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Communicating Arts (COMM)


2010-2012 Catalog

Communicating Arts (COMM)

104 Film and Culture (3) Survey of the motion picture as an art form and a medium of cultural communication from its beginning to the present day. A variety of films showing significant artistic development will be screened. F10, S11, F11, S12

110 Introduction to Communication (3) Introduction to concepts and theories of communication and the application of those theories to interpersonal interactions, small group processes, and public address. F10, S11, F11, S12

122 Theatre Appreciation (3) Emphasizes the relationships between the technical and artistic components of theatre practices of the past and present from cultures around the world. F10, S11, F11, S12

125 Beginning Acting for Theatre (3) Introduction to the principles of  acting for the stage. Students learn vocal and breathing techniques, movement, scene work, and be introduced to the concept of playing an objective.  F10, S11, F11, S12

134 Audio Production (3) Digital audio production techniques for a variety of applications including radio, video, multimedia, and theatre. F10, F11

170 Media and Society (3) Survey course charts the most significant developments (technological, cultural, egulatory/political, and economic) in the evolution of several mass media industries. Students examine key aspects of the changing media landscape - fragmented audiences and multiple channels, increasingly concentrated patterns of ownership, and fewer sources of, or need for, traditional news-and consider the implications these changes have for individuals, social groups, the economy, culture, and politics. Emphasizes the building of skills in critical media literacy. F10, S11, F11, S12

180 Introduction to Technical Theatre (3) Basic introduction to the art of stagecraft to include the construction process, lighting, sound technology and stage properties. F10, S11, F11, S12

185 Production Analysis for Theatre (3) Script analyses for theatrical production. Focus on dramatic literature and how it relates to staging and evaluating a production. Prerequisites: COMM 125 or 180, or instructor consent. F11 

191 Practicum (1-3) Extensive individual or group study in the theory and practice of Speech Communication, Theatre, Radio, Video Production, or Journalism. Different sections allow the student to concentrate in his or her area of specialization with the instructor in charge of the section in which the student enrolls. Minimum 45 hours per credit. Repeatable. Prerequisite: Instructor consent required. Contract from instructor prior to enrolling, and/or an audition. Consult program catalog for maximum number of credits allowed in major or minor.  Arranged.

200 Theatre Fine Arts Practicum (1-3) Students experience an involvement in an artistic and/or aesthetic activity. The experience in conjunction with University Theatre will be individually designed by the student and the supervising faculty member to fulfill its general education intent of developing a greater awareness of visual and/or performing creativity. (e.g. performance in a dramatic production, providing technical support for a production such as lighting, costume, box office, construction, etc.) Minimum 45 hours per credit. Repeatable up to three credits. Prerequisite: Contract from the instructor prior to enrolling and/or an audition. Arranged. Instructor consent required.

203 News Gathering and Reporting (3) Evaluation of news, methods, discussions, and exercises in organizing and writing stories. Covers both print and electronic media. Keyboard skills helpful. F10, S11, F11, S12

211 Interpersonal Communication (3) Analysis of communication with others in relationships across a range of contexts. Includes exploration of theoretical perspectives and applied frameworks. Prerequisite: COMM 110 or instructor consent. F10, S11, F11, S12

224 Character Analysis for Theatre (3) An extension of COMM 125 furthering the student's exposure to building a character through research, textual analysis, emotional recall, and dynamic choices.   Prerequisite: COMM 125 or instructor consent. S11

226 Professional Preparation for Theatre (1) A career-oriented approach for the serious actor/director and/or technician/designer. Auditioning, job market information, resume and portfolio development as applicable. Prerequisites: COMM 125, 180, 185 or instructor consent. Field trip required. Open to Theatre majors or minors only. Repeatable for one additional credit. S11

251 Principles of Persuasion (3) Cultural and critical principles and dimensions of persuasion, including the style and structures of persuasion in diverse modes of communicating. Prerequisite: COMM 110 or instructor consent. F10, F11

261 Principles of Video Production (3) Introduction to basic videography with an extensive hands-on investigation of professional non-linear editing theory and technique. F10, S11, F11, S12

