Communicating Arts

Mission Statement Top of Page

The Communicating Arts Department shares in the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Superior as a public liberal arts institution by blending interdisciplinary theory and practice in each program area (Communication, Media, and Theatre) through both curricular and co-curricular experiences.  The Communicating Arts Department facilitates the development of student knowledge and communication practices in the areas of personal, professional, social, and artistic endeavor.

Faculty and Staff Top of Page

Beth Austin - Senior Lecturer, Distance Learning: Media
Martha Einerson - Professor, Communication
Cathy Fank - Professor, Theatre
Ephraim Nikoi - Associate Professor, On Campus and Distance Learning: Communication
Brent Notbohm - Professor, Media
Thomas Notton - Senior Lecturer, Media
Kim Rawson - Senior Lecturer, Distance Learning: Communication
Scott Smith - Senior Lecturer, Distance Learning: Communication
Chad Vollrath - Assistant Professor-Communication
Sue Wedan - Senior Lecturer, Theatre
Alison Wielgus, Assistant Professor, Media

Majors Top of Page

Minors Top of Page

Course Descriptions Top of Page

COMM - Communicating Arts
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
COMM 104Film and Culture3.00
Students will learn to analyze films from aesthetic and cultural perspectives in a survey of motion pictures from their beginning to the present day. A variety of American and/or international films showing significant artistic development will be screened. The on campus course meets for an additional hour per week to accommodate these in class screenings.
University Studies Requirements:
Fine Arts - Appreciation
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 110Introduction to Communication3.00
Introduction to concepts and theories of communication and the application of those theories to interpersonal interactions, small group processes, and public address.
University Studies Requirements:
Communicating Arts
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 122Theatre Appreciation3.00
An introduction to live performance through the study of artistic components involved in the theatrical process.
University Studies Requirements:
Fine Arts - Appreciation
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 125Acting for the Stage3.00
Introduction to the principles of acting for the stage. Students are guided through exercises, concepts and practical acting experience as they unlock their creative potential.
University Studies Requirements:
Fine Arts - Aesthetic
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 167Introduction to Intercultural Communication3.00
This course focuses on the importance of culture in our everyday lives, and the ways in which culture interrelates with and affects communication processes.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 170Media and Society3.00
Survey course charts the most significant developments (technological, cultural, regulatory/political, and economic) in the evolution of several media industries. Students examine key aspects of the changing media landscape-fragmented audiences and multiple channels, increasingly concentrated patterns of ownership, changes in representation of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity, globalization the evolution of social media, 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 and analysis.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 180Introduction to Technical Theatre3.00
A hands-on approach to the art of stagecraft. Students will learn and apply techniques in set construction, lighting and sound, scenic painting and stage properties for theatre productions.
University Studies Requirements:
Fine Arts - Aesthetic
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 189Comm Arts Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
COMM 203News Writing and Reporting3.00
A basic journalism course in which students practice interviewing, covering events; and writing leads, briefs and shorter news stories, on deadline. The course offers an introduction to the history of journalism, ethical standards, and libel law.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 211Interpersonal Communication3.00
In-depth examination and analysis of communication in relationships across a range of contexts. Includes theoretical perspectives and applied frameworks.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 110 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 220Theatre Portfolio Review0.00
All theatre majors and minors are required to register for and complete a portfolio review process once a year. Each portfolio must contain a professional resume and performance materials appropriate to their area of specialization.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 226Professional Preparation for Theatre1.00
Job market information, resume, and portfolio development as applicable. Field trip may be required. Open to Theatre majors only.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is successful completion of COMM 125 and COMM 180
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
COMM 254Communication Inquiry3.00
Exploration of communication theories, everyday ways of theorizing communication, and research methods that help us understand the complex ways communication shapes our lives. Emphasis includes theory development, interpretation and analysis, research methodologies, and research design. Students examine the interconnected relationship between theory and method.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 261Beginning Digital Filmmaking3.00
Introduction to basic videography with an extensive hands-on investigation of professional non-linear editing theory and technique.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 273Oral Interpretation3.00
Introduction to the process of lifting words from the page and giving them dimension in a reader’s voice and body.
University Studies Requirements:
Fine Arts - Aesthetic
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
COMM 289Comm Arts Elective1.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
COMM 302Perspectives on Stage and Screen History3.00
Examination of the relationship between stage and screen texts through the historical lens of a major cycle, movement, nationality, era, author, or genre. Several feature films, plays, and/or television programs exemplifying historically and critically important aspects of the topic will be shown and/or read, building an interdisciplinary conversation across mediums. In exploring the historical relationship between stage and screen, students will develop research and writing skills. Different topics are repeatable.
Prerequisites:
Completion of COMM 104 or COMM 170, and COMM 122 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
COMM 324Acting for the Screen3.00
