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Communication Media (COMM)

102: Live Video Productions. (3-3-0)
This course explores the various aspects of live video productions such as: effective use of video equipment, lighting, continuity, audio production, storyboarding, and field shooting.

103: Communication Practicum. (3-0-0)
Prerequisite: permission of department.
The Communication Practicum provides work experience in a high-tech media environment, which will give practical work experience secured either through an approved apprenticeship, internship, or professional work.

105: Survey of Music Business. (3-3-0)
Students will learn major areas of the music business, with attention given to practical application and theoretical foundations. In addition, an in-depth study of organizations and a general overview of the industry will be considered.

107: Sound Reinforcement. (3-3-0)
The students will learn equipment, systems concepts, design, and acoustical problems involved in sound reinforcement for live performances and road work as they relate to a professional concert situation.

108: Marketing of Recorded Music. (3-3-0)
Students will learn movement of the recorded and printed product from the studio to the ultimate consumer. Includes market structure and analysis, distribution patterns, promotional strategies, charts, airplay, pricing, and legal aspects. Design advanced level business incubators where students screen and select original songs and artists; produce, manufacture, and market recorded product. Special emphasis is placed on all related contracts, cash flow management, and accounting.

130: Film Pre-Production. (3-3-0)
This course is designed to lay the ground work for production of a video or film. It includes scouting out locations, utilizing a script or storyboard, planning, and preparing a checklist for equipment, props, and actors needed to video/film the project.

160: Photography. (3-3-0)
This is an introductory course in digital photography which approaches the medium as an art form, a unique means of human communication, and a technical skill. The student is introduced to basic mechanical principles of the camera and how photography has influenced human perception and communication. The student is provided with techniques for responding to the content and structure of photographs. An adjustable digital SLR camera is required.

162: Fine-Art Photography. (3-3-0)
Prerequisites: COMM 160 AND COMM 216
This course provides an introduction to the world’s greatest photographers and examines the life experiences that influenced their creative process. This course provides an introduction to photography as a fine art and examines the life experiences that influence the creative process. The course is designed to help students successfully define, develop and edit a visually cohesive and formally sound body of work that makes evident the student's personal aesthetic.

163: Techniques of the Masters. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 160
This course will introduce influential masters of photography to the student. The purpose is to identify the qualities and techniques of the masters so that students may become inspired to photograph under their influence.

164: Creating Digital Presentations. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 216 or permission of instructor
This course will concentrate on the graphic design features in Photoshop which include working with layers, type, paint and pen tools, vector masks, smart objects, and shapes. The objective is to provide the student with the tools to create effective promotional materials for advertising purposes.

170: Introduction to Broadcasting. (3-3-0)
This course covers the principles and practices of media; a historical perspective of radio and television; and an introduction to programming concepts and the technical terminology of the field.

175: Television Programming. (3-3-0)
Students will learn analysis of program forms used in the electronic media, effective program structure, and consideration of the audience in relation to programming.

201: Video Post-Production. (3-3-0)
This course is designed for the development of post-production skills. It also includes opportunities in developing, directing, and producing video programming.

202: Video Editing. (3-3-0)
This course includes historical editing techniques along with the introduction of Adobe Premier Pro.

203: Lighting for Film and Television. (3-3-0)
Students will learn basic three point lighting to full set lighting design. Included in discussion are types of lighting fixtures, gels, and lighting techniques.

204: Special Effects in Editing. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 239 or permission of instructor.
This course covers editing in the digital environment using Adobe Premier and After Effects. Topics include terminology, technologies, Premier and After Effects project workflow, inserting special effects, and advanced sound, video and picture editing skills.

205: Television Directing. (3-3-0)
This course explores the principles of organizing and directing for television or video production. Theory and practice of aesthetic and practical skills will be developed as students analyze and plan a video program.

207: Electronic Field Production. (3-3-0)
This course is designed to actively involve the students in mobile television production facilities and techniques. It includes opportunities to develop, direct, and produce live and taped mobile video programming.

209: Scriptwriting for Film and Television. (3-3-0)
This course will focus on writing scripts for television and film.

210: Copywriting for Television and Radio. (3-3-0)
This course provides practice in copywriting for television and radio. Students will sharpen specific copywriting skills using realistic situations.