262 DVD Production and Design (3) Theory and practice of DVD production from both technical and aesthetic perspectives. Students author several DVD projects ranging from basic video transfer to disc through fully menu-driven DVDs with animation, sound, and sub-menus. Prerequisite: COMM 261 or instructor consent. S11

263 Digital Graphics and Effects (3) In-depth exploration of electronic graphic design for multimedia applications including video and DVD. Topics range from basic graphic design creation to animation.  Prerequisite: COMM 261 or instructor consent. S12 

273 Oral Interpretation (3) Introduction to oral reading performance. Emphasis on vocal and breathing exercises to strengthen vocal potential, and the use of body and gesture to enhance the interpretation of literature. F11

281 Advanced Technical Theatre (3) Continuation of COMM 180 emphasizing the more advanced technical principles of Section 1, scenery construction, Section 2, lighting technology, or Section 3, costume construction. Laboratory work required. Repeatable for different sections. Prerequisite: COMM 180 or instructor consent. F11 

285 History of the Theatre through the 17th Century (3) Examination of a series of topics in theatre history from the Ancient World through the Renaissance including theatrical literature and its relationship to the theatre architecture, theatre arts theory, and the social/cultural history that serves as a background to the theatrical arts.  S11

286 History of the Theatre from the late 17th Century up to the 19th Century (3) Examination of a series of topics in theatre history from the 17th to the 19th centuries including the theatrical literature and its relationship to the theatre architecture, theatre arts theory, and the social/cultural history that serves as a background to the theatrical arts. 

287 History of the Modern Theatre from the 19th Century (3) Examination of a series of topics in theatre history from the 19th century to modern time, including the theatrical literature and its relationship to the theatre architecture, theatre arts theory, and the social/cultural history that serves as a background to the theatrical arts.

301/501 Selected Topics in Film and Television (3) Examination of one of the major cycles, movements, nationalities, eras, or genres of motion picture and/or television production. Several feature films and/or television programs exemplifying historically and critically important aspects of the topic will be shown. Different topics are repeatable. Prerequisite: COMM 104 or instructor consent. F11

320/520 Selected News Writing (3) Discussion, identification, and practice writing specific genres of mass media content: news feature, editorial, and commentary. Includes topic selection and focus, and descriptive and persuasive news writing assignments. Prerequisite: COMM 170 and COMM 203 or instructor consent. F10, F11

330/530 Advanced News Gathering and Reporting (3) Discussion and assignments in news gathering and enterprise reporting: long-form news stories, documentary, and investigative reporting for both print and electronic media. Prerequisite: COMM 203 or instructor consent. S11, S12

332/532 Communication in Conflict (3) Theoretical and applied exploration and analysis of communication in diverse conflict contexts. Prerequisite: COMM 211 or instructor consent. S11, S12

348/548 Screenwriting (3) Theory and extensive practice in narrative writing for television and film. Includes study and application of relevant media writing formats. Prerequisite: WRIT 102 or instructor consent. F11

355 Theorizing Communication (3) Analysis of communication theories and the communication theorizing process and their significance to lived experience. Emphasis includes theory development and interpretation from a range of perspectives. Students examine the relationship between theorizing communication and how we understand and respond to human beings, knowledge, and values. F10, F11

358/558 Broadcast Journalism (3) Review of the methods and philosophies of news gathering, writing, and reporting for the electronic media. Frequent practical exercises to sharpen the student's writing and reporting abilities. Prerequisite: COMM 170 and 203 or instructor consent. S11, S12

361/561 Narrative Video Production (3) Project-intensive course in which students produce, direct, and edit fictional narrative videos. A variety of theories, techniques, and methods will be studied and applied to the student productions. Prerequisite: COMM 261 or instructor consent. S11, S12

362/562 Documentary Video Production (3) Project intensive course in which students produce, direct, and edit documentary videos. A variety of theories, techniques, and methods will be studied and applied to the student productions. Prerequisite: COMM 261 or instructor consent. F10

365/565 Theatre Direction I (3) Theory and practice of a play production from the viewpoint of the director. Emphasis on directoral choices. Directed laboratory scene work required. Undergraduate prerequisites: COMM 125, 180, 185 or instructor consent. S12

