Communications & Digital Arts

Photo of students taking a photo in front of the White House

Pre-College communications and digital arts courses come in a variety of topics, ranging from photojournalism to public policy.

GW draws on its political, intellectual and technological resources to provide digital arts, English, communications, and writing courses in a variety of formats.

On-campus and online courses are available for credit, while our noncredit offerings focus on experiential learning environments, connecting students with relevant institutions and experts in their respective fields.

All course offerings are subject to cancellation.

Summer Immersion (noncredit)

LinkedIn Self: Developing Your Personal Brand

The letter A with a line through it Noncredit

The number one One-week program

calendar icon  June 24—29, 2018

Branding is no longer only for major public companies. Personal brand is the digital footprint which describes your values, skills and personality. In the age of technology, building a personal brand is critical to your career development in every stage of your life. In this course, you will begin to audit your online presence, build your platform, understand your values and skills as you engineer your personal brand. 

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Tools of Photojournalism: Video & Photography

Noncredit

The number "2" Two-week program

calendar icon  July 1—13, 2018

In this course, students will discover the modern art of storytelling, employing the video and photographic tools used by today’s photojournalists. Students will evaluate and analyze how journalistic images and videos communicate concepts or represent aspects of human experience. They will hone their critical expertise regarding techniques, aesthetics and practices. Students will also explore the power of creativity while capturing events that reveal the bustling life in the nation’s capital.

Students will need to bring a camera and/or smart phone that can capture video, appropriate cords to download their images along with a USB flash drive with at least 32 GB of memory.  

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Communication & Negotiation in a Global Context

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 15—27, 2018

This course introduces students to principles and theories of communication in organizational and professional environments. Students will learn communication strategies essential to thriving in today’s interconnected world, focusing on cross-cultural communication, leadership, diplomacy and public speaking skills.

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Interior Architecture & Design

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 15—27, 2018

The art and science of designing and constructing building interiors continues to expand as society demands more dynamic spaces for working and living. In this course, students will begin to conceptualize and design three-dimensional spaces through developing an understanding of architectural and design concepts, history and techniques. Students will learn about the growing importance of sustainable design practices. With GW’s close proximity to institutions important to the industry such as the American Society of Interior Designers, the United States Green Building Council, and the Washington Design Center, students will be exposed to a creative sector that is a major asset to the city’s economy and which provides a wide variety of career options. 

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Public Policy on Capitol Hill

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 15—27, 2018

Public policy is the way in which public issues are addressed through modifying existing laws and regulations or creating new ones altogether. In this course, students will think strategically, creatively and critically about current issues shaping the public debate, and learn to analyze and evaluate policies and programs in pursuit of public interest.

U.S. Capitol Building

Fake News... or Not? Politics in the Press

Noncredit

the number two Two-week program

calendar icon  July 29—August 10, 2018

Given how technology has transformed the world’s media outlet and dominated our newsfeed, “fake news” has become a prevalent concept that questions journalistic standards, codes and ethics. Being centered in Washington, D.C. allows students to study the interplay of media, public affairs and politics which is at the forefront of this phenomenon. In this course, students will critically investigate this controversial topic, and explore the role media plays in civic and political life. They will also focus on understanding communication, news production, media law, history and ethics.

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College Intensive (credit)

COMM 1040: Public Communication

Three credits

number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Study and practice of the basic techniques of public speaking used to inform, to entertain and to persuade audiences. Emphasis on the speech-building process: audience analysis, research, development, composition, organization, style, delivery and criticism.

COMM 1041: Interpersonal Communication

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Study and practice of verbal and nonverbal communication in ritual, information and perspective sharing, problem solving, relationship formation, maintenance and dissolution. Designed to raise awareness of the complexity and power of the communication process in daily life and to help students develop interpersonal skills cognitively, effectively and behaviorally.

EAP 1010: English for Academic Purposes: Academic Communication

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Practice in reading university-level materials and reading-based writing with focus on key writing and oral communication skills for international students.

MUS 1104: Topics in Music: D.C. in the History of Punk Music

Three credits

the number 6 Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Rotating set of special topics lectures, including topics on American music and musical life in Washington, D.C.

SPHR 1011: Voice and Diction

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

calendar icon July 1—August 10, 2018

Development of naturalness, correctness and clarity in conversation through the study of phonetics, rate, volume, pitch and quality in preparation for performance.

Laboratory fee will apply.

CSCI 1030: Technology & Society

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic Online course

calendar icon July 2—August 11, 2018

Historical, social and ethical issues of the technological age. Ethical principles and skills and social analysis skills needed to evaluate the design and implementation of complex computer systems. Privacy, computer crime, equity, intellectual property, professional ethics. Data collection, analysis and presentation; technical writing and oral communication skills.

ENGL 1210: Introduction to Creative Writing

Three credits

The number six Six-week program

computer graphic Online course

calendar icon July 2—August 11, 2018

An exploration of genres of creative writing (fiction, poetry and/or playwriting). Basic problems and techniques; examples of modern approaches; weekly writing assignments; workshop and/or conference discussion of student writing.

ENGL 1411W: Introduction to English Literature

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

Computer graphic Online course

calendar icon July 2—August 11, 2018

Representative works by major British authors studied in their historical context; discussion of recurrent themes and introduction to various types and forms of imaginative literature; 19th and 20th centuries.

TRDA 2191W: Dance History

Three credits

the number six Six-week program

computer graphic Online Course

calendar icon July 2—August 11, 2018

The history of Western theatrical dance from the late 18th century to the present. The major choreographers and their dance works through readings, lectures, video and discussion.