Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

School of Media

Mr. Ron DeMarse, Interim Director
Email: Ron.DeMarse@wku.edu

Jody Richards Hall, Office 216
Phone: (270) 745-4144
Website: http://www.wku.edu/schoolofmedia
Email: wku.som@wku.edu 

Mission Statement

To prepare students for a changing media environment by focusing on content, ethics, and technology.

  • Community Impact and Service: Integrate a spirit of social awareness and community service among students, faculty and staff.
  • Digital Media Technology and Responsible Social Media Integration: Promote an integrated Digital Media and Social Media approach to both education and creativity among faculty and students.
  • Hands-On Curriculum: Maintain a curriculum that emphasizes hands-on learning and reflects global professional practices.
  • Internationally Recognized and Diverse Faculty: Develop and support a top-tier faculty that leads its respective profession through effective teaching, creative work and active engagement in scholarship.
  • Spirit of Innovation:  Promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking among faculty and students.
  • Embrace Collaboration: Encourage collaboration as an opportunity to innovate and create strategic partnerships among all the disciplines.
  • Dynamic Diversity Plan: Implement a Diversity Plan that has an inclusive curriculum; diverse faculty and student population and supportive environment. The Plan includes a domestic and international focus and is assessed annually.
  • Excellent Learning Facilities: Maintain and enhance physical infrastructure to provide state-of-the-art learning.

Undergraduate Programs

The School of Media offers majors in Broadcasting, Film, Journalism, and Photojournalism. Graduate courses are in sport media and branding (see The Graduate School’s Catalog for details).

After having offered journalism courses for more than thirty years, Western Kentucky University created the Department of Journalism in 1977. Two years later the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) nationally accredited the Department, designating its adherence to high standards, including emphasis on liberal arts and science education, in the attainment of a professional communication degree.

In 1999, the Department merged with the Broadcasting and Mass Communication programs to form the School of Journalism & Broadcasting. In 2000, the Commonwealth of Kentucky designated the School a “Program of Distinction,” and in 2003 the School of Media moved into a new $18 million building with state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. ACEJMC re-accredited the School in its new configuration in 2004 and again in 2016.

Between 2012 and 2018, WKU has won the Hearst Journalism Awards Intercollegiate Photojournalism Championships 5 times and the Multimedia Championships 7 times. The WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting placed first in the 2018 Hearst Journalism Awards – continuing a multi-decade tradition of ranking among one of the top schools nationally. In August 2019, the School of Journalism & Broadcasting changed its name to the School of Media to better reflect the school's programs and its commitment to preparing student for an ever changing professional landscape.

The School fervently believes that a broad-based liberal arts and science curriculum is essential for a well-rounded understanding of society and that students and faculty should embrace a spirit of social awareness and service to diverse communities. It upholds the ideal that the American press system should be free, independent, and responsible.

The School and its faculty encourage students to think critically and act ethically. The School emphasizes the ability to adapt intellectually and creatively to opportunities and challenges of an increasingly complex information society.

Students are encouraged to seek practical experience through participation in student publications and broadcasting outlets as well as internships with professional organizations. They may gain experience by working on the College Heights Herald, the campus newspaper, the Talisman yearbook, WWHR, a licensed noncommercial FM station student managed and staffed, and the Newschannel12 newscast. Qualified students may gain additional experience on campus through staff work at the National Public Radio station, WKYU-FM or the Public Broadcasting System associate member station, WKYU-TV24.

Students are also advised to join campus chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association, Radio-Television Digital News Association, Kappa Tau Alpha national society honoring scholarship in journalism, WKU Multicultural Journalists (A National Association of Black Journalists affiliate) and the WKU Storm Team.

All School of Media students must compile a portfolio or electronic form of original work that will be reviewed in the capstone course of each program.

Each major must have a minor or second major outside the School of Media. In addition, the Broadcasting major requires a minor or second major outside of the Department of Communication. Students should be aware of the university’s academic requirements and regulations contained in this catalog in the chapter, “Academic Information” while planning their degree programs. Specific attention should be given to the subsections entitled

  1. Academic Programs
  2. Colonnade Requirements
  3. Academic Requirements and Regulations

Students should develop relationships with their academic advisors and check with them for curriculum updates that might occur after the publication date of this catalog.

