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Media Studies

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Steve Macek

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Are you interested in uncovering corruption, providing sports commentary, or designing a product brand? What about exploring multimedia platforms, blogging and podcasting? The Media Studies Department contains the faculty, resources and desire to set you on the right path. With majors in Journalism, Broadcast and Interactive Media Studies, the department offers a wide range of courses that will provide you with an equally wide-ranging skill set. Students in all three areas get hands-on experience in practicum courses as well as internships.

JOURNALISM

From local neighborhoods to the global village, journalists provide information, explanation, commentary and analysis that help us make sense of an increasingly complex world and inspire positive change.

Our innovative program grounds you in mass media history, ethics and law while developing your writing, editing, multimedia, social media and design skills. As a journalism student, you'll cover hard news and write persuasive pieces, first-person essays and feature-length narrative journalism. Additionally, you will learn the skills required by the modern journalist, including how to manage video, photographs, audio, web and social content.

In addition to regular classes, you'll spend time in ENG 132 College News Practicum, serving as a staff member for our award-winning student news site, ncclinked.com and the print newspaper, The Chronicle.

BROADCAST

Students who pursue the broadcast curriculum gain knowledge and experience in this far-reaching field. With classes in both audio and video production, graduates have gone on to pursue careers as radio DJs, television producers and sound engineers.

Classes include instruction in the following areas: radio programming and performance, video production and editing, screenwriting, and writing for broadcast news.

In addition, students have the opportunity to become part of the award-winning campus radio station, WONC.

INTERACTIVE MEDIA STUDIES

Interactive media students learn to merge various digital media (text, graphics, video and audio) in a computer environment so users can interact with it by reading, watching, listening to and, in the case of your phone, touching. Interactive media includes the Internet and websites, streaming audio and video, multimedia presentations, virtual reality, 3D animation and video games, to name a few.

Students have a choice of three tracks from which to choose: Convergent Media, Graphic Design, and Technology. 

Interactive Media Studies, Convergent-Media Track, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

Convergent-Media Courses:

Select three credit hours from:

  • MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques including interviews, story selection and research. Discussion on new technologies and the evolving state of journalism. Additional topics on journalism ethics and law.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 270 - Screenwriting

    MED 270 - Screenwriting

    3.00 credit hours

    The research, writing and pre-production of television and motion picture screenplays with an emphasis on script structure and format, plot analysis and character development. The behind-the-scenes relationships with producers, directors, screenwriters and agents are studied. Also discussed: Writers Guild of America formatics, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 277 - Broadcast Copywriting

    MED 277 - Broadcast Copywriting

    3.00 credit hours

    The research, writing and preproduction of radio and television scripts for public service announcements, station promotions and commercials. The relationship between writers with producers, station managers and advertising agency personnel is studied, as well as an analysis of target audiences.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 275 - Creative Writing

    ENG 275 - Creative Writing

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to writing poetry and fiction, to some of the conventions writers use in the two genres, and to the workshop-style writing classroom.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Select three credit hours from:

  • MED 205 - Web Design II

    MED 205 - Web Design II

    3.00 credit hours

    Web Design II builds on the skills and knowledge gained in MED 105. It examines the process of creating aesthetic, functional, standards-based and responsive content for the Internet. Students augment their knowledge of HTML, XHTML, CSS, JQuery and JavaScript to ensure that web page markup is compact and more easily understood. They further learn technologies like PHP, Bootstrap and industry relevant CMS like Wordpress. Towards the end they gain a deeper understanding of the Genesis Framework as they build a custom child theme from scratch with PHP and CSS.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of editing video with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Various software will be explored in the creation of video projects. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the field of audio production for a variety of digital formats. In this course students will learn and practice techniques for recording, editing, mixing and exhibiting digital audio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 320 - Motion Graphics

    MED 320 - Motion Graphics

    3.00 credit hours

    In this course students will develop competencies in the design of graphics for screen-based animation. These include image, graphic and typographic elements. The course will focus on the content development through an examination of work processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics. Lectures, projects and in-class exercises will address design, typography in motion, digital imaging, sequencing images, compositing images and principles of motion. The final product of the assignments will be the creation of video files, the documentation of the design process and analysis of established works.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 205 - Digital Photography

    ART 205 - Digital Photography

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the basic tools and programs used in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery and concepts through the use of computers and software. Areas of concentration include imagery manipulation, color and collage. Digital camera is required.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 212 - Typography

    ART 212 - Typography

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the understanding of type and its use as a design element. Type is explored in relation to page layout, color, importing of graphics and expression, using computer graphics technology.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • IFS 320 - Multimedia Presentations

    IFS 320 - Multimedia Presentations

    1.50 credit hours

    Design, production and delivery of multimedia presentations. Using a hands-on approach, students learn to create and integrate text, graphics, audio and video into presentations that enhance communication.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One CSC or IFS course.

