Communication and Media Arts Major (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

The communication and media landscape is changing very fast and the next generation of professionals in these fields needs to always be ahead of the curve. This program is ideal for you if you want to develop a critical approach to media and culture and learn how to analyze and create media for traditional, digital, and social media platforms. Through unique combinations of classes, the program will help you develop the aesthetic, critical, and technological skills that are essential for future market demands. The program resides in the School of Communication and Media.

  A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree.


COMMUNICATION & MEDIA ARTS MAJOR

Complete 48 semester hours including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. CORE REQUIREMENTS

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Core Courses

      Complete 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

      CMDA 110 Introduction to Communication and Media Arts (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMDA 210 Theorizing Communication and Media Arts (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMDA 220 Writing for the Media (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMDA 320 Transmedia Projects (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Colloquium Series

      Complete the following course a minimum of 8 times: CMDA 490. There is no credit associated with this course.

      CMDA 490 Colloquium Series 0
  2. MAJOR ELECTIVE CLUSTERS

    Complete at least 12 hours of 300 level courses and 6 hours of 400 level courses.

    1. CREATIVE/CONCEPTUAL

      Complete at least 12 semester hours from the following:

      CMST 130 Public Relations Principles (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 205 Race, Ethnicity and Media (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 215 Media History and Form (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 225 New Media and Participatory Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 263 Health and Mass Media (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 273 Democracy and Communication (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 360 Emerging Technologies in Health Communication (3 hours lecture) 3
      FILM 230 Introduction to Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 250 Film Forum (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 101 History and Development of TV and Digital Media (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 201 Language of Television (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 260 History of Television Programming (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 293 TV and Digital Programming (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 349 Ethics of Mass Communication (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 391 International Broadcasting (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 455 Special Studies in Television and Digital Media (3 hours seminar) 1-3
    2. CRITICAL/ANALYTICAL

      Complete at least 12 semester hours from the following:

      CMST 200 Going Viral (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 225 New Media and Participatory Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 235 Youth Culture and The Popular (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 245 Communication, Media and Gender (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 280 Investigative Research Methods (3 hours seminar) 3
      CMST 325 Media Criticism (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 335 Globalization, Communication and Media (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 345 Critical Television Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 377 Mediated Organizations (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 415 Production Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 425 Seminar in Mediated Communication (3 hours seminar) 3
      FILM 255 Film Story Analysis (3 hours lecture) 3
      FILM 280 Film Art: Historical and Contemporary (3 hours lecture) 3
      FILM 282 The Avant-Garde Cinema (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 247 Sports Media and Society (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 315 Political Broadcasting (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 361 Media Management (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. APPLIED/PRODUCTION

      Complete at least 12 semester hours from the following:

      CMDA 360 Communication and Media Coop Ed 4-16
      CMST 233 Public Relations Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 337 Specialized Writing in Public Relations (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 339 Public Relations Techniques in a Digital Age (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 342 Argumentation and Debate (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 355 Visual Communication (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 365 Health Communication and the Arts (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 373 Collaborative Problem Solving (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 405 Persuation and Transmedia Campaigns (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 410 Career Management (3 hours lecture) 3
      CMST 435 Communication and Media Arts Activity (1 hours lecture) 1-3
      FILM 200 Film Making I (2 hours lecture, 3.73 hours lab) 4
      FILM 201 Digital Filmmaking I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 221 Digital Filmmaking II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 222 Production Design I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 261 Theatre - Film Collaborations I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 300 Documentary Workshop (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 3
      FILM 364 Production Management (3 hours lecture) 3
      JOUR 280 Writing/Reporting For TV and Radio (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 205 Fundamentals of TV and Digital Media (3 hours seminar) 3
      TVDM 221 Developing the Documentary (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 231 Modern Journalism (3 hours lecture) 1
      TVDM 277 Audio Production for Film/Digital Media (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 341 Cross Platform Sports Writing and Reporting (3 hours seminar) 3
      TVDM 441 Multimedia News Production (3 hours lecture) 3
      TVDM 451 Television Production Company (1 hour seminar) 1-3

Course Descriptions:

CMDA110: Introduction to Communication and Media Arts (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the crucial role media play in contemporary society and surveys the technological, social, cultural, economic, and political impact of communication codes, media, and their convergence. Topics include the histories of varied media (print, electronic, digital), media narratives and genres, the interplay between media products/industries and identity, and the evolving significance of emerging technologies. Previous course SPCM 172 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

CMDA210: Theorizing Communication and Media Arts (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces major theoretical perspectives and debates in the interdisciplinary fields of communication and media and provides key concepts used in the criticism of different types of media and texts. Theoretical approaches include political economy, semiotics, visual aesthetics, psychoanalysis, effects and reception, feminism, cultural studies, Marxism, and postmodernism which are then applied to a wide range of texts and structures (radio, film, television, music, advertising, news, the Internet, etc). Previous course SPCM 201 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110; School of Communication and Media majors only.

