Communicating Arts

Mission Statement Top of Page

The Communicating Arts Department offers a balance of theory and practice in our curriculum. Communicating Arts and Theatre majors choose concentrations that prepare them for careers in television, video production, radio, journalism, event planning, politics, management, sales, human resources, professional development and training, acting, directing, technical design, and graduate study. Senior capstone projects and internships provide students with strong academic credentials and professional portfolios to match.

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Anderson, Stephany - Theatre

Austin, Beth - Sr Lecturer, Speech

Chuzles, Sharon - Academic Dept Assoc

Einerson, Martha - Professor, Speech

Fank, Cathy - Associate Professor, Theatre

Kachgal, Tara - Assistant Professor, Mass Comm

Laakso, Kathleen - Senior Lecturer

Nikoi, Ephraim Kotey - Asst Professor, Speech

Notbohm, Brent - Assoc Professor(Mass Comm)

Notton, Thomas - Senior Lecturer, Comm Arts

Platner, Stewart - Professor, Communications

Rawson, Kim - Senior Lecturer

Smith, Scott - Sr Lecturer, Speech

Stanich, Susan - Sr Lecturer

Vollrath, Chad - Visiting Assistant Professor

Wedan, Sue - Sr Lecturer/Technical Director

Degrees Top of Page

Course Descriptions Top of Page

COMM - Communicating Arts
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
COMM 500Intimate Communication3.00
An exploration of the behavioral patterns of effective intimate communication within family contexts, and in daily communication contexts between the genders. Pre-requisite: Comm 115 or permission of instructor.i
COMM 501Selected Topics in Film and Television3.00
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.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM104.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
COMM 503Copy Editing3.00
Evaluating and preparing copy for publication. Extensive practice in editing, rewriting, headline and outlinewriting. Introduction to the fundamentals of story positioning, typeface selection and page layout. Prerequisite: COMM 203.
COMM 520Selected News Writing3.00
Students learn to identify a topic and focus an angle, and write feature stories, editorials and commentary. The class works together to analyze strengths and weaknesses of each student's work.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 524Performance For The Media Studio3.00
Principles of delivery and performance as applied to news, interviewing, and advertising for talent, TV/film, and acting for the camera. Laboratory required.
COMM 529Media Studio6.00
Studio/laboratory-based course designed to teach knowledge and skills necessary to participate in and produce educational video programs. Students explore the disciplines and techniques necessary to work in a real-world video production environment. Summer only
COMM 530Advanced News Gathering and Report3.00
This course expands the student's understanding of journalism; its function in a democracy, techniques of investigation, documentary and series reporting; and transition into the electronics and entrepreneurial delivery of news. Students develop their own news blogs and cover local issues through them, and work in groups to create a final feature project (radio, video, print or online).
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 532Communication in Conflict3.00
Theoretical and applied exploration and analysis of communication in diverse conflict contexts.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 535Advanced Radio Production3.00
Technique and practical application of radio production skills beyond the basics. Topics include, but not limited to: studio and remote production, advanced audio editing, creation/use of special effects in radio production, and the business of radio broadcasting in America. Prerequisite: COMM 134 or consent of instructor.
COMM 541Editorial Writing3.00
Discussion and assignments in opinion writing genres and styles, including a study of persuasion and logic.
COMM 548Screenwriting3.00
Theory and extensive practice in narrative writing for television and film. Includes study and application of relevant media writing formats.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
COMM 558Broadcast Journalism3.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 561Narrative Video Production3.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 562Documentary Video Production3.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
COMM 565Theatre Direction I3.00
Theory and practice of a play production from the viewpoint of the director. Emphasis on directoral choices. Directed laboratory scene work required.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
COMM 566Theatre Direction II3.00
Continued study and practice of stage directing culminating in a supervised production experience.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
COMM 568Criticism Of Film and Television3.00
Advanced study of seminal aesthetic and critical theories for the visual media. Students learn and apply critical frameworks in the analysis of film and television.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 570Communicating in Organizations3.00
Advanced study of communication and public speaking theory and practice applied to the public and business world.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 576Group Communication Processes3.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 577Special Topics In Theatre3.00
Examination of special topics in the areas of theatre. Topics vary depending on current student interest and needs to the current season offering. Repeatable with different sections.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 585Theatre History3.00
Study of a major period in the history of the theatre. Section 1 - The ancient world through the Renaissance. Section 2 - The Neo Classic through the Modern Period. Emphasis placed on the relationship of the physical theatre, theatre arts, crafts, and literature to the social history of the period in question.
COMM 588Elements Of Design for Theatre3.00
Designing for the theatrical arts. Emphasis of the aspects of lighting, sound, costuming and scenery to include sketchbooks, drafting, renderings and model making.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 589Comm Arts Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
COMM 592Leadership Training for Theatre2.00
Practical experience in serving in leadership positions in Theatre. Section numbers indicate the particular leadership area. Consult with your proposed instructor for the appropriate section number. Contract prior to registration. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 596Stage Makeup Studio2.67
Theory and practice of makeup skills.
COMM 597Sound Design3.00
Advanced study of the technical and aesthetic aspects of sound design in support of various production formats. Recording, storage, and retrieval systems and their application will be explored. Stresses creation and acquisition of effects for specific practical applications. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor by override.
