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2009 - 2010 General Catalog



Course Descriptions

Telecommunications (TLCM)

Introduction to Telecommunications. (3-3-0)
Students will be introduced to an overview of the various forms of communication devices, techniques and usage. This course includes an introduction to camera usage, editing, video production and terminology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of video production and terminology.
Live Video Production. (3-3-0)
This course is designed to instruct the student in various aspects of script writing, storyboarding, field shooting, live video production, effective use of video equipment, lighting, continuity, audio production, and various production techniques.
Telecommunications Practicum. (3-0-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 101 and TLCM 102.
The Telecommunications Practicum provides work experience in a high-tech media environment, which will give on-the-job training. The instructor will observe, supervise, and evaluate through on-site visits, discussions with job coordinator, and scheduled conferences with the student. A total of six hours of practical experience per week is required through a schedule arranged among the instructor, job coordinator, and the student.
Media Seminar. (3-3-0)
This course offers students opportunities to develop associations with the working media. Each class meeting includes a presentation by local media personalities followed by discussion and a question and answer period. Topics include lighting, make-up, news productions, weather, news anchor, announcing, sportscasting, movie productions, and management.
Survey of Music Business. (3-3-0)
A study of the major areas of the music business. Attention is given to the practical application as well as the theoretical foundations. In-depth study of organizations and a general overview of the industry. Guest lecturers from the music industry may be utilized.
Music Publishing. (3-3-0)
A study of music publishing. This course deals with contracts, foreign publishing, catalog development, setting up a publishing company, demo sessions, song pitching, copyrights, and licensing.
Sound Reinforcement. (3-3-0)
A study of equipment, systems concepts, design, and acoustical problems involved in sound reinforcement for live performances and road work as related to a professional concert situation.
Marketing of Recorded Music. (3-3-0)
A study of the 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.
Public Relations in the Music Business. (3-3-0)
This course deals with the development of press releases, press kits, press parties, artist kits, internet promotion, news for radio and T.V., and other areas which relate to public relations support for the artist, company, and product.
Basic Makeup. (3-3-0)
A brief history of makeup. An overview of the basic beauty techniques for all ethnicities. Basic makeup foundation as it applies to film, television, and stage.
Intermediate Makeup. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 110.
A continuation of the basic makeup beauty techniques for all ethnicities. Intermediate makeup foundation as it applies to film, television, and stage.
Advanced Makeup. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 111.
A continuation of the basic beauty techniques for all ethnicities. Advanced makeup foundation as it applies to film, television, and stage.
Wig and Hair Techniques. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 112.
Overview of the techniques used when applying wigs, crepe wool and crepe hair for wigging, facial and body hair for film, television, and stage.
Character Development and Design. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 112.
Overview of and analysis of characters for film, television, and stage, including script breakdown. Using make-up techniques to convey character qualities.
Old Age Makeup. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 112.
Basic overview and application of aging in the development of characters for film, television, and stage.
LightWave I. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: CIS 105 or consent of instructor.
The student will learn skills in computer animation for video production using Light Wave 3D software.
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.
Photography. (3-3-0)
This is an introductory course in digital photography which approaches the medium as an art form. This is a technical skill providing a unique means of human communication. The student is introduced to basic mechanical principles of the camera. The student learns 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 camera is required.
Intermediate Photoshop. (3-3-0)
Mastering Camera Raw and working with special effects. This study will stress in detail how the photographer creates the highest quality image files possible. It will explore special effect plug-ins and techniques that separate experts from amateurs.
Fine Art Photography. (3-3-0)
Using the world's greatest fine-art photographers as our examples, students will discover techniques by which they duplicate established styles and also find their own unique fine-art style. Students will assemble a fine-art portfolio which will be on display at the end of the course.
Techniques of the Masters. (3-3-0)
Great art begins with a close examination of the great master artists and photographers. This class will study the history and technique of several of the world's leading artists which will serve as the foundation to establishing each students own artistic fingerprint.
Creating Digital Presentations. (3-3-0)
This advanced class is about creating a body of work that tells a story while learning how to edit and sequence work. The student will shoot projects using digital cameras and then edit their work in Adobe PhotoShop. Using presentation software, the student will assemble the images with transitions and music to create a final digital slide show presentation.
Photography II. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 160 or consent of instructor.
This course will include topics such as print and negative quality, composition, and elements of a good picture.
Makeup for Photography and Fashion. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 110.
Makeup application as it applies to the fashion and photography industry.
Introduction to Broadcasting. (3-3-0)
Principles and practices of media; historical perspective of radio; and an introduction to programming concepts and the technical terminology of radio.