Introduction to the principles and techniques of acting for the screen. Students collaborate on projects to apply concepts and gain experience acting for the camera.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 125 and 261.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
COMM 330Advanced News Writing and Reporting3.00
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).
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 203 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 332Communication in Conflict3.00
Theoretical and applied exploration and analysis of communication in diverse conflict contexts.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 348Writing for Stage and Screen3.00
Theory and practice in narrative writing for theatre, television and film. Includes study and application of relevant writing formats.
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of WRIT 102 or instructor consent.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
COMM 350Creative Collaboration in Theatre1.00 - 3.00
Specialized study and/or practice in theatrical production. Students register for 1-3 credits based upon the part, assignment and/or duties they have in a particular production. Instructor consent required. repeatable up to 12 credits. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 353Persuasion3.00
Cultural and critical principles and dimensions of persuasion, including the style and structures of persuasion in diverse modes of communicating.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 110 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 356Community Engagement in Ghana-Study Abroad1.00 - 6.00
Communication is an essential part of community engagement. This course is an experiential course designed to enhance the intercultural communication competence of students as well as to expose them to the challenges and rewards of community development in a developing country. Travel to Ghana occurs over J-Term. Students register for partial credit in both Fall and Spring semesters. Students may register for up to 6 credits. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
J-Term Only
COMM 361Intermediate Digital Filmmaking3.00
Project-intensive course in which students produce, direct, and edit digital film projects. A variety of theories, techniques, and methods will be studied and applied to the student productions. Repeatable for up to 6 credits.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 261 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 365The Director and the Text3.00
An approach to dramatic texts from the director's perspective. Particular attention paid to the many roles and functions of the director in production.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisites for taking this course is having completed COMM 122, 125, and 180 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Every Other Year
COMM 370Organizational Communication3.00
This course focuses on the communicative processes in organizations as well as the constitutive nature of organizations, and will examine concepts including organizational culture, leadership, emotion, change processes and the development of supportive organizational climates.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 375Production Management3.00
Course focuses on the logistics that contribute to a successful production.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 180 and 261 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 376Group 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 388The Design Process3.00
Exploration of the techniques and skill sets needed to design effectively and creatively.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 180 or consent of instructor.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
COMM 389Comm Arts Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
COMM 397Digital Audio Recording and Production3.00
This course offers an exploration of digital audio recording and production across a variety of disciplines including film and video, theatre, radio, music, and podcasting. Students will learn about microphone selection and audio recording techniques, as well as non-linear audio editing.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 261 or consent of the instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 425Communicating Gender3.00
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.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 455Theorizing Media Culture3.00
Traces the historical development of theoretical frameworks for understanding media throughout the 20th and into the 21st century. The course is reading-intensive and emphasizes the development skills for analyzing, critiquing, and theorizing contemporary media.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite for taking this course is having completed COMM 170 and Junior standing or consent of Instructor.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
COMM 462Advanced Digital Filmmaking3.00
Project-intensive course in which students produce, direct, and edit advanced digital film projects. A variety of theories, techniques, and methods will be studied and applied to the student productions. Repeatable up to 6 credits.
Prerequisites:
COMM 361 or consent of instructor
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
COMM 467Advanced Intercultural Communication3.00
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.
University Studies Requirements:
Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
COMM 475Internship1.00 - 12.00
Supervised work in professional communications industries and settings. 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. Minimum 45 hours per credit. 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 489Comm Arts Elective1.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
COMM 491Senior Capstone0.00
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 Concentration descriptions for paired courses. Pass-Fail. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 495Special Topics Seminar3.00
Specially designed seminar on any number of diverse topics within Communicating Arts. Repeatable up to twelve credits.
Typically Offered:
Fall or Spring Terms
COMM 498Independent Study1.00 - 6.00
Individual investigation, project, and/or production by advanced students in Communicating Arts. Designed in consultation with instructor and should include a study of related literature and/or production techniques. Prerequisites: Instructor consent and contract prior to enrollment. Repeatable up to 12 credits. Arranged.
Typically Offered:
Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms
COMM 499Intern Teaching in Communicating Arts3.00
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. Both faculty and Department Chair consent are required to enroll in this course.
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