211: Newswriting. (3-3-0)
Students learn how to start, develop and polish hard news and feature stories. In addition, related styles such as additional column writing are explored along with issues of language use, media ethics and media law. The series and related materials reinforce both traditional and emerging journalism styles in broadcast, public relations writing, and print journalism.

212: Announcing. (3-3-0)
The student will learn the role of the announcer, principles of communication in electronic media, and the application of vocal dynamics to develop proficient, articulate speech in a variety of performance situations.

213: Voice and Diction. (3-3-0)
Voice and Diction is the study of vocal mechanisms, phonetics and related exercises to improve articulation, pronunciation and expressive intonation. The course also covers the International Phonetic Alphabet and its uses in vocal performance.

215: Special Topics. (3-0-0)
Prerequisite: permission of department.
An instructor supervised course that allows an advanced student to explore specific styles, techniques, or production practices in a chosen area of communication. (May be repeated for credit)

216: Adobe Photoshop. (3-3-0)
Adobe Photoshop is explored as a pixel-based editing program. Photographs and graphics are enhanced, altered, and combined to generate new compositions.

218: Adobe Illustrator. (3-3-0)
Adobe Illustrator is explored and utilized to create complex vector-based graphic art.

219: 2D Graphics. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 218 or permission of instructor.
Students will explore and apply the theories behind graphic design using professional processes. The class will explore advanced techniques and prepare the student for working with clients.

220: Photoshop Compositing. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 216 or permission of instructor
Students will learn how to effectively use the advanced features in Photoshop to include: actions, channels, selection tools, and layers.

221: Photoshop Retouch and Restoration. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 216 or permission of instructor.
Students will study those features of Photoshop that are most intimidating, such as channels, masking, and file management. Careful attention will be given to coping with image problems and restoring old or damaged photographs.

222: Film Directing (3-3-0)
This course explores the many elements involved in directing a short film from conception to completion. Students will plan and execute short projects, analyze script structure, and experiment with different filmmaking techniques made famous by other film directors.

223: Publication Design. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 218 or permission of the instructor
Students will explore the attributes of type and digitally create various layouts for print and digital publication with the goal of understanding and perfecting their visual communication skills.

225: Audio Production in Media. (3-3-0)
This course will provide the student with a broad introduction to audio principles and operation. Topics included are: acoustics, system wiring, and various types of analog and digital equipment.

228: Bridging Digital and Traditional Fine Art Techniques. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 216 or permission of instructor
Students will create analog work using techniques of traditional fine art to apply and expand those methods to create digital artwork. Topics covered include techniques in drawing, painting, and other materials, as well as color theory, styles, and movements.

236: 3D Modeling. (3-3-0)
This course explores creating in 3-dimensions using numerous modeling workflows. Students will learn various techniques for texturing, lighting, and rendering to bring their digital sculptures to life.

239: Adobe After Effects. (3-3-0)
Using Adobe After Effects, students will generate and combine elements to create motion graphics, animation, and visual effects video projects.

240: American Cinema. (3-3-0)
This course develops an appreciation of American film from the silent era to the present day and is designed to enhance the student’s ability to think, speak, and write critically in an increasingly visual and technological culture.

246: Introduction to 2D Animation (3-3-0)
This course is designed to introduce students to 2D animation techniques, aesthetics, and history. Students will learn to create short animated works using paperless animation software and a digital drawing tablet.

250: Remote News Reporting. (3-3-0)
This course is a comprehensive study in methods of gathering both news and sports stories. In addition, the student will develop skills in news/sports writing, video editing basics, directing, announcing and producing video/audio content for new packages. Additional emphasis will be placed on production values, laws and regulations, marketing, and the role of current technology as it relates to remote news and sports gathering.

251: 3D Animation. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 236.
Students will learn how to generate and control motion in a 3-dimensional digital environment. Character and visual effects animation are explored.

256: Introduction to Multimedia Journalism. (3-3-0)
Techniques of writing, reporting, camera work, packaging, and presentation of news. This class will introduce multimedia reporting concepts, including integration of internet components to on-air news product.

257: Live Performance for the Media. (3-3-0)
The student develops techniques and skills in live performance for television and film. Dramatic techniques for various types of script formats are applied.