The Business of Visual Artistry. (3-3-0)
Becoming an outstanding photographer does not ensure financial success. This course will concentrate on those necessary day-to-day business practices that will ensure success. These include accounting for photography studios, proper telephone etiquette, marketing for success and studio location selections. This is a must for every photographer!
Radio and Television Programming. (3-3-0)
Analysis of program forms used in the electronic media, effective program structure, and consideration of the audience in relation to programming.
Video Post Production. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 101 or TLCM 170 or editing license, or consent of instructor.
This course is designed for the development of advanced productions and performance skills in television to include studio and field camera techniques. It includes opportunities in developing, directing, and producing live and taped video programming.
Video Editing. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 101 or TLCM 170 or consent of instructor.
This course includes further instruction of linear (tape-to-tape) editing systems along with the introduction of non-linear editing systems such as Adobe Premier Pro, and Avid.
Lighting and T.V. (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.
Non-linear Editing. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 202 or consent of instructor.
This course covers editing in the digital environment using Avid software. Topics include terminology, technologies, project workflow, and advanced sound and picture editing skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in using editing equipment, local area network storage and project collaboration.
T.V. Directing. (3-3-0)
Principles of organizing and directing a video production. Theory and practice of aesthetic and practical skills will be developed as students analyze and plan a video program for in-class presentation.
Electronic Field Production (EFP). (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.
Scriptwriting. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: CIS 105 or consent of instructor.
Students will write extended story line copy, such as sitcoms, dramas, etc. with intent to produce television programming. Students will adhere to basic components of writing including grammar, spelling, punctuation, and idiomatic usage.
Copywriting. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: CIS 105 or consent of instructor.
This course provides practice in preparing marketable scripts for local stations where beginning jobs are generally available. Students will sharpen specific copywriting skills using realistic situations. A word processing program is used in this course. This course may be available by Internet.
Newswriting. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: CIS 105 or consent of instructor.
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 and public relations writing, and print journalism.
Announcing. (3-3-0)
The student will learn the role of the announcer, principles of communications in electronic media, and the application of vocal dynamics to develop proficient, articulate speech in a variety of performance situations. (May be used to satisfy the oral proficiency component in telecommunications curricula).
Voice and Diction. (3-3-0)
This is a non-technical approach to developing correct, expressive speech. Specific emphasis is placed upon pronunciation, dialect, study of the IPA, and the development of General American Speech. It includes the mechanics of vocal production and an examination of performance technique. (May be used to satisfy the oral proficiency component in telecommunications curricula).
Special Topics I. (3-0-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 103, TLCM 202 or consent of instructor.
Special topics integrates skills of scriptwriting, casting, directing, taping, editing, distributing, and producing in an actual telecommunications environment.
Adobe Photoshop. (3-3-0)
Adobe Photoshop is explored as a pixel-based editing program. Student generated photographs are enhanced using Photoshop.
LightWave II. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 121 or consent of instructor.
This course is an advanced approach to computer animation skills for video production using Light Wave 3D software.
Adobe Illustrator. (3-3-0)
Adobe Illustrator is explored and utilized as the students create 2D projects.
2D Graphics II. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 216, TLCM 218 or consent of instructor.
This course involves advanced techniques and animation in the 2D world using Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop.
Media Utilization. (3-3-0)
Media utilization provides experiences for the student in equipment operation and preparation of graphic media to include transparencies, lettering, PowerPoint presentations, etc. The course is conducted in a laboratory setting where the students prepare numerous media projects and learn to operate equipment.
Advanced Photoshop. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 216 or consent of instructor.
Students will study those features of Photoshop that are most intimidating - channels, masking, and file management.  Careful attention will be given to coping with image problems and restoring old or damaged photographs.
Audio-video Engineering. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: MATH 102, science elective, or consent of instructor.
This course is designed to prepare the student to become familiar with basic audio and video as they relates to television, radio and cablecasting. The student will be able to demonstrate general troubleshooting techniques with radio, television and microwave equipment. This course is not designed to certify a student in engineering.
Color Management Theory. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 216 or consent of instructor.
This course includes the understanding of; color space, color editing mode, file formatting, camera configuration, and the basics of PhotoShop.  Also examined are monitor and printer calibration and organizing and implementing profiles.  The student will understand and incorporate the steps necessary to ensure the correct color consistency from image capture to final output.
Audio Production in Media. (3-3-0)
This course is divided into five major areas: principles, equipment, pre-production, production, and post-production. The student will produce various projects involving audio media.
Concert Promotion and Booking. (3-3-0)
A study of the role of the concert promoter and booking agent.  The course includes information on the organization of concert promotion, booking, and live performance which includes contracts, riders, venues, and audience projections/demographics, budgets, corporate sponsorships, gate receipts, and union affiliations.