    Schedule Of Classes

Select three credit hours from:

  • MED 391 - Seminar in Broadcast Media

    MED 391 - Seminar in Broadcast Media

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced seminar course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 436 - Human Computer Interaction

    CSC 436 - Human Computer Interaction

    3.00 credit hours

    Fundamental principles in the design, implementation and evaluation of human-machine interfaces with emphasis on human computer interaction. Topics include user psychology, theories of human learning and perception, audio and visual physiology, graphical user interfaces, task analysis and usability heuristics. Students may not receive credit for both CSC 436 and CSC 536.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 160; Junior standing or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 270 - Writing, Rhetoric and Culture

    ENG 270 - Writing, Rhetoric and Culture

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to historical and contemporary theories of rhetoric and their application to writing. Students construct and critique written arguments, examining ways culture may be shaped by persuasive discourse. The class offers practice in analyzing a range of texts, identifying their historical or cultural contexts. By way of interpretive reading and critique, students consider central questions in the humanities and liberal arts more generally.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • FLM 140 - Introduction to Film and Screen Studies

    FLM 140 - Introduction to Film and Screen Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the critical analysis of film through an examination of the technical, formal and stylistic aspects of cinematic production.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.
    IAI

    F2 905

    Schedule Of Classes

Select six credit hours from:

  • MED 491 - Seminar in Broadcast Media

    MED 491 - Seminar in Broadcast Media

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced seminar course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 410 - Rhetorical Criticism

    COM 410 - Rhetorical Criticism

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of contemporary approaches to the critical analysis of communication. Students examine numerous examples of contemporary rhetoric (speeches, speakers, movements) and consider key factors that can be used to explain the effects of public address acts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 412 - Media Criticism

    COM 412 - Media Criticism

    3.00 credit hours

    A critical study of media analysis theories, with an emphasis on television and film. Students learn to use the theoretical tools media scholars use to analyze the content and effects of media messages. Ethical questions and other related issues are also examined.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or senior standing; COM 185 and COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 465 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction - Multimedia

    ENG 465 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction - Multimedia

    3.00 credit hours

    An advanced writing seminar wherein student writers transform creative nonfictions into a variety of multimedia forms which may include the following visual and/or audio products: documentary, oral history, monologue, commentary, storyboard, slideshow, spoken word poetry or theatrical sketch. Students learn to enlarge the contemporary practice of written nonfiction through projects and prompts that encourage creative, hands-on exploration as well as workshop-based analytical and critical skills.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

Core Courses:

  • MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    3.00 credit hours

    An art survey of the theories and practice of visual forms, especially as applied in interactive media. Theoretical instruction may include narratology, ut pictura poesis (relationships between word and image) and/or postmodernism; students engage these and other theories in constructing imagery.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 105 - Web Design I

    MED 105 - Web Design I

    3.00 credit hours

    This course introduces students to the basics of web design. Emphasis of this course is on creating design solutions relating to web design. The students research, analyze, define objectives and present comprehensive solutions for web design. Students will learn how to create layout for a website, optimize images and graphics for the web and create simple websites using HTML and CSS. Students may not receive credit for both IFS 115 and MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 240 - Media Law

    MED 240 - Media Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to media law designed to acquaint students with the legal restraints placed upon mass communicators. Includes material on the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity, advertising and political advertising.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125; COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 490 - Portfolio Workshop

    MED 490 - Portfolio Workshop

    3.00 credit hours

    Working independently or in a small group, under the direction of a MED faculty member, students create original interactive media presentations. Required of all IMS majors.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Senior status; declared IMS major.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 107 - 2-Dimensional Design

    ART 107 - 2-Dimensional Design

    3.00 credit hours

    Exploration, study and application of the basic elements of art and the principles of design. Course objectives include acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout. Students may not receive credit for both ART 142 and ART 141 or IFS 109.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 207 - 2D Animation

    ART 207 - 2D Animation

    3.00 credit hours

    Course covers the fundamentals of animated computer graphics for web based delivery. Topics include: vector graphics, gradients, layers, drawing, animation, motion tweening and interactivity in a timeline-based editor. Emphasis is placed upon using Flash to develop compact interactive animations that graphically communicate ideas. Students may not receive credit for both ART 207 and IFS 125.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 107 or ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

Select one of the following:

  • MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    3.00 credit hours

    Learning to write content for news and information purposes adapted to the formats used for Web, applications and social media.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to close reading of literature, including poetry, drama, fiction (short stories, novels, graphic novels and film) and encourages the appreciation and analytical exploration of literary texts. The course provides the critical vocabulary and methods needed to read and respond to a wide array of literature available to the twenty-first century reader and demonstrates the openness and flexibility of literary genres.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two terms of practica or internships, chosen from:

  • MED 113 - TV Performance

    MED 113 - TV Performance

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Offered to all students who wish to participate in Cardinal Video Productions, the campus video production company. This course is designed for video producers, directors, editors, camera operators, on-camera reporters and announcers, screenwriters, news and promotions staffers. Instructor approval needed for 1.5 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 150 - Multimedia Practicum

    MED 150 - Multimedia Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the IMS online multimedia publication. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hours for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, animators, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credit hours of work on the publication. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in MED 150 multimedia practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    IMS major or minor; instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 152 - College News Practicum

    MED 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour to work as writers or editors, web and social media content creators, photographers, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires a minimum of four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits hours which requires a minimum of six hours of work on the publication per week. Registration for credit requires consent of the instructor. Students are required to take the practicum at least twice and a maximum of six credit hours may be earned in Media Studies department practica. The practicum does not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count toward graduation and all practica are graded, whether taken for credit or non-credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 297 - Internship

    MED 297 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 397 - Internship

    MED 397 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 497 - Internship

    MED 497 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 128 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    ENG 128 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College humor magazine, The Kindling. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, artists and designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits which requires six hours of work on the publication per week. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 130 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    ENG 130 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College literary magazine, the 30 N. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, artists, or designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits which requires six hours of work on the publication per week. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Interactive Media Studies, Interactive Media Technology Track, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

Interactive Media Technology Courses:

