Launch Your Career in Communications
A major in Media Studies will provide you with essential skills in oral, visual and written communications. You will gain proficiency in critical thinking and social media, some of the top skills that employers seek in any career field. The program balances practical media skills with a solid academic path.
Webster's Department of Media Communications recognizes its mission to educate students for citizenship in a society where communication and information are major commodities and the basis of the democratic process. We recognize the complex mosaic of changing career possibilities available in the information environment and prepare students for an employment climate in which the ability to adapt is a fundamental requisite to success.
You will be able to gain valuable work experience through internships, portfolio development, community volunteering and on campus media productions, including the chance to take part in the production of the fully student produced 78 Magazine. The network of Webster campuses will offer you the chance to travel and learn media practices across four continents. With this experience you will begin your transition to professional life as a truly global citizen.
Introduction from the Program Head
Bachelor Programs in Media Studies
In this program, students explore the design, delivery, and effects of media messages in a range of communication fields and across multiple communication platforms. MDST majors approach media from both academic and practical standpoints, and develop diverse professional portfolios and skills integral to a variety of media careers.
Programs available in Geneva (links to external catalog):
See Also: Bachelor of Arts in Photography
The program has a mandatory internship component enabling students to gain experience which is valuable for shaping their career goals and for entering the job market after graduation.
A large number of the internships Webster sees offered in Geneva are communications-related internships - both internal and external communications. Over 50% of Webster bachelor students in Geneva pursue an internship during or immediately after their studies. See Career Services for more info about internship opportunities.
Additionally, entry-level jobs in many types of positions involve communications, so having this academic background and skill set helps graduates to launch their careers.
After leaving Webster, graduates from the Media Communications department have launched careers in the creative arts, positions in the corporate world, or further graduate studies. Examples include:
Professional roles in companies, international organisations and NGOs in Geneva and around the globe, such as:
- Project Manager, Havas, Geneva
- Community Manager, Almirante Digital Marketing, Columbia
- Media & PR Officer, New Sensing Network, Australia
- Growth Manager, AgFlow, Geneva
- Assistant Brand Manager, Nestlé, South Africa
- Project Manager, Velia Software, Geneva
- Brand Manager, Vantage for Tourism and Entertainment, Cairo
- Marketing and Communications Officer, BBold — Career and Corporate Consultancy, Geneva
- Junior Policy Analyst for ITU for Europe (Digital Inclusion and Accessibility)
- Media Communications Consultant, Oak Foundation, Geneva
- Social Media Associate, The Walkabout Foundation, London
Creative & entrepreneurial positions, such as:
- Music Video Director
- Photography Professor
- Freelance Media Specialist, Musician and Singer
- Freelance photographer
In addition to several students recently enrolling directly into our new MA in Communications Management (as of 2019), our Media & Photography graduates have gone on to diverse and prestigious graduate studies all over the world:
- MFA in Photography, University of Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
- MFA in Screenwriting, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK
- Filmmaking Program, Fil/ Cinema+ Video Studies, New York Film Academy
- MSc Disasters, Adaptation and Development, King’s College, London
- MA in Journalism, University of the Arts, London
- MPhil in Education, Globalisation and International Development, University of Cambridge, UK
- MSc Migration et Citoyenneté, Université de Neuchatel, Switzerland
- MA in Media Studies, Concordia University
- MA in Journalism & Communications, University of New South Wales, Australia
- MA in Digital Communication and Multimedia, Cologne Business School, Germany
- MS International Development Management at the University of Westminster
Why Study Media in Geneva?
- We have external collaborations (previous projects gave students exposure to the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, the Green Cross, CERN and TEDx).
- Geneva is the European headquarters for the United Nations and many multinational companies, as well as home to the CERN. Media and communications are vital to these institutions and storytelling is an important part of this because it influences opinions and the way people see the world (in traditional journalism but especially through social media).
- Studying in Geneva will offer students the chance to learn about the importance of media communication as it pertains to global advocacy at an institutional and international level.
Why Pursue Media Studies at Webster?
- Course options include Digital Media Design & Production, Magazine Production, Journalism, Photojournalism and Editorial Photography.
- Emphasis on storytelling (writing, visuals, traditional and new media channels), which is how media influences in contemporary times.
- A hands-on program, with a perfect blend of production courses and theory courses.
- Gives an understanding of the fast-changing media landscape and its impact on society.
- Taught by profs as well as local working professionals.
- Takes a critical thinking approach (with research methods taught in classes).
- An internship or thesis is built into the program.
- Small classes, with a personalized learning model and outstanding professors (one of our faculty has been granted the Kemper Award: Excellence in Teaching).
“I think my global perspective has been indelibly shaped by Webster, and will always remember my time there.”
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