COMM 151 Introduction to Design — 4hrs
This course explores, through discussion and application, the elements and principles of design fundamental to all visual arts. A production- oriented class with weekly critiques, this course equips students with foundational knowledge for further study in all visual art and communica- tion courses. Spring. (Same as ART 151)
COMM 172 Introduction to Visual Culture - 4hrs
This course introduces issues and debates about how we shape, and are shaped by, different forms of visual culture such as film and video, television, painting, photography, performance art, the built environment, and information technology. Issues such as the role of visual cultures in (re)producing ideas about race, identity, sexuality and gender will also be explored. Spring. (Same as ENGL 172 & ART 172).
COMM 178 Introduction to Film Art - 4hrs
This course provides an introduction to the study and analysis of film. Students will learn the fundamentals of film form, style, and history. Topics include narrative structure, cinematography, editing, sound, and genre. This course also prepares students for more advanced study in film seminars as well as film and video production. This course meets six hours per week, three of which are devoted to screenings. Fall. (Same as ENGL 178 & ART 178).
COMM 180 Public Communication in the Digital Age- 4hrs
This course explores the rhetorical challenges posed by new digital communication technologies. Students will investigate how these technologies have altered audience expectations for public presentations and learn when and how to use these technologies to enhance their public communication efforts. The course will require students to deliver a substantial number of oral presentations and use digital tools and communication forums to enhance these presentations when appropriate. Every semester.
COMM 181 Introduction to Communication Studies - 4hrs
This course provides a survey of human communication and an introduction to the assumptions and methods of analysis central to communication studies. Topics include the communication theories and models, the social roles that communication plays in interpersonal, group, and organizational settings, methods for analyzing the mass media, and current controversies and debates within the field. Spring.
COMM 211 Introduction to Scriptwriting - 4hrs
This course is primarily a writing workshop in which students are introduced to writing for film, television, and the stage. Emphasis is on creating believable settings, fluid dialog, memorable characters, and strong storylines. Students will produce four-five short scripts (4-8 pages) to be critiqued in class as well as analyze scripts by such writers as Thornton Wilder, Eugene Ionesco, and Quentin Tarantino. For a final project each student must submit 24-28 pages of edited writing. Fall of even years. (Same as ENGL 211 & THEA 211)
COMM 216 Introduction to Professional Writing - 4hrs
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. This course offers students instruction and practice in various forms of practical communication, such as correspondence, reports, and desktop publishing. Students will also learn specific technology and software skills to operate effectively as professional communicators. Spring of even years. (Same as ENGL 216).
COMM 218 Introduction to Photography - 4hrs
This course introduces students to the basic principles of photography including a brief examination of the history of photography from a technical viewpoint and training in the functions and controls of a professional digital SLR camera. Students learn the effects of aperture and shutter speed on depth of field and motion, as well as proper light metering techniques. Composition basics, lighting, and digital darkroom techniques will also be explored. Every semester. (Same as ART 218).
COMM 219 Creative Writing - 4