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Skills Intensives and Master Classes

Immerse yourself to enhance your professional skills

A series of one-credit certifications for graduate students and working professionals designed to sharpen professional skills. 

These courses provide an opportunity for students to take a deep dive to learn and hone a skill valued in the field of strategic communication.

In-person seminar sessions will give students an oppurtunity to put learning into practice. AU students might consider taking a grouping of three one-credit courses in place of an elective. Check with your advisor to confirm which courses will be counted for credit. 

Film and Media Arts Master Classes

This is an online workshop/seminar scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 10am to 4pm Eastern Time. Participants will be sent more information and instructions about accessing the webinar platform a few days in advance of the workshop.

Character strengths are a scientifically-validated pathway to help you improve your life, work, and relationships. Your character strengths are the qualities that come most naturally to you. 

When you know your strengths, you can enrich your life and thrive. Research shows that people who use their strengths on a regular basis are eighteen times more likely to flourish than those who do not use their strengths. You can use your strengths as tools to help you cope during times of crisis and transition.

In this six-hour virtual and interactive workshop, we’ll use the VIA Character Strengths Survey to help you discover and examine your greatest strengths. Through a combination of exercises you will uncover the transformational power of character strengths in several ways:

  • You will learn to use your strengths to handle stress and life challenges, to become happier, and to support relationships with those who matter most to you. 
  • You will understand how using your strengths can enable you to find the career path that is best for you or make the career path that you’re already on more meaningful. 
  • For managers and leaders, you will learn how to use your strengths to be more authentic in your leadership. You’ll also learn how to encourage the use of strengths in your team members.
  • For writers, actors, and directors, you will find out how to apply character strengths to the characters that you create to make them more compelling and believable.

Workshop instructor, Dara Padwo-Audick, has been an adjunct professor at AU SOC since 2004 where she teaches a variety of writing, producing, and communications courses. In her practice as a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Practitioner, Dara works with executives, social entrepreneurs, and creative types to help them become more focused, more connected to themselves and others, and more confident about the next steps on their paths.

Websites:
Creative Strategies
Enlightened Change Coaching

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This is an online workshop/seminar scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2020 from 9am to 4pm Eastern Time. Participants will be sent more information and instructions about accessing the webinar platform a few days in advance of the workshop.

In this six-hour seminar, Professor John Weiskopf will teach you how to analyze two different films: the 2019 Academy Award winner for Best Film and Best Original Screenplay Green Book and the pilot episode of the Amazon Prime series The Man in the High Castle, an adaptation from Philip K. Dick’s novel published in 1962. The series was executive produced by Ridley Scott. Professor Weiskopf will illustrate the narrative story structures of each show through lecture, showing selected clips, and discussion. 

We will discuss contemporary subject matter, character design, how the struggles between protagonists and antagonists unfold, internal and external conflicts, and key steps in the main character’s search for self as part of the architecture of the story’s narrative structure. 

Professor Weiskopf’s credits include writing several screenplays in which he had contractual producer deals with Ed Asner, Edward James Olmos, Arsenio Hall, and Dale Pollock. He wrote a thriller which he and famed casting director Mike Fenton were producing. Professor Weiskopf was the director. The film was developed with commitments from Rob Lowe, Nick Turturro, Brook Shields, Harry Dean Stanton, and under consideration by Amanda Plummer. Professor Weiskopf also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show as a guest filmmaker of the first film in the U.S. on elder abuse. It aired nationally on prime time on Turner Broadcasting, then PBS. 

To prepare for the workshop, participants will be emailed handouts that complement the lectures for the discussions of GREEN BOOK and THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (S1:E1). 

The seminar promises to be exciting and revelatory.
 
Participants taking the course are highly encouraged to see both GREEN BOOK and THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE (Pilot - S1:E1) prior to attending the seminar. 

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Film Master Classes FAQ

SOC Master Classes are full day workshops designed for working professionals.

Professionals taking a Master Class workshop will be charged $250.

Please register and pay through Eventbrite. Click here to register for Screenwriting, and here for Character Strengths.

The cost of the Master Class workshop is payable via credit card through Eventbrite.

Master Class workshop participants will receive 100% refund up to three days prior to course start date. Log into Eventbrite and cancel your registration. Eventbrite will issue the refund.

The Master Class workshop will be held in a classroom with computers. It is recommended that participants bring their own laptop.

You can find parking information, as well as the location of the McKinley Building, on the campus parking map.

