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Communicating Arts


2012-2014 Catalog

Communicating Arts

Faculty and Staff

Beth Austin, Senior Lecturer- Distance Learning: Media
Keith Berry, Associate Professor - Communication
Martha J. Einerson, Professor - Communication
Cathy A. Fank, Associate Professor - Theatre
Tara M. Kachgal, Assistant Professor - Media
Ephraim Nikoi, Assistant Professor - Communication
Brent Notbohm, Associate Professor - Media
Thomas Notton, Senior Lecturer - Media
Mark Spitzer, Assistant Professor - Theatre
Scott Smith, Senior Lecturer - Distance Learning: Communication
Sue Wedan, Senior Lecturer - Theatre

Professional Contributing Academic Staff
Mike Simonson, News Director, KUWS Radio - Broadcast Journalism

Communicating Arts Degree Program

Communicating Arts: Bachelor of Arts OR Bachelor of Science

Note: Production, rehearsal or laboratory work is required in many courses in this department. (A maximum of six semester credits of practica/independent study may be applied toward the requirements for any B.A. or B.S. major) Additional practica/independent study credits may be elected and applied toward graduation but do not count toward the major.

Pass-Fail Policy

No students may take Communicating Arts 110 on a pass-fail basis.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Producing creative, innovative work
  2. Clearly articulate and reflect on learning process in writing
  3. Ability to negotiate social interactions and collaborations required during project

Communicating Arts Major - Communication Concentration Requirements

Communication Program Description

The Communication concentration allows students to explore how social interaction powerfully shapes our everyday personal and professional lives, including how we form and negotiate relationships in groups, communities, and cultures. Coursework offers a complex contemporary understanding of communication as it occurs by diverse communicators. Students prepare themselves to participate creatively and analytically in our ever-changing world.

33 total credits

Communicating Arts core courses (12 credits required):

COMM 167 Introduction to Intercultural Communication -- 3 credits
COMM 254 Communication Inquiry -- 3 credits
COMM 211 Interpersonal Communication -- 3 credits
COMM 495 Special Topics Seminar -- 3 credits
COMM 491 Capstone Participation -- 0 credits
Capstone Statement: Courses available to be paired with COMM 491 for identification as capstone experience with consent of advisor (minimum 3 credits) include: COMM 332, 356, 425, 467, 495, 498 -- 3 credits

Theatre Electives (3 credits required):

COMM 125 Beginning Acting -- 3 credits
COMM 273 Oral Interpretation -- 3 credits

Media Electives (3 credits required):

COMM 104 Film and Culture - 3 credits
COMM 170 Media and Society - 3 credits

Communicating Arts Electives (15 credits required):

COMM 251 Persuasion -- 3 credits
COMM 332 Communication in Conflict -- 3 credits
COMM 356 Community Engagement in Ghana -- 1-6 credits
COMM 368 Criticism of Film and Television -- 3 credits
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes -- 3 credits
COMM 377 Special Topics in Theatre (Box Office Only) -- 3 credits
COMM 391 Advanced Practicum -- 1-6 credits
COMM 425 Communicating Gender -- 3 credits
COMM 455 Theorizing Media Culture -- 3 credits
COMM 467 Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3 credits
COMM 475 Internship -- 3-12 credits
COMM 498 Independent Study -- 1-6 credits

Communicating Arts Major - Media concentration

The Media Concentration is divided into four distinct tracks, each offering students an opportunity to explore, analyze, and practice in a specific area of media communication. Coursework blends theories, technologies, and techniques that facilitate student's development as media makers and critics within the powerful and complex media field.

Media Studies Track Requirements

34 total credits

A highly analytical and interdisciplinary course of study focused on developing skills for both critiquing and working in media.

