STEM at Woodbury

Woodbury is committed to offering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs that help to prepare our students for the professions of today and tomorrow.

Take a closer look at our STEM and digitally-focused programs.

In recent years, Woodbury has made a shift toward providing more STEM-based programs for students. The university is in the process of executing a $3 million Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will help us develop additional STEM-based baccalaureate programs across disciplines over the next few years.

STEM and International Students:

International students with F-1 visas who receive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees can apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion optional practical training (OPT) which is 12 months. This means a STEM international student can work in the USA for 36 months or three years.

Learn more about our Title V Grant

City of STEM Festival & LA Maker Faire

Last Spring, Woodbury University joined LA’s largest celebration of science, creativity, invention, and fun!

The City of STEM and Los Angeles Maker Faire is free and open to the public with hands-on activities, amazing experiences, and an appearance by Bill Nye the Science Guy.

City of STEM, LA‘s biggest festival of science, technology, engineering, and math, and the Los Angeles Maker Faire, the region’s largest gathering of creative thinkers and doers, both took place at the same time and in the same place, for one huge all-day extravaganza.


We hosted the following workshops and provided participants with Woodbury University Swag!

  • Stop Motion Animation Workshop
  • Digital Compositing
  • 3D Printing Demo

STEM programs

Woodbury currently offers several STEM-designated programs in the School of Architecture, the School of Media, Culture & Design and in the College of Liberal Arts. Take a closer look at these STEM offerings.

Animation is the art of visual storytelling using time-based media and a combination of 2D, 3D, and stop-motion.  Animation students develop characters and worlds and produce their own films. The goal of Woodbury’s Animation program is to help students develop their creative voices and prepare them for a successful career in professional animation production.

Learn more about Animation

The Applied Computer Science – Media Arts program helps students become designers, thinkers and leaders of the new digital age. It is an art and technology hybrid degree focusing on emerging digital practices by working with interactive environments, experiential design and human interaction. The program uses computer science as a tool to innovate within the fields of design, entertainment, and media arts. This STEM degree enables students to develop into creators and innovators, preparing them for some of the most exciting and cutting-edge careers of today and tomorrow.

Learn more about Applied Computer Science

The Bachelor of Architecture, or BArch program, offers a five-year course of study leading to a NAAB-accredited professional architecture degree. Woodbury’s program provides students the knowledge and skills required for a career as a professional architect, as well as personalized attention, small class sizes, and a general understanding of the profound social and cultural power of design at local and global scales.

Learn more about Architecture

Interested in technology? The CIS program will teach you to create and deploy the latest cutting-edge systems. IT experts are always in demand and are rewarded with satisfying and high-paying careers. Graduates will be able to fill any IT role, from creating websites to creating mobile apps, visualizing data, and leading organizations. Join a School of Business with dual Business accreditation: ACBSP and AACSB. AACSB accreditation is only granted to less than 5% of Business Schools worldwide.

Learn more about Computer Information Systems

The need for data analytics has seen exponential growth as an increasing number of professions recognize the value and importance of such knowledge. Students in Computer Science in Data Analytics (CSDA) will emerge from this interdisciplinary program well prepared to utilize the skill and knowledge they have gained to apply data analysis strategies in a variety of professional fields, including business, finance, architecture, engineering, medical research and beyond. Graduates of the program are well equipped to pursue successful careers in industry or government, or to take on graduate studies in related fields.

Learn more about Computer Science in Data Analytics

The mission of the Construction Management program is to transform the built environment by building sustainably. Students integrate design, technology, business analytics, and executive skills with sustainability and the liberal arts, using experiential, hands-on learning to advance as agile, future-ready leaders and entrepreneurs in the developer, construction, and design-related industries.

Learn more about Construction Management

Computation is an essential part of everyday life.  It mediates our social interactions, our news, and it is embedded in many of the physical objects that we interact with.  In this environment, design requires the use and understanding of computation. The Bachelor of Science in Design Computation develops computational literacy as essential to a broad multidisciplinary undergraduate education.  Computational literacy is created through both technical and critical frameworks. 