366/566 Theatre Direction II (3) Continued study and practice of stage directing culminating in a supervised production experience. Undergraduate prerequisite: COMM 365 or instructor consent. S11

375 Theatrical Stage Management (3) Theory and practice of play production from the viewpoint of the stage manager. F10, F11  

368/568 Criticism of Film and Television (3) Advanced study of seminal aesthetic and critical theories for the visual mass media. Students learn and apply critical frameworks in the analysis of film and television. Prerequisite: COMM 104 (preferred) or COMM 170, or instructor consent. S11, S12

376/576 Group Communication Processes (3) Exploration of communication processes within the context of the small group with emphasis on interpersonal relations, group dynamics, leadership and participant functions. An experiential/theoretical course. F10, F11

377/577 Special Topics in Theatre (3) Examination of special topics in the areas of theatre. Topics vary depending on current student interest and needs to the current season offering. Examples of possible topics include: Box Office Practices, Stage Makeup, Properties, Drafting, Special Effects, Sound, Radio Drama, Special Construction Problems, and Lighting. Undergraduate prerequisite: COMM 125 or 180 or instructor consent. Repeatable up to six credits with different sections.

388/588 Elements of Design for Theatre (3) Designing for the theatrical arts. Emphasis of the visual aspects of lighting, costuming, and scenery to include sketchbooks, drafting, renderings and model making. Undergraduate prerequisites: COMM 180 or 185, 281 or instructor consent. S11

391 Advanced Practicum (1-3) Specialized intensive study and/or practice in speech communication, theatre, radio, video production, or journalism activities. Different sections allow the student to increase his or her ability to perform in specific Communicating Arts functions. Projects must be designed in consultation with the instructor in charge of the section in which the student enrolls. Minimum 45 hours per credit. Instructor consent required. Repeatable. Contract from the instructor prior to enrolling. Consult program catalog for maximum number of credits allowed in major or minor. Arranged.

392/592 Leadership Training (2) Practical experience in serving in leadership positions in the department. Section numbers indicate the particular leadership area. Consult with your proposed instructor for the appropriate section number. Prerequisite: COMM 191 and/or 391 or instructor consent and contract prior to registration. Arranged.

425 Communicating Gender (3) Analysis of gender and its relationship to communication. Emphasis includes the diverse ways gender shapes lived experience, and how communicators' understanding of gender and ourselves as gendered persons get formed in communication. Students will come to understand the range of consequences for our ways of communicating gender, at the personal, cultural, national and global levels. S11, S12

455/655 Theorizing Media Culture (3) Traces the development throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century of different models and theoretical frameworks for understanding mediated communication. A key question explored is whether older models and frameworks for understanding mass media are still applicable for understanding contemporary media culture. Students read widely from scholars working in media communication, sociology, and cultural studies, among other areas. They also work on developing their own skills for theorizing contemporary media. Prerequisite: COMM 170 and junior standing or instructor consent. S11, S12

467/667 Intercultural Communication (3) Advanced analysis of the communication dimensions involved in enhancing intercultural interactions. Focus is on identity and communication and their relationship to each other in a diverse world. S11, S12

475 Internship (3-12) Supervised work in professional communication industries and settings. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, major emphasis in the area of the internship, must have a signed Affiliation Agreement with organization with which you are interning on file in Communicating Arts Office, contract prior to registration and consent of the Communicating Arts Department chair. The application for internship including written consent from the external agency must be submitted to the department chair 30 days prior to enrollment. Arranged.

477/677 Media Law (3) Examines the development over the past two centuries of key concepts, principles, and legal precedents affecting media communications in the United States. Students also scrutinize the changes wrought by newer communication technologies and changing sociocultural practices. Emphasizes the building of skills in critical media literacy. Prerequisite: COMM 170 and junior standing or instructor consent. F10, F11

488 Advanced Design for Theatre (3) Advanced course in the theory and implementation of theatrical design principles. Collaboration and play script analysis will be incorporated into the classroom, laboratory work and students will produce a portfolio of their design work. Repeatable for alternative sections 1) Scenic Design, 2) Costume Design, 3) Lighting and Sound Design. Undergraduate prerequisite: COMM 281 or 388 or instructor consent.

