Woodland University gets $3 million grant for digital media

A Southland university that plans to offer degrees in digital media arts has snared a grant that’ll help fulfill its mission.

The federal Department of Education has awarded Woodbury University in Burbank more than $3 million. The money will go toward creating digital filmmaking, media technology and game design programs with a focus on serving Latino students.

The three new majors will move Woodbury’s School of Media, Culture and Design beyond its traditional fine arts-based program into entertainment dependent on technology.

Close to one-third of Woodbury's 1,500 students are Hispanic, and they graduate at a significantly higher rate than Latino students throughout the country.

Incoming freshmen at the private, liberal arts college will be able to enroll in the digital filmmaking program next year and game design or media technology the following year. Woodbury’s also developing internship and career services programs in those areas with help from the federal grant.

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