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ART 3004: Multimedia (3 cr.)
This course explores highly effective methods of communicating ideas and information through design and implementation of interactive "Continuous Media Projects". Text, drawings, audio, video, image (photographs), graphics, animation and sound elements are brought together to create powerful communication products. In addition to a discussion of the history, developmental stages and sweeping paradigm shifts in the communication industry, students will utilize the latest tools and the internet to plan, prototype, produce and deliver multimedia products. A wide variety of software packages, including Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator, Adobe Image Ready, Final Cut Pro, and Flash. Prerequisite: Computer Graphics I.

ART 3062: 2D Animation (3 cr.)
This course will discuss animation as an art form. The illusion of motion, life and action will be studied through flip books, cell animation and the latest software. Focusing on artistic excellence, students will use Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Adobe ImageReady, Audacity, and Macromedia Flash to experiment with type, character and image animation. Students will also learn basic audio recording and editing techniques. Prerequisite: Computer Graphics I.

ART 3064: Computer Graphics I (3 cr.)
An introduction to computer graphics using the Macintosh computer, this course will teach students to differentiate between various types of programs (draw, paint, and page layout) and provide hands-on experience in each. Adobe Illustrator and Adobe PhotoShop, Quark Express, Adobe, and InDesign will be used.

ART 4004: Graphic Design I (3 cr.)
The course analyzes the techniques, tools and basic principles of graphic design used in the conception and production of advertising art and related fields. Lettering and type forms, type specification, layout, mechanicals, and production will be treated in studio projects. These projects will aim at developing creative graphic ideas in advertising, packaging and editorial fields, using concepts and techniques of visual communications. Prerequisite: Computer Graphics I.

ART 4043: Artists Video (3 cr.)
This introductory course is geared toward studying and producing video based in a visual arts tradition. The focus in the class will be on developing interesting content while learning Final Cut Pro and proper equipment techniques. Students will examine: the place of video in multimedia and art; current video trends toward issue-oriented work such as media analysis and criticism, activist video, and personal narratives about identity and individual experience. Prerequisite: Computer Graphics I.

ART 4067: Digital Photography and Computer Imaging (3 cr.)
This class will review the history of capturing and manipulating images, discuss how digital imaging is used today, and provide hands-on experience. Students will digitally capture and manipulate existing images and learn how to prepare images for use in publications, exhibitions, electronic media, and the Internet. Prerequisite Computer Graphics I.

ART 4086: Constructed Images/Studio (3 cr.)
This is an upper level photography class where students will learn the practices of working in a photo studio to "create" images, stop motion animations and experiment with lighting and composition. Throughout the history of photography the photo studio has played an important role in image making. Early photographers and contemporaries have used the photo studio as a tool in creating photographs. The class will explore the principles of lighting and the creation of photographs using either digital or film based cameras. Aesthetic and technical elements will be addressed and emphasized along with individual experimentation and exploration. Examples of projects will include studio portraiture, product photography, constructed worlds and stop motion animation. Advanced digital and film printing, image manipulation techniques. as well as professional presentation will be covered. Course objectives will be addressed through class lectures, exercises and projects, as well as class critiques and online student blogs.

COMM 1001: Introduction to Communication & Media (3 cr.)
This course surveys human and media-enabled communication. Starting with concepts in communication theory, we consider interpersonal, public and nonverbal communication. A primary focus is the mass media, the history and means by which they communicate, the effects of this communication, and the professional and ethical issues involved. We cover print media, photography, radio, cinema, television and new media, and such related fields as advertising, public relations and political communication.

COMM 2021: Public Relations and American Culture (3 cr.)
An introduction to the practices and ethics of public relations and its role in society and the administration of organizations. We examine theory and practice, teaching such skills as writing press releases and assembling press packets. We consider the history, philosophy and processes of PR; public opinion; internal PR; propaganda; crisis management; government, community and celebrity PR. Students work on both team and individual projects.

COMM 2022: Advertising and American Popular Culture (3 cr.)
A survey of the history of advertising through various media (print, broadcast, new media) and its impact upon our culture, from how it affects interpersonal and political communication to issues of gender, race and family. Different types of ads and ad campaigns are studied, as are the ethics, practices and business world of advertising today.

