Johnson & Wales University Opens New Center for Media Production

Story by JWU Media Relations , on Oct 4, 2019 9:00 AM

Student filming another student in front of a green screen

March 8, 2024 Update: Updated to reflect the name change of the Media & Communication program.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — October 4, 2019 – Johnson & Wales University (JWU) today celebrated the opening of its new Center for Media Production, a studio space on the Downcity Campus that supports the institution’s Media & Communication program.

“The opening of The Center for Media Production is a game changer for students enrolled in JWU’s Media & Communication Studies program and those studying other majors with an interest in production,” said Michael Fein, Ph.D., dean of the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences. “As the media industry continues to change, students are no longer thinking about themselves as ‘just a writer’ or ’just a filmmaker.’ The Center allows them to gain practical experience while using industry standard equipment.”

The Center for Media Production provides students a place for writing, recording and assembling media projects, made possible through hands-on instruction. It features two light-controlled photo and video studios with green screens, a podcasting studio, a writer's room, editing suites and Mac workstations with industry-standard software, and supports courses related to filmmaking, photography, journalism and editing.

In 2013, JWU launched its Media & Communication Studies bachelor’s degree for students curious about the production and meaning of media such as photographs, film, music, television, video games and social networking sites, and how audiences respond to what they read, see and hear. The program’s first class graduated in 2017.

About JWU
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 8,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its campuses in Providence, Rhode Island and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, engineering, food innovation, hospitality, nutrition, health and wellness. It also offers undergraduate programs in culinary arts, dietetics and design. JWU’s unique model provide students with the personalized attention, academic expertise and industry connections that inspire professional success and personal growth. The time students spend at JWU is nothing short of transformative, as demonstrated by career outcomes, expected earnings and economic mobility rankings. The university’s impact is global, with alumni in 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide.

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