Communications Media

COM 100: COM INTRODUCTORY SEMINAR

This course is an overview of the communications program (philosophy, goals, achievements, and standards). It will explore communications and media arts fundamentals, planning essentials, career opportunities, curriculum management, current communications issues, trends and directions, and characteristics for success in the communications and media arts field.

Credits: 1
Type: Lecture
Attributes: Intro Seminar
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 101: INTRO TO COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA

COM 101 is a foundation course in the Communications and Media Arts Program. It has a strong theoretical component that asks students to examine and critically analyze the visual, auditory and narrative components of audio-visual media. In the lab sections of this course, student apply the concepts from the lectures as they learn the basic techniques of studio television production and design an appropriate lighting and shooting style for an original short piece that evolves from the students’ personal experiences. In the audio module of this course, students use sound objects to create narrative soundscapes. COM 101 provides an introduction to media aesthetics, which empowers students to become both conscious content creators of media and active, literate viewers of media.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture, Lab
Attributes: Elective
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 103: THE ART AND CRAFT OF EDITING

This course is an introduction to the basic principles, aesthetics, and techniques of film and video editing. Students will work with a non-linear computer-based video editing program to create a variety of short projects that illustrate different editing techniques. Note: Students must register for both a lecture and a lab.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture, Lab
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 110: BASIC VIDEO PRODUCTION

The course is an introduction to field video production that familiarizes students with the basic principles, theories and techniques in video production. Students will construct storyboards, write scripts, direct shoots, and edit their own projects using equipment provided by the College. Prerequisites: COM 101 with a grade of C or better and COM 103.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture, Lab
Attributes: Elective
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 120: INTRO TO MEDIA WRITING

Com 120 is an introductory course that familiarizes students with the basic principles and techniques of writing for the media: including newspapers, film, TV news, sitcoms, episodic drama, public relations and the internet. Students will practice various forms of media script writing. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

Credits: 3
Type: Online, Lecture
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 140: MEDIA AND SOCIETY

This course is designed to present students with a comprehensive history of world mass communications and media's impact on society throughout the world. The course will present the impact of media technology on culture and how the structure and organization of the media industry influences content. How "new media" have changed the way we see the world, altered the way we get information, and colored the way other cultures view American society will also be explored.

Credits: 3
Type: Online, Lecture
Attributes: Elective
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 210: VISUAL EFFECTS - MOVING IMAGE

This course is an introduction to the theory and techniques of visual effects for moving images. Emphasis is placed on constructing visual stories. Basic principles and techniques of visual effects production, opening sequences and titles for film, television, video and video for the internet are explored. Using compositing programs, students are introduced to the creative process of developing digital visual effects from storyboard to final video. Note: Students must register for a lecture and a lab. Prerequisites: COM 103, COM 110 with a grade of C or better, COM 120.

Credits: 4
Type: Lecture, Lab
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 211: DIGITAL FILMMAKING

In this course in video production and visual effects, students collaborate to write a screenplay for a short digital film that will showcase their skills in video production, editing and digital effects. The course will focus on exercises designed to bring visual richness and conceptual depth to the student’s work. In addition to the collaborative assignment, students will complete a variety of individual assignments including: a term paper, an oral report and a DVD portfolio of work they completed in the COM Program. Pre-requisites: COM 210

Credits: 4
Type: Lecture, Lab, Lecture/Lab
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 220: PERFORMING FOR THE MEDIA

This course provides an opportunity to study the practical approaches to performance for the media. It is a study in contemporary performance with a basic and essential knowledge of on-camera acting for film and television, corporate presentations, reporting, as well as voice-over recording. There is also opportunity for self-directed learning with group performances in the television studio and audio production suites, as well as performing in student-directed video projects. The course places an emphasis on voice production and on-camera acting/performing techniques. Prerequisite: COM 101 or SPE 101 or THE 109

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture, Lab
Attributes: Elective
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 221: MEDIA STRATGS FOR PUBL RELATNS

This second year concentration course introduces students to concepts and theories in public relations and its connective relationship to journalism. Students will begin applying some of the media skills that they have developed in the COM Program to support public relations efforts for publicizing events on and off campus. Lectures will focus on the relationship between journalism and public relations, public relations planning, media writing for PR and journalism, standards and practices in the PR industry and traditional media, persuasion theory, organization and structure of media networks and effective message distribution in the media, including the utilization of weblogs, YouTube, and other Internet outlets. Pre-requisites: COM 120

Credits: 4
Type: Lecture, Lab
Attributes: Elective
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 233: SOUND DESIGN & TECH FOR MEDIA

The course is a study of the science and art of sound in the context of media production. A strong theory component examines the behavior of sound, basic room acoustics, the design and use of microphones, recording technologies, and sound editing/production systems. Lab projects involve field sound effects recording, recording of dialogue and voice, and combining various sound elements to create sonic structures such as those used in film, television, radio and games. Pre-requisite: COM 101, MUS 104, or MUS 115

Credits: 4
Type: Lecture, Lab
Attributes: SUNY Gen Ed Appendix H
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 234: BASIC MUSIC PRODUCTION

The course covers the principles of studio and field music recording using stereo and multi-track techniques. It includes editing, mixing, recording to CD and the use of MIDI instruments. Note: This course covers some advanced technical concepts. Note: Students must register for both lecture and lab. Pre-requisite: COM 233 or permission of instructor.