258: Media Portfolio. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 170 and permission of department
This course covers the necessary tools and knowledge needed to find, apply, and interview for work. Students explore and reflect upon careers in their chosen disciplines. A career portfolio and supporting documents are created.

259: Media Ethics. (3-3-0)
This course gives students a firm foundation in ethical principles as they apply to reporting, confirming the proper use of sources, confirming the validity of information, and the business of news. Students also develop their own personal guidelines for what is acceptable behavior for someone employed as a journalist.

260: Wedding Photography. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 160 or permission of instructor.
This course will introduce the students to wedding/event photography. The student will be immersed in both static and dynamic situations in order to prepare them for real-life situations.

262: The Photographic Artist. (3-3-0)
Students will explore artists who paint with computers as well as with a brush. Students will explore the possibilities of digital painting using Corel Painter software. Painting styles explored include water color, pastels, and oils.

267: Portrait Photography. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 160 or permission of instructor.
This course covers portrait lighting, posing, and camera techniques. The student is required to produce portraits of various subjects using interior and exterior situations.

272: Advanced Portrait Photography. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 267 or permission of instructor
This course will encompass all elements of visual perception (design, composition, lighting and subject features) necessary to create a pleasing and flattering portrait.

280: Film Production and Design. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 216
The theory and practice of designing a film or video production; including script analysis, budgeting, equipment deployment and other logistics for preparing a well-coordinated production shoot.

281: Documentary Filmmaking. (3-3-0)
This course explores techniques necessary to direct and produce a documentary film. The main focus is on directing, producing, preproduction, and interviews for documentary production. Students will also examine different philosophies of ethics and research as it pertains to the preproduction and production of a non-fiction feature.

282: Applied Film Production. (3-3-0)
This course provides curriculum credit for practical work experience secured through participation in the BPCC summer film.

283: Applied Film Production II. (3-3-0)
This course provides additional curriculum credit for practical work experience secured through participation in a second BPCC summer film.

290: Pro Tools. (3-3-0)
This course provides an overview of digital audio technology and the conceptual design of analog to digital and digital to analog converters. Students examine the editing and constructing of digital sound samples from live sources. The use of the computer and digital recording and editing software as well as the basic elements of MIDI are covered. Students receive hands-on experience in a digital audio workstation environment.

291: Sound and Studio Design. (3-3-0)
This course covers the technical process of sound and studio design. Equipment use and terminology, recording/assembly techniques, construction techniques and ergonomic design, and digital technology will be covered.

292: Pro Tools II. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 290 or permission of instructor
This course develops an understanding of the techniques and technology involved in modern multi-track recording and mixing. Hands-on projects include: recording techniques for music, speech and sound effects; operation of sound mixing consoles; multi-track recording; use of effects processors; mixing; and mastering.

294: Studio Production. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 290 or permission of instructor
This course covers music recording techniques and business skills needed to become an independent producer of contemporary commercial recordings. Students will be presented with an overview of multi-channel audio technology and the history and development of multi-channel audio systems both for film and music production. Current trends in multi-channel digital audio technology are examined.

295: Post-Production Techniques for Music. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 294 or permission of instructor
This course is an advanced study of recording techniques which involve environmental studies of acoustics. Advanced techniques are presented as related to recorded sound. The course also provides a follow-up experience of mixing and mastering a recorded project.

297: Advanced Recording Techniques. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 290 or permission of instructor
This course is an advanced study of recording techniques which concentrate heavily on the use of MIDI. Creating beats and loops using the MIDI keyboard and combining MIDI tracks with audio tracks are examined in this course. Several MIDI software programs will be utilized.

298: Advanced Sound Reinforcement. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 107 or permission of instructor
Theory and practical experience in the use of professional sound systems. This advanced level course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge necessary to connect and fully operate professional sound systems in a live environment. Emphasis is placed on consoles, outboard equipment, wireless systems, and cables and connections.

299: Sound Design for Film and Video. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: COMM 225 or permission of instructor
Students will study theory and apply practical experience in sound for film and video. This course will explore the technical and aesthetic aspects of sound as it relates to the moving image. Midi, SMPTE, sync, Foley, sound effects recording, ADR, looping, and music for video will all be covered.

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