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Launch Your Career in Communications

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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 three 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. Media Studies 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):

BA Media Studies

Minor in Games and Game Design
Minor in Media Studies
Minor 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 Studies, Photography and Game Design department have launched careers in the creative arts, positions in the corporate world, or further graduate studies. Examples include:

Jobs with a BA in Media Studies

  • Digital Marketer
  • Media Buyer
  • Media Planner
  • Media Researcher
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Runner, Broadcasting/Film/Video
  • Social Media Manager
  • Television/Film/Video Producer
  • Web Content Manager
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Event Manager
  • Film Director
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Marketing Executive
  • Writer

Jobs with a BA in Media Studies in combination with a Minor in Photography

  • Photo Editor
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Videographer
  • Art Director
  • Advertising Art Director
  • Magazine Feature Editor
  • Media Planner
  • Digital Marketer
  • Museum/Gallery Curator
  • Stylist
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Web Content Manager
  • Web Content Designer
  • Web Content Producer

Jobs with a BA in Media Studies in combination with a Minor in Games and Game Design

  • Game Designer
  • QA Engineer/Playtester
  • XR Developer
  • Game Programmer
  • Level Designer
  • 3D Artist
  • Virtual Production Engineer
  • Animator
  • Narrative Designer for Games
  • Serious Games Designer
  • Game Producer

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 and 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).
Joy Isabelle Corthésy
Alumni Success — Joy Isabelle Corthésy

“I think my global perspective has been indelibly shaped by Webster, and will always remember my time there.”

Joy Isabelle Corthésy
“The creative work I do today with people from all over is the kind of success that is in large part thanks to the all-encompassing experience at the Webster campus and the faculty who helped me along the way.

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