CMDA220: Writing for the Media (3 hours lecture)

This course covers the basic principles of writing for print, electronic, and on line media and provides hands-on writing experience. Students develop an understanding of industry standards of writing by communication and media professionals. They also build their skills in creating a variety of media texts, including news packages, documentary and fiction programs, press releases, speeches, Web pages and blogs, public service announcements and advertisements. Previous course BDCS 140 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110 may be taken as a prerequisite or corequisite; School of Communication and Media majors only.

CMDA320: Transmedia Projects (3 hours lecture)

The course offers students a supervised transmedia project experience. Students develop skills in concept development, research, fieldwork, collaboration, production planning, execution, and management as they work on client-based (corporate, governmental, non-profit) or cause-related projects across varied technological platforms. The course requires substantial work outside of class time. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210 and CMDA 220.

CMDA360: Communication and Media Coop Ed

Advanced students complete a supervised employment experience, outside the classroom, that complements their program of study in the fields of communication and media. The experience provides students the opportunity to define their career objectives and enhance professional skills and expertise. An MSU faculty member evaluates student progress and awards credit. Students may not exceed 16 credits through enrollment in multiple co-op courses. Previous course CMDA 460 effective through Winter 2014. 4 - 16 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 260 or TVDM 253 or CMST 280 and School of Communication and Media approval.

CMDA490: Colloquium Series

Students are required to register for and attend the colloquium series each semester. The series provides a forum for students, faculty, and invited guests to share their work and address relevant current issues in news, public policy, government, etc. Meetings take place once a month each semester. 0 sh.

Prerequisites: Open only to Majors/Minors in the School of Communication & Media Arts.

CMST130: Public Relations Principles (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces students to the fundamental theories and practices in the field of public relations. Students will learn about the public relations function within organizations, its impact on publics, and its function in society. Topics of this course involve the evolution of the field, the range of roles and responsibilities that public relations practitioners assume in a variety of settings, and the significant issues and trends that have shaped the practice. The course will also address the ethics of public relations practice and how values shape an organization's ability to build successful relationships with its publics. Previous course SPCM 222 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110; School of Communication and Media majors only.

CMST200: Going Viral (3 hours lecture)

In this course we will explore media concepts and theories and contemporary viral phenomena. We will investigate the evolution of different media and the impact of emerging media on society. Our focus will be on the contemporary scene of technological innovations and how social media are transforming the way we do business, politics, entertainment and activism. The degree to which emerging media present challenges, opportunities, or both is a fundamental question that will guide our dialogue. You will also have the opportunity to use digital media technologies throughout the course and plan, design and create new media content for your projects. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110; School of Communication and Media (SCMD) majors only.

CMST205: Race, Ethnicity and Media (3 hours lecture)

The course provides an in-depth examination of mass media theories and social effects on a national and global level, with particular attention to the representation of race and ethnicity. Through case studies, research, screenings, and class discussions students develop analytic tools they can use in their role as proactive consumers and potential creators of media products that serve a diverse range of communities. Previous course SPCM 304 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110; School of Communication and Media (SCMD) majors only.

CMST215: Media History and Form (3 hours lecture)

The course offers an in depth analysis of a specific medium (e.g. television, radio, film, magazines). It examines this medium's development and cultural impact from both the aesthetic and historical perspectives. Previous course SPCM 104 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110; School of Communication and Media (SCMD) majors only.

CMST225: New Media and Participatory Culture (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on new media technologies, their relationship with society, and the issues they present, both practical and theoretical, for participation in contemporary culture. This course looks at broad concepts - e.g., mediation, cultural power, representation, and social geography - as they relate to specific objects of inquiry like blogs, mobile devices, technocultures, and virtual reality. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110; School of Communication and Media (SCMD) majors only.

