Credits required
11 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 11 quarter credits are equal to 7.33 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$331 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online.
Start terms
4 per year

Content Development and Production – Online Microcredential

Master the art of producing and sharing professional-quality content

The digital media field is growing rapidly — a trend that experts anticipate will continue far into the future. What the industry needs is people with the abilities to meet consumer demands through the design, production, distribution and maintenance of high-quality content for digital media use.


Work closely with faculty who will support your growth in the digital media world as you earn a content development and production microcredential online. Watch the video »

Through a series of three courses, you can earn a microcredential in content development and production online from Oregon State University, a nationally ranked leader in online education. Gain the creative, applied skills to visualize a text narrative into an audio/visual media production; develop core competencies in the editing and manipulation of sound media; and learn how to produce professional-quality podcasts for various digital platforms.

Add an impressive credential to your résumé

When you complete this 11-credit microcredential, you’ll receive a digital badge that signifies you possess an in-demand skill set that will help you stand out in a competitive industry. The content development and production microcredential is offered online by Oregon State’s New Media Communications department within the renowned College of Liberal Arts.


These three courses are designed to foster pre-production, production and post-production skills for digital media use. Your studies will enable you in part to explore story structure, concept development, visual research, cinematic language, shot composition, storyboarding, animatic and editing.

Required courses (11 credits)

NMC 255 – Applied Sound Design (4)

Learn the foundational elements and principles of sound design in relation to audio production and the communicative arts. The course will provide you with core competencies in audio recording, editing and manipulation in sound media. See course catalog detail »

NMC 356 – Podcast Production (3)

This intermediate-level production class is where you and your classmates will develop, launch, distribute and maintain professional-quality podcasts while using podcasting tools and resources for other storytelling enterprises. See course catalog detail »

NMC 380 – Pre-production (4)

Delve into the planning phase of various audio/visual storytelling media, and explore the creative application of visualizing a text narrative into an audio/visual media production. See course catalog detail »

Take the first step toward a degree in digital communication arts

Once you earn a microcredential in content development and production, you can apply the 11 credits directly toward Oregon State’s online bachelor’s degree in digital communication arts. Learn more about the innovative DCA program.

If you plan to apply these credits toward a full degree, we encourage you to first contact the program to learn about the degree requirements. Please note that acceptance into a microcredential does not guarantee acceptance into a degree program.

How to apply

When applying to the content development and production microcredential, you should apply as a nondegree (visiting) student. Check out the resources available to you while learning online with Oregon State Ecampus.

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Oregon State Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.

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