  • MED 205 - Web Design II

    MED 205 - Web Design II

    3.00 credit hours

    Web Design II builds on the skills and knowledge gained in MED 105. It examines the process of creating aesthetic, functional, standards-based and responsive content for the Internet. Students augment their knowledge of HTML, XHTML, CSS, JQuery and JavaScript to ensure that web page markup is compact and more easily understood. They further learn technologies like PHP, Bootstrap and industry relevant CMS like Wordpress. Towards the end they gain a deeper understanding of the Genesis Framework as they build a custom child theme from scratch with PHP and CSS.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 160 - Computer Science I

    CSC 160 - Computer Science I

    3.50 credit hours

    An introduction to computer science and programming emphasizing the development of algorithms and their implementation in Java using both procedural and object-oriented approaches. Topics include data types; assignment statements; I/O; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; control structures for selection and iteration; functions; the use of classes and objects; simple data structures, such as arrays; graphical user interfaces and event-driven programming. Extensive programming required. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MTH 121 or higher or appropriate placement.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 225 - Web and Animation Programming with Flash

    CSC 225 - Web and Animation Programming with Flash

    1.50 credit hours

    Covers program control of Flash animation to build content-rich interactive Web pages. Topics include client-side scripting, plug-ins, environment and session variables, components, animation control with ActionScript, audio and video, interaction with HTML elements, usability and interface design.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 161, IFS 115 and IFS 125/MED 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • IFS 320 - Multimedia Presentations

    IFS 320 - Multimedia Presentations

    1.50 credit hours

    Design, production and delivery of multimedia presentations. Using a hands-on approach, students learn to create and integrate text, graphics, audio and video into presentations that enhance communication.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One CSC or IFS course.

    Schedule Of Classes

Select at least six credit hours from:

  • MED 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    MED 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

    3.00 credit hours

    Topics include the use of PHP and Ruby for server-side generation of content. Also covers HTML/CSS and Javascript for client-side presentation, SQL databases for information management and retrieval, management of shopping carts and client sessions and security. Extensive programming required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 161;

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of editing video with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Various software will be explored in the creation of video projects. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the field of audio production for a variety of digital formats. In this course students will learn and practice techniques for recording, editing, mixing and exhibiting digital audio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 161 - Computer Science II

    CSC 161 - Computer Science II

    3.50 credit hours

    A second course in object-oriented programming, emphasizing design and implementation of efficient, well-constructed programs using Java. Topics include inheritance and polymorphism; stream and file I/O; exception handling; algorithms for searching and sorting; recursion; graphical user interfaces; and more advanced data structures, such as linked lists, stacks, queues and the Java collection classes. Extensive programming required. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 160 or one year of high school programming in Java; MTH 121 or higher or appropriate placement.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 415 - Web Applications

    CSC 415 - Web Applications

    3.00 credit hours

    Development of web applications using various client-side and server-side web technologies on the Java EE and .NET platforms. Topics include: HTTP protocols, the Model-View-Controller design pattern, Javascript, AJAX, Java Servlets, Java Server Pages, JSTL, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET web forms, JDBC and ADO.NET for database access and web application security. Extensive programming required. Students may not receive credit for both CSC 415 and CSC 515.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 161; Junior standing or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 425 - Computer Graphics

    CSC 425 - Computer Graphics

    3.00 credit hours

    2D and 3D graphical applications implemented in OpenGL. Includes graphics, display technologies and human factors. Extensive programming required. Students may not receive credit for both CSC 425 and CSC 525.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 306; Junior standing or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 435 - Windows Game Programming

    CSC 435 - Windows Game Programming

    3.00 credit hours

    Design and development of Windows game software. Topics include computer graphics, networking, event-driven programming, the Windows API, XNA, modeling tools, graphics engines for games and an introduction to C#. Extensive programming in required. Students may not receive credit for both CSC 435 and CSC 535.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 425; Junior standing or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • CSC 436 - Human Computer Interaction

    CSC 436 - Human Computer Interaction

    3.00 credit hours

    Fundamental principles in the design, implementation and evaluation of human-machine interfaces with emphasis on human computer interaction. Topics include user psychology, theories of human learning and perception, audio and visual physiology, graphical user interfaces, task analysis and usability heuristics. Students may not receive credit for both CSC 436 and CSC 536.

    Prerequisite(s)


    CSC 160; Junior standing or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • IFS 116 - Website Design and Development

    IFS 116 - Website Design and Development

    1.50 credit hours

    A project course which builds upon the knowledge from IFS 115 to design and create websites for delivery across multiple platforms, from traditional computer displays to mobile devices. Includes requirements analysis, design specifications, graphics optimization, XHTML, DHTML, CSS and an introduction to Ajax and JavaScript.

    Prerequisite(s)


    IFS 115.

    Schedule Of Classes

Coursework from interactive media not found in the technology track:

  • Six credit hours at the 200-level or above

Recommended:

A minor in Computer Science.

