Master of Arts in
Tell your story, in your field.
Share Christian stories in public spaces that inspire, build communities, and give voice to the beauty of God's world.
Asbury University (USA)
Hybrid (online + in-person)
US$18,150 for whole program
TIME TO COMPLETE
2 years, part-time
30 credits (~12 courses)
Master of Arts
June 1, 2022
Early bird special: Apply before April 1 to have your application fee waived!
MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION
Pursue professional growth in your ability to tell compelling stories in diverse digital formats with graduate studies in digital storytelling from Lumina College, in partnership with the highly regarded School of Communication Arts at Asbury University. You will be prepared to write more powerful stories, critique and contribute to culture, and integrate narrative principles and digital tools to communicate values and meaning to the world.
God is the ultimate storyteller. God is the one who invented storytelling, and God is the ultimate author. If we are to know God and to fulfill who we are meant to be, we have to create good stories — and we have to live good stories as well.
Professor Sarah Hogencamp
Media Communications, Asbury University
Why a Master of Arts in Digital Storytelling?
Tell your story, in your field
Everyone has a story to tell — and the ability to tell compelling and memorable stories is applicable to a broad range of professions, from business to law, technology to ministry, and more.
Tell Christian stories, in public space
There is a battle of narratives in the world — particularly in digital spaces. With a foundation of vision and hope, the stories you tell can serve as a prophetic presence in contemporary culture.
Stories to build communities
Let your voice be one that builds communities. Master skills for various media and for working with narratives that will enhance clarity, intercultural understanding, and audience impact.
A glimpse into studies with Asbury University
A little more detail
Asbury University, founded in 1890, is a Christian liberal arts school in Kentucky, USA grounded in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and committed to academic excellence and spiritual vitality.
Asbury University also has a long-standing history of social and professional engagement, having gained wide global recognition through institutes like the Emmy Awards and the Olympics.
HYBRID & COHORT LEARNING MODEL
Flexible hybrid format, where face-to-face teaching is blended with online delivery to maximize students' learning experiences while fitting into their busy work schedules
Experienced local faculty co-teach in the program with fly-in faculty from Asbury University to diversify students' exposure while contextualizing learning with a balance of both global and local perspectives
Wide-ranging skill sets built-in to cover screenwriting, documentaries, film critiques, media ethics, viral marketing, convergent media, and communication research, among others
Throughout the duration of the program, students will study together with the same group (the cohort), going through the same courses together in the same sequence. This has the benefit of building a strong sense of community within the learning cohort.
TIME FOR COMPLETION
Students can complete the program part-time in two years at a moderate pace and obtain master's qualifications through a well-reputed program that is both faith-based and professional.
HEAR FROM A STUDENT
Han, class of 2022, shares how the program inspired her to get started on creating her first film by seeing beyond her limitations and asking bold questions about what is possible.
Han also shares how she was encouraged her to pursue media research with greater insight.
Whether you study in the U.S. or Hong Kong, there is no difference in terms of the master's degree obtained, as the Hong Kong degree program is recognized as identical by both the U.S. degree-granting university and the Hong Kong government.
The added benefits of studying in Hong Kong include 1) saving on the expenses and energy of traveling to the U.S. to study, and 2) learning and applying knowledge from the courses into the local Hong Kong and Asian contexts, as the program is taught by both local and overseas faculty.
This program is registered with the Hong Kong Education Bureau and the respective registration number is shown on the program brochure. From the perspective of the Hong Kong government and/or employers in Hong Kong, the degree is the same as one earned from studying the same program in the U.S.
In addition, Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Application fee: HK$200 / US$25 (for overseas applicants)
US$595 per credit hour for a course
US$50 per semester technology fee
US$18,150 for the whole program
A U.S.-equivalent bachelor's degree*, with a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA
Official transcripts from credit-awarding colleges
TOEFL (iBT: 90) or IELTS (6.5) (may be waived)
*A U.S. bachelor's or equivalent degree is required. If you do not have a bachelor's degree, we encourage you to take one of our diploma or certificate programs.