Media, Writing, and Communications Certificate in Storytelling: Narrative Tools and Applications

Diploma Description

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Great writing, whether for the screen, the stage, or the page, begins with great stories. But the power of telling stories, in addition to the demand for good storytellers, is not limited to professional writers. Success in nearly every industry, from politics and design to marketing and finance, hinges less on the “messaging” of facts than on the ability to tell a good story. The Certificate in Storytelling: Narrative Tools and Applications is designed to provide a flexible, comprehensive approach to narrative that will distinguish participants working in a wide range of industries and media. Aspiring writers at all levels will gain the skills and experience they need to improve their craft and publish their work; professionals and candidates in other fields will develop a set of highly desirable skills that will set them apart. This certificate is part of the Storytelling Lab at the Center for Applied Liberal Arts. The Storytelling Lab team will help participants choose a path of courses tailored to their professional and creative goals.

The certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the two required courses and the three elective courses listed below, which can be substituted with other Media, Writing, and Communications certificate courses, pending departmental review and approval. The certificate must be completed within three years of taking the first certificate-eligible course.

For advisement, please contact the Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts: (212) 998-7289 or sps.pala.ce@nyu.edu.

Must be completed within

3 years

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

REQUIRED COURSES

All Courses Required

Multimedia Storytelling

Multimedia storytelling has the power to provide context and depth to news stories, fundraising drives, marketing campaigns, and personal...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Fundamentals of Storytelling

Explore the basic elements of story, and apply them to your writing for more dynamic content, whether for novels or résumés.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

ELECTIVES

Complete 3

Introduction to Podcasting and Radio Reporting

If you want to create a podcast or work in radio, learn everything you need to get started in this beginner’s workshop.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

Interviews and Profiles

Learn how to conduct effective interviews, fashion them into articles, and get them published.

2022 Fall
1 section

Crafting Great Essays from Personal Experience

Turn personal experiences into marketable essays or op-ed columns for newspapers or the web.

Fiction Writing

This course is geared for new writers as well as experienced writers who haven’t formally learned the basics of fiction writing or want to...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Feature Writing for Print and Digital Media

This practical workshop is designed to prepare you for writing and publishing feature articles.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Writing for the Screen: An Exercise-Based Approach

This complete course in screenwriting teaches you the tools of the trade and gets you writing from the first day.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

How to Write Op-Eds and Personal Essays

Learn how to write essays and then get them published in magazines, in newspapers, and online.

0 sections

Post-Production Overview: Telling Stories with Sound or Visuals

Digital content is everywhere you look. No matter the medium, there is a post-production process that takes your idea from a bunch of raw...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Audio Production and Sound Design

This course is for people who want to learn audio mixing basics and turn creative ideas into engaging audio content for podcasting, radio and...

2022 Fall
1 section

Diversity, Race and Media: From Films and TV to Podcasts and New Media

In 2020, the global wave of protests following George Floyd’s assassination became a wake-up call for media makers to denounce systemic...

2023 Spring
1 section

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required