AdviserCoursesONLINE! Summer 2017

JRN 808: Journalism Education Visual Topics – Designing Student Media

July 5 to Aug. 18 •  Take this class for 3 graduate-level credits or not-for-credit

Design has never been more important, but sometimes design is the one area in which advisers feel the least competent. Take this class, and all of that will change.

Learn about typography, use of images, page hierarchy, color, grids, alternative story forms and more. By the end of the course, you’ll feel empowered to help your students create newspaper, newsmagazine and yearbook pages that will be more exciting, vibrant and contemporary.

Your instructor, Brian Wilson, is a teacher at Palo Alto High School in California, where he’s advised a sports magazine, yearbook and arts and culture magazine since 2015. Previously, he spent 18 years advising the news magazine, yearbook and online newspaper at Waterford Kettering High School in Michigan. He’s a former president of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association.

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  • Get graduate-level credit to meet state or district professional development requirements
  • Work toward a journalism endorsement
  • Pursue a journalism master’s degree
  • Enroll not-for-credit for $425


The Michigan State University School of Journalism partners with MIPA to offer a variety of journalism education courses for teachers and for students pursuing teacher certification. Often offered online and during the summer, our curriculum changes to suit your needs and current issues facing scholastic journalism. You may enroll in these courses for undergraduate- or graduate-level credit, or not-for-credit at a reduced rate.

  • MSU/MIPA Adviser Course Frequently Asked Questions
  • Don’t need the college credit, but want to take the class?  For $425, you can do that.
  • Scholarships are available from the School of Journalism and MIPA for those taking the course for credit. Learn more and apply.
  • Calculate MSU tuition rates (tuition varies based on residency and student level). Current teachers seeking college credit who are not enrolled in a degree-granting program at MSU typically would enroll in our courses at the lifelong education graduate level.
  • Questions? Contact Jeremy Steele in the MIPA office.