Credits: 4
Type: Lecture, Lab
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 243: WORLD FILM

This course offers an introduction to the history of film and will focus primarily on World Cinema: film from non-Western nations and films by non-traditional voices in the US and Europe. Lectures will relate significant political events and social issues to current and historical films. The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the history, institutions, economy, society and culture of other world civilizations through screening and discussing narrative films from these cultures. Note: Students must register for both lecture and lab.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture, Lab, Lecture/Lab
Attributes: SUNY Gen Ed Appendix H, SUNY Gen Ed Appendix F
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 244: SCREENWRITING

This intermediate level course introduces students to the theory and techniques of screenwriting with extensive lectures on how to construct a story. The objective is to familiarize students with the basic principles and techniques of writing fiction for film and television. Students will develop original stories and acquire a basic understanding of how to write a screenplay. Pre-requisites and/or co-requisites: ENG 101 with a C or better and co-requisite ENG 102.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture, Lab, Lecture/Lab
Attributes: SUNY Gen Ed Appendix H
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 246: AMERICAN CINEMA

This cinema studies course introduces students to the history of American Film through lectures and screenings from the earliest dramatic films and silent comedies to the golden age of Hollywood, Film Noir, American Indie film and more contemporary genres.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture
Attributes: Elective
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 249: TELEVISN PRODTN / TELEVSN NEWS

In this course students are introduced to concepts and techniques for multi-camera and single-camera television or television news production. Students work collaboratively in the television studio to create episodes for a television program, then break into small groups to shoot on location and produce either dramatic or non-fiction news-style projects. Students learn the elements of television production including: screenwriting, story boarding, casting, directing on-camera talent, camera angles, framing, lighting, and editing, composing music, adding sound effects and creating titles. They will be required to work on each other's projects as production crew, so there will be additional time requirements outside of the scheduled classes . Note: Students must register for both lecture and lab. Pre-requisites: COM 110 and ART 110, or ART 112 or ART 150 or ART 157.

Credits: 4
Type: Lecture, Lab
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 250: ADVANCED VIDEO PRODUCTION

This course in video production and public relations emphasizes visual storytelling, client relations, active listening, problem solving and entrepreneurship. As part of this course, students meet with local non-profit organizations and design a video project to address a communication problem. Students work in small groups to script, shoot and edit these projects. Students will also complete a variety of individual assignments including a budget, a contract, a term paper, an oral report and a DVD portfolio of their work. Note: Students must register for both lecture and lab. Pre-requisites: COM 221 or COM 249.

Credits: 4
Type: Lecture, Lab, Lecture/Lab
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 261: COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP

An internship in the mass medium of the student's choice that will provide practical experience. It will be completed under the direct supervision of a full-time employee. This may be done in any aspect of broadcasting: film, television, radio or video production, print, public relations, advertising, media sales or other related media industry. Note: Students must register for both a lecture and a lab. Prerequisites: COM 110 and permission of the Program Chair.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture, Lab, Lecture/Lab
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 262: DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION I

In this course, students work collaboratively to develop documentary projects. Lectures will address advanced techniques in videography, lighting, logging tapes, editing, and production of graphics appropriate for documentary film. Pre-requisites: COM 110

Credits: 4
Type: Lecture, Lab
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 263: DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION II

In this course in Documentary Journalism, students work collaboratively to complete a half-hour documentary which will air on Channel 42. This course provides an advanced learning experience, where students apply the skills they have gained in the COM Program in audio and video production, visual effects, broadcast journalism and public relations in the creation of one ambitious project. Lectures will focus on advanced techniques in production, direction, and production management for broadcast journalism. Note: Students must register for both lecture and lab. Pre-requisite: COM 262.

Credits: 4
Type: Lecture, Lab
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 271: SPECIAL STUDY PROJECT I

A special learning experience designed by one or more students with the cooperation and approval of a faculty member. Proposed study plans require departmental approval. Projects may be based on reading, research, community service, or work experience in the field of communications media. The student's time commitment to the project will be approximately 35-50 hours.

Credits: 1
Type: Lecture, Independent Study
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 272: SPECIAL STUDY PROJECT II

Similar to COM 271, except that the student's time commitment to the project will be approximately 70-90 hours.

Credits: 2
Type: Lecture, Independent Study
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 273: SPECIAL STUDY PROJECT III

Similar to COM 271, except that the student's time commitment to the project will be approximately 105-135 hours.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture, Independent Study
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015


COM 280: OVERSEAS DOCUMENTARY PRODCTN

This hands–on course familiarizes students with the basic principles and techniques of overseas documentary production. Students will research the culture and location for the documentary project, then they will develop skills in camerawork, lighting, sound recording, scriptwriting, directing shoots and logging and digitizing footage as they shoot in another country. When students return to Dutchess they will begin post-production, create graphics and titles and complete a half-hour documentary to be aired on local cable channels. The focus and subject of the documentary projects and the international locations will vary. Pre-requisite: Permission of Instructor.

Credits: 3
Type: Lecture, Lab, Lecture/Lab
Department: Performing, Visual Art & Comm

All sections for this course:  Fall 2014  Spring 2015