COMM 2050: Introduction to Digital Media and TV Production (4 cr.)
This course introduces basics of digital media production: video camera usage, studio and/or on-location setups, sound, lighting and editing. It will focus on either electronic field production, TV studio work, or both. Group work and class projects are emphasized, but students must also learn the terminology, appropriate equipment-handling and conduct required of the field.

COMM 2090: Theories of Communication (3 cr.)
Required for a communication studies major, and open only to majors, this course considers key models of communication before surveying theoretical aspects of information, perception, persuasion, and also interpersonal, intercultural, nonverbal, small group and political communication. In studying mass media, we contrast the social science-based "process" school with more language-based systems such as semiotics. We consider how media operate and audiences respond, introducing cultivation analysis, cultural studies, issues in new media communication, and the social construction of class, race, and gender. Various texts provide examples, with in-class exercises in interpersonal dynamics and media analysis, and outside projects applying theories to advertising. Prerequisite: COMM 1001 or Instructor's permission.

COMM 3030: History of TV and Radio (4 cr.)
Focusing on U.S. TV and radio, but touching on comparative media systems, we consider the technological, industrial, stylistic, historical, cultural and political contexts related to these media. We study audiences and creators, and explore the growth of genres, advertising, newscasting and media regulation. We develop theoretical tools for analyzing "Golden Age" radio; the 1950s quiz show scandal; the "Vast Wasteland" of 60s TV; children's programming; PBS and MTV; talk radio; cable, alternative and digital media; coverage of political events; growing media conglomerates.

COMM3044 Feminist Media Theory (4 cr.)
This seminar explores feminist theory and its application to mass media. Lectures, discussions, and readings in first, second, and third wave feminism will help students to develop an understanding of historical, psychoanalytic, interpretive, and social scientific approaches to the study of media and communication. Research paper required. Prerequisite: COMM 1001 or Instructor's permission.

COMM3046 Convergent Media/Divergent Voices (3 cr.)
This seminar explores trends toward multimedia presentation and the convergence of print, broadcast and online media, and how these have influenced news and creative discourses from the 1960s to the present. We discuss changes in social, political, and personal discourse caused by media evolution, and consider the New Journalism movement of the late 1960s, the rise of online investigative media and recent blogging culture. The role of convergence in corporate media's shrinking number of players in the mainstream is a concern, as are alternative media as viable divergent voices in the media landscape. Research paper required. Prerequisite: Comm1001 or Instructor's permission.

COMM 3070: Media Ethics (3 cr.)
This seminar introduces concepts in moral reasoning (Kant, Aristotle, J.S. Mill) and relates them to historical, contemporary and/or imaginary case studies across media. Topics include the ethics of checkbook journalism and dramatic re-enactments; truth-telling (libel, undercover cameras, altered images); fairness and honesty in advertising and public relations; the right to privacy vs. the right to know; entertainment content/censorship and their social influence; journalistic ethics regarding disclosure, news and political coverage; matters of gender equity, diversity, stereotyping and social responsibility; internet ethics. We aim to develop guidelines for ethical evaluation, communication and conduct. Research paper required. Prerequisite: COMM 1001 or Instructor's permission.

COMM 3071: Minorities and the Media (3 cr.)
This seminar considers minorities along three intersecting axes: 1)how a group has been represented within the history of the media; 2)how minorities have worked within mainstream and alternative media, and how they represent themselves when empowered to do so; 3)how minority reading communities interpret media to suit their own needs. We present case studies exploring such groups as African-Americans, Asians, the elderly, gays, the homeless, Jews, Latinos, Muslims, Native Americans, the physically challenged or others. Research paper required. Prerequisite: COMM 1001 or Instructor's permission.

COMM 3072: Media Industries and Information Technology: From Gutenberg to the Internet (3 cr.)
This seminar historicizes information technologies in relation to cultural developments as new media emerged. It begins with the revolution engendered by print media, and moves on to the telegraph and telephone, photography and cinema, radio, TV, and communication satellites. One focus is the industries and cultures that developed with each medium, and how technological change interacted with industrial and political change to alter the very nature of communication. We finish with digital media and how Internet culture and new media are transforming older paradigms. Research paper required. Prerequisite: COMM 1001 or Instructor's permission.

COMM4025: Topics in Advanced TV/Video (4 cr.)
Some of the topics of this advanced production class include: light and the digital camera; editing sound and image; producing the documentary, producing news for TV and streaming video on websites. May be repeated for credit provided the topic changes. Prerequisite: COMM 2050 or Instructor's permission.

