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Media Studies Graduate Courses

526. ADVANCED FIELD PRODUCTION (3)

A. Documentary. PRQ: COMS 358 and COMS 557 and successful portfolio review, or consent of department.

B. Narrative. PRQ: COMS 562 or COMS 556C or COMS 556D and successful portfolio review, or consent of department.Video production based on application of appropriate theories and aesthetics for documentary or narrative production. Projects utilize digital editing, audio track mixing, digital video camera(s), and locations as needed.

546. DESIGNING FOR THE INTERNET (3)

Conceptualization of appropriate design criteria for an attractive and efficient Internet site.Techniques for site construction. Appropriate software used for image manipulation and page construction and design.

549. AUDIO PRODUCTION (3)

Production of radio programs or other audio projects of a complex nature, emphasizing recording, editing,and mixing techniques. PRQ: COMS 357 and successful portfolio review, or consent of department.

554. TRANSNATIONAL COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA (3)

Study of the development, structure, functions, and control of international communications media systems and activities as they affect world relations.

555. MEDIA LAW AND ETHICS (3)

Development, structure, theory,and functions of legal controls and ethical constraints on media production and programming.

556. HISTORY OF FILM (3)

C. Before 1950
D. After 1950
Each lettered topic may be taken only once.

557. THE DOCUMENTARY TRADITION (3)

Theories, techniques,history, and criticism of the documentary.

559. HISTORY OF BROADCASTING (3)

History of radio and television broadcasting in the United States from its inception to the present.

562. FILM THEORY AND CRITICISM (3)

Major theoretical andcritical perspectives for analysis of film.

563. ADVANCED STUDIO PRODUCTION (3)

Production of studio based programs utilizing multiple cameras in a live or live-on-tapeformat. PRQ: COMS 357 and successful portfolio review, or consent of department. CRQ: COMS 526 or consent of  department.

566. NARRATIVE SCRIPTWRITING (3)

Focus on structure,development, and execution of a 100-page narrative fiction script for media. Emphasis on creativity, critical ability, and discipline in writing. PRQ: COMS 355 or consent of department.

569. INTERACTIVE MEDIA PRODUCTION II (3)

Advanced technologies and techniques for creating Web-based, interactive multimedia. Theories of media integration and interaction design, development of practical skills with Web-based production technologies beyond basic HTML (i.e., CSS, ASP, XML, Flash,and JavaScript), and creation of several interactive projects for e-commerce, education, and public service applications. PRQ:COMS 359 or consent of department.

641. DVD AND DIGITAL MEDIA (3)

Effects of DVD and other emerging digital technologies on the film and media industries.Critical evaluation of applications and implications of these new technologies.

647. COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (3)

Investigation of computer mediated communication including but not limited tothe Internet, cyberspace, and virtual reality. Examination of the economic, social, political, and philosophical aspects of technologyas well as practical experience with computer-based communication and information systems.

649. MEDIA AND CULTURE IN IRELAND (3)

Survey of Irish filmand television against the historical, political, and cultural traditions ofIreland. Irish media as it has developed in competition with Hollywood and British representation of Ireland.

650. SEMINAR IN MEDIA STUDIES (3)

Intensive study of selected topics in media studies. Topics vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours provided that no repetition of subject matter occurs.

651. SEMINAR IN MEDIA STUDIES: CHILDREN ANDADOLESCENTS (3)

The role and impact of the media in the livesof children and adolescents, with primary attention to television andthe Internet.

652. ADVANCED PROBLEMS OF MEDIA PRODUCTION (3)

Techniques, theories, and criticism of production for radio, television,or film as used in television. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours provided there is no duplication of course content.

653. TOPICS IN BROADCAST MEDIA MANAGEMENT (3)

Topics in the operation and management of the broadcast station in the commercial or educational field. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours provided there is no duplication of course content.

654. MEDIA AND SOCIETY (3)

Focus on how media shape an individual’s creation of social reality with regard to such areas as interpersonal communication, politics and government, religion, and community involvement.

655. THEORIES OF TELEVISION (3)

Focus on the fundamental nature of television, how it differs from film and other media, its aesthetic characteristics, and how it is constituted technologically, industrially, and socially. Major theoretical and critical approaches to television will be examined.

656. FEMINIST FILM THEORY (3)

Historical and methodological development of the feminist perspective in film analysis. Use and influence of sociological, psychoanalytical, Marxist, and semiological tools in a feminist approach to understanding film and how it works in a patriarchal society.

657. DOCUMENTARY THEORY AND PRACTICE (3)

Survey of major documentary theories. Students put theory into practice while producing their own documentary videotapes.

658. SEMINAR IN MEDIA CRITICISM (3)

Examination of mass communication theories, history of media criticism, current trends inmedia criticism, and major critical methods.