Undergraduate Featured Courses

Motion Picture Techniques

Lectures and laboratory work to acquaint the student with the basic techniques of motion pictures. 16 mm equipment is used to develop an understanding of the motion picture as a creative tool of communication and expression.

Motion Picture Workshop I

Lectures and laboratory work to acquaint the student with the basic techniques of motion pictures. Exercises will be employed to develop an understanding of the motion picture as a creative tool of communication and expression. Prerequisite: Summer Workshop; non-majors only. Written permission of the Director of Motion Pictures.

Motion Picture Workshop II

The art and craft of motion picture production. Concentrating on pre-production and production procedures including cinematography and synchronous sound recording. Lectures and laboratory work. Prerequisite: Summer Workshop; non-maj ors only. Written permission of the Director of Motion Pictures.

Motion Picture Workshop III

An intensive five week introduction to 16mm production and postproduction. (Available for incoming MFA students and others by permission of the Program Director).

Motion Picture Workshop IV

A motion picture practicum with emphasis on the role of director and producer. Students will work in a collaborative mode to complete a 16mm film. Lectures and laboratory work are included. Prerequisite: Summer Workshop; non-majors only. Written permission of the Director of Motion Pictures.

Motion Picture Workshop: Storytelling

The practice of the grammar of cinematic language including shot selection, com position, pacing, story clarity, performance, pre-visualization and pre-planning for the creation of short narrative projects. Through critiques, students encounter and interact with an audience of their peers. This course requires students to master contemporary technology in use in the profession.

National Cinemas

Selected films from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America will be studied in relation to their diverse social, political and cultural contexts.

News Reporting and Writing

Practice in gathering material for and preparation of stories.

Newspaper Editing and Layout

Introduction to electronic editing and development of skills in copy editing, headline writing, picture editing, and newspaper layout.

Nonfiction Film

Comparison of non-theatrical film forms including informational, documentary and avant-garde.

Nonfiction Film and Digital Media

An examination of American and world nonfiction films and media.

Nonverbal Communication

Theory and application of selected areas of research in nonverbal communication is addressed. Discussion of environment, space, body movement, posture, eye contact, facial expression, vocal cues, and physical appearance is included.

Online Journalism

A study of the issues, skills and practices related to the online presentation of news and information in a convergent media environment.

Online Screenwriting

The student will prepare and complete the first act of a feature-length screenplay or the student will prepare and commence the rewrite of an existing screenplay.

Organizational Communication

Introduction to organizational communication theory. Consideration of structure, function, and effects of communication in organizations are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on principles needed for decision making and effective management of organizational communication processes.

Persuasion

A review of theory, research, and practice of the intentional use of symbols to influence attitudes, beliefs, and actions.

Political Communication

A review of the history, strategies, theories and trends in political campaign communication in the United States.

Portfolio Development

This course will assist students in putting together a professional-quality adv ertising portfolio of their work.

Post Production Sound Editing and Design

Post production sound editing and design is a seminar/workshop that provides a practical and theorectical introduction to sound and its function in the narrative moving image process. The course explores the process from production recording through the final mix.

Practicum in Advertising

Students will work in the advertising field for advanced on-the-job training in their specific area of advertising specialization.
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