieCade curates a spectrum of video games, installations, and tabletop games at its E3 booth. The goal is to reflect the breadth of the independent game space. The 2017 E3 drew 68,000 attendees.

Cate Roman Wins International Coda Merit Award

Walk Watts, a collaborative civic engagement project by Graphic Design professor Cate Roman and Architecture professor Jeanine Centouri, is a merit winner of the 6thannual international CODA Awards: Collaboration of Design + Art. They were selected from 426 entries for the 2018 CODA awards from 30 countries around the world. The Walk Watts project is anticipated to change the perception and behavior of tourists who visit Watts. Typically, they sojourn to the cultural island of the Towers and adjacent Art Center without exploring anything else in Watts. This community is an unnecessarily forgotten and feared neighborhood. Walk Watts is intended to counter this perception and amplify the many positive histories and contemporary artistic and cultural artifacts in Watts that are worthy of celebration. The artists intend for tourists to learn that Watts is more than riots and towers. See Winners of the sixth annual international CODAawards: Collaboration of Design + Art.

Dr. Joye Swan Keynote Speaker at LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference 

Dr. Joye Swan will be the co-Keynote speaker, with Shani Habibi, at the 23rdannual LGBTQI Psychotherapy Conference on November 11, 2018 at Antioch University. (See brochure at Dr. Swan and Habibi are the co-editors of Bisexuality: Theories, Research, and Recommendations for the Invisible Sexuality (Springer, 2018). Written by some of the most renowned researchers in bisexuality studies, this groundbreaking volume brings together a diverse body of sexual, behavioral, and social science research on bisexuality. To learn more about the book, visit

Dr. Joye Swan Becomes Wikipedia Fellow

Dr. Swan has also recently become a Wikipedia Fellow, joining a team of interdisciplinary scholars bringing their expertise to the ubiquitous online encyclopedia. The interdisciplinary Wikipedia Fellows program leverages the subject-matter expertise of scholars to substantially improve Wikipedia articles.

Participants are encouraged to collaborate both as learners and contributors, sharing insights from their backgrounds and perspectives. Dr. Swan is one of 11 experts in the psychology section, which has drawn scholars from such institutions as the City University of New York, the University of Nevada and the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as Woodbury. Dr. Swan will contribute to articles about basic psychological principles and theories.

Student Spotlights

Find out more about our incredible students winning national awards, landing exciting internships and jobs, and working on inspiring projects.

Animation Student Films Selected for Screenings at International Film Festivals

Brandon Swofford | Happy the Angry Polar Bear
Gold Winner – Best Short Animation, Queens Palm International Film Festival

Wes Taimuty| Iron Sails
Award of Merit – Documentary Short, Impact Docs Documentary Film Festival

Chris Castillo | Vigilante
Palm Springs International Film Festivaland Comic-Con 2018 San Diego

Tucker Joneson and Andrew Hill | Hero
Palm Springs International Film Festivaland Comic-Con 2018 San Diego

Dani Bowman| The Audition
Palm Springs International Film Festivaland Comic-Con 2018 San Diego

Madison Shafer| Sasquatch Out!
Palm Springs International Film Festivaland Comic-Con 2018 San Diego

Sean Casey| Fly!
Palm Springs International Film Festivaland Comic-Con 2018 San Diego

Garment from Yvan Tran’s senior collection.















Fashion Design Student Wins California Fashion Foundation Scholarship

Fashion Design student Yvan Tran has been chosen as the winner of the 2018 California Fashion Foundation Scholarship Award. Administered by the California Fashion Association (CFA) and sponsored by the YMA National Fashion Scholarship Fund, the program is intended to provide information for expansion and growth to the apparel and textile industry of California, and honors future fashion design innovators with scholarship awards.

Filmmaking Student Wins Best Student Film at International Film Festival

Alumnus Miguel Chavez’s film won the award for Best Student Film at the Pasadena International Film Festival. Entitled The Voices They Hear, the crime film tells the story of a young man escaping from a murderer. Miguel has already landed his first job at Paramount. Congratulations Miguel!

Gunslinger model by Rich Deione.















Game Art Student “Models a Job”

Rich Deione is a Game Art & Design senior, specializing in 3D character design. He created this Gunslinger model in his “spare time” last summer, and was recently hired by 3D art studio Sinful Monarchy Congratulations Rich!

Poem: Terrestrial Destiny, A Dusty Dream. Poetry by Malahat Zhobin, designed by Ibrahim Alfaraidy.
















Graphic Design Students Express Poetry Through Typography

Call and Response is a collaboration between BFA Graphic Design students at Woodbury University and MFA Creative Writing students at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Poets in Professor Johnny Payne’s long-form poetry/virtual reality course produced experimental poetry in the Fall of 2017. In the Spring of 2018, Professor Cate Roman’s Typography 3 course seized on excerpts from those poems to create visual experiences that illuminate each poem. With support from both MSMU and Woodbury’s Agency for Civic Engagement (ACE), Cate is creating a limited edition printed book of all the poems and images. The project will continue on with a reading/exhibition at MSMU and there are two more planned readings/exhibitions at Sacred Heart Church, Altadena and Harvard Westlake Middle School, Los Angeles.

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National Association of Schools of Arts & Design (NASAD)

WSCUC: Senior College and University Commission (formerly WASC)