Core Courses:

  • MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    3.00 credit hours

    An art survey of the theories and practice of visual forms, especially as applied in interactive media. Theoretical instruction may include narratology, ut pictura poesis (relationships between word and image) and/or postmodernism; students engage these and other theories in constructing imagery.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 105 - Web Design I

    MED 105 - Web Design I

    3.00 credit hours

    This course introduces students to the basics of web design. Emphasis of this course is on creating design solutions relating to web design. The students research, analyze, define objectives and present comprehensive solutions for web design. Students will learn how to create layout for a website, optimize images and graphics for the web and create simple websites using HTML and CSS. Students may not receive credit for both IFS 115 and MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 240 - Media Law

    MED 240 - Media Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to media law designed to acquaint students with the legal restraints placed upon mass communicators. Includes material on the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity, advertising and political advertising.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125; COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 490 - Portfolio Workshop

    MED 490 - Portfolio Workshop

    3.00 credit hours

    Working independently or in a small group, under the direction of a MED faculty member, students create original interactive media presentations. Required of all IMS majors.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Senior status; declared IMS major.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 107 - 2-Dimensional Design

    ART 107 - 2-Dimensional Design

    3.00 credit hours

    Exploration, study and application of the basic elements of art and the principles of design. Course objectives include acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout. Students may not receive credit for both ART 142 and ART 141 or IFS 109.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 207 - 2D Animation

    ART 207 - 2D Animation

    3.00 credit hours

    Course covers the fundamentals of animated computer graphics for web based delivery. Topics include: vector graphics, gradients, layers, drawing, animation, motion tweening and interactivity in a timeline-based editor. Emphasis is placed upon using Flash to develop compact interactive animations that graphically communicate ideas. Students may not receive credit for both ART 207 and IFS 125.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 107 or ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

Select one of the following:

  • MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    3.00 credit hours

    Learning to write content for news and information purposes adapted to the formats used for Web, applications and social media.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to close reading of literature, including poetry, drama, fiction (short stories, novels, graphic novels and film) and encourages the appreciation and analytical exploration of literary texts. The course provides the critical vocabulary and methods needed to read and respond to a wide array of literature available to the twenty-first century reader and demonstrates the openness and flexibility of literary genres.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two terms of practica or internships, chosen from:

  • MED 113 - TV Performance

    MED 113 - TV Performance

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Offered to all students who wish to participate in Cardinal Video Productions, the campus video production company. This course is designed for video producers, directors, editors, camera operators, on-camera reporters and announcers, screenwriters, news and promotions staffers. Instructor approval needed for 1.5 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 150 - Multimedia Practicum

    MED 150 - Multimedia Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the IMS online multimedia publication. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hours for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, animators, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credit hours of work on the publication. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in MED 150 multimedia practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    IMS major or minor; instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 152 - College News Practicum

    MED 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour to work as writers or editors, web and social media content creators, photographers, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires a minimum of four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits hours which requires a minimum of six hours of work on the publication per week. Registration for credit requires consent of the instructor. Students are required to take the practicum at least twice and a maximum of six credit hours may be earned in Media Studies department practica. The practicum does not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count toward graduation and all practica are graded, whether taken for credit or non-credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 297 - Internship

    MED 297 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 397 - Internship

    MED 397 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 497 - Internship

    MED 497 - Internship

    0.00-3.00 credit hours

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 128 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    ENG 128 - College Humor Magazine Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College humor magazine, The Kindling. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, artists and designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits which requires six hours of work on the publication per week. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 130 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    ENG 130 - College Literary Magazine Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College literary magazine, the 30 N. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour for graded work as writers, editors, photographers, artists, or designers. Registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits which requires six hours of work on the publication per week. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Interactive Media Studies Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

21 credit hours to include:

  • MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    3.00 credit hours

    An art survey of the theories and practice of visual forms, especially as applied in interactive media. Theoretical instruction may include narratology, ut pictura poesis (relationships between word and image) and/or postmodernism; students engage these and other theories in constructing imagery.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • IFS 115 - Web Page Development

    IFS 115 - Web Page Development

    1.50 credit hours

    A hands-on course which enables students to create simple multi-page websites. Includes an introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web; HTML and HTML editors; and artistic, organizational, technical and ethical considerations of website design and implementation. Major project required. Students may not receive credit for both IFS 115 and MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • IFS 125 - Computer Animation with Flash

    IFS 125 - Computer Animation with Flash

    1.50 credit hours

    An introduction to the fundamentals of animated computer graphics for web based delivery. Topics include vector graphics, file compression, gradients, layers, drawing, animation, motion tweening and interactivity in a timeline-based editor. Emphasis is placed upon using Flash to develop compact interactive animations that graphically communicate ideas. Students may not receive credit for both ART 207 and IFS 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Select twelve or more additional hours from the Interactive Media Studies interdisciplinary courses of which 4.5 hours must be at the 300-level or above.

Journalism, B.A.

At the root of all newswriting is attention to the word. Majors in journalism need to be strong writers well equipped to navigate established and developing media fields. Technological developments and emerging media trends have combined to create new directions in the field of journalism. Traditional news forms (particularly print, television and radio) have given ground to converged formats, many of which include multimedia elements. However, journalistic writing remains a core skill in the field. The journalism curriculum takes the foundations of traditional news narratives and media and adds instruction in skills such as photography, videography and multimedia storytelling. Hands-on experience is crucial training for journalists. Students gain such experience in classes, internships, and college practica (newspaper, broadcasting network or online publications).

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

42 credit hours and completion of the Skill Practice Requirements:

  • MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    3.00 credit hours

    Learning to write content for news and information purposes adapted to the formats used for Web, applications and social media.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques including interviews, story selection and research. Discussion on new technologies and the evolving state of journalism. Additional topics on journalism ethics and law.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 240 - Media Law

    MED 240 - Media Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to media law designed to acquaint students with the legal restraints placed upon mass communicators. Includes material on the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity, advertising and political advertising.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125; COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 250 - News Editing

    MED 250 - News Editing

    3.00 credit hours

    Basic techniques and responsibilities of a publications editor. Topics include editing for both content and style, working with photos, writing photo captions and writing headlines. Course includes a review of libel and attention to ethical dilemmas facing journalists.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 266 - Broadcast News