COMM 610Problems In Nonverbal Communication3.00
Investigation of the components and channels of nonverbal communication through a synthesis of theoretical and field experiences. Many of these components are based on gender issues, and the impact of gender is a major consideration in the course. Cross-listed as WST 410.
COMM 625Production Mangement2.00
An internship approach to the study of theory, problems, of either business practices or stage management in theatre production. Practical experience provided through coordination with university theatre public performance program. Arranged.
COMM 626Advanced Professional Preparation1.00
Continuation of COMM 226. Student--designed field trip required. Section 1 is for the actor/performer and section 2 is for the technician/manager. Prerequisite: COMM 226.
COMM 627Advanced Acting Studio3.00
Advanced acting studio with a focus on various period styles. Undergraduate prerequisite: COMM 125 and COMM 224 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 655Theorizing Media Culture3.00
Traces the development throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century of different models and theoretical frameworks for understanding mediated communication. The course is reading-intensive and emphasizes the development skills for analyzing, critiquing, and theorizing contemporary media.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 660Producing3.00
Examination of the role of the producer with respect to his/her roles as concept originator, writer, facilitator, budget maker, financial manager, personnel manager, and quality control expert. Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic production technology and junior or senior academic standing.
COMM 667Advanced Intercultural Comm3.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Summer Terms
COMM 668Media Performance and Direction3.00
Project-intensive studio/laboratory-based course in which students apply theories and techniques of direction and performance for film and television. Prerequiste: COMM 125 (for acting students) or COMM 361 (for directing students) or consent of instructor.
COMM 677Media Law3.00
Examines the development over the past two centuries of key concepts, principles, and legal precedents affecting media 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.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 698Advanced Independent Study1.00 - 6.00
Individual investigation and/or production by advanced students in Communication, Media, or Theatre to include a study of related literature and formal reports or production. Instructor consent and contract prior to enrollment. Repeatable up to six credits. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 701Communication Theory3.00
In-depth study of theoretical traditions and specific theories in Communicating Arts, including Media Communication, and Theatre.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 702Communication Research3.00
Introduction to historical, critical, creative, and ethnographic research in Communicating Arts.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 708Media Ethics and Criticism3.00
Using examples from historical cases and current issues, students analyze the practices of major media organizations and other media makers through an ethical lens. Students also consider 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.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 711Graduate Practicum1.00 - 3.00
Graduate-level research study and/or practice in Communication, Theatre, Radio, Video Production, or Journalism. A multiple-section course allowing a high degree of specialization. Repeatable. Project designed in consultation with instructor and academic advisor. Contract prior to enrollment.. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 715Selected Topics in Theatre History3.00
Individualized study of a major period in the history of theatre. Emphasis on the relationship of the physical theatre to the social history of the period in review. Instructor Consent required. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
COMM 720Production of the Classics3.00
Advanced principles of production, with emphasis on theory and practice of research and the execution of historic styles of theatre presentation. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor required. Arranged.
COMM 721Advanced Design for Theatre3.00
Advanced principles of design as related to technical, historic, and contemporary theatre production. Instructor consent required. Repeatable. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
COMM 730Media Studio6.00
Studio/laboratory-based course designed to teach knowledge and skills necessary to participate in and produce educational video programs. Students explore the disciplines and techniques necessary to work in a real-world video production environment. Prerequisite: COMM 561 suggested and consent of instructor. Summer Only.
COMM 775Internship3.00 - 9.00
Supervised work in professional communication industries and settings. May include collateral reading, reports, and conferences with faculty supervisor. 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 (Affiliation Agreement) must be submitted to the department chair 30 days prior to enrollment. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 780Thesis3.00 - 6.00
Individual thesis research in Communication, Media, 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. Arranged.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 701 and COMM 702.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 789Comm Arts Elective1.00 - 9.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
COMM 795Special Topics Seminar3.00
This department periodically offers specially designed seminars on any number of diverse topics within Communicating Arts.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
COMM 798Independent Study3.00 - 6.00
Graduate-level independent investigation and/or production in Communication, Media or Theatre. Project designed in consultation with the instructor and a contract prior to enrollment. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 799Intern Teaching in Communication3.00
Student assists and works with a graduate faculty member in teaching a lower-division, undergraduate Communicating Arts course. Practical work in structuring and presenting the consent of one or more selected units of course under the supervision of the instructor of record. Repeatable. Instructor and department chair consent and a contract prior to registration. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms

Communicating Arts Department Contact Information Top of Page

Communicating Arts Department
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center 2100
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8369
Email: commarts@uwsuper.edu