Faculty

Professor

Jeanie L. Adams-Smith MA (Photography), Ohio University Main Campus, 2001

Timothy A. Broekema MS (Communications), Grand Valley State University, 2001

Ronald R. DeMarse MFA (Film Production), University of Miami, 2002

James H. Kenney MS (Photography), Syracuse University Main Campus, 1995

Gordon D. McKerral MS (Journalism), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champa, 1980

Associate Professor

Travis A. Newton MFA (Motion Picture, TV, & Record Arts), Florida State University, 2008

Bradley L. Pennington MFA (Cinematic Arts), University of Southern California, 2014

Bradley J. Pfranger MLAS (Liberal Arts & Science), Vanderbilt University, 2011

Assistant Professor

Meagen S. Cain MFA (Motion Picture Arts), Florida State University, 2015

Brian D. Elliott MA (Communication), Western Kentucky University, 2014

Richard L. Shumate PhD, University of Florida, 2018

Sara R. Thomason MFA (Motion Picture Arts), Florida State University, 2016

Visiting In-Residence

Jonathan D. Adams MA (Photography), Ohio University Main Campus, 2012

Broadcast Communication (BCOM)

BCOM 201    Process and Effects of Mass Communication    3 Hours

Mass communication's potential to influence audience beliefs and behaviors is analyzed. Provides a clear, compelling presentation of the fundamentals and history of the theorectical underpinnings and current status of media effects research-knowledge that will help the student to navigate in a media-saturated environment.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

BCOM 261    Basic Radio Production    3 Hours

Designed to introduce students to the operation of radio studio equipment and general station operation. Practical experience producing various types of radio broadcast material. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite(s): (SJB 101 with a minimum grade of C or SJB 102 with a minimum grade of C)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

BCOM 264    Digital Video Production and Distribution    3 Hours

Designed for non-Broadcasting majors, this course includes the basics needed to shoot, edit, and distribute video productions in the digital realm. Acquisition will concentrate on lighting, composition and audio for the digital world. Editing and graphics will be explored using non-linear programs, and distribution will focus on CDs, DVDs and web streaming.

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

BCOM 265    Basic Broadcast News    3 Hours

An introduction to the theory and practice of broadcast news writing styles for radio television, and the Web. Includes analyzing and editing news information with exposure to broadcast news announcing on the student radio station WWHR-FM.

Prerequisite(s): (SOM 101 with a minimum grade of C or SOM 102 with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

BCOM 266    Basic Television Production    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Designed to introduce students to production principles, crew positions, equipment and general station operation. Practical experience producing various types of television broadcast and non-broadcast video material in a multi-camera studio environment. Lecture and lab. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): (SOM 101 with a minimum grade of C or BCOM 201 with a minimum grade of C)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

BCOM 300    American Popular Arts    3 Hours

Provides a balanced and comprehensive coverage of the major manifestations of popular mass-mediated arts. Critical examination seeks to reveal the actual and potential values of contemporary "middle culture." Areas to be investigated in detail include movies, popular music, magazines, books, television, radio and related communication channels.

Prerequisite(s): (BCOM 201 with a minimum grade of C or SOM 101 with a minimum grade of C or POP 201 with a minimum grade of C)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BCOM 301    Mass Communication Law and Ethics    3 Hours

An overview of concepts basic to the freedom of expression. Consideration, through case study and attention to topical problems, of limits on the freedom of expression, including various means of regulation: ethics, law and other social controls. Emphasis on broadcasting applications. Note: Permission of instructor for students outside the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 201 with a minimum grade of C and (PS 110 or GOV 110C or GOVT 110 or POLS 110C)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

BCOM 303    Acting for the Camera    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

A fundamental approach to auditioning and acting for the camera.

Equivalent(s): THEA 303

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020

BCOM 325    Survey of Electronic Media Writing    3 Hours

A survey of writing for television, radio and web audiences. Practice in writing techniques for commercials, public service announcements, news, interviews and dramatic segments. Introduction to the production elements involved in writing for broadcast and the Web. Note: Permission of instructor for students outside the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.

Prerequisite(s): (SOM 101 with a minimum grade of C or SOM 102 with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

BCOM 326    Radio and Television News Performance    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

A practical application of skills and techniques needed as journalism performers for long-form radio interviewing and television news studio, and field on-camera presentation. The goal is to improve voice and image projection for broadcast journalism presenters. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 265 with a minimum grade of C and (BCOM 261 with a minimum grade of C or BCOM 266 with a minimum grade of C)

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , Broadcasting (726) , Broadcasting (Seeking Adm) (726P) or Journalism (736)

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2021

BCOM 328    Broadcast Weather Graphics    3 Hours

Creation and practical use of weather graphics to formulate a forecast. Data accumulation and effective communication of weather events to a radio/television audience.

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 121 with a minimum grade of C and BCOM 201 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BCOM 329    Broadcast Weather Data    3 Hours

The use of broadcast satellite and broadcast radar products in weather prediction, emphasizing image interpretation. Advanced analysis of broadcast meteorological case studies related to broadcast weather forecasting problems and severe weather events.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 201 with a minimum grade of C and GEOG 121 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Meteorology (578) , Geography (674) , Broadcasting (726) or Broadcasting (Seeking Adm) (726P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

BCOM 335    News Discovery and Selection    3 Hours

Gathering news through active news discovery; advance planning, enterprising and prioritizing stories based on criteria of newsworthiness and consequence. Some off-campus travel.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 265 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , Broadcasting (726) , Journalism (736) or Journalism - Seeking Admission (736P)

