CPD Mini-Courses in Public Diplomacy

For over 16 years, the USC Center on Public Diplomacy has been the go-to program for public diplomats and international communication professionals looking to sharpen their skillsets and analytical capabilities essential for success in today’s complex environment.

Our training utilizes the latest social science research and cutting-edge communication tools in real-time public diplomacy challenges. It provides a setting for practitioners to re-examine and refine their skills in a group of peers and to build an international network of colleagues.This spring, we have launched three new mini-courses on creating audio stories, graphic design, and using data for PD strategy. Also new is a USC alumnus discount. Make sure you complete that section on the application form so we can confirm with the university.

Our online workshops take a deep dive into some of the most critical issues in designing effective and sophisticated public diplomacy strategies. The intensive, fast-paced learning also allows for personalization, as participants bring real-time projects to exercise their skills and to problem-solve with faculty and peer participants.

Peek Inside

Below is a sample of what it's like to learn and collaborate in real-time with our expert faculty, such as USC Annenberg Associate Professor of Professional Practice & CPD Faculty Fellow Amara Aguilar, who teaches "Multi-platform Content Strategy for Public Diplomacy."

Spring Workshop Dates

Workshops vary in dates, times and contact hours. Please review carefully. They include live online sessions, group work between sessions, and self-directed learning as assigned. All scheduled meeting times will be in Pacific Time (time zone converter here).

Monitoring and Evaluating Public Diplomacy Campaigns

  • April 20, 2021, 8:00am-9:00am
  • April 22, 2021, 8:00am-10:00am
  • April 27, 2021, 8:00am-10:30am
  • April 29, 2021, 8:00am-10:00am

Graphic Design for Public Diplomacy

  • May 18, 2021, 8:00am-10:00am
  • May 20, 2021, 8:00am-10:00am

Using Audio for Public Diplomacy

  • May 25, 2021, 8:00am-10:00am
  • May 27, 2021, 8:00am-10:00am

Multi-Platform Content Strategy for Public Diplomacy

  • June 7, 2021, 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • June 8, 2021, 5:00pm-7:30pm
  • June 9, 2021, 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • June 10, 2021, 5:00pm-6:30pm

Data-driven Public Diplomacy

  • June 22, 2021, 8:00am-10:00am
  • June 24, 2021, 8:00am-10:00am
  • June 27, 2021, 8:00am-10:30am
  • July 1, 2021, 8:00am-10:00am

Tuition per Workshop

Monitoring and Evaluating Public Diplomacy Campaigns: Single participant: $850 USD; Multiple participants (3+ from same organization): $750 USD

Graphic Design for Public Diplomacy: $500 USD (NEW): Bundle with Using Audio for Public Diplomacy: $800 USD for both

Using Audio for Public Diplomacy: $500 USD; (NEW): Bundle with Graphic Design for Public Diplomacy: $800 USD for both

Multi-Platform Content Strategy for Public Diplomacy: Single participant: $850 USD; Multiple participants (3+ from same organization): $750 USD

Data-driven Public Diplomacy: Single participant: $900 USD; Multiple participants (3+ from same organization): $800 USD

USC Alumni Discount: Alums will receive a discount and will need to inquire personally to cpdevent@usc.edu.

Application Deadlines

April 5, 2021: Monitoring and Evaluating Public Diplomacy Campaigns

April 12, 2021: Graphic Design for Public Diplomacy

April 12, 2021: Using Audio for Public Diplomacy

May 1, 2021: Multi-Platform Content Strategy for Public Diplomacy

May 22, 2021: Data-driven Public Diplomacy

How to Apply

The electronic application for Spring workshops can be found here. For more information, please email Stacy Ingber, CPD Assistant Director of Programming & Events, at singber@usc.edu.  

Upon submission of your application, you will receive notification of receipt and a general time frame of the decision process. There is a rolling admissions process, and applicants will be notified as soon as a decision is made. Once accepted, deadlines for submitting the non-refundable deposit, campaign submission requirements, and final payment instructions.