The Music Company. (3-3-0)
Advanced level business incubator where students screen and select original songs and artists; produce, manufacture, and market recorded product; produce and exploit music videos; and promote and present a live concert. Special emphasis on all related contracts, cash flow management, and accounting.
Prosthetics Makeup. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 112.
Creation and application of prosthetics as they apply to character development, i.e., enlarge noses, ears, old age, alien, and fantasy design for film, television, and stage.
Injury Makeup. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 112.
Application of injury as it applies to character development, i.e., cuts, scars, tattoos, bruises, etc., for film, television, and stage.
Special Topics II. (3-0-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 215, or consent of instructor.
This course integrates advanced skills of scriptwriting, casting, directing, taping, editing, distributing, and producing in actual telecommunications environment.
Severe Trauma Makeup. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 112.
Application of severe trauma as it applies to character development i.e., bullet holes, deep lacerations, broken limbs for film, television, and stage.
The Business of Makeup. (3-3-0)
Getting started and established in the makeup industry.  This course includes budgeting and quoting for a job; dealing with unions, agents, and agencies; creating a resume and applying for jobs and interviews; establishment of client records; advertising and the process and locations to buy makeup kits. 
Legal Issues in the Music Business. (3-3-0)
A comprehensive overview and analysis of advanced legal issues in the music industry, specifically those relating to the Exclusive Songwriter Agreement, the Single Song Agreement, the Co-publishing Agreement, mechanical and synchronization licenses, blanket performance licenses, the Exclusive Recording Agreement, the production deal, the Independent Producer Agreement, “pitching and shopping” agreements, the Management Agreement, and principles of trademark practice related to band names and merchandising.
Telecommunications Internship. (6-0-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 230.
This on-the-job class is scheduled for the final semester of the telecommunications program to provide training in performance and administration of technical duties. This course is not recommended for those seeking a higher degree.
Modeling in 3D. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 121 and TLCM 217.
Students create objects using metamorphs, spline modeling and primitives. Character animation using bones and inverse kinemactics will be included. This course includes motion capture animation.
Lighting in 3D. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 121 and TLCM 217.
This course teaches the student to coordinate lights and animation to improve scenes and performance in animation, motion of lighting, and projection of lighting in 3D scenes and coordinating stage lighting with animated lighting.
Motion Graphics and Visual Effect. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 121, TLCM 216, and TLCM 218.
Using Adobe After Effects and Premier, the students will combine elements from Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightwave into an animated or still composition that may be rendered to video files.
American Cinema. (3-3-0)
Through American Cinema, students will acquire a working knowledge of American film history from the silent era to the present day, recognize and use the basic technical and critical vocabulary of motion pictures, understand how the technology of the cinema relates to film art, gain a fundamental background in the economic structure of the film industry, question their own role as passive spectators, and increase their ability to watch films actively and critically, and enhance their ability to think, speak, and write critically in an increasingly visual and technological culture.
TV and Film Set Construction. (3-3-0)
A comprehensive course designed to train the student how to construct a movie set for sound stage or backlot. The focus of the course is practical, hands-on experiences to provide the job skills necessary for employment in set construction on a movie project.
Prop Making. (3-3-0)
In television and film there is a growing need for effects and custom artifacts. Working with special effects covers a wide range of realistic and fantasy concepts which may have many specialized attributes, such as movement, scale, and matt or background painted elements. This process demands a number of practical and technical skills such as building props and special effects which augment set design and construction. This class is a hands-on approach.
Presentation Software. (3-3-0)
Students will study theory and apply practical experience in the use of presentation software. This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge necessary to prepare an effective presentation using graphic-presentation software. Emphasis is placed on the aesthetic aspect as well as the operation of software and hardware. PowerPoint, Media Shout, Easy Worship, Lightbox, and Worship Live! software will all be examined in this course.
Electronic News Gathering (ENG). (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 101 or TLCM 170 or consent of instructor.
This course is designed to give the student training in actual news gathering skills and techniques. The student will write, edit and tape video news packages for cablecasting.
Special Effects in Animation. (3-3-0)
This course presents particle systems, plug-ins, and special applications to achieve “Hollywood style” effects in animation.
Animation for the Web. (3-3-0)
This course involves use of current technology to apply animation techniques for the world- wide-web.
Advanced Multi-media Concepts. (3-3-0)
This course is a study in the use of advanced technology, which is changing the approach to multi-media.
Sportscasting. (3-3-0)
This course gives an overview of sportscasting in the radio and television media. It includes techniques, laws and regulations, marketing, play-by-play, producing, directing, and Electronic Newsgathering (ENG).
Newscasting. (3-3-0)
Techniques of writing, reporting, camera work, packaging, and presentation are included in this course. Reading from the teleprompter, editing newscopy, and understanding legal and ethical approaches to the news are explored.