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

BCOM 360    Electronic Media Programming / Research    3 Hours

Exposure to full range of broadcast programming options and research concerns. Marketplace and managerial aspects of format design and audience analysis are presented and discussed to reveal the essential nature and role of electronic mass media services. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 301 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BCOM 361    Advanced Radio Performance    3 Hours

An advanced production course in radio broadcast programming and personality development. Integrated work on WWHR-FM radio. Projects include weekly air shifts, digital production and editing work, remote broadcasts and involvement in overall station operations. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 261 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) or Broadcasting (726)

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

BCOM 365    Broadcast News Reporting and Producing    3 Hours

A practical application of broadcast news information gathering, writing, editing and presentation for the Web, radio and television. Students are exposed to the news decision aspects of broadcast news producing for the student radio, TV and on-line news outliets. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 335 with a minimum grade of C and BCOM 368 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Broadcasting (726)

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021

BCOM 366    Editing I    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Editing as a practical experience and as the final tool for the visual storyteller's message. Editing systems include Avid and Final Cut Pro. Work with original material in editing situations that incorporate computer graphics and 3-D animation. Discussion and analysis of editing and decisions considering ethics, philosophy, timing and aesthetics. Lecture and Lab.

Prerequisite(s): (BCOM 266 with a minimum grade of C or FILM 201 with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

BCOM 367    Field Production    3 Hours

Study of, and practical experience in, single camera field acquisition. Techniques of lighting, audio, talent, and environment manipulation, as they apply to both film and video, are examined in the context of shooting for the edit. Employs advanced editing tools in developing skills by students through use of time code, Avid systems, and DVE units.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 366 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

BCOM 368    News Videography and Editing    3 Hours

A study of, and practical experience in, field techniques of videography and editing procedures and practices as they pertain to television news and documentaries. Emphasis on ethical television photojournalism, digital video, and nonlinear editing for electronic news gathering (ENG) for commercial and noncommercial television news programs.

Prerequisite(s): (BCOM 265 with a minimum grade of C and BCOM 366 with a minimum grade of C)

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , News/Edit Journalism(Seek Adm) (716P) , Broadcasting (726) , Broadcasting (Seeking Adm) (726P) , Journalism (736) , Journalism - Seeking Admission (736P) , Photojournalism (750) or Photojournalism (Seeking Adm) (750P)

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

BCOM 369    Cooperative Education in Broadcast Communication    3 Hours

Appropriate supervised work with a cooperating organization, defined as a licensed radio or television station, cable television or production facility. Note: 18 hours in the major, permission of sequence coordinator are required.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Junior or Senior.

Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) or Broadcasting (726)

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

BCOM 378    Film Animation    3 Hours

Students learn the basics of producing animated motion pictures by experimenting with a variety of techniques and methods. Also included is a history of the animated film as an art form.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

BCOM 380    Editing II    3 Hours

Continued instruction in post-production techniques and technologies. Focuses include image manipulation, non-linear editing, audio post, visual effects and compositing, with a strong web component.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 366 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) , Broadcasting (726) , Advertising (727) or Photojournalism (750)

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

BCOM 385    Broadcast Commercial Sales    3 Hours

A study of the marketing principles, problems and techniques of producing revenue for broadcast radio and television and the Internet through the sale of commercial time. Students are involved in role-playing as well as the preparation and oral presentation of a final marketing project.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BCOM 401    History of Broadcasting in America    3 Hours

Consolidates and interrelates the major historical factors in the development of broadcast mass communications in America; provides perspective on the creation, adaptation and diffusion of radio and television in relation to other mass media.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BCOM 429    Broadcast Meteorology    3 Hours

This course teaches the student the intricacies of meteorological forecast elements while completing television studio work, specifically designed to television weather performance. Weather-related features, as well as emergency weather broadcasting, will be covered.

Prerequisite(s): (BCOM 328 with a minimum grade of C and BCOM 329 with a minimum grade of C and (METR 324 with a minimum grade of C or METR 424 with a minimum grade of C) and METR 426 with a minimum grade of C)

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Meteorology (578) , Geography (674) or Broadcasting (726)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BCOM 461    Radio Workshop    1 Hour (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

A radio production and management course for students with a continuing desire to contribute to the on-air operation of WWHR or for students involved in WWHR staff/management positions. Course work involves practical application of radio production and management skills in the areas of entertainment and news. Lecture and lab. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 361 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , News/Edit Journalism(Seek Adm) (716P) , Broadcasting (726) , Broadcasting (Seeking Adm) (726P) , Journalism (736) or Journalism - Seeking Admission (736P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BCOM 463    Field Production II    3 Hours

Advanced study of single-camera video production, including producing, directing, shooting, and editing. Emphasis on collaborative video field production and post-production.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 367 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) , Film (Seeking Admission) (667P) or Broadcasting (726)

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

BCOM 465    Advanced Broadcast News    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

