Students interested in the dynamic field of directing, or producing non-fiction and news packages for television, will find this Concentration gives them all the skills they need. Focus is on training in all aspects of digital video skills including news writing, shooting, directing, on-camera reporting and editing.
Media Arts 100 Media Aesthetics
This required foundation course introduces students to the fundamentals of media arts and visual literacy – light, color, composition, perspective, time, motion, sound – and discusses how they are applied in the various forms of contemporary media. In a workshop environment, using media objects as texts, students also explore narrative, art history, philosophy of media, spectatorship, theories of perception and their own creativity. Three credits.
Media Arts 102 Television Production
An introduction to the practice and principles of television studio production. The course covers all the basic production techniques, including scripting, lighting, shooting, producing and directing. Technical operation and understanding of all studio equipment, including cameras, switcher, audio board and character generator, are stressed. Students apply their skills in studio production assignments. Three credits.
Media Arts 106 Video Workshop
An introduction to the principles and practice of portable digital video production. Working in crews on field projects, students explore the techniques and aesthetics of single-camera videography, sound recording, location lighting and video editing. Three credits.
Media Arts 108.1 Video Workshop
An intermediate course expanding on the skills and knowledge gained in Video Workshop I. Student crews devise, produce, direct and edit their own productions. Three credits.
Media Arts 108.2 Video Workshop
An advanced course, expanding on the skills and knowledge gained in Video Workshop II. Focus is on mastery and gaining experience working alongside a variety of professionals in different areas of production: narrative, documentary, commercials, PSAs. Course culminates in a final project of broadcast quality. Three credits.
Media Arts 109 History of Broadcasting
An introduction to the history of radio and television. Topics include the changing relationship between politics and broadcasting, the mobilization of broadcasting resources during wars, the complex relationship between the broadcasting industry and the government, and the growth and nature of federal regulatory legislation. Three credits.
Media Arts 111 Photojournalism
A production-based class exploring the use of traditional photography and electronic media imaging. Topics include the photo essay, the ethical use of images in media,photo documentary, and the human condition in photography. Students are required to complete weekly photographic and written narrative assignments as well as a final documentary project. (Students must have access to a 35mm camera with manual controls.) Three credits.
Media Arts 119 Business of
A required course which discusses the applications of business skills for the media artist. Topics include professional development, media management principles, art and commerce, writing the business plan, and grant writing.. Media professionals are invited as guest lecturers. Three credits.
Media Arts 129 Broadcast Journalism
I: Radio Journalism
Media Arts 130 Broadcast Journalism
II: Television Journalism
156.1 Video Journalism I
Media Arts 156.2 Video Journalism
Media Arts 158.1 On-Camera
An introduction to the practice and principles of on-camera performance for broadcast and film media. Using closed-circuit television interactively, students work on exercises in acting, newsreading, interviewing and stand-up reporting. Professional guest speakers share experiences. Three credits.
Media Arts 158.2 On-Camera
Media Arts 158.3 On-Camera
Media Arts 195, 196 Honors Study
Honors Study is designed to give outstanding students an opportunity to do independent work in their major under the guidance of a member of the faculty. There are no regular class meetings. To be eligible, students must have upper junior or senior status, a cumulative quality-point ratio of 3.00 and a 3.25 ratio in their major subject, and the permission of the Director of the Department and the Dean. A total of six credits of Honors Study is the maximum allowed. Three credits per semester.
Media Arts 197, 198 Independent
Courses designed to give students in their junior or senior year an opportunity to do independent work under the guidance of a member of the Media Arts faculty. There are no regular class meetings. Students may undertake either a production (video, screenplay, photography etc.) or a research paper. Three credits per course.
Media Arts 199 Media Arts Internship
During their senior year, Media Arts majors are strongly recommended to undertake one internship with a media organization. Consultation with Director of Professional Development and approval of the Department is required. Three credits. May be taken in subsequent semesters for credit.
Media Arts 200 Series