    MED 266 - Broadcast News

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of the writing, editing and production of broadcast news. Students learn to write news while integrating audio and video news elements.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 325 - Newsgathering II

    MED 325 - Newsgathering II

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced writing and reporting techniques including multi-source, in-depth articles. Introduction to using social media tools, apps and other modern tools used to create and distribute news content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 225.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    3.00 credit hours

    Analysis of the technological convergence that has occurred in the modern news environment, and the creation of content that is effective across a range of media platforms. Emphasis on analyzing and selecting the proper medium to suit the message and the ability to move across social media and multimedia platforms with ease. Students research and write content that is optimized for online and mobile audiences, utilize blog creation sites and audio and visual tools.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 325, MED 113 and MED 117.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 485 - Multimedia Journalism Capstone Seminar

    MED 485 - Multimedia Journalism Capstone Seminar

    3.00 credit hours

    Students will individually and collaboratively create an in-depth, interactive story package. Applying research, writing and multimedia tools, students will produce a portfolio package that follows all of the legal and ethical guidelines for in-depth journalism. Students will undertake the curation and evaluation of online analytics and data visualization. Students will also develop a strategy for promoting and disseminating their journalistic package.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 345.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    ART 142 - Digital Arts and Design

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout. Students may not receive credit for both ART 142 and ART 141 or IFS 109.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 205 - Digital Photography

    ART 205 - Digital Photography

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the basic tools and programs used in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery and concepts through the use of computers and software. Areas of concentration include imagery manipulation, color and collage. Digital camera is required.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    3.00 credit hours

    The history of mass communication in the United States with an emphasis on the sociological and cultural effects of media on society.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 265 - Style

    ENG 265 - Style

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the linguistic structure and rhetorical effects of sentences, paragraphs, and essays in the works of selected writers. Students review English syntax in order to expand their understanding of how stylistic choices affect the creation of meaning.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Six credit hours from:

  • MED 392 - Topics in Journalism

    MED 392 - Topics in Journalism

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of specialized fields of journalism or media studies. Possible topics include: data journalism, ethics, history of journalism, entrepreneurial journalism, feature writing, sports writing, brand journalism, community journalism, humor and opinion, environmental journalism and long-form journalism. Course may involve a mixture of study and practice of a particular field or genre.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185 and Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 365 - Writing Creative Nonfiction

    ENG 365 - Writing Creative Nonfiction

    3.00 credit hours

    Workshop in creative nonfiction writing that emphasizes invention, research, drafting and revision. Additionally, students examine published models for critique and appreciation of craft. Topic and approach may vary. This course may be repeated once with different content and permission of the instructor.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201; MED 225 or ENG 265.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 462 - Writing for Social Change

    ENG 462 - Writing for Social Change

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of writing that engages in civic life and contributes to meaningful public debates. Students engage in research designed to expand their expertise as cultural critics.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201 and ENG 265.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 465 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction - Multimedia

    ENG 465 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction - Multimedia

    3.00 credit hours

    An advanced writing seminar wherein student writers transform creative nonfictions into a variety of multimedia forms which may include the following visual and/or audio products: documentary, oral history, monologue, commentary, storyboard, slideshow, spoken word poetry or theatrical sketch. Students learn to enlarge the contemporary practice of written nonfiction through projects and prompts that encourage creative, hands-on exploration as well as workshop-based analytical and critical skills.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201.

    Schedule Of Classes

Skill Practice Requirements:

  • MED 113 - TV Performance

    MED 113 - TV Performance

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Offered to all students who wish to participate in Cardinal Video Productions, the campus video production company. This course is designed for video producers, directors, editors, camera operators, on-camera reporters and announcers, screenwriters, news and promotions staffers. Instructor approval needed for 1.5 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 117 - Radio Performance

    MED 117 - Radio Performance

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    For announcers, engineers, music directors, new directors, production, traffic, sports, public affairs and promotions staffers. Offered to all students who wish to work at the campus radio station, WONC-FM. Instructor approval needed for 1.5 credit hours. This is a graded course, regardless of credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 152 - College News Practicum (must be taken twice)

    MED 152 - College News Practicum

    0.00-1.50 credit hours

    Practical experience on the staff of the College news organization, The Chronicle/ncclinked.com. Students may register for 0.00 or 1.00 credit hour to work as writers or editors, web and social media content creators, photographers, artists or designers. Registration for credit requires a minimum of four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits hours which requires a minimum of six hours of work on the publication per week. Registration for credit requires consent of the instructor. Students are required to take the practicum at least twice and a maximum of six credit hours may be earned in Media Studies department practica. The practicum does not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count toward graduation and all practica are graded, whether taken for credit or non-credit.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in Media Studies practica. The practica credits do not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count towards graduation.

Strongly Recommended:

Recommended General Education courses:

  • ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    ENG 196 - Reading Literature

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduces students to close reading of literature, including poetry, drama, fiction (short stories, novels, graphic novels and film) and encourages the appreciation and analytical exploration of literary texts. The course provides the critical vocabulary and methods needed to read and respond to a wide array of literature available to the twenty-first century reader and demonstrates the openness and flexibility of literary genres.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

    3.00 credit hours

    Colonialism, urbanization, nationalism, globalization and the interconnection of trade and immigration patterns are considered in this overview of modern world history.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Professional ethics in selected career fields including law, business and biomedicine. Students may apply basic concepts to the career of their choice, relate their personal ethics to professional ethics and become better informed consumers of professional services. This course begins with an examination of the alternative bases for making moral judgments.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 101 - Introduction to American Government

    PSC 101 - Introduction to American Government

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to American politics, the Constitution, Congress, Presidency, political parties, interest groups and principal contemporary problems of the U.S. government. Satisfies teacher certification requirements in Illinois and the U.S. Constitution.