Media core courses (16 credits required):

COMM 104 Film and Culture -- 3 credits
COMM 170 Media and Society -- 3 credits
COMM 191 Practicum * -- 1 credit
COMM 368 Criticism of Film and Television -- 3 credits
COMM 455 Theorizing Media Culture -- 3 credits
COMM 477 Media Law -- 3 credits


Applied Media Electives (3 credits required):

COMM 134 Digital Audio Production -- 3 credits
COMM 203 News Gathering and Reporting -- 3 credits
COMM 261 Digital Video Production -- 3 credits
COMM 348 Screenwriting -- 3 credits


Interdisciplinary Electives (3 credits required):

WST 150 Introduction to Women's Studies -- 3 credits
WLLC 255 Modern Chinese Films -- 3 credits
SOCI 273 Race and Ethnicity -- 3 credits
ART 342 Photography History, Theory and Criticism -- 3 credits


Communication Studies Electives (9 credits required):

COMM 251 Persuasion -- 3 credits
COMM 254 Communication Inquiry -- 3 credits
COMM 301 Selected Topics in Film and Television -- 3 credits
BUS 373 Advertising Principles and Design -- 3 credits
BUS 375 Public Relations -- 3 credits
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes -- 3 credits
COMM 425 Communicating Gender -- 3 credits
COMM 467 Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3 credits
COMM 495 Special Topics Seminar -- 3 credits


Capstone Experience (3 credits required):

COMM 491 Capstone Participation -- 0 credits
COMM 498 Independent Study -- 3 credits


* Taken with KUWS, The Stinger, or University Video Production

Journalism Track Requirements

34 total credits

Prepares students for work as journalists in diverse media and grounds them in an understanding of the profession's vital role in a democratic society.

Portfolio Statement: As part of their program of study, all Journalism Track students (starting with COMM 191 and COMM 203) are expected to start and maintain a portfolio of newspaper clippings, sound and/or video recordings of journalism work. This portfolio should also include an up-to-date resume and other appropriate materials.

Required Media core courses (25 credits required):

COMM 170 Media and Society -- 3 credits
COMM 191 Practicum* -- 2 credits
COMM 203 News Gathering and Reporting -- 3 credits
COMM 320 Selected News Writing -- 3 credits
COMM 330 Advanced News Gathering and Reporting -- 3 credits
COMM 358 Broadcast Journalism -- 3 credits
COMM 391 Advanced Practicum* -- 2 credits
COMM 455 Theorizing Media Culture -- 3 credits
COMM 477 Media Law -- 3 credits

Journalism Electives (6 credits required):

COMM 134 Digital Audio Production -- 3 credits
ITS 148 Computer Applications for Productivity -- 3 credits
COMM 261 Digital Video Production -- 3 credits
LSTU 233 Law, Citizenship and Civic Engagement -- 3 credits
LSTU 303 Environmental Law, Legislation and Regulation -- 3 credits
LSTU 357 Law and Colonialism -- 3 credits
ITS 335 Web Page Authoring -- 3 credits
BUS 375 Public Relations -- 3 credits
COMM 362 Documentary Video Production -- 3 credits
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes -- 3 credits
COMM 425 Communicating Gender -- 3 credits
COMM 467 Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3 credits

Capstone Experience (3 credits required):

COMM 491 Capstone Experience - 0 credits
 
COMM 475 Internship - 3 credits
OR
COMM 498 Independent Study- 3 credits

* Taken with KUWS or The Stinger

Digital Cinema Track Requirements

34 total credits

A balance of theory, technique and practice in the art of digital filmmaking.

Required Media core courses (19 credits required):

COMM 104 Film and Culture -- 3 credits
COMM 170 Media and Society -- 3 credits
COMM 191 Practicum* -- 1 credit
COMM 261 Digital Video Production -- 3 credits
COMM 348 Screenwriting- 3 credits
COMM 361 Narrative Video Production -- 3 credits
COMM 391 Advanced Practicum* -- 3 credits

Media Studies Electives (6 credits required):

COMM 301 Selected Topics in Film and Television -- 3 credits
COMM 368 Criticism of Film and Television -- 3 credits
COMM 455 Theorizing Media Culture -- 3 credits
COMM 477 Media Law -- 3 credits

Media Production Electives (6 credits required):

COMM 134 Digital Audio Production -- 3 credits
COMM 262 DVD Production and Design -- 3 credits
COMM 263 Digital Graphics and Effects -- 3 credits
COMM 362 Documentary Video Production -- 3 credits

Capstone Experience (3 credits required):

COMM 491 Capstone Experience -- 0 credits
COMM 498 Independent Study -- 3 credits

* Taken with University Video Production

Interactive Media Track Requirements

34 total credits

The theory and technique of content production across a variety of electronic media.