The capstone course in writing, editing, announcing and producing radio and television news reports. Producing, anchoring and reporting for the student television newscast is required. Students also analyze the job market and produce a resume tape for employment. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 365 with a minimum grade of C and BCOM 368 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , Broadcasting (726) or Journalism (736)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020

BCOM 466    Television Directing    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Professional level directing course for broadcasting majors. Structured to offer students a thorough knowledge of and experience in directing single-and multi-camera productions. Emphasis on live and recorded programs for broadcast and non-broadcast applications.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 463 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) or Broadcasting (726)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BCOM 467    Broadcast Workshop    1 Hour (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

An intense study of a specific production or news skill generally required of broadcasting personnel. These skills will be identified and studied through discussion and application. Various production-related topics include television lighting, television graphics, electronic news gathering (ENG), commercial spot production, industrial applications, and radio TV sports announcing. Workshop production outlets include regular newscasts, television and radio sports broadcasts, and others. Note: Permission of instructor required.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Broadcasting (726)

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

BCOM 476    Advanced Radio Sales    3 Hours

Storytelling's role in radio sales and the critical skills needed in today's radio sales profession. Builds upon the foundation presented in Broadcast Sales (BCOM385) by focusing on selling all of the various advertising platforms in consolidated radio operations. Students will have the opportunity to earn their Radio Marketing Professional and Certified Digital Market Professional certifications from the Radio Advertising Bureau.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 385 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BCOM 480    Editing III    3 Hours

Capstone of television production sequence. Culminates in portfolio, which entire production faculty evaluates. Projects, accompanied by complete production books, may target commercial and/or non-commercial outlets for both film and video. Program produced should reflect skills acquired in all previous production courses and serve as anchor of student's sample reel.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 380 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) , Film (Seeking Admission) (667P) , Broadcasting (726) or Broadcasting (Seeking Adm) (726P)

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BCOM 481    Problems in Mass Communication    3 Hours

Course offers the student the chance to pursue an independent study in a number or areas including radio, television, cinematography and broadcast news. Note: Permission of instructor required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021

BCOM 482    Television Program Production    3 Hours

Capstone of television production sequence. Culminates in portfolio, which entire production faculty evaluates. Projects, accompanied by complete production books, may target commercial and/or non-commercial outlets for both film and video. Program produced should reflect skills acquired in all previous production courses and serve as anchor of student's sample reel.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 380 with a minimum grade of C and BCOM 463 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Enrollment is limited to students in Broadcasting (726)

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

BCOM 485    Broadcast Operations and Management    3 Hours

A study of the programming, operation, and management practices and problems related to broadcast radio and television stations in the U.S., as well as industry codes and regulatory requirements from governmental agencies. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 385 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

BCOM 491    Internship    3 Hours

Professional-quality experience outside or inside the Unviersity for a fixed period of time and conforming to minimum standards established by the School. Follow-up will consist of student reports and evaluation. Note: 18 hours in the major; permission of sequence coordinator is required.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Junior or Senior.

Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) or Broadcasting (726)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

Film (FILM)

FILM 100    Film Industry and Aesthetics    3 Hours

Introduction ot the film industry and aesthetics of cinematic visual storytelling, considered from both studio and independent practitioners' perspectives.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) or Film (Seeking Admission) (667P)

Course Fee: $65

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 105    Film Appreciation    3 Hours

A study of the basic elements and techniques of the film medium, designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of the motion picture both as a communication medium and as an art form. A number of film masterpieces will be viewed and analyzed. Intended for non-majors. Lecture and screening. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH | AH

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021; summer 2021

FILM 155    Film Attendance    0 Hours

Attendance at 8 film screenings or related events within one semester from a Film program approved list.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) or Film (Seeking Admission) (667P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

FILM 201    Introduction to the Cinema    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

A study of the basic elements and techniques of the film medium, designed to increase the students' understanding and appreciation of the motion picture both as a communication medium and as an art form. A number of film masterpieces will be viewed and analyzed. Lecture and lab. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH | AH

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 202    Basic Film Production    3 Hours

Introduction to film production equipment and on-set crew positions. Practical, hands-on experience rotating through crew positions in a workshop setting.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 100 and FILM 201

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

FILM 250    Screenwriting I    3 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of screenwritng for narrative film; conflict, character, structure, plot, dialogue, and subtext. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short screenplays.

