Community / Organization

Yonty Friesem - Columbia College- Civic Media MA

Columbia College Chicago’s MA in Civic Media equips students with a broad range of media skills so they can stimulate community action and transform cities. Our graduate students include a diverse pool of socially engaged media artists, journalists, civic technologists, information designers, urban planners, entrepreneurs, and civic-minded professionals. Together, we strengthen democratic participation, shape public policy, and create social change.

At the heart of the program is the community project. Grad students design, implement and assess project-based solutions that address real community needs. These projects vary widely. Some projects help a community solve an information problem and build relationships with city leaders, others work with an interest group on a quality-of-life issue. But in the end, the projects coincide with students' interests, skills, and the conversations they have with community leaders.