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Mass Communication

FIL 2030   FILM HISTORY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: ENC 0025 or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test. This is a survey course designed to help students gain an in-depth knowledge of the history of motion pictures and to understand the development of film and its influences over time. Students will view films ranging from silent masterpieces through current classics. The course will introduce technological developments as well as cultural and thematic developments in mass culture over time. This course has a substantial writing requirement. 47 contact hours.

FIL 2100   MOTION PICTURE WRITING I

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: ENC 1101 or ENC 1121H or IDS 1101H. This course is designed to teach the techniques of motion picture writing, proceeding from concept to film treatment to script (short or feature length), utilizing the five-part story structure. Intended for students interested in understanding and writing film scripts. Emphasis on classic film genres: psychological thriller, action adventure, detective, science fiction, romance, and film noir. 47 contact hours.

FIL 2130   MOTION PICTURE WRITING II

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: FIL 2100. A course designed to help students gain an in-depth knowledge of the techniques of motion picture writing and implement these techniques in original work of their own. Students will work on already existing story concepts, polish and/or revise story structure, dialogue, and action sequences, and complete a film screenplay. The course also offers students the opportunity to learn how to market their ideas and screenplays. This course has a substantial writing requirement. 47 contact hours.

JOU 2100   JOURNALISTIC WRITING AND REPORTING

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: ENC 1101 or ENC 1121H or IDS 1101H. This course is an introduction to the profession of journalism and to the theory and practice of writing news. Students are given practical experience in gathering news and writing and copyreading both news and feature stories. Student needs and demand determine the emphasis on grammar and usage. This course has a substantial writing requirement. 47 contact hours.

MMC 2000   INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATIONS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: (ENC 0025 or EAP 1695) or satisfactory score on the SPC placement test. This course is a survey of the background, nature, and functions of the media of mass communications, with special emphasis on the print, film, and electronic media. The course is designed to provide the student with a basis for effective analysis, evaluation, and use of the various media, and with a knowledge of the role and the responsibilities of the mass media in a democratic society. This course has a substantial writing requirement. 47 contact hours.

MMC 2100   WRITING FOR THE MASS MEDIA

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: (ENC 1101 or ENC 1121H) and (REA 0017 or EAP 1695) or (appropriate scores on the English and Reading placement test). This course provides instruction and practice in writing for multimedia platforms, including web/internet, print, audio and video. This course addresses new technology issues, current events, and the importance of diversity and ethics in media writing. This course has a substantial writing requirement. 47 contact hours.

MMC 2700   MASS MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: (ENC 0025 or ENC 0990) or ( EAP 1695) or satisfactory score on the SPC Placement Test. This course is a survey of the popular arts (those intended for mass consumption and commercial entertainment) in America, with special emphasis on the types of popular heroes and the form and content of movies, television, radio, best sellers, magazine, art, and music such as jazz, folk, and rock. This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the ways in which the popular arts express the convictions, tastes, and values of American society. This course has a substantial writing requirement. 47 contact hours.

MMC 2949   INTERNSHIP

credits: 1-3  

Prerequisite: Approval of the College-wide Internship Office and approval of the Program Director and corequisite: MMC 2000 with a minimum grade of C. This course provides the student with a supervised, practical learning experience in a work setting that is relevant to
his/her program of study. Through course assignments and workplace projects the student will apply, connect, and extend academic theory and competencies for the purpose of building professional skills and affiliations. 60-180 contact hours.


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