Prerequisite(s): (FILM 201 with a minimum grade of C or BCOM 325 with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

FILM 251    Film Directing I    2 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of directing for narrative film: script analysis, working with actors, rehearsal process, blacking camera, staging actors. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 252    Film Producing    2 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of producing for film: developing ideas, script evaluation, fundraising, budgeting, scheduling, and production management. Emphasis on creative and managerial skills through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 253    Cinematography I    2 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of cinematography: capture/presentation formats, lighting, camera, exposure, and composition. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 254    Production Design I    2 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of production design for narrative film: color and shape, form, wardrobe, hair/make up, and set design/decoration. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 255    Film Sound    2 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of production and post-production sound for narrative film: dialogue editing and audio restoration, sound design, ADR and foley, pre-dubbing, final mix/re-recording. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

FILM 256    Film Editing I    3 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of editing for narrative film: evaluating footage, technical editing, continuity editing, audio editing, basic mixing, collaboration. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FILM 282    Film Production Workshop I    2 Hours (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

Intensive, hands-on workshop in the production of short-form cinema. Specific focus of study to be determined in consultation with instructor. Emphasis on techniques and strategies relevant to producing independent film and video.

Prerequisite(s): (FILM 101 with a minimum grade of C or FILM 202 with a minimum grade of C)

Course Fee: $65

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019

FILM 290    Practicum: Pre-Production I    2 Hours

Foundational, practical, project-based experience in pre-production strategies for narrative (fiction) filmmaking. Emphasis on the practical application of pre-production skills, strategies, and best practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 291    Practicum: Below-the-Line I    3 Hours

Foundational, practical, hands-on experience in film production as below-the-line crew. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 292    Practicum: Above-the-Line I    3 Hours

Foundational, practical, project-based experience in film production as the above-the-line creative team. Emphasis on the practical application of the above-the-line production skills, strategies, and practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 202

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 350    Screenwriting II    2 Hours

An advanced study in the principles of screenwriting for narrative film: conflict, character, structure, plot, dialogue, and subtext. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short screenplays.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 250

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 351    Film Directing II    2 Hours

An advanced study in the principles of directing for narrative film: visual story analysis, director's manifesto development, master-filmmaker style-critique. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 251

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 353    Cinematography II    2 Hours

An advanced study in the principles of cinematography: capture/presentation formats, lighting, camera, exposure, and composition. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 253

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 354    Production Design II    2 Hours

An advanced study in the fundamentals of production design for narrative film: professional practices, set construction, design for visual and special effects, and character design. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 254

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 356    Film Editing II    2 Hours

An advanced study in the principles of editing for narrative film: complex continuity editing, dialogue editing, cutting action and suspense, scene transitions, visual effects. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 256

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 359    Topics in Scriptwriting    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Focuses on topics in scriptwriting including, but not limited to, writing for television (narrative), writing the genre feature, and writing for the stage. Emphasizes the practices of contemporary scriptwriters in various genres.

Prerequisite(s): (FILM 250 or ENG 203)

Equivalent(s): ENG 359

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FILM 366    History of Narrative Film    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Examines the history and development of narrative film from the silent era to the present. Emphasis on specific narrative conventions of Hollywood cinema.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 201

Equivalent(s): ENG 366

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2021

FILM 367    Introduction to Film Genres    2 Hours

A survey course covering the historical development, thematic and stylistic conventions, and cultural significance of critical film genres. Surveys representative films from several genres, i.e. film noir, westerns, crime & gangster, thriller, horror, science fictions, romantic comedy, etc.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 201

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

FILM 369    Introduction to World Cinema    3 Hours

Examines cinema in several regions including China, India, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Viewing of representative films accompanied by background readings on history/culture. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 201 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

FILM 376    Cinematography    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of cinematography: capture/presentaton formats, lighting, camera, exposure, composition, and color grading. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 366 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 282 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) , Broadcasting (726) or Photojournalism (750)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020

FILM 377    Film Sound    3 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of audio for narrative film: properties of sound, field and studio recording, mixing, and audio post-production. Emphasis on audio/visual storytelling through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 282 with a minimum grade of C and BCOM 366 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

FILM 378    Film Directing    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of directing for narrative film: script analysis, casting, staging, working with actors, camerawork, editing. Emphasis on visual storytelling through short filmed projects.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 250 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 282 with a minimum grade of C and PERF 101 with a minimum grade of C and BCOM 366 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020

FILM 379    Film Producing    3 Hours

A concentrated study in the fundamentals of producing for film: developing ideas, script evaluation, fundraising, budgeting, scheduling, and production management. Emphasis on creative and managerial skills through short projects.

Prerequisite(s): BCOM 366 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 250 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 282 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film (Officially Admitted) (667) or Broadcasting (726)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019

FILM 382    Film Production Workshop II    2 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

A continuation of the intensive, hands-on workshop experience begun in FILM 282. Specific focus of study to be determined in consultation with instructor. Emphasis on techniques and strategies relevant to producing independent short-form cinema.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 282 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $65

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; spring 2021

FILM 390    Practicum: Pre-Production II    3 Hours

Intermediate, practical, project-based experience in pre-production strategies for narrative (fiction) filmmaking. Emphasis on the practical application of pre-production skills, strategies, and best practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 290

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

FILM 391    Practicum: Below-the-Line II    3 Hours

Intermediate, practical, hands-on experience in film production as below-the-line crew. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 291

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 392    Practicum: Above-the-Line II    3 Hours