    Core

    Social Science.
    IAI

    S5 900

    Schedule Of Classes

Recommended electives:

  • MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of editing video with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Various software will be explored in the creation of video projects. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the field of audio production for a variety of digital formats. In this course students will learn and practice techniques for recording, editing, mixing and exhibiting digital audio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 212 - Typography

    ART 212 - Typography

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the understanding of type and its use as a design element. Type is explored in relation to page layout, color, importing of graphics and expression, using computer graphics technology.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

Broadcast Communication, B.A.

This major emphasizes a theoretical and technical understanding of broadcast media, and performance and production in radio and television. Graduates in this track may seek to enter broadcasting as on-air personalities or behind-the-scenes staff and managers (e.g., production, programming, news, music, sports, promotions, public affairs), or may pursue advanced degrees in mass media or communication.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

Major Requirements:

This major consists of a minimum of 39.5 credit hours, including completion of the skill practice requirement, core courses and selected courses from other categories, as listed below.

Skill Practice Requirement:

Four separate terms of credit and non-credit MED 113 TV Performance, MED 117 Radio Performance or MED 152 - College News Practicum, or any combination of MED 117, MED 113MED 152 and non-credit or credit internships.

Note:

The performance practice courses do not count toward the major, minor, or departmental limit of 51 credit hours. However, these credits do count toward graduation (six credit hour limit in each department) and the courses are graded, whether taken for credit or non-credit.

Nine core courses:

  • MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    MED 222 - Video Editing and Production I

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the elements of editing video with an emphasis on story as well as technique. Various software will be explored in the creation of video projects. This course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and projects.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    MED 225 - Newsgathering I

    3.00 credit hours

    Introduction to journalistic writing and reporting techniques including interviews, story selection and research. Discussion on new technologies and the evolving state of journalism. Additional topics on journalism ethics and law.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 240 - Media Law

    MED 240 - Media Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to media law designed to acquaint students with the legal restraints placed upon mass communicators. Includes material on the First Amendment, libel, invasion of privacy, freedom of information, copyright, obscenity, advertising and political advertising.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125; COM 185.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 242 - Media Ethics

    MED 242 - Media Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of ethical standards related to media industries. Includes areas such as deceptive practices, conflict of interest, invasion of privacy, propaganda and sensationalism.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 262 - Radio Production and Direction

    MED 262 - Radio Production and Direction

    3.00 credit hours

    The preparation, production and direction of program materials. Uses WONCFM production studios as the laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 117 or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 273 - Station Programming

    MED 273 - Station Programming

    3.00 credit hours

    Study of philosophical, legal and business considerations that determine the programming of radio and television stations. Courses may focus on any one of the following: news and public affairs, audience analysis, programming research or other areas related to both commercial and non-commercial programming practices.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 117 or instructor's consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 322 - Video Editing and Production II

    MED 322 - Video Editing and Production II

    3.50 credit hours

    A continuation of the skills learned in Video Editing and Production I with more emphasis on longer-form video projects. Laboratory required.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 222.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    COM 185 - Mass Media and Society

    3.00 credit hours

    The history of mass communication in the United States with an emphasis on the sociological and cultural effects of media on society.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 412 - Media Criticism

    COM 412 - Media Criticism

    3.00 credit hours

    A critical study of media analysis theories, with an emphasis on television and film. Students learn to use the theoretical tools media scholars use to analyze the content and effects of media messages. Ethical questions and other related issues are also examined.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or senior standing; COM 185 and COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two writing courses from:
  • MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

    3.00 credit hours

    Learning to write content for news and information purposes adapted to the formats used for Web, applications and social media.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 115 or ENG 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 266 - Broadcast News

    MED 266 - Broadcast News

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of the writing, editing and production of broadcast news. Students learn to write news while integrating audio and video news elements.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 270 - Screenwriting

    MED 270 - Screenwriting

    3.00 credit hours

    The research, writing and pre-production of television and motion picture screenplays with an emphasis on script structure and format, plot analysis and character development. The behind-the-scenes relationships with producers, directors, screenwriters and agents are studied. Also discussed: Writers Guild of America formatics, screenwriting software choices, securing a literary agent, soliciting producers and deciphering options and contracts.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 277 - Broadcast Copywriting

    MED 277 - Broadcast Copywriting

    3.00 credit hours

    The research, writing and preproduction of radio and television scripts for public service announcements, station promotions and commercials. The relationship between writers with producers, station managers and advertising agency personnel is studied, as well as an analysis of target audiences.

    Schedule Of Classes

One advanced production course from:
  • MED 405 - Advanced Radio Production and Direction

    MED 405 - Advanced Radio Production and Direction

    3.00 credit hours

    The preparation and direction of program materials (commercials, promos, PSAs, music, drama, etc.) on an advanced level. Laboratory uses WONC-FM production studios.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing and MED 262.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 422 - Advanced Studio Production

    MED 422 - Advanced Studio Production

    3.00 credit hours

    Advanced studio-based production work conducted on location at NCTV17. May include fieldwork. Students will assume a variety of roles to create original on-air content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 322.

