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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 in the laboratory period. F06, S07, F07, S08

 

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. F06, S07, SS07, F07, S08

 

122 Theatre Appreciation (3) Examination of the transitory nature of theatre, exploring the theatre practice of the past and its relationship to the cultures in which it thrived, including present theatre practice in our current cultural context. F06, S07, F07, S08

 

125 Beginning Acting Studio (3) Principles of acting for the stage with primary focus on voice, movement and scene work. F06, F07, S07

 

134 Radio Production (3) Terminology, tools and techniques of radio program production and announcing, from disc jockey to drama. Laboratory required. S07, S08

 

170 Mass Communication and Society (3) Introduction to the history, structure, functions, and philosophy of the mass media, including media inter-relationships and their social and commercial bases. F06, S07, F07, S08

 

180 Introduction to Technical Theatre (3) Construction, equipment operation, use and movement of scenery for the stage and basic lighting technology for the theatre. Practical laboratory required. F06, F07, S08

 

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 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.  

 

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. F06, S07, F07, S08

 

211 Interpersonal Communication (3) Foundation course in human communication dealing with the factors involved in effective one-to-one communication skills. Prerequisite: COMM 110 or consent of instructor. F06, S07, F07, S08

 

224 Character Analysis Studio (3) Theory and practice of characterization in performance for the stage. Prerequisite: COMM 125 or consent of instructor. F07

 

226 Professional Preparation (2) A career-oriented approach for the serious actor/director and/or technician. Auditioning, job market information, resume, and portfolio development as applicable. Section 1 is a studio for actor/director/ stage manager and Section 2 is for technician designer. Prerequisite: COMM 122, COMM 125, COMM 180 or consent of instructor. Field trip may be required. F06

 

251 Principles of Persuasion (3) Cultural and critical principles of persuasion, the dimensions of persuasion in society, and the style and structures of persuasion in diverse modes of communicating. Prerequisite: COMM 110 or consent of instructor. S07, S08

 

260 Broadcast Programming and Marketing (3) Theory and practical application of the principles used by local and network broadcasters in selecting, budgeting and scheduling their counter programming strategies. Formats, program strategies and development as well as the methods employed by rating agencies to measure and analyze broadcast audiences are discussed. Prerequisite: COMM 170 or consent of instructor. F07

 

261 Principles of Video Production (3) Introduction to the equipment and processes employed in structuring and presenting video programs in both field and studio production. Laboratory required. F06, S07, F07, S08

 

273 Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation of Literature (3) Study of oral reading theory and practice with emphasis on the use of voice and body in the oral interpretation of prose, fiction, and poetry. S07, S08

 

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 consent of instructor.  F06, F07, S07

 

285 Theatre History (3) Study of a major period in the history of the theatre. Section 1, The Ancient World through the 19th Century; Section 2, Modern Period. Emphasis placed on the relationship of the physical theatre, theatre arts, crafts, and literature to the social history of the period in review. Repeatable with alternate sections. Prerequisite:  COMM 122 or consent of instructor. S07, S08

 

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 in the laboratory period. Different topics are repeatable. Prerequisite: COMM 104 or consent of instructor. F07

 

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 consent of instructor. F07

 

321/521 Advertising Principles and Design (3) Basic introduction to advertising with an emphasis on design for print and electronic media. Prerequisite: COMM 170 or consent of instructor. F06, F07

 

329 Media Studio (6) 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 361 and consent of instructor. Summer only

 

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 consent of instructor. S07, S08

 

332/532 Communication in Conflict (3) Study of the theories and practices of conflict management on an intrapersonal, interpersonal and "third party" basis. Prerequisite: COMM 211 or consent of instructor. S07, S08

 

348/548 Writing for the Media (3) Theory and extensive practice in writing creative material for radio, television and film. Includes study and application of various media writing formats. Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or consent of instructor. F06, F07

 

350/550 Public Relations (3) Introduction to principles, theories and skills of public relations, including a study of its problems, impact and potential. Prerequisite: COMM 170 or consent of instructor. F06, F07

 

351/551 Public Relations Cases and Problems (3) Classroom and field experience in public relations skills and practice dealing with community, educational and industrial affairs. Emphasis on practical application. Prerequisite: COMM 350. S07, S08

 

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 consent of instructor. F06, F07

 

361/561 Advanced Video Production (4) Concentrated studio/laboratory-based course in which students produce and direct film-style video productions. A variety of theories, techniques, and methods will be studied and applied to the student productions. Practical laboratory required. Prerequisite: COMM 261 or consent of instructor. S07, S08

 

365/565 Theatre Direction I (3) Theory and practice of a play production from the viewpoint of the director including problems in play selection, designing, blocking, plotting, and theme development. Undergraduate prerequisites: COMM 122, COMM 125, COMM 180 or consent of instructor. S07

 

366/566 Theatre Direction II (3) Continued study and practice of stage directing principles culminating in a supervised production experience. Undergraduate prerequisite: COMM 365 or consent of the instructor. F07

 