CMST233: Public Relations Writing (3 hours lecture)

The purpose of this course is to teach students to write with skill, accuracy and clarity, using the tactical communication tools employed by public relations professionals. Students will learn to tailor their writing to the needs of particular media outlets and audiences. Different forms of public relations writing include news releases, feature stories, press releases, fact sheets, media lists, speeches, company backgrounders, media kits, letters, memoranda, company histories, advertising and advertorials, commentary (such as letters to the editor or opinion pieces), newsletters, websites, and brochures. Previous course SPCM 322 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110 and CMST 130.

CMST235: Youth Culture and The Popular (3 hours lecture)

This course explores youth culture and its relation to popular culture. Through an introduction to subcultural theory, this course examines different youth cultures in order to provide students with a space to study the unique role young people play as consumers and producers of media. Emphasis will be placed on the social, economic and political implications associated with these groups and the cultural agents that comprise them. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110; School of Communication and Media (SCMD) majors only.

CMST245: Communication, Media and Gender (3 hours lecture)

This course offers a critical examination of how communication processes of socialization and media forms produce and circulate shared knowledge, representations, and expectations about gender. Various contemporary relational contexts and media artifacts are used to explore the social construction of gendered identities and power relations and the implications for professional, political, and cultural participation. Previous course SPCM 290 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110; School of Communication and Media (SCMD) majors only.

CMST263: Health and Mass Media (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the prevalence and nature of mass media messages concerning health. In particular, this course examines the various ways in which health issues are portrayed through entertainment, news media, and advertising. Students will learn about the frequency and nature of health messages in different media formats and the effects these messages have on viewers. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210.

CMST273: Democracy and Communication (3 hours lecture)

This course explores conceptual and practical issues of communication in democratic bodies of various sizes and functions, spanning small groups, organizations, and societies. Topics include shared leadership; dialogue; deliberation; cultural pluralism; representational mechanisms; political partisanship and campaigns; lobbying; public policymaking; and journalism. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Major in School of Communication and Media and CMDA 110; OR Minor in Leadership Development Through Civic Engagement and PSYC 120 or PSYC 294.

CMST280: Investigative Research Methods (3 hours seminar)

The course provides a survey of investigative methods employed in the fields of communication and media. Students are guided through the research design process and develop critical skills in understanding and evaluating media own projects and practice research methods most appropriate for professionals (interviewing, ethnographic work, focus group and survey research, textual and visual analysis). Previous course CMDA 310 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210.

CMST325: Media Criticism (3 hours lecture)

This course builds on concepts introduced in The Communication and Media Arts (CMDA 210) in order to provide students with an opportunity to become better versed in the dominant theories and methods of different schools of media criticism. Throughout the semester, students will apply these paradigms to conduct in-depth analyses of a range of media artifacts and institutions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210 or CMST 215.

CMST335: Globalization, Communication and Media (3 hours lecture)

The course provides an overview of contemporary issues in global communication and media. Students explore emerging communication and information technologies and how they transform cultural identities and communities, global circuits of images and ideologies, and the global flows of politics, advertising, news and entertainment. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210.

CMST337: Specialized Writing in Public Relations (3 hours lecture)

The course intends to help students develop the essential skills on how to write for online media and audiences who exhibit considerable differences from traditional media outlets and audiences. Students learn how to segment online audiences, how to address these different sectors, and how to tailor messages to their varying needs. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 220 and CMST 233.

CMST339: Public Relations Techniques in a Digital Age (3 hours lecture)

The course focuses on how public relations practitioners can use social media as well as some visual communication tools to create and maintain relationships with stakeholders. Students will learn the basic skills in using various social media outlets (e.g., twitter, facebook, webinar, open-source database, video casting, pod-casting, digital editing, etc), and how to write in a digital world with multiple voices for a more targeted audience base. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210 and CMST 233.

CMST342: Argumentation and Debate (3 hours lecture)

Principles of argumentation; characteristics of propositions, definitions of terms, logical organization, evidence, research and oral reason, structure of debates; practice in argumentation and debate of current significant issues. Previous course SPCM 342 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210.

CMST345: Critical Television Studies (3 hours lecture)

This course studies television from a range of perspectives in order to assess the medium's importance as a technology and cultural form. Students will consider television through topical examinations of its genres, audiences, industries, infrastructure, and social impact. In the process, students will explore television's shifting institutions and the technological innovations reshaping how viewers interact with television. Previous course SPCM 334 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210.