    Schedule Of Classes

One additional course from:
  • MED 105 - Web Design I

    MED 105 - Web Design I

    3.00 credit hours

    This course introduces students to the basics of web design. Emphasis of this course is on creating design solutions relating to web design. The students research, analyze, define objectives and present comprehensive solutions for web design. Students will learn how to create layout for a website, optimize images and graphics for the web and create simple websites using HTML and CSS. Students may not receive credit for both IFS 115 and MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    MED 345 - Digital Journalism

    3.00 credit hours

    Analysis of the technological convergence that has occurred in the modern news environment, and the creation of content that is effective across a range of media platforms. Emphasis on analyzing and selecting the proper medium to suit the message and the ability to move across social media and multimedia platforms with ease. Students research and write content that is optimized for online and mobile audiences, utilize blog creation sites and audio and visual tools.

    Prerequisite(s)


    MED 325, MED 113 and MED 117.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 390 - Special Topics

    MED 390 - Special Topics

    3.00 credit hours

    Exploration of a topic of current interest. Topics vary depending on student and faculty interest. May be taken more than once with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Varies with topic.

    Schedule Of Classes

Recommended Electives:

  • MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    MED 232 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the field of audio production for a variety of digital formats. In this course students will learn and practice techniques for recording, editing, mixing and exhibiting digital audio.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 320 - Motion Graphics

    MED 320 - Motion Graphics

    3.00 credit hours

    In this course students will develop competencies in the design of graphics for screen-based animation. These include image, graphic and typographic elements. The course will focus on the content development through an examination of work processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics. Lectures, projects and in-class exercises will address design, typography in motion, digital imaging, sequencing images, compositing images and principles of motion. The final product of the assignments will be the creation of video files, the documentation of the design process and analysis of established works.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ART 142.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ART 205 - Digital Photography

    ART 205 - Digital Photography

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the basic tools and programs used in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery and concepts through the use of computers and software. Areas of concentration include imagery manipulation, color and collage. Digital camera is required.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 367 - Persuasion Theories

    COM 367 - Persuasion Theories

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the humanistic and scientific theories of oral persuasion as practiced in a variety of situations, including interpersonal, public speaking, organizational and mass media contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

Interactive Media Studies Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Media Studies.

21 credit hours to include:

  • MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

    3.00 credit hours

    An art survey of the theories and practice of visual forms, especially as applied in interactive media. Theoretical instruction may include narratology, ut pictura poesis (relationships between word and image) and/or postmodernism; students engage these and other theories in constructing imagery.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

    3.00 credit hours

    This course offers an overview of the Internet and other forms of new media, and examines their impact on human communication, culture, politics and daily life. It covers the major themes in the sociological and cultural study of new media, and includes some instruction in basic web design skills.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • IFS 115 - Web Page Development

    IFS 115 - Web Page Development

    1.50 credit hours

    A hands-on course which enables students to create simple multi-page websites. Includes an introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web; HTML and HTML editors; and artistic, organizational, technical and ethical considerations of website design and implementation. Major project required. Students may not receive credit for both IFS 115 and MED 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • IFS 125 - Computer Animation with Flash

    IFS 125 - Computer Animation with Flash

    1.50 credit hours

    An introduction to the fundamentals of animated computer graphics for web based delivery. Topics include vector graphics, file compression, gradients, layers, drawing, animation, motion tweening and interactivity in a timeline-based editor. Emphasis is placed upon using Flash to develop compact interactive animations that graphically communicate ideas. Students may not receive credit for both ART 207 and IFS 125.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Select twelve or more additional hours from the Interactive Media Studies interdisciplinary courses of which 4.5 hours must be at the 300-level or above.

JOURNALISM MAJOR

At the root of all newswriting is attention to the word. Majors in journalism need to be strong writers well equipped to navigate established and developing media fields. Technological developments and emerging media trends have combined to create new directions in the field of journalism. Traditional news forms (particularly print, television and radio) have given ground to converged formats, many of which include multimedia elements. However, journalistic writing remains a core skill in the field. The journalism curriculum takes the foundations of traditional news narratives and media and adds instruction in skills such as photography, videography and multimedia storytelling. Hands-on experience is crucial training for journalists. Students gain such experience in classes, internships, and college practica (newspaper, broadcasting network, or online publications.

39 credit hours and completion of the Skill Practice Requirements:

MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

MED 225 - Newsgathering I

MED 250 - News Editing

MED 325 - Newsgathering II

MED 345 - Digital Journalism

MED 485 - Multimedia Journalism Capstone Seminar

ART 205 - Digital Photography

ENG 265 - Style

IFS 109 - Image Processing

SPC 185 - Mass Media and Society

SPC 325 - Communication Law

Six credit hours from:

MED 392 - Topics in Journalism

ENG 365 - Writing Creative Nonfiction

ENG 462 - Writing for Social Change

ENG 465 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction - Multimedia

Skill Practice Requirements:

MED 113 - TV Performance

MED 117 - Radio Performance

MED 152 - College News Practicum (must be taken twice) 
Note: A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in Media Studies practica. The practica credits do not count towards the major or minor; however, these credits do count towards graduation.

Strongly Recommended:

ENG 297 - Internship/ENG 397 - Internship/ENG 497 - Internship

Recommended General Education courses:

ENG 196 - Reading Literature

HST 155 - Global Perspectives: Modern Era

PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

PSC 101 - Introduction to American Government

Recommended electives:

MED 220 - Video Editing and Production

MED 230 - Digital Audio Editing and Production

MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

ART 141 - Designing Graphics

ART 143 - Beginning Typography

 

 

BROADCAST COMMUNICATION:

This track emphasizes a theoretical and technical understanding of broadcast media, and performance and production in radio and television. Graduates in this track may seek to enter broadcasting as on-air personalities or behind-the-scenes staff and managers (e.g., production, programming, news, music, sports, promotions, public affairs), or may pursue advanced degrees in mass media or communication.

