Media Studies & Media Production

The Media Studies and Production major introduces students to both the aesthetic and applied methods of communication media. The major offers two tracks: Media Studies, which examines the cultural, social and ethical dimensions of communication practices, and Media Production, which encompasses the production of broadcast and film.

Upon selection of the major, students may choose from the following tracks to better customize their course of study based on specific interest areas:

  • Media Studies
  • Media Production

 

Media Studies Track

The Media Studies track takes a generalist approach to understanding the social, economic, political, cultural, aesthetic, legal and ethical dimensions of communication media. Courses are designed to introduce students to an international and multicultural appreciation of the role of media technologies in a global society. Students have the opportunity to blend their critical studies in media with hands-on creative studies through elective media production courses. Students considering careers in the various media industries would benefit from this broad understanding and the program’s emphasis on the critical analysis of the role of media in a society characterized by rapid media change.

 

Media Production Track

The Media Production track introduces students to the methods and techniques used to create aural/visual messages in a variety of mass media. Sequences of introductory and advanced courses in theory and practice of film, television, and radio provide students a comprehensive understanding of the aesthetics and techniques of media production and prepare them to function as professionals in different media fields. The production facilities in the concentration allow students hands-on practice in two television studios, a radio station, a film production lab, a digital audio production lab, and several digital video and audio editing rooms.

 

All Majors must take these two courses—6 credits

1. COMM 1190 Survey of Communication Studies & Practice
(Note: COMM 1190 should be the first course taken in the major.)

2. COMM 4450 Capstone (permit)

***** All classes are 3 Credits, unless otherwise noted*****

 

MEDIA STUDIES AND MEDIA PRODUCTION MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
(9 CREDITS - The following must be completed before taking Capstone.)

COMM 2100 Media Writing (Prereq ENG 1100) (WI)
COMM 2200 Radio & Television Industries
COMM 2340 Film as a Medium

 

A. MEDIA STUDIES TRACK REQUIREMENTS
(15 CREDITS)

COMM 1200 Media & Society (must be taken before COMM 2200 by Media Studies majors)

(Choose four of the following):
COMM 2220 Media Law & Ethics
COMM 2240 International Media
COMM 2490 Research Methods in Applied Communication
COMM 3200 Media Criticism (Prereq COMM 2100)
COMM 3280 Media History

MEDIA STUDIES TRACK ELECTIVES
(9 CREDITS – Choose three from the list below.)


COMM 2230 The Press & the Presidency
COMM 2350 Film as Crosscultural Communication (Media Studies majors must complete COMM 2340 before taking) (A6)
COMM 2390 Filmmaking I (Prereq COMM 2340)
COMM 2500 Journalism (Prereq COMM 2100) (WI)
COMM 3300 Communication Internship (Permit)
COMM 3310 Filmmaking II (Prereq COMM 2390)
COMM 3320 Filmmaking III (Prereq COMM 3310)
COMM 3340 The Documentary & the Non-Fiction Film (Prereq COMM 2340)
COMM 3380 Media in Asia
COMM 3480 Public Relations (Prereq COMM 2500)
COMM 4210 Broadcast Management (Prereq COMM 2200)
COMM 4310 Screenwriting (Prereq COMM 2340) (WI)
COMM 4340 Current Cinema (Prereq 2340)

And other courses by advisement.

 

B. MEDIA PRODUCTION TRACK REQUIREMENTS
(9 CREDITS)

COMM 2250 Audio & Radio Production
COMM 2270 TV Studio Production (TI)
COMM 2390 Filmmaking I (Prereq COMM 2340)

MEDIA PRODUCTION TRACK REQUIRED ELECTIVES
(9 CREDITS - Choose three from the list below.)

COMM 2260 Video Production & Editing
COMM 3260 Advanced TV Production (Prereqs COMM 2260 & 2270)
COMM 3310 Filmmaking II (Prereq COMM 2390)
COMM 3320 Filmmaking III (Prereq COMM 3310)
COMM 3530 Advanced Audio Production (Prereq COMM 2250)
COMM 4240 Radio Production Workshop (Prereq COMM 2250)
COMM 4250 Television Workshop (Prereqs COMM 2260 & 2270)

MEDIA PRODUCTION TRACK ELECTIVES
(6 CREDITS – Choose two from the list below.)

COMM 2220 Media Law & Ethics
COMM 2330 Sound as a Medium
COMM 2350 Film as Crosscultural Communication (A6)
COMM 2490 Research Methods in Applied Communication
COMM 3200 Media Criticism (Prereq COMM 2100)
COMM 3330 Applied Techniques (Prereq COMM 3320)
COMM 3340 The Documentary & the Non-Fiction Film (Prereq COMM 2340)
COMM 3490 Radio News (Prereq COMM 2100)
COMM 4310 Screenwriting (Prereq COMM 2340) (WI)
COMM 4340 Current Cinema (Prereq COMM 2340)

MEDIA PRODUCTION TRACK RECOMMENDED FREE ELECTIVES

COMM 1020 Acting I
COMM 1200 Media & Society
COMM 2240 International Media
COMM 2500 Journalism (Prereq COMM 2100) (WI)
COMM 2740 Acting for the Camera (Prereq COMM 1020)
COMM 3210 Announcing
COMM 3240 Writing for Radio & Television (Prereq COMM 2100)
COMM 3300 Communication Internship (Permit)
COMM 4210 Broadcast Management (Prereq COMM 2200)
COMM 4520 Advanced Broadcast Journalism (Prereq COMM 3500)

And other courses by advisement.

*(WI) = Writing Intensive
*(TI) = Technology Intensive
*(A1) = Area 1
*(A2) = Area 2
*(A3) = Area 3
*(A4) = Area 4
*(A5) = Area 5
*(A6) = Area 6