Intermediate, practical, project-based experience in film production as the above-the-line creative team. Emphasis on the practical application of above-the-line production skills, strategies, and practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 292

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

FILM 393    Practicum: Post-Production I    3 Hours

Practical, hands-on experience in post-production, designed to facilitate the production of a 6- to 8-minute film during the student's junior year. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous Editing and Sound courses, related to visual and audio post-production. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 356

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

FILM 399    Special Topics in Film    3 Hours (repeatable max of 15 hrs)

A detailed study of special topics in film. May be repeated with change of content.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; winter 2020; spring 2021

FILM 450    Feature Screenwriting    3 Hours

An advanced, intensive study of the techniques of screenwriting for feature films: outlines, treatments, character, act structure, subplots. Emphasis on visual storytelling through completion of a feature screenplay.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 250 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 465    Film Genres    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Study of the historical development, thematic and stylistic conventions, and cultural significance of film genre(s). Surveys representative films from one or two genres, e.g., film noir and the Western; romantic comedy and family melodrama; horror and science fiction; the musical; the war film; the epic. May be taken twice as long as genres differ. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): (ENG 365 or FILM 201) and (Foundations Literary Studies or ENG 200 or MLNG 200 or RELS 200 or ENG FAH-L or ENG B1-L)

Equivalent(s): ENG 465

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

FILM 466    Film Theory    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Study of major theories of narrative film and related media; specific theories examined will include formalist, auteurist, historical, structuralist, psychoanalytical, and political. Will include viewing of selected films.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 369

Equivalent(s): ENG 466

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

FILM 469    Topics in World Cinema    3 Hours

An advanced, in-depth study of world cinema. Subjects might include national cinemas, directors, or select genres, movements or periods. Viewings of representative films will be accompanied by readings on history/culture.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 369 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019

FILM 482    Film Production Workshop III    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Senior-level production practicum. Specific focus of study to be determined in consultation with instructor. Emphasis on film and video techniques and strategies learned across the entire program of study of the Film major.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 376 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 377 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 379 with a minimum grade of C and FILM 378 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

FILM 486    Film Capstone    3 Hours

A senior capstone experience synthesizing and assessing the complete field of study for film majors. Includes an exploration of career and graduate study opportunities.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530) or Film (Officially Admitted) (667)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

FILM 489    Thesis Development    3 Hours

Collaborative development experience, designed to facilitate the production of a 10- to 12-minute film during the student's senior year. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous Screenwriting and Producing courses, related to screenplay and project development. Specific focus in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 252 and FILM 350

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

FILM 490    Practicum: Pre-Production III    3 Hours

Advanced, practical, project-based experience in pre-production strategies for narrative (fiction) filmmaking. Emphasis on the practical application of pre-production skills, strategies, and best practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 390

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

FILM 491    Practicum: Below-the-Line III    3 Hours

Advanced, practical, hands-on experience in film production as below-the-line crew. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 391

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

FILM 492    Practicum: Above-the-Line III    3 Hours

Advanced, practical, project-based experience in film production as the above-the-line creative team. Emphasis on the practical application of above-the-line production skills, strategies, and practices covered and developed in previous course offerings. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 392

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

FILM 493    Practicum: Post-Production II    3 Hours

Advanced hands-on experience in post-production, designed to facilitate the production of a 10- to 12-minute film during the student's senior year. Emphasis on techniques and strategies developed in previous Editing and Sound courses, related to visual and audio post-production. Specific focus designed in consultation with instructor.

Prerequisite(s): FILM 393

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Film Production (530)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

Journalism (JOUR)

JOUR 202    Introduction to News Writing    3 Hours

Report and writing skills primarily focused for print and online news. The course focuses on accuracy, responsibility, clarity, AP style, structure, interviewing, sourcing, and story generation. Research is emphasized. Course fee.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

JOUR 301    Press Law and Ethics    3 Hours

An in-depth study of concepts basic to freedom of expression, with emphasis on libel, privacy, free-press and fair-trial guidelines, access to government information, and obscenity. Attention is given to attendant ethical considerations. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): PS 110 with a minimum grade of C and SOM 101 with a minimum grade of C and JOUR 202 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

JOUR 302    Intermediate Reporting    3 Hours

Reporting and writing for print and online media. Emphasis on using journalistic style and grammar, interviewing and writing news stories on a range of topics including governmental affairs.

Prerequisite(s): JOUR 202 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , Broadcasting (726) , Advertising (727) , Journalism (736) , Journalism - Seeking Admission (736P) , Photojournalism (750) or Public Relations (763)

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

JOUR 323    Multiplatform News Presentation    3 Hours

Basic instruction in copy editing and headline writing for print and online publication. Course will include topics in visual editing, news selection and ethical considerations.

