Course Descriptions


COM101 - Basic TV Production Credits: 4
Introduction to the basics - planning, equipment orientation, responsibilities of personnel, lighting, and camera operation, with basic 'hands on' exercises.

COM102 - Electronic Field Production Credits: 4
The purpose of this course is to consolidate the skills learned in the basic video production course with advanced production skills and techniques which will be applied to produce and direct professional programs through hands on experience in on-location assignments.

This course will consist of lectures, in-class discussions and video productions in the form of both class exercises, group projects and individual productions. Digital video cameras & non-linear digital editing software will be utilized for class work.

Prerequisite: COM 101.

COM104 - Introduction to Multimedia Technology Credits: 3
The purpose of this class is to provide substantive learning experiences for students in the acquisition, preparation, utilization, and distribution of computer generated multimedia. Design and digital authoring for various media applications will be examined, and hands-on experiences will be provided. The focus of the course is the design and preparation of standalone multimedia presentations for audio, video, internet, mobile and other new and emerging technologies.

Prerequisite: CIS-107

COM105 - Writing for Audio, Video and the Web Credits: 3
The purpose of this course is to give the student a firm foundation in media writing principles as they apply to audio, video and the internet. Various scriptwriting formats and styles will be explored for the instructional non-broadcast medium. The course consists of lectures, in-class discussions and pre-production steps required to successfully complete scripts in these areas. Exercises take the form of in-class exercises, group projects and individual productions in a theoretical setting.

Prerequisite: ENG-101

COM106 - Audio/Video Performance Credits: 3
COM106 is designed to give students the opportunity to develop character performance, on-air radio techniques and refining on-camera appearances through class lectures and lab exercises. It also provides opportunities for the student to discover broadcast career outlets, student understanding of the overall writing/producing/directing basics for both audio and video talent.

COM107 - Introduction to Digital Design Tools Credits: 3

COM111 - Copywriting for the Electronic Media Credits: 3
The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a strong foundation in advertising and commercial copywriting as it applies to the electronic media. Through a theoretical and practical approach, students will be afforded the opportunity to examine the role electronic media plays in the marketing of goods and services, and the means by which audiences are influenced. The students will also gain a knowledge of preproduction, production and post-production as they relate to producing advertising copy for television, radio, the Internet and new and emerging technologies. The course consists of lectures, discussions and in-class exercises that will help the student to gain knowledge of the process required to take an electronic media-advertising project from concept to completion.

COM201 - Radio Production Credits: 4
Surveys of production of a wide variety of radio programs, including news, sports, drama, panels, etc. and the technical operations required for such programs - music, and sound effects, scripting, control room and studio equipment. Includes lab work in an on-air or production capacity on the College's radio station, WSFX-FM.

Prerequisite: COM 105.

COM203 - Electronic Journalism Credits: 4
This course is designed to train students in contemporary skills of reporting, shooting, editing, producing, and posting a great story to various forms of multimedia. Basic journalistic skills are stressed including research & interview techniques, information gathering and news writing. The course includes the instruction, hands-on training and independent learning exercises required to prepare the student to function effectively in a fast-paced, multimedia environment. All types of presentation structures will be stressed including hard and soft news packages, feature material, investigative reporting and human interest stories.

Prerequisite: COM-101, COM-102, COM-105

Co- requisite: COM-104

COM204 - Mass Media Management and Law Credits: 3
Examination of management principles and organizational structure of broadcast, non-broadcast and media facilities, and their application to policy issues, operations, and program content. Includes an overview of federal, state and local laws, and policies of regulatory and non-regulatory agencies which affect broadcast content and system ownership.

COM205 - Advanced Radio Production Credits: 3
Further advances the student's knowledge of radio/recording procedures, and provides information on skills required for the production of more complex audio programs. While the basic applications of radio production were discussed in COM 201, in this advanced course, the student will continue to the next step in the application of learned radio production techniques. Includes lab work in an on-air production capacity on the College's radio station, WSFX-FM.

Prerequisites: COM 105, COM 201.

COM207 - Professional Internship Credits: 6
A six-credit course in which the student will participate in a supervised on-the≠job observation and work experience in a local media facility. Eligibility will be based on the student's departmental grade point average. Assignment will be made following evaluation of the student's grades, prior experience, and career objectives. Students will meet periodically with faculty members, will keep a running anecdotal history of his/her experience, along with a term paper placing those experiences in perspective.

Prerequisite: All COM/CIS courses, except COM 214.

COM209 - Special Project Workshop Credits: 6
An individual workshop involving a defined project area, to be determined by consultation with the instructor. Special Project workshop may be selected in lieu of an internship, or assigned to the student who may be ineligible for a professional internship. Topic will be selected following evaluation of the student's grades, prior experience and career objectives.

Prerequisite: All COM/CIS courses, except COM 214.

COM210 - Special Projects Workshop Credits: 3
This course may be selected as an elective for students who choose a professional internship, rather than the 6-credit special projects experience. The 3-credit hour elective focuses on an individual workshop involving a defined project area, but smaller in scope than the 6-credit workshop.

COM214 - Graphic Production for Digital Media Credits: 3
The purpose of this course is to establish a solid knowledge base in video production as it applies to the manipulation and creation of graphic images. The course will introduce the student to computer software and hardware that will enable them to produce professional graphics for video programs and multi-media presentations.

Prerequisite: CIS-107, COM-104

COM290 - Portfolio Credits: 1
The purpose of this course is to afford the potential graduate the opportunity to produce a portfolio that includes graphics, script writing samples and audio & video productions, thus aiding the student in obtaining employmeny in the various mass media fields that require their particular skill sets.

Prerequisite: 25 credits in COM courses

Co- requisite: COM-207 or COM-209; COM-214