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Discover the World of Communication

Online Sessions for 2020 begin June 15 and  run through August 15!
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Classes have begun but you can still register for classes through July 15!

Welcome to Discover the World of Communication 2020 Online, where you will learn to build a digital portfolio, write a script, shoot and edit a film, write a news story like a pro, speak with confidence, persuade, inform, educate and entertain. Our professional asynchronous online workshops — open to students entering grades 9 through 12 — are taught by American University School of Communication faculty and communication professionals. We are offering something that will appeal to everyone!

The 9 pre-college online non-credit classes are: International Communication, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Films, Visual Literacy in Action, Scriptwriting and Video Production, Screenwriting: Hollywood Three-Act Structure, Professional Newswriting and Reporting, Professional Video Storytelling, Podcasting 101 and Flash Fiction Writing. In addition we offer one American University College Level Course for 1-credit, COMM-102, Public Speaking. Email us at or call 202-885-2098. Visit our courses page to learn more about our online offerings and find our online registration on our Registration page!

To view our online options please check out our brochure.

Discover the World of Communication Program Overview


American University's School of Communication offers high school students the opportunity to explore the field of communication through the Discover the World of Communication program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Participants range in ages from 14 to 19. Students entering freshman through senior year in high school are eligible to participate. The average age of students participating in 2019 was 16 years with approximately 45% males and 55% females.

Yes! In 2019 students came from 19 countries.

To participate in the Discover the World of Communication program, complete the registration form located online in the Register section. Registration is accepted on a first come-first served basis, so register early!

619 students from 36 states, 2 territories and 19 countries participated in Discover the World of Communication during summer 2019.

Each online class would consist of 7 modules. Each module will take about 3 hours to complete (including some of the time the students need to do their work). The class will be delivered as an asynchronous class (Screenwriting: Hollywood Three-Act Structure will have designated class times), which means you can take the class any time of day or night no matter where in the world you are located. We will try our best to make these as hands-on and experiential as we can, given the constraints that one may need to complete their work from home. A student may begin a class (or several) as early as June 15 or as late as July 30, but all of the work needs to be completed by August 15, 2020 in order to receive feedback and a certificate or completion for each class completed. The students will access the material through Blackboard and submit work through Blackboard. Nine of the classes are non-credit and one of the classes, Public Speaking, is a college level 1 credit course. 

The classes are taught by American Univeristy faculty and working professionals.

Create a resume worthy news article, video, flash fiction writing, screenplay as well as work fro your portfolio that may be used for college admissions, internships and your own enjoyment. You will also receive a DWC Online Certificate for each non-credit class completed and an AU transcript for the 1-credit Public Speaking course. This information can be used on your college applications.

The online classes will be available on June 15 and need to be completed by August 15, 2020.

It would be possible to complete all nine non-credit classes and the course for college credit between June 15 and August 15, 2020. Some students will power through the modules and complete a class in 3-4 days if they work 6-8 hours a day on the class. Others will choose a more leisurely approach and complete a module per week (approximately 3 hours) and take 7 weeks to complete a class.