ENF 1001: Introduction to Film Studies (4 cr.)
This course is an introduction to principles important to a critical appreciation of film. Students will view a representative variety of American and foreign films with an eye to the aesthetic and technical choices made by directors in their attempts to create coherent works of art. The course will trace the development of film as an art form and as a vehicle for social subject analysis throughout the twentieth century.

ENF 2079: Women's Film (4 cr.)
This course examines films written, directed, and/or produced by women. Although the majority of films treated will be by American women, significant examples will be drawn from other countries as well. Special attention will be given to artists who attempt to develop film images of women that are freed from the stereotypes imposed by the classical Hollywood film. Alternates every other year with ENF 2080: American Film.

ENF 2080: American Film (4 cr.)
This course begins with an examination of representative American film genres, such as the western, the gangster, and the screwball comedy, tracing their roots back to early American literature and culture, and following their development to the present. The course will also examine major new directors in contemporary American cinema. Taught every other year, this course alternates with ENG 3076: Women's Film.

ENF 2088: History of Cinema 1: The Beginnings to WW II (4 cr.)
Topics include pre-20th-century protohistory; the cinema of attractions; the development of narrative, features, stars and the classical Hollywood studio system; French impressionism; Weimar expressionism; Scandinavian naturalism; Soviet montage; documentary and avant-garde cinema; early Asian film; the changeover to sound; censorship; French poetic realism; developments in British, German and Latin American film. Students are not required to take part 2.

ENF 2089: History of Cinema 2: WW II to the Present (4 cr.)
The course begins with the war years and includes: Italian neorealism, film noir, the decline of the Hollywood studio system, and new documentary and avant-garde approaches. Also considered are: International art cinemas from Europe and Japan in the 50s and 60s and other key movements, from Brazilian Cinema Novo to New German Cinema, African and Indian cinema and other postcolonial cinemas. The course also examines: Hollywood's revival and its increasing commercialism, China's "Fifth Generation," feminist and other independent practice, and films from Australia, the Middle East, Hong Kong and elsewhere. Part 1 is not a prerequisite.

ENF 3075: Film Theory (4 cr.)
This course will examine the range of contemporary theory about film through readings and viewings of selected films. The writings of earlier film theorists such as Eisenstein, Kracauer, Deren, and Bazin will provide a base for the examination of more recent theories rooted in genre studies, semiotics, Marxism, psychoanalysis, and feminism. Prerequisite: ENG 2083: Introduction to Film Criticism. Research paper.

ENF 3173: Queer Film and Media Studies (4 cr.)
This seminar explores "queer theory" as applied to one of its key texts, the mass media and particularly film. We historicize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and other queer media from Weimar culture to Hollywood's Production Code era, from underground cinema to later cracks into mainstream, avant-garde and new media. Coverage of AIDS receives attention, as do lesbian-feminist issues, the now- mainstream gay representations in the news, TV and other media, New Queer Cinema, controversial artists in photography, and other U.S. and international expressions of queer politics and culture. Research paper required. Prerequisite: One previous course in film studies or Comm 1001 or instructor permission.

ENF 4010: Major Film Directors (4 cr.)
This course examines several filmmakers whose work has been considered to have sufficient consistency and merit as to be made by an "author." We interrogate the concept of authorship in cinema in terms of its history, politics, explanatory power, use as marketing strategy and other strengths and limitations. Directors will vary, but the course is international in focus, with at least one non-English language filmmaker represented. Prerequisite: One other film studies course or Instructor's permission.

ENF 4020: Topics in Film Genres (4 cr.)
The basics of genre are considered through the prism of one genre studied in depth. Iconography, narrative, theme, ideology, audience response, generic evolution and industrial marketing of genres are explored. Hollywood films form the backbone for analysis, but alternatives receive attention. Focus varies with each offering and could include horror, the musical, gangster film, science fiction, Westerns, film noir, documentary, comedy, melodrama. Prerequisite: One film studies course, or permission of instructor.

ENF 4030: Topics in National and Regional Cinemas (4 cr.)
This course considers one or, for comparative study, two cinemas in historical, cultural, aesthetic and political contexts. Key filmmakers receive attention, and concepts of identity, the nation and Diaspora are interrogated. Some cinemas to be studied include Asian, German and Scandinavian, French, International Jewish, Pan-African, British and Irish, Soviet/Russian, Italian film or others. Prerequisite: One film studies course, or permission of instructor.