Prerequisite(s): JOUR 202 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , Advertising (727) , Journalism (736) , Journalism - Seeking Admission (736P) , Photojournalism (750) or Public Relations (763)

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

JOUR 325    Feature Writing    3 Hours

A professional reporting course that teaches feature writing and marketing of feature articles for print and online. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): JOUR 302 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , Broadcasting (726) , Advertising (727) , Journalism (736) , Photojournalism (750) or Public Relations (763)

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

JOUR 422    Current Issues in Mass Communication    3 Hours

A senior-level seminar designed as a capsule course for journalism students focusing on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, access to the media, protection of confidential sources, objectivity, fairness, the media influence on the decision-making process, and the new technology. Capstone course for the mass communication major. Note: 18 hours of journalism for journalism majors is required.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Junior or Senior.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

JOUR 426    Advanced Reporting    3 Hours

Designed to produce for publication in-depth news reporting, including reporting on government affairs, using interviewing, observation and public records research skills coupled with computer assisted reporting. Capstone course for news/editorial curriculum.

Prerequisite(s): JOUR 325 with a minimum grade of C and JOUR 323 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716)

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

JOUR 467    News / Editorial Internship Practicum    1 Hour (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

An intense study of a specific news writing, editing, visual or production skill in a professional media outlet. The skill will be identified and studied through discussion and application.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2019; spring 2019; summer 2019; winter 2021; summer 2021

JOUR 481    Problems in Mass Communication    3 Hours

In-depth study of challenges in Journalism and Mass Communication. Involves research, planning, execution, and implementation of a project, guided by the instructor.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Junior, Sophomore or Senior.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; fall 2019

JOUR 491    Internship or Practicum    3 Hours

Professional-quality experience outside or inside the University for a fixed period of time and conforming to minimum standards established by the School. Follow-up will consist of student reports and evaluation. Note: 18 hours in the major and permission of sequence head is required.

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Junior or Senior.

Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , Mass Communication (725) , Broadcasting (726) , Advertising (727) , Journalism (736) , Photojournalism (750) or Public Relations (763)

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2019

Photojournalism (PJ)

PJ 101    Influence of the Photograph    3 Hours

A study of the prevalence and impact of photographs that are disseminated throughout social media and traditional publications. Beyond analyzing the creation and structure of photographs, special emphasis and discussion will focus on how these images inform and persuade society. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

PJ 131    Fundamentals of Photography    3 Hours

Introduces students to the principles of photography, including exposure, composition, light, and moments, through demonstrations, field assignments, and class critiques. A DSLR, mirrorless camera, or high-quality, adjustable point-and-shoot camera is required (no cell phone cameras). Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH | AH

Course Fee: $90

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; summer 2019; fall 2019; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021

PJ 261    Mobile Media Storytelling    3 Hours

Online journalistic storytelling using photographs, words, audio, video, screen design, and data visualization. Weekly assignments explore the context of visual outlets, including social media and community engagement. Smartphone required. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH

Course Fee: $60

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

PJ 330    Short Form Documentary    3 Hours

Analysis and hands-on application of visual storytelling, editing techniques, and story structure, primarily used in the documentary video genre. Requires off-campus transportation, DSLR or mirrorless equipment with video capabilities, audio equipment, and an external hard drive.

Prerequisite(s): PJ 131 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $125

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2019; fall 2020; fall 2021

PJ 331    Photojournalism    3 Hours

The practice of photojournalism as a means of storytelling through multiple-picture fieldwork projects in the community, caption writing, presentation, portfolio development, and ethical decision-making. Off-campus transportation, DSLR or mirrorless camera, and external hard drive required.

Prerequisite(s): PJ 131 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Photojournalism (750)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PJ 333    Lighting Technologies    3 Hours

Application of techniques using flash and video lighting in the studio and on location. Weekly assignments include portraits, features, and illustrations. Ethical implication of lighting techniques discussed. On-location lighting equipment, off-campus transportation, DSLR or mirrorless camera, and external hard drive required.

Prerequisite(s): (PJ 330 with a minimum grade of C or PJ 331 with a minimum grade of C)

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , Photojournalism (750) or Public Relations (763)

Course Fee: $60

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

PJ 336    Picture Editing    3 Hours

A study of the process of making informed and ethical decisions concerning the publication of still images and video. Topics include picture choice, traditional and online presentation design, and the role of the picture editor in media management.

Prerequisite(s): PJ 131 with a minimum grade of C and SOM 102 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , Journalism (736) or Photojournalism (750)

Course Fee: $125

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

PJ 390    Cultural History of Photography    3 Hours

Students will gain an understanding of the impact of the photographic image in different media, how photography has played a significant role in recording history since the 19th Century, and how the evolution of visual media has changed our perception of the world. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Course Fee: $90

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2019; fall 2019; winter 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; summer 2021; fall 2021

PJ 430    Advanced Short Form Documentary    3 Hours

An advanced, project-based application of documentary storytelling, editing, narrative structure, and journalistic ethics, with peer review and critique. Weekly assignments direct the student to understand a structured approach to the genre. Requires off-campus transportation, DSLR or mirrorless equipment with video capabilities, audio equipment, and an external hard drive.

