Design Tactics for Public Relations

An introduction to design principles and tactics used in the creation of public relations messages and campaigns.

Design, Code Loop

This course is an exploration of the fundamental elements of graphic form, movement, and interaction as expressive and meaning(ful) agents in digital media. Students will work through a series of structured studio exercises designed to iteratively move them from simple to complex visual vocabularies, methods of analysis, workflows, and problem solving using mainstream as well as less known software tools. No prior design experience is required but assignments are designed to benefit students of all levels; graduate students will have more flexibility for adapting work to their thesis subject.

Directing Performance and Creative Collaboration

Directing Techniques

To build a more advanced set of professional skills and practices through scene work, shooting, and collaboration.

Directing the Actor

The purpose of this course is to teach and practice the craft of directing, including text analysis, characterization, visualization, design, intention and rehearsal: to train students to articulate their ideas to actors and film crew.

Directing the Camera

An introduction to directing actors in low budget, independent films utilizing traditional, modern and evolving directorial techniques used by independent and traditional film makers: analyzing and orchestrating scripted material, developing a directorial concept, creating indelible characterizations, building a visual image, auditioning and casting the talent, blocking and directing the untrained amateur or highly skilled professional actor.

Doctoral Seminars

An in-depth, hands-on course in which students conduct a research project using the specified research method. May include experimental design, advanced qualitative methods, content analysis, or survey methods.

Documentary Production

An introduction to the documentary genre including the production of a documentary from start to finish.

Dynamic Data

This course focuses on speaking through computer programming and data. Students will learn to build stories using numerical data or databases as a primary material and explore data as content. For this course students will be required to build custom software solutions through web programming languages that utilize third party APIs to interpret, analyze and manipulate data.

Feature Writing

Analyzing and writing feature articles for magazines, newspapers, and other new s media.

Film Culture I

An introductory immersion in the culture, history, and theory of cinema.

Film Culture II

Readings in classical and contemporary film theory, with critical analysis of current as well as historically significant movies representing a diversity of cinematic traditions.

Film Directors

This course will address the conditions of authorship in film through an intensive study of the films of two or more directors, whose careers will serve as case studies. These directors will be historically important and their work will represent significant achievements in the art of film.

Foundation of Screenwriting

This course explores the fundamental skill set necessary to manipulate the basic elements of cinematic writing. The course will investigate common dramatic elements found in all screenplays as well as teach format principles of feature, TV and emerging media scripts.

Game Development Studio

This course is a project-based course devoted to developing a game. In groups, students will start with a concept and create prototypes that will be refined through multiple iterations and playtests. Your final game will either be a well-polished non-digital game or digital game.


A study of selected movie genres from a variety of critical perspectives. Issues pertaining to selfhood, sexual difference, and other concerns of present-day film criticism will be examined.

Global Media

An analysis of issues and practices surrounding globalization, regionalization, and global/local as they relate to media industries, journalism, and communication.

History of Journalism Seminar

The development and impact of journalism in America traced through industry leaders and events.

information Processing for Video-Audio Systems

Use of non-print media, by corporate, social, political, and educational institutions to convey information to internal and external audiences.

Integrated Marketing Communication

An exploration of how brands are built and promoted through the integration of advertising, public relations, sales promotion, personal selling, direct marketing, and e-commerce.
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