ENG 3026: Shakespeare on Film (3 cr.)
Through films or videotapes of Shakespeare's plays, we will explore how productions illuminate, enhance, or distort the script and how the change of medium makes different effects possible or even necessary. This course will examine interpretations of the text as well as foster awareness of dramatic and film technique. Previous study of Shakespeare is very helpful. This course may be used as an elective for the Film Concentration. The course will culminate in a research paper. Prerequisite: completion of two 2000-level English courses or permission of instructor.

ENG 3071: Laughter: Definitions of Comedy (3 cr.)
This seminar will explore the nature of comedy in its various forms from classical times to the present. It will examine comedy's appearance in various genres: drama, fiction, and film. At each of the weekly meetings, the course will pair a reading with a film. Seminar sessions will be organized around reports and discussion. The course will culminate in a research paper. Prerequisite: completion of two 2000-level English courses or permission of instructor.

ENW 2040: Writing for the Media (3 cr.)
Oriented toward social-science and business media, this creative nonfiction course examines issues of style, history, ethics and practice in writing for media research and criticism, public relations, advertising and the internet. Types of writing to be covered include copy editing, position papers, proposals, releases, "backgrounders" and new media copy. Students interested in journalism should take ENaW 4011.

ENW 4003: Screenwriting Workshop I (3 cr.)
Students are introduced to the craft of visual story-telling, exploring character, dialogue, plot setting and tone. Students view movies weekly and read extensively in professional film scripts. Each week student writing is discussed in a workshop format. The semester project is the completion of the "First Act" of a feature screenplay, approximately thirty pages of writing, as well as an accompanying outline of the entire screenplay. May be used as an elective for the Film Concentration.

ENW 4004: Screenwriting Workshop II (3 cr.)
Students continue their work begun in ENW 4003. They work intensely on their own projects, workshopping scenes and sequences. Class lectures involve thorough examinations of story structure and address larger questions of authenticity and voice. ENW 4004 requires a major commitment to reading, viewing, and writing. The Semester project is the completion of a full-length feature film script draft of at least 90 pages. Prerequisite: Grade of "B" or better in ENW 4003. This class is repeatable for credit. May be used as an elective for the Film Concentration.

ENW 4011: Journalism (3 cr.)
Students will learn about news, feature and article writing as well as plan and carry out reporting assignments on topics of current interest. The course will include discussion of such issues as objectivity, ethics, investigation and interpretation. Occasionally the class will visit or be visited by working journalists. Prerequisite: a minimum of B in ENC 4010 or an equivalent writing course. This class is repeatable for credit.

ENW 4012: Journalism II (3 cr.)
Students continue study begun in Journalism I. This class looks at works of extended journalism. Students are expected to write and study features, profiles, and investigative pieces, as well as submit material to the campus newspaper, Touchstone. Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in ENW 4011.

MUAT 1007 MIDI and Audio Production (3 cr.)
In this introductory course students learn the foundations of creating music with the computer. Beginning with an overview of computer concepts relating to MIDI and digital audio, students develop skills relating to MIDI and audio sequencing, recording and editing, and sound synthesis and processing. Software applications studied and used include: Logic; Live Ableton; Reason; Band-in-a-Box; and MaxMSP. Students create projects using these programs. No prerequisites. Enrollment limited to ten.

MUAT 2011: Audio Recording Techniques I (3 cr.)
Starting with an introduction to acoustics, students develop skills in the art and science of live and studio sound recording. Students learn techniques for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering audio using ProTools and other software/hardware. We also focus on the tools for these processes: microphones, mixers, audio interfaces, and signal processors (such as compressor-limiter-expander-gate, digital delay, EQ, etc.) No prerequisites. Enrollment limited to ten.

MUAT 2021: Electronic Music Composition I (3 cr.)
Students will learn principles and practices of computer-based electronic music composition, including MIDI, sound synthesis, editing, mixing, and production details. Students create electronic music compositions utilizing various software (Logic, Reason, Max/MSP, and SuperCollider). Additionally, students learn about the development of electronic music, and significant composers and works. No prerequisites. Enrollment is limited.