Prerequisite(s): PJ 330 with a minimum grade of C and PJ 331 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Photojournalism (750)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

PJ 431    Advanced Photojournalism    3 Hours

Application and development of advanced visual storytelling skills, including multiple-picture projects; covering news, features, sports, and portraits; writing; online presentation; interpersonal communication; and ethical decision-making. Off campus transportation, DSLR or mirrorless camera, and external hard drive required.

Prerequisite(s): PJ 330 with a minimum grade of C and PJ 331 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Students cannot enroll who are in Photojournalism (750)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PJ 436    Photojournalism Projects    3 Hours

Capstone for Photojournalism major. Emphasis on long-term projects based on critical thinking and journalistic ethical discussion. A student portfolio is presented to reflect mastery of skills. Guest lecturers from the visual industry enhance student learning. Requires off-campus transportation, DSLR or mirrorless equipment with video capabilities, audio equipment, and an external hard drive.

Prerequisite(s): PJ 430 with a minimum grade of C and PJ 431 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Photojournalism (750)

Course Fee: $60

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2019; spring 2020; spring 2021

PJ 439    Advanced Lighting and Contract Photography    3 Hours

Advanced lighting techniques applied to contract photography, as well as business practices related to a working studio. Final project includes a lighting portfolio and a business plan. Off-campus transportation, DSLR or mirrorless camera, and external hard drive required.

Prerequisite(s): PJ 333 with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Photojournalism (750)

Course Fee: $60

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

School of Media (SOM)

SOM 101    Understanding Media Content, Ethics and Technology    3 Hours

Develops a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, and interact with content, audiences and technology in a variety of digital forms.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Broadcasting (726) , Broadcasting (Seeking Adm) (726P) , Advertising (727) , Advertising (Seeking Adm) (727P) , Journalism (736) , Journalism - Seeking Admission (736P) , Photojournalism (750) , Photojournalism (Seeking Adm) (750P) , Public Relations (763) or Public Relations (Seeking Adm) (763P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

SOM 102    Media Content, Collaboration and Community    3 Hours

Working in collaborative teams to produce digital content for distribution through various media channels including web, social, and mobile. Lecture and lab.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in News/Editorial Journalism (716) , News/Edit Journalism(Seek Adm) (716P) , Broadcasting (726) , Broadcasting (Seeking Adm) (726P) , Advertising (727) , Advertising (Seeking Adm) (727P) , Journalism (736) , Journalism - Seeking Admission (736P) , Photojournalism (750) , Photojournalism (Seeking Adm) (750P) , Public Relations (763) or Public Relations (Seeking Adm) (763P)

Course Fee: $40

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

SOM 210    Software Studio    3 Hours

An introduction to the industry standard software to edit photos, create logos/branding packages, illustrations and layouts for print and interactive media. Note: Permission of instructor.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman may not enroll.

Equivalent(s): AD 210

Course Fee: $40

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOM 241    Visualizing Data in Journalism    3 Hours

Learn to find and examine large sets of data to identify embedded trends and stories, and display this data visually. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite(s): SOM 101 with a minimum grade of C and SOM 102 with a minimum grade of C

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOM 310    Media Diversity    3 Hours

Explores journalistic coverage of diversity in terms of race, culture, gender, and sexual orientation in a number of mass media areas including newspaper, radio, television, film, video games, digital media, advertising, and public relations. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021

SOM 330    Interactive Design    3 Hours

Exploration into the design process and techniques for creating interactive experiences. Encompasses information architecture, usability, front-end programming and design literacy, as well as applied user-experience design. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisite(s): AD 210 with a minimum grade of C or SOM 210 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOM 340    Programming for Media Platforms    3 Hours

Introduction to concepts, principles, and skills required to code and program media platforms. Explores modern markup languages and content management systems. No programming experience required. Note: Permission of instructor.

Prerequisite(s): SOM 210 with a minimum grade of C or AD 210 with a minimum grade of C

Equivalent(s): UX 340

Course Fee: $35

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOM 399    Special Topics in Media--Study Abroad    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

This course covers media and cultural study and practical journalism experiential learning in international or out-of-town locations. This course may be repeated one time, but no more than three (3) total hours may be in included in the major or minor portion of the degree program.

Equivalent(s): SJB 399

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SOM 402    First Amendment Research and Reporting    3 Hours

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor. A practical, hands-on alternative capstone course that brings together skills learned throughout the student's academic career to provide an opportunity to work within a team concept and to produce a series of stories related to First Amendment issues.

Equivalent(s): SJB 402

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

SOM 421    American News Media History    3 Hours

Major events and personalities in the development of print and electronic journalism, advertising and public relations from Gutenberg to the present, with future projections. Includes consideration of involvement of minorities and women. Analysis of contemporary journalism in the context of its history.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None