School of Media Culture & Design

The School of Media, Culture & Design is a thriving, dynamic media design 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.

Creative Programs and Critical Studies

School of Media, Culture & Design Animation Program

Animation

Bachelor of Fine Arts | BFA

Animation is the art of visual storytelling, and at Woodbury students learn to tell those stories through the development of characters and worlds by producing their own films. Ranked nationally as a top animation school,  students have had their films selected for international animation film festivals. Our comprehensive program, located in the heart of the animation industry near studios like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, includes classes that are taught in a studio environment where students learn hand-drawn, stop motion and computer-based animation techniques in preparation for today’s animation industry.

Animation program

School of Media Culture & Design Applied Computer Science

Applied Computer Science

Bachelor of Science | BS

Emerging technologies and new forms of media are rapidly evolving. Virtual reality, new media environments, interactive and mobile applications are some examples that have become part of our daily lives. In the Applied Computer Science program, students will learn the skills to become active creators and developers of the new digital age. With a strong focus on creativity and design, students will become proficient in several programming languages with applications to a variety of platforms and fields such as virtual reality, mobile and web apps, live events, robotics, film, VFX, gaming, advertisement, and more.

Applied Computer Science program

School of Media, Culture & Design Communication Program

Communication

Bachelor of Arts | BA

Communication students will 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. Many participate in the WU Radio Station learning about radio communications and podcasting, or 7500 Magazine, Woodbury’s student-run magazine encapsulating arts, entertainment, and culture in the greater Los Angeles area.

Communication Program

Fashion Design Program

Fashion Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts | BFA

Ranked among the top fashion schools in the west, the Fashion Design program offers students a comprehensive, practice-based education in the heart of one of the world’s fashion epicenters. It prepares students to produce original fashion designs and develop unique collections in womenswear, menswear, swimwear, knitwear, activewear, or tailoring.  Labs include equipment for embroidery, laser cutting and screen printing. Classwork and senior collections are showcased in a professional fashion runway show, giving students an in-depth experience of the profession. The culmination of their fashion education is the creation of an industry-level portfolio that will open doors to their dream jobs!

Fashion Design Program

Filmmaking Program

Filmmaking

Bachelor of Fine Arts | BFA

The Filmmaking program prepares graduates for careers in film, television, and web programming. Students learn narrative filmmaking through a comprehensive curriculum including film production, screenwriting, cinematography, directing, producing, and film marketing and distribution. They study films in our screening room, edit productions in our editing bays, and shoot footage on our soundstage and surrounding environments. The program culminates with students creating a senior thesis film project. Study within a few miles of major entertainment studios, providing a host of industry resources and networking connections with filmmaking professionals.

Filmmaking Program

Game Art and Design Program

Game Art & Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts | BFA

Our comprehensive Game Art & Design program teaches students how to design and develop video games. The degree combines 2D & 3D art, animation, programming, sound design, story development and game design. Game Art focuses on two-dimensional and three-dimensional character art, environmental design, and animation. Game Design focuses on what makes a game “a game,” which includes ideation, gameplay development, game rules, program flow, prototyping, narrative design and world building. Students will work together in a cross-disciplinary team environment of artists and designers that mirrors the professional world. Imagine it. Make it. Play it. It’s your game!

Game and Art Design Program

Graphic Design Program

Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts | BFA

Ranked as one of the top graphic design programs nationally by GD USA Magazine, the Graphic Design program teaches the art of visual communication through the study of design, aesthetics and media. Studying with nationally recognized faculty, students develop the knowledge and skills to create projects from branding, publication, entertainment, advertising and packaging, to web, app, and motion design and have won over 100 national and international awards in these areas. The degree results in strong, competitive portfolios that stand out in the graphic design industry and prepares graduates to enter multiple areas of the professional design world.

Graphic Design Program

Psychology program

Psychology

Bachelor of Arts | BA

In the Psychology program, students examine the complexities of human behavior—both as individuals and as part of larger social communities. They receive a strong foundation in psychological theory and application that successfully prepares them for professional work in counseling or social work, or to continue their education at the graduate school level. They work in our state-of-the-art research facility with physiology research equipment and observational capacity. Seniors complete an original, independent thesis research project on a topic of their choice, many of which have been accepted for presentation at professional psychology conferences.

Psychology program

Design Foundation

Design Foundation

Core Studies in Drawing and Design

In the Design Foundation program, students learn core drawing, design, color and composition skills to establish a foundation that prepares them for their major studies. In our drawing courses students develop key perceptual and technical skills for visualizing ideas and for self-expression. In our design and color courses students will investigate the building blocks of 2D, 3D and time-based design and then learn to arrange them in personal and meaningful ways. Interacting with multiple majors, students will discover that design is a language often spoken across disciplines, and that core design principles are crucial to each of the majors.

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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

University accredited by:

National Association of Schools of Arts & Design (NASAD)

WSCUC: Senior College and University Commission (formerly WASC)