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Popular entertainment has a tremendous role in shaping our culture. But what distinguishes a generic television show from a groundbreaking one? What makes a Web series forgettable and another go viral? Media matters when it is compelling.

SOC's Film and Media Arts program provides undergraduate and graduate students with a professional skill set in photography, film, video, and digital media for successful careers in the media industry. Students can take advantage of Washington, DC internships at national media organizations, such as USA Today, National Geographic Television, and the Public Broadcasting System. Students are positioned on the forefront of social purpose filmmaking at nonprofits, NGOs and government agencies such as the World Wildlife Fund and Smithsonian Museum, and the National Park Service.

Additionally, our new Master of Fine Arts degree will prepare students to become powerful visual, storytellers in one of the three concentrations: Environmental and Wildlife Filmmaking; Political, Cultural and Social Impact; or Art in Entertainment. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to step into the industry as filmmakers and media creators or move on to a career in academia.

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Najwa Najjar

American University School of Communication alumna Najwa Najjar directing.

 "I didn't realize...how much film and telling stories saved me from drowning in anguish and gave me hope," says Najjar.