Major Requirements: 
This major consists of a minimum of 36.5 credit hours, including completion of the skill practice requirement, core courses and selected courses from other categories, as listed below.

Skill Practice Requirement: 
Three separate terms of credit and non-credit MED 117 Radio Performance or MED 113 TV Performance, or any combination of MED 117, MED 113 and non-credit or credit internships.  

Note: The performance practice courses do not count toward the major, minor, or departmental limit of 51 credit hours. However, these credits do count toward graduation (six credit hour limit in each department) and the courses are graded, whether taken for credit or non-credit.

Eight core courses:

MED 262 - Radio Production and Direction

MED 269 - Television Production 

MED 273 - Station Programming

SPC 100 - Speech Communication

SPC 185 - Mass Media and Society

SPC 287 - Advanced Public Speaking

SPC 325 - Communication Law

SPC 412 - Media Criticism

Two writing courses from:

MED 266 - Broadcast News

MED 270 - Screenwriting 

MED 277 - Broadcast Copywriting

One advanced production course from:

MED 405 - Advanced Radio Production and Direction 
 
MED 417 - Advanced Video Production

One additional course from:

SPC 223 - Oral Interpretation I

SPC 367 - Persuasion Theories

THE 182 - Fundamentals of Acting

Recommended Electives: 
Up to two electives selected from: 
Any additional speech communication courses. Any English writing course above 125.

 

 

INTERACTIVE MEDIA STUDIES

The major consists of a minimum of 40 credit hours to include the required core courses and track requirements.

Core Courses:

MED 100 - Introduction to Visual Literacy

MED 125 - Computer Animation with Flash (1.5)

MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms -or- ENG 196 - Reading Literature

MED 260 - Introduction to New Media

MED 490 - Portfolio Workshop

ART 107 - 2-Dimensional Design

ART 141 - Designing Graphics (1.5)

IFS 109 - Image Processing (1.5)

IFS 115 - Web Page Development (1.5)

SPC 325 - Communication Law

Two terms of practica or internships, chosen from:

MED 113 - TV Performance (0.0–1.5)

MED 152 - College News Practicum (0.0–1.5)

MED 150 - Multimedia Practicum (0.0–1.5)

MED 297 - Internship (0.0–9.0)

MED 397 - Internship (0.0–9.0)

MED 497 - Internship (0.0–9.0)

ENG 128 - College Humor Magazine Practicum (0.0–1.0)

ENG 130 - College Literary Magazine Practicum (0.0–1.0)

Note: Internships cannot be used to fulfill the 300/400-level track requirements.


Within the major, students must then select one of the following tracks:

Graphic Arts Track:

MED 343 - Digital Illustration and Prepress Production

ART 110 - 3-Dimensional Design

ART 143 - Beginning Typography

ART 205 - Digital Photography

ART 344 - 2-Dimensional Computer Graphics and Animation (1.5)

ART 345 - 3-Dimensional Computer Graphics and Animation

Coursework from interactive media not found in the graphics track:

Three credit hours at 200-level or above

Three credit hours at 300-level or above

Recommended electives:

MED 297 - Internship (0.0–9.0)

MED 397 - Internship (0.0–9.0)

MED 497 - Internship (0.0–9.0)

ART 117 - Silver Photography I

 

Interactive Media Technology Track:

CSC 160 - Computer Science I (3.5)

CSC 225 - Web and Animation Programming with Flash (1.5)

IFS 320 - Multimedia Presentations (1.5)

Select at least eight credit hours from:

MED 215 - Introduction to Web Programming

MED 220 - Video Editing and Production (1.5)

MED 230 - Digital Audio Editing and Production (1.5)

CSC 161 - Computer Science II (3.5)

CSC 415 - Web Applications

CSC 425 - Computer Graphics

CSC 435 - Windows Game Programming

CSC 436 - Human Computer Interaction

IFS 116 - Website Design and Development (1.5)

Coursework from interactive media not found in the technology track: 
Six credit hours (two courses) at the 200-level or above

Recommended: 
A minor in Computer Science.

 

Convergent-Media Track:

MED 200 - Professional Writing for Digital Platforms

SPC 185 - Mass Media and Society

Select three credit hours from:

MED 225 - Newsgathering I

MED 270 - Screenwriting

MED 277 - Broadcast Copywriting

ENG 275 - Creative Writing

Select three credit hours from:

MED 230 - Digital Audio Editing and Production (1.5)

MED 269 - Television Production

MED 320 - Motion Graphics

ART 143 - Beginning Typography

ART 205 - Digital Photography

IFS 116 - Website Design and Development (1.5)

IFS 320 - Multimedia Presentations (1.5)

Select three credit hours from:

MED 391 - Seminar in Broadcast Media

CSC 436 - Human Computer Interaction

FLM 140 - Introduction to Film and Screen Studies

ENG 270 - Writing, Rhetoric and Culture

Select six credit hours from:

MED 491 - Seminar in Broadcast Media

ENG 465 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction - Multimedia

SPC 410 - Rhetorical Criticism

SPC 412 - Media Criticism

Sabryna Cornish

Half-Time Assistant Professor of Journalism
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5773
Hale Ekinci

Associate Professor of Art and Media Studies
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John Madormo

Assistant Professor of Broadcast Communication Emeritus
MED
630-637-5960
Mary O'Donnell

Associate Professor of Journalism; Coordinator of Media Studies
MED
630-637-5290
Kevin Valentine

Assistant Professor of Art
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630-637-5540

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