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Media Production Workshop Gives Back to Miami Community

By: Rachel Handel

August 31, 2020

Through the Media Production Workshop, students at Miami International University of Art & Design are showcasing their talents while giving back to the community. The workshop is a student-staffed and run class that develops projects for local nonprofits and governmental organizations. Students provide media support with various projects including Public Service Announcements, TV programs, and social media ads.

The 11-week Media Production Workshop has a proud history in Miami—it’s been presented for nearly 30 years at the school. The concept empowers a small group of students—usually between 10 and 15 in total—to gain real world experience, guided by a faculty advisor. Students plan, design, develop, and execute a media production project that works toward achieving client goals. They work in pressure situations under tight deadlines, gaining valuable resume-building experience.

Special emphasis is placed on social issues and the role media plays in community involvement.

The students oversee all parts of the production, including concepting, scripting, filming, effects, and post-production. And they bring their experience and talents in the areas of Audio, Digital Film, Photography, VFX, and Animation to the collective group.

Media cameraman filming kitchen

Past projects include work for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, the Humane Society of Broward County, Boys & Girls Clubs, AAA, and the American Red Cross. Students volunteer their time and knowledge to create everything from Public Service Announcements to fundraising videos, corporate promotions, training programs, webcast videos, live events, cable TV programs, short form documentaries, music videos and concerts, and social media videos.

The Media Production Workshop’s results are rewarding not just for the client organizations, but for the students who’ve earned ADDY Awards, Clio Awards, Telly Awards, and Golden Palms for their work. But perhaps the greatest achievement is seeing the finished projects out in the community—sharing a message of volunteerism and creativity that circles back to the core values of Miami International University of Art & Design.


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By: Rachel Handel

August 31, 2020