Students in the program will gain fluency in programming languages, software, and hardware.  This fluency enables the design of objects, software, and spaces.  It also enables the critical evaluation of the biases and values embedded within specific software and languages.  Graduates of the program will be versed in contemporary software, programming, robotics, and digital fabrication.

Learn more about Design Computation

The Environmental Science program’s mission is to prepare scientifically trained leaders with the skills and understanding to proactively engage ethical approaches to justice and equity across the full range of physical and social systems comprising the environment. LAUNCHING FALL 2023. 

Learn more about Environmental Science

Interior Design is the art of creating a memorable experience of the space that surrounds us. Woodbury’s School of Architecture offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design at its Los Angeles campus. Through small class sizes and individual attention, we foster close mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and students.

Learn more about Interior Design

The BA in Sustainable Practices is a new interdisciplinary degree that integrates knowledge of design, economics, policy, and environment to advance the field of sustainability. It promotes a rigorous understanding of how resources are used and how decisions are made in society, as well as the impact of technology and consumption on the environment. Central to the curriculum are interdisciplinary, problem-based studio courses that challenge students to develop links between the theory and practice of sustainability in real-world contexts.

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The Master of Architecture (M. Arch) program locates the work of architecture at the intersection of disciplinary principles and professional competency. Ideas become impactful when translated into material conditions. The messy process of translation often results in imperfect but meaningful design proposals that address challenges of contemporary life. Embracing the compromise between ideal and real underscores our commitment to the here and now.

Learn more about the Master of Architecture

The Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch) is a one-year/three-semester STEM-designated program that invites architects and non-architects to explore this expanded zone of interdisciplinary practice. Each student chooses an area of concentration that allows them to build expertise in a specific system of thought and technique. In so doing, students are prepared to productively contribute to today’s conversation about contemporary problems and practices in architecture.

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The Master of Interior Design (MID) program provides an education in interior environments that elevates and reinvents the discipline of interior architecture by mining and re-imagining the range of our human experiences. In doing so, this graduate program cultivates scholars, academics and critics, while generating emergent and alternative approaches to the profession, specifically in the Southern California region.

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A student in Woodbury’s Master of Real Estate Development for Architects program conceptualized this design for a new development project proposal.

The Master of Science in Architecture in Real Estate Development (MSArch RED) program seeks to build upon the unique perspective and ethos of the architect. Through small class sizes and individual attention, we foster close mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and students. While architects design the way a building looks and works, they are seldom involved in the decision of exactly what to build. The MSArch RED program was designed to change the status quo.

Learn more about the Master of Science in Architecture in Real Estate Development

Other digitally-focused programs

In addition to our growing STEM-designated programs, Woodbury also offers a number of programs, across disciplines, that are digitally-focused. Take a closer look at these options.

Animation is the art of telling stories using the techniques of hand-drawn animation, stop motion and computer graphics. Animation students develop characters and worlds and produce their own films. The goal of Woodbury’s Animation program is to help students discover their creative voice and prepare them for a successful career as a professional animator.

Learn more about Animation

Woodbury University Department of Marketing

The Fashion Marketing program is a leader in embracing cutting-edge technology to meet the needs of today’s digital landscape. By combining core business courses for the real world with creative awareness, Woodbury helps to develop future leaders who practice business with a conscience.

Learn more about Fashion Marketing

High School Summer Film Courses

The Filmmaking program offers a professional degree that prepares graduates for careers in film, television, and media. Students learn narrative filmmaking through a comprehensive curriculum including film production, screenwriting, cinematography, directing, producing, entertainment law, and film marketing and distribution. The working industry today values students with a variety of skills. Woodbury’s location, within just a few miles of many major entertainment studios, provides students with a host of industry resources and connections.

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The Game Art & Design program offers specialized tracks for both artists and designers. All Game Art & Design students take game courses together while they simultaneously develop their own art or design specialties. Game art focuses on two-dimensional and three-dimensional character, environmental design and animation. Game design focuses on elements such as game conceptualization, play mechanics, game rules, story, program flow, scoring systems and prototyping.

Learn more about Game Art & Design 

The Marketing curriculum strengthens and guides students’ ability to competitively enter the world of marketing as well as integrate their own unique contributions. By combining business for the real world with creative awareness, we help to develop future leaders who practice business with a conscience.

Learn more about Marketing

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