368/568 Criticism of Film and Television (3) Advanced study of seminal aesthetic and critical theories for the visual mass media. Topics include: textual analysis, contextual analysis, authorship issues, ideological issues, and cultural studies. Prerequisite: COMM 104 (preferred) or COMM 170, or consent of instructor. S07, S08

 

370/570 Communicating in Organizations (3) Advanced study of communication and public speaking theory and practice applied to the public and business world. F06, F07

 

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. F06, F07

 

377/577 Special Topics in Theatre (2) Examination of special topics in the areas of theatre. Topics vary depending on current student interest and needs of the current season offering. Examples of possible topics include: box office practices, stage management, stage makeup, properties, drafting, special effects, sound, radio drama, special construction problems, and lighting. Undergraduate prerequisites: COMM 122, 125 and COMM 180 or consent of instructor. Laboratory work required. Repeatable with different sections. F06, F07

 

388/588 Elements of Design (3) Designing for the theatrical arts. Emphasis of the visual aspects of lighting, costuming and scenery to include sketchbooks, renderings and model making. Theatrical laboratory work required. Undergraduate prerequisites: COMM 180 and COMM 281 or consent of instructor. S07

 

391 (1-3) 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. Repeatable. Prerequisite: COMM 191, and/or an audition and 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. Prerequisites: COMM 191 and/or COMM 391, or consent of instructor and contract prior to enrolling.. Arranged. 

 

427/627 Advanced Acting Studio (3) Advanced acting studio with a focus on period styles. Undergraduate prerequisite: COMM 125 and COMM 224 or consent of instructor. S07, S08

 

455/655 Mass Communications Theory (3) Study and discussion of the major theories about mass communication. Beginning with the early 20th Century views, students learn the evolution of thinking about how the process works and what effects may result in a mass mediated society. Students also study possible future implications of currently evolving practices and technologies in the burgeoning information society. Prerequisite: COMM 170 and junior standing or consent of instructor. S07

 

467/667 Intercultural Communication (3) Analysis of the communication variables involved in enhancing intercultural interactions. Focus is on identity and communication and their relationship to each other in a diverse world. Cross-listed as WST 467. F06, F07

 

468/668 Media Performance and Direction (3) Project-intensive studio/laboratory-based course in which students apply theories and techniques of direction and performance for film and television. Laboratory required. Prerequisite: COMM 125 (for acting students) or 361 (for directing students) or consent of instructor. S07

 

475 Internship (3-12) Supervised work in professional communications industries and settings. May include collateral reading, reports, and conferences with faculty supervisor. Prerequisites: Senior standing; major emphasis in the area of the internship, must have a signed Affiliation Agreement with organization with whom 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 Mass Communication Law (3) Study of constitutional, statutory, and common law as it relates to the operation and function of all forms of mass communication. Prerequisite: COMM 170 and junior standing or consent of instructor. F06, F07, S07

 

491 Capstone Participation (0) The designated learning experience which fulfills the Category C General Education Requirement. It is included in each of the major(s). It is to be elected in the senior year, with the consent and approval of the student's major advisor.  Pass-Fail. Arranged

 

495 Special and Student-Initiated Seminar (1-3) This department offers a specially designed student-initiated seminar when there is sufficient interest. For further information, see Special and Student-Initiated Seminar in the index of this catalog. Arranged by student requests and the instructor.

 

498/698 Research and Production (1-6) Individual investigation and/or production by advanced students in speech communication, theatre, mass media, video production, or journalism, to include a study of related literature and formal reports or production. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and contract prior to enrollment. Arranged.

 

499 Intern Teaching in Communication (3) Practical work in structuring and presenting the content of one or more selected units of a course, under the supervision of the instructor of record. Repeatable. Prerequisite: Contract prior to registration, consent of instructor, and department chair. Arranged.

 

701 Theory and Technique of Research (3) Introduction to the historical, critical, creative, empirical and related methods of research in Communicating Arts. F06, F07

 

702 Seminar (3) Seminar study of communication topics. Topic varies by semester. Topics will be specified in the class schedule. Permission of instructor required. S07

 

708 Theory and Criticism of Mass Communication (3) Study of mass media effects on individuals and social structures through analysis of mass communications theory, criticism and comment. S08

 

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 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. Consent of instructor required. Arranged.

 

720 Production of the Classics (3) 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.

 

721 Advanced Stage Design (3) Advanced principles of stage design as related to technical, historic, and contemporary theatre production. Consent of instructor required. Repeatable. Arranged.

 

730 Media Studio (6) 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 

 

775 Internship (3-9) Supervised work in professional communications industries and settings. May include collateral reading, reports, and conferences with faculty supervisor. Prerequisites: senior standing; major emphasis in the area of the internship, must have a signed Affiliation Agreement with organization with whom 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 speech communication, theatre, or mass communication. 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. Arranged.

 

795 Special and Student-Initiated Seminar (3) This department offers a specially designed seminar or student-initiated seminar when there is sufficient student interest. For further information, see Special and Student Initiated Seminar in the index of this catalog. Arranged by student requests and the instructor.

 

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) 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: Consent of instructor and department chair. Arranged.