491 Senior Capstone Experience (0) Required culminating senior year project which integrates and synthesizes the student's coursework (theories, concepts, skill competencies) into a formal project and experience, negotiated with the student's major advisor and instructor for final consent and approval. Senior capstone is paired with another course in the major. See Communicating Arts major descriptions for paired courses in specific program areas (Media Communication, Speech Communication, Theatre). Pass-Fail. Arranged

495 Special Topics Seminar (3) Specially designed seminar on any number of diverse topics within Communicating Arts. Repeatable up to six credits. 

498/698 Research and Production (1-6) Individual investigation and/or production by advanced students in Media Communication, Speech Communication, Theatre to include a study of related literature and formal reports or production. Prerequisites: Instructor consent and contract prior to enrollment. Repeatable up to six credits. Arranged.

499 Intern Teaching in Communication (3) Working with and assisting a faculty member in teaching a lower-division Communicating Arts course. Includes applied work in preparing and teaching the content of one or more selected units of a course under the supervision of the instructor of record. Open to Communicating Arts majors only. Prerequisite: Contract prior to registration, instructor and department chair consent. Arranged.

701 Communication Theory (3) In-depth study of theoretical traditions and specific theories in Communicating Arts, including Media Communication, Speech Communication, and Theatre. F10, F11

702 Communication Research (3) Introduction to historical, critical, creative, and ethnographic research in Communicating Arts. S11, S12

708 Media Ethics and Criticism (3) Using examples from historical cases and current issues, students analyze the practices of major media organizations and other media makers, working across an array of media forms. They assess the often varied perspectives of media insiders and outsiders have about media decisions. Students also learn how ethical standards and institutional norms, government and corporate interests, and ideologies (e.g., of the free press and of race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class) influence media decision-making. This course emphasizes skills in critical media analysis. S12

711 Graduate Practicum (1-3) Graduate-level research study and/or practice in Speech Communication, Theatre, Radio, Video Production, or Journalism. A multiple-section course allowing a high degree of specialization. Repeatable. Prerequisites: Project designed in consultation with instructor and academic advisor. Contract prior to enrollment. Arranged.

715 Selected Topics in Theatre History (3) Individualized study of a major period in the history of theatre. Periods will be selected from Ancient World, Medieval/Renaissance or Romantic - 19th Century to Modern. Emphasis on the relationship of the physical theatre and theatre arts and crafts and literature to the social history of the period in review. Instructor consent required. Arranged.

721 Advanced Design for Theatre (3) Advanced principles of design as related to technical, historic, and contemporary theatre production. Instructor consent required. Repeatable. Arranged.

775 Internship (3-9) Supervised work in professional communicationindustries and settings. May include collateral reading, reports, and conferences with faculty supervisor. Prerequisites: major emphasis in the area of the internship, must have a signed Affiliation Agreement with organization with which you are interning on file in Communicating Arts Office, contract prior to registration and consent of the Communicating Arts Department chair. The application for internship including written consent from the external agency must be submitted to the department chair 30 days prior to enrollment. Arranged.

780 Thesis (3-6) Individual thesis research in Media Communication, Speech Communication, or Theatre. An outline of the proposed thesis must be approved by the advisor and the Communicating Arts Department chair, and a contract completed before registration. Prerequisite: COMM 701 and COMM 702. Arranged.

795 Special Topics Seminar (3) This department periodically offers specially designed seminars on any number of diverse topics within Communicating Arts.

798 Independent Study (3-6) Graduate-level independent investigation and/or production in Speech Communication, Theatre, or Media Communication. Prerequisite: Project designed in consultation with the instructor and a contract prior to enrollment. Arranged.

799 Intern Teaching Communication (3) Student assists and works with a graduate faculty member in teaching a lower-division undergraduate course. Practical work in structuring and presenting the content of one or more selected units of course under the supervision of the instructor of record. Repeatable. Prerequisite: Instructor and department chair consent. Arranged.


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