Required Media core courses (25 credits):

COMM 134 Digital Audio Production -- 3 credits
COMM 170 Media and Society -- 3 credits
COMM 191 Practicum* -- 1 credit
COMM 203 News Gathering and Reporting -- 3 credits
COMM 261 Digital Video Production -- 3 credits
COMM 262 DVD Production and Design -- 3 credits
COMM 263 Digital Graphics and Effects -- 3 credits
COMM 455 Theorizing Media Culture -- 3 credits
COMM 477 Media Law -- 3 credits

Applied Media Electives (6 credits required):

COMM 320 Selected News Writing -- 3 credits
BUS 373 Advertising Principles and Design -- 3 credits
COMM 330 Advanced News Gathering and Reporting -- 3 credits
BUS 375 Public Relations -- 3 credits
COMM 361 Narrative Video Production -- 3 credits
COMM 362 Documentary Video Production -- 3 credits

Capstone Experience (3 credits required):

COMM 491 Capstone Experience -- 0 credits
COMM 498 Independent Study -- 3 credits

* Taken with KUWS, The Stinger, or University Video Production

Communication Minor Requirements

21 total credits

Required Communication courses (12 Credits):

COMM 167 Introduction to Intercultural Communication -- 3 credits
COMM 254 Communication Inquiry -- 3 credits
COMM 211 Interpersonal Communication Processes -- 3 credits
COMM 495 Special Topics Seminar -- 3 credits

Communication Electives (9 credits required):

COMM 251 Persuasion -- 3 credits
COMM 332 Communication in Conflict -- 3 credits
COMM 356 Community Engagement in Ghana -- 1-6credits
COMM 368 Criticism of Film and Television -- 3 credits
COMM 376 Group Communication Processes -- 3 credits
COMM 377 Special Topics in Theatre (box office only) -- 3 credits
COMM 425 Communicating Gender -- 3 credits
COMM 455 Theorizing Media Culture -- 3 credits
COMM 467 Advanced Intercultural Communication -- 3 credits

Media Minor Requirements

21 total credits

An applied and critical approach to the art, theory and practice of media, and its cultural influence on society.

Required Media courses (6 credits required):

COMM 104 Film and Culture -- 3 credits
COMM 170 Media and Society -- 3 credits

Applied Media Electives (3 credits required):

COMM 134 Digital Audio Production -- 3 credits
COMM 203 New Gathering and Reporting -- 3 credits
COMM 261 Digital Video Production -- 3 credits
COMM 348 Screenwriting -- 3 credits

Media Studies Electives (3 credits required):

COMM 301 Selected topics in Film and Television -- 3 credits
COMM 368 Criticism of Film and Television -- 3 credits
COMM 455 Theorizing Media Communication -- 3 credits
COMM 477 Media Law -- 3 credits

Media Electives (9 credits required):

Any COMM courses listed in the Media Concentration.

At least 12 total credits for the Media Minor must be in courses numbered 300 and above.

Journalism Minor Requirements

22 total credits

Required Media courses (16 credits required):

COMM 170 Media and Society -- 3 credits
COMM 191 Practicum* -- 1 credit
COMM 203 News Gathering and Reporting -- 3 credits
COMM 330 Advanced News Gathering and Reporting -- 3 credits
COMM 455 Theorizing Media Culture -- 3 credits
COMM 477 Media Law -- 3 credits

Journalism Electives (6 credits required):

Any courses listed in the Journalism Track of the Media Concentration.

* Taken with KUWS or The Stinger

Theatre Major

Students interested in the Theatre majors should see the entry for Theatre in this portion of the catalog.

Theatre Minor

 Students interested in the Theatre majors should see the entry for Theatre in this portion of the catalog.


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