Parking is free on all campus lots during the weekends and after 5:00PM M-F. (For events taking place during the weekdays before 5:00 PM, paid parking is available in the Katzen Arts Center or School of International Service underground garages). There is also a free shuttle to AU from the Tenleytown-AU Metro Station that runs every 10 minutes.

Before traveling to the university, please visit American University’s homepage. In the event of an emergency or severe weather, the university operating status will be posted there. Should the university be forced to close, all classes will be canceled.

 

Intensives FAQ for AU Students

SOC Skills Intensives are ½ day courses designed for AU graduate students and students pursuing the combined bachelor’s/master’s degrees.

Skills Intensive courses are offered for-credit or non-credit.
Credit courses are designed for current AU students who are interested in earning college credit toward a degree or certificate. Additional course work is required for credit courses versus non-credit option.

Non-credit courses are not applicable toward a degree.

After you have enrolled and completed the course, AU will not be able to switch your course from non-credit to credit or vice versa.

For-credit: AU students taking the Skills Intensive course that is applied towards their degree will enroll in COMM-690 Independent Study and billed for 1-credit ($1,759 for 2019-2020).

Non-credit: AU graduate students taking the Skills Intensive course that is not applied towards their degree will be charged $575.

For-credit: AU students taking the Skills Intensive course that is applied towards their degree should email Jean McGee, SOC’s Sr. Graduate Academic Adviser (jmcgee@american.edu), with their name, AU ID number and the name of the Skills Intensive course for which they would like to register. The deadline to submit the request is one day prior to the start of the course.

Non-credit: AU graduate students taking the Skills Intensive course that is not applied towards their degree should register through Eventbrite.

For-credit: AU students taking the Skills Intensive course that is applied towards their degree pay through the Eagle Service link available on the myAU Portal(myau.american.edu).

Non-credit: AU graduate students taking the Skills Intensive course that is not applied towards their degree pay through Eventbrite

For credit: AU students can register up to one day prior to the Skills Intensive course start date. Students will receive 100 % refund if they drop the course one day prior to class start date. After that no refunds will be issued. If you are eligible for a refund please contact Student Accounts(aucentral@american.edu).

Non-credit: Skills Intensive workshop participants will receive 100% refund up to three days prior to course start date. Log into Eventbrite (add link) and cancel your registration. Eventbrite will issue the refund.

Once students complete the course, they may request a transcript from American University’s Registrar’s Office by emailing registrar@american.edu.

The deadline to change the grade type is one day prior to the Skills Intensive course start date.

For-credit: AU students taking the Skills Intensive course towards their degree will earn a letter grade (A-F)

Non-credit: AU graduate students taking the Skills Intensive course that is not applied towards their degree will earn Pass/Fail.

After you have enrolled and completed the course, AU will not be able to switch your course from non-credit to credit or vice versa.

The Skills Intensive workshop will be held in a classroom with computers. It is recommended that participants bring their own laptop.

You can find parking information, as well as the location of the McKinley Building, on the campus parking map.

Parking is free on all campus lots during the weekends and after 5:00PM M-F. (For events taking place during the weekdays before 5:00 PM, paid parking is available in the Katzen Arts Center or School of International Service underground garages). There is also a free shuttle to AU from the Tenleytown-AU Metro Station that runs every 10 minutes.

Before traveling to the university, please visit American University’s homepage. In the event of an emergency or severe weather, the university operating status will be posted there. Should the university be forced to close, all classes will be canceled.

Intensives FAQ FOR WORKING PROFESSIONALS

SOC Skills Intensives are ½ day workshops designed for working professionals.

Professionals taking a Skills Intensive workshop will be charged $575.

Please register and pay for Media Pitching Skills and Cision Certification, here, and for Developing, Writing & Winning New Business Proposals, here.

The cost of the Skills Intensive workshop is payable via credit card through Eventbrite.

Please register and pay through Eventbrite.

Skills Intensive workshop participants will receive 100% refund up to three days prior to course start date. Log into Eventbrite and cancel your registration. Eventbrite will issue the refund.

The Skills Intensive workshop will be held in a classroom with computers. It is recommended that participants bring their own laptop.

You can find parking information, as well as the location of the McKinley Building, on the campus parking map.

Parking is free on all campus lots during the weekends and after 5:00PM M-F. (For events taking place during the weekdays before 5:00 PM, paid parking is available in the Katzen Arts Center or School of International Service underground garages). There is also a free shuttle to AU from the Tenleytown-AU Metro Station that runs every 10 minutes.

Before traveling to the university, please visit American University’s homepage. In the event of an emergency or severe weather, the university operating status will be posted there. Should the university be forced to close, all classes will be canceled.