CMST355: Visual Communication (3 hours lecture)

A course designed for students to experience the area of visual communication through computer desktop publishing. Students are responsible for designing, editing, and producing various printed material. Previous course SPCM 413 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 220.

CMST360: Emerging Technologies in Health Communication (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the ways in which new media technology is used to discuss and improve one's health. Students will learn the dominant theories and models used to explain how and why users access health information online, how new media is used to facilitate communication among patients and doctors, the value of virtual support networks, and the way in which new media platforms contributes to increased health literacy. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 220 and CMST 263.

CMST365: Health Communication and the Arts (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the application of the arts (music, painting, installations, dance, theatre, etc.) to communication strategies aimed at meeting specific outcomes in health care, public health campaigns, and public awareness of health issues. Topics include: the use of artistic expression by communities characterized by medical conditions, the relevance of the arts in health care institutions, and the adaptation of the arts to therapeutic strategies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210 and CMST 263.

CMST373: Collaborative Problem Solving (3 hours lecture)

This course explores theories and techniques that bolster team-based creativity and decision making. As contemporary organizations increasingly move from individualized, top-down problem-solving processes to team-managed approaches, they require new communication competencies in order to innovate. Such competencies include the convening of stakeholders; shared leadership; integrative fact-finding; tactics for creativity; deliberative discussion; consensus-building; and collaborative report preparation/presentation 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210 and CMDA 220.

CMST377: Mediated Organizations (3 hours lecture)

New communication technologies are ubiquitous in organizational life, with functions ranging from mere supplementation of organizational processes to the enabling of organizations that exist primarily or solely through digitally mediated interaction. This course explores various media that may be used in conventional and so-called "virtual" organizations, spanning synchronous and asynchronous modes of communication. Special attention is devoted to techniques for facilitating mediated meetings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 210.

CMST405: Persuation and Transmedia Campaigns (3 hours lecture)

The course explores theories of persuasion and propaganda and provides targeted study of the design of various campaigns (political, health, advertising, cause-related) and hands-on training for successful campaign execution. Previous course SPCM 438 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 320.

CMST410: Career Management (3 hours lecture)

The course prepares students to develop effective strategies for negotiating the challenges of professional life. It focuses on the preparation for the job search, the e-portfolio, interview strategies, and professional networking, as well as on the phases of the career trajectory in varied communication and media fields. Previous course CMDA 410 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 320.

CMST415: Production Culture (3 hours lecture)

This course explores the cultural practices and belief systems of production workers in the media industry. It examines "above-the-line" labor, such as producers and directors, as well as "below-the-line" labor, such as gaffers and grips, in order to assess the role these communities' interpretive frameworks and self-analysis play in the production of media. To do this, students will consider industrial reflexivity and critical practice using integrated cultural-industrial analysis. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 320.

CMST425: Seminar in Mediated Communication (3 hours seminar)

This advanced seminar explores emerging communication technologies and their social, cultural, and political implications. The course examines the history and evolution of communication technologies and how they transform our identity, homes, workplaces, communities, and playspaces. Emphasis is placed on current issues and case studies drawn from the world of business, government, and entertainment. Previous course SPCM 404 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 320.

CMST435: Communication and Media Arts Activity (1 hours lecture)

Supervised communication and media arts activity focused on specific topics of relevance. May be repeated without limit. Previous course SPCM 435 effective through Spring 2012. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 320.

FILM200: Film Making I (2 hours lecture, 3.73 hours lab)

This course is an introduction to the basic elements of short digital film production, wherein students immediately begin creating their own narrative films. Students will be provided with numerous opportunities to develop and express their own cinematic syntax while obtaining the necessary technical knowledge with cameras, lighting, sound, and editing concepts. Previous course ARFM 200 effective through Spring 2012. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110 or ENFL 208 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

FILM201: Digital Filmmaking I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

Basic elements of digital film production will be explored from script, camera, lighting, sound, and post -production. Students will work in groups and individually on narrative and experimental filmed exercises in order to explore the power of-the visual moving picture. Previous course ARFV 220 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

FILM221: Digital Filmmaking II (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

This more advanced course will build on students' basic knowledge of camera, lighting, sound recording and post-production in order to direct and produce a short film shot digitally. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the technical requirements digital production as well as narrative storytelling. Previous course ARFV 230 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 201.

