If you are anything like the average adult, you are spending more time interacting with media through multiple screens each day than you are sleeping.

It’s simple, we are surrounded by media at home and at work and it’s going to increase even more. But not only are you consuming it, most likely you are also creating media through social media and online gaming.

We live in a world where entertainment and information media are one of the most influential forces, positive or negative. The internet and social media have transformed the marketplace and as a result there are career opportunities for digital transmedia storytellers and producers in all fields of the marketplace.

At Esperanza College of Eastern University, we believe that God is the master storyteller and that He created us as storytellers. We are here to help prepare you to have an exciting and successful career while also having a positive influence in our community through the stories you tell.

The A.A. in Digital Communication prepares you to be a content creator working as a digital producer, digital content specialist, social media specialist, strategic communication specialist, public relations specialist, and a variety of other related jobs. You can work creating content in traditional media entities, in the field of medicine, in government, in the police department, at a non-profit, in education, in any type of business, any other field, or be your own boss as an entrepreneur. You can also continue your studies and get your bachelors, masters, or doctorate. In our program you will be taught by professors who are active in their fields, who are on a similar journey as yours, and who are committed to investing their life and sharing their experience and knowledge to help you succeed.

If you seek a more technical degree to prepare you for a career as a media producer, web designer, mobile app developer, and related fields, then consider our A.A.S. in Media & Technology.

Program Student Learning Goals
  • Students should know and demonstrate a critical understanding of communication history, theory, and practice.
  • Students will acquire specific skills and competencies in digital strategic communication. 
  • Students can identify, analyze, and understand the audience and the contexts (spiritual, social, cultural, political, and legal) in which messages are produced, disseminated, and interpreted as they strive to ameliorate spiritual and social issues as well as injustices that communication choices can create, perpetuate, and conceal. 
  • Students will apply the knowledge they have gained to produce and distribute transmedia messages appropriate to a variety of communication purposes, situations, and audiences. 
  • Students will be equipped for success through educational, social, and spiritual enrichment.
Curriculum

* Students may substitute more advanced courses if able to meet specific course prerequisites.
** Consult advisor before selecting from available elective courses during the academic term.

FIELD EXPERIENCE

At Esperanza College you learn by doing. Getting field experience is an essential part of our program to give you first-hand experience in the field you plan to pursue. For students in the Digital Communication program, field experience/internship opportunities may include local media entities, Spanish Sports Productions, Teatro Esperanza, Theatre 7000, and the media and marketing departments in corporations, non-profits, or government entities. These and others provide paid and unpaid internships.

Upon enrollment in the program, you will work with the program director to find the best placement for your field experience. The field experience/internship usually takes place during the last semester of your associate degree program.

Faculty

Dr. David Hurtado, Program Director

Dr. David Hurtado, Program Director

PhD in Communication/Regent University School of Communication & the Arts
Master in Business Administration/Regent University School of Business & Leadership
BS in Broadcasting/Toccoa Falls College

Dr. David Hurtado is the Director of the Department of Digital Communication, Media, and Technology. He has been working in this field for many years in all areas of the industry. His passion is to use storytelling, media, and technology to help transform communities one life at a time with God’s love. In addition to working and teaching in the U.S., he’s had the opportunity to work and teach in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and online. He counts it a privilege to be able to come alongside you and help you succeed as you prepare to achieve your dreams and calling. Dr. Hurtado is originally from Bolivia, grew up in Miami, and lives in Philadelphia.

Courses taught:

  • COMM 105 | Introduction to Mass Media
  • COMM 240 | Rhetoric & Persuasion
  • COMM 295 | Field Practicum
  • COMM 351 | Digital Storytelling
  • DCOM 295 | Professional Practicum

Dr. Chester Branch

Dr. Chester Branch

Dr. Chester Branch is a digital social media producer, an author, screenwriter, digital-media marketing strategist, and transmedia architect with 10 years of experience in the media industry. He worked as a digital and social media producer at Superbook.tv for seven years. He has a doctorate in strategic leadership with a focus on narrative concepts, digital media strategy, and transmedia education from Regent University School of Business & Leadership, a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and a Master of Arts in Directing from Regent University School of Communication and the Arts, a Bachelor’s in Film and Theatre from St. Augustine’s University, and a Certificate in Digital and Social Media Marketing from Hubspot.

Courses taught:

  • COMM 215 | Writing for Media
  • COMM 331 | Social Media in Organizations
  • DCOM 101 | Storytelling & Social Change

Professor Curt Himmelberger

Professor Curt Himmelberger

Professor Curt Himmelberger is a professional actor, improviser, writer, and educator. He has a Master of Fine Arts in Physical Devising from the University of the Arts and Pig Iron Theatre and a Master of Science in Educational Studies from The Johns Hopkins University.

Courses taught:

  • THEA 130A| Acting as Communication

Professor Bruce Savage

Professor Bruce Savage

Professor Bruce Savage has over 10 years of experience in digital storytelling, media production, and as a professional photographer. He has worked as a videographer, producer, video editor, television director, and digital media specialist. In his former career he was an administrator for the Philadelphia Department of Human Services. He has a B.A. in Psychology and Broadcasting, and a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Courses taught:

  • COMM 290 | Production Practicum
  • COMM 351 | Digital Storytelling
  • COMM 361 | Digital Media Production
  • MPRO 201 | Media Production I
  • MPRO 251 | Media Production II
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