Live Performance for the Media. (3-3-0)
The student polishes techniques and skills at live performance for television and radio. Dramatic techniques for various types of script formats are applied.
Media Portfolio. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 101 or TLCM 170.
This course will provide the student the necessary tools and knowledge to prepare written and video resumes, preparation for job interviews, procedures on how to complete job applications, and personal presentation techniques. A portfolio is designed to show your skills and abilities, as well as document the quality of your training and educational experiences. You will need to establish the quality of your work, level of expertise and credibility. The portfolio contains real examples of the type of work you have done and indicates the type you can do in the future. Each semester, additional samples of the projects that you complete in class will be added to the portfolio.
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.
Wedding Photography. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TCLM 160 or consent of instructor.
This course introduces the student to different approaches of properly photographing the wedding practice, pre-wedding events, and the wedding itself. The student is immersed in both static and dynamic situations in order to prepare them for real-life situations.
Digital Photography. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 160 or consent of instructor.
This course includes theory and practices of camera selection. Projects are assigned in printmaking, composition, use of lighting, use of flash, filter, and methods of transfer of digital images. This course includes historical background, image resolutions, digital imaging, and techniques of the digital darkroom.
The Photographic Artist. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 160, TLCM 163, and TLCM 216 or consent of instructor.
A new revolution of artists are being created - artists who paint with a computer as well as with a brush. Students will explore the possibilities of digital painting using Corel Painter software. Two painting styles will be explored: water color and oils.
Photojournalism. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 160 or consent of instructor.
This course teaches students how to photograph for newspapers and magazines. An in-depth application of photography for the print media will include photo essays.
Color Print and Slide Photography. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 160 or consent of instructor.
This course includes the history of color photography. Students experiment with composition, color films, color slide techniques, and color processing. Coursework includes processing, mounting, and critiquing slide presentations.
Portrait Photography. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 160 or consent of instructor.
This course includes mastery of portrait lighting, posing and camera techniques. The student is required to produce portraits of various subjects using interior and exterior situations.
Sports Photography. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 160 or consent of instructor.
This course includes taking and developing action and posed sports photos from a journalistic point of view. Different cameras, film, and lighting environments are introduced. Black and white and color photography are used.
Special Topics in Photography I. (3-0-0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
The student and instructor select a topic, such as weddings, sports, head shots, portraiture, etc. for in-depth study. The student then creates a paper and/or a creative project for the end of the course.
Radio Practicum I. (3-0-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 101 or TLCM 170 AND permission of Department.
The Radio Practicum provides the student the opportunity to gain skills in the use and care of radio equipment. Some situational exercises may be performed in the college radio station.
Radio Practicum II. (3-0-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 270 AND permission of Department.
This is a course for further individualized study of the radio process.
Advanced Portrait Photography. (3-0-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 160 or consent 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. This study will take the student to the level of becoming a master photographer.
Film Production and Design. (3-0-0)
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.
Documentary Filmmaking. (3-0-0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
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.
Digital Recording and Editing. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 225 and CIS 105.
This course examines the editing and constructing of digital sound samples from live sources using the computer and related software elements of digital recording and editing, and basic elements of MIDI. Emphasis is placed on an overview of digital audio technology, and the conceptual design of analog to digital and digital to analog converters. Current trends in digital audio technology are discussed. Extensive hands-on-experience in a digital audio workstation environment. Laboratory projects are included.
Sound System Design. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 225.
This course is an introduction to the technical processes of sound production. Equipment use and terminology, recording/assembly techniques and digital technology is covered. Approach to system design is logical and time-proven.
Principles of Sound Mixing. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 225 and TLCM 290.
This course develops an understanding of the techniques and technology involved in modern multi-track recording and mixing. Projects will include extensive hands-on experience. Laboratory projects are included. Projects include the use of microphones, recording techniques for music, speech and sound effects, operation of sound mixing consoles, multi-track recording and mixing, use of processors and effects, mixing and mastering.
Multi-track Recording. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 225 and TLCM 290.
This course presents an overview of multi-channel audio technology and the history and development of multi-channel audio systems both for film soundtracks and music production. Current trends in multi-channel digital audio technology are examined.
Studio Production. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 225.
This course includes laboratory experiences and lectures in music recording techniques and business skills designed to develop the abilities needed in becoming an independent producer of contemporary commercial recordings.
Post-Production Techniques for Music. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 225 and TLCM 290.
This course is a study of recording techniques which involve environmental studies of acoustics. Advanced microphone techniques are presented as related to live sound when used in a live recorded situation. The course also provides a follow-up experience of mixing and mastering the live recorded project.
Sound Design for Film and Video. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: TLCM 225.
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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