FILM222: Production Design I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

This course will introduce students to the function, artistry and craft of film production design. Students will initially explore the emotional and psychological effect that the visual environment can convey, in purely sculptural terms (form, texture and color). They will then apply this to the craft of cinematic storytelling. Previous course ARPF 220 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208, FILM 200 or FILM 201.

FILM230: Introduction to Screenwriting (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

An introduction to the art of screenwriting through short writing exercises; analysis of produced screenplays and films along with the completion of a short screenplay. Students will be expected to develop creative as well as technical aspects of the craft. Previous course ARFM 230 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

FILM250: Film Forum (3 hours lecture)

Filmmakers on filmmaking: a series of lecture/presentations by some of the most influential film and video professionals working in the field today. Guest artists working on the cutting edge of technology and content development will discuss such topics as the role of film and video in contemporary society, the creative process, and the diverse and dynamic approaches to their medium. May be repeated for a maximum of 6.0 credits as long as the topic is different, and with departmental permission. Previous course ARFM 250 effective through Spring 2012 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

FILM255: Film Story Analysis (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to explore and deepen the understanding of story structure though the analysis of successful films. Students will learn how essential information is relayed through visual means, how dramatic momentum is built with cause and effect, and what makes a character credible and complex. Students will end the term with an ability to critically examine a film via its screenplay and apply that knowledge to their own work. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208.

FILM261: Theatre - Film Collaborations I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

This course will emphasize the exploration, formal experimentation, materiality, process, and exhibition context of theatre projects that include film and video. Screenings of experimental works along with theoretical readings will reflect the specific interests of students. Coursework will include two short projects along with a final project and written journal. Previous course ARPF 261 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 200 or FILM 201.

FILM280: Film Art: Historical and Contemporary (3 hours lecture)

The development of the motion picture as an art form from its earliest stages to the present; the technical, social, economic, cultural, and esthetic factors taught as a comparative study to approaches in contemporary cinema. Previous course ARFM 280 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

FILM282: The Avant-Garde Cinema (3 hours lecture)

The avant-garde cinema from its 1920-30 European surrealist roots through the 1940's American school to present-day experimental, structural and personal films. Previous course ARFM 480 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

FILM300: Documentary Workshop (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

Students will study the forms, styles and techniques of documentary filmmaking (Cinema Verite, Reality TV, Essay Form) and apply this knowledge through the creation of small exercises and a short documentary film. Previous course FILM 220 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENFL 208 and; FILM 200 or FILM 201. School of Communication and Media (SCMD) majors only.

FILM364: Production Management (3 hours lecture)

An introductory course to Professional Production Management that provides the student with the information and practice or managing the making of a feature film or long form television show. Students will examine the structure of the crew and the collaborative responsibilities of crew members, the legal issues of permits, insurance, rights, clearances and permissions; Screen Actors Guild requirements, the management of the production including scheduling, budgeting, transportation, and the production's responsibilities to cast and crew. Each student will be required to prepare a production book for his or her shoot.by the end of the class that will include a final marked script, script breakdown pages, shooting schedule, budget, cast, crew and location lists. Previous course ARFM 462 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: FILM 200 or FILM 201 or TVDM 253.

JOUR280: Writing/Reporting For TV and Radio (3 hours lecture)

Students will study the writing, reporting and producing skills required to create outstanding news programs. Students will participate in intensive writing to develop these skills. This class will review examples of top professional news production from major national and local news outlets. Previous course TVDM 241 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 220.

TVDM101: History and Development of TV and Digital Media (3 hours lecture)

A survey of the history, organization and current structure of radio, television and hybrid technologies; societal and cultural influences of electronic broadcast media; introduction to practical and theoretical concepts of studio production. Previous course BDCS 101 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: School of Communication and Media (SCMD) majors only.

TVDM201: Language of Television (3 hours lecture)

An inquiry into how video and televisuals work and what they communicate. The intent of the course is twofold: to help students understand how moving pictures themselves convey meaning and what kind of meanings these are, and how the commercial television industry predominantly offers a particular, limited version of the medium's possibilities in its news, information, and entertainment programming. This includes a component wherein students further their learning of these lessons through the creation of their own simple productions. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. Previous course BDCS 201 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110.

TVDM205: Fundamentals of TV and Digital Media (3 hours seminar)

A hands-on introduction to technical aspects of basic studio and field equipment. Open to students in SCMA. Previous course TVDM 105 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 220.

TVDM221: Developing the Documentary (3 hours lecture)

Students will be introduced to the impact of technological advances on the history and evolution of the documentary art form. Emphasis on how to research and develop long form documentaries for a variety of outlets (PBS, HBO, MTV, National Geographic, ESPN, and theatrical). Students will be asked to develop an idea of their choice from the initial research stage to the development of funding proposals, budget, and innovative outreach campaign. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110.

TVDM231: Modern Journalism (3 hours lecture)

This course takes a close look at key issues in story selection and presentation for contemporary publications and web sites. Students will participate in a hands-on manner in the content development process by creating their own writing and reporting projects, including video. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

TVDM247: Sports Media and Society (3 hours lecture)

This course is intended to introduce the School of Communication and Media (SCMD) students to the specialized area of sports television. By the conclusion of the course, students will: understand and be able to offer informed opinions about the importance of sports and recreational activities as a defining element of any society; be able to relate the effects of television, a principal element of the media, on sports in American culture; be conversant in the organizational and financial structure of the television sports industry; demonstrate knowledge of the history of televised sports programming; have an opportunity to demonstrate basic production techniques applied in contemporary sports television producing. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110.

TVDM260: History of Television Programming (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the history of television programming in the United States. Students view original programs that constitute some of the key moments in television history and assess their significance based on aesthetic, content-oriented, technological, sociological, and political-economic points of view. Previous course BDCS 260 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110.

TVDM277: Audio Production for Film/Digital Media (3 hours lecture)

A fundamental workshop exploring the properties of sound as both a separate creative medium and as a supplemental tool for the visual image; studio and location recording, editing and mixing. Previous course TVDM 170 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 110 and departmental approval.

TVDM293: TV and Digital Programming (3 hours lecture)

A structural and critical examination of broadcast and cable television programming, including program production/acquisition, scheduling, and evaluation. An overview of programming strategies and techniques, sources, genres, regulation, issues and trends. Previous course BDCS 293 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 220.

TVDM315: Political Broadcasting (3 hours lecture)

A survey of the history of political broadcasting beginning with radio and concentrating on television; analysis of the relationship between broadcasting and the political process, to include campaigning for office, the election and how broadcasting helps or hinders the art of governing. Previous course BDCS 315 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 220.

TVDM341: Cross Platform Sports Writing and Reporting (3 hours seminar)

This seminar course will provide students experience in writing and reporting sports to deliver content on all major platforms. Through lectures, writing, field reporting, readings and guest speakers, students will develop a strong understanding of the challenges faced on the sports beat. This course includes instruction in the use of social media, web sites and video as important components of top tier sports coverage. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 220.

TVDM349: Ethics of Mass Communication (3 hours lecture)

A survey and analysis of major legal and ethical issues in broadcasting and mass communication. Previous course BDCS 395 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 220.

TVDM361: Media Management (3 hours lecture)

Economic support patterns, evolution of broadcast programming; ascertainment of community needs; station promotion and advertising; legal and ethical issues relating to broadcasting. Previous course BDCS 360 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 220.

TVDM391: International Broadcasting (3 hours lecture)

This course will explore the history and development of broadcasting systems other than our own. Major broadcasting systems include England, Australia, Canada, Japan, Russia (and former Soviet Union satellites), France and Italy. The course will trace the effects of various political systems on the system of broadcasting, dealing with such issues as accessibility, privacy and freedom of speech. Students will examine the reasons for the demise of Radio Free Europe and other international broadcast services. The course will also address the effects of changing technologies on international communication (i.e., satellites, fiber optics, HDTV). Previous course BDCS 391 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 220.

TVDM441: Multimedia News Production (3 hours lecture)

Practical training in gathering, writing and producing of news story packages for incorporation into a studio news show and other interactive platforms. Demonstration and application of ENG (electronic news gathering) techniques related to production. Class may be repeated for 1 credit. Previous course BDCS 440 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CMDA 320 or departmental approval.

TVDM451: Television Production Company (1 hour seminar)

Senior level broadcast laboratory in which students function in some key role in a production unit which produces professional television production for distribution on- and off-campus. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. Previous course BDCS 480 effective through Spring 2012. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: TVDM 357 and departmental approval.

TVDM455: Special Studies in Television and Digital Media (3 hours seminar)

Various topics offered depending upon program needs and available professional part-time faculty. Usually deals with some professional aspects of the broadcast field or special study of the broadcast media. May be repeated for a maximum of 24.0 credits. Previous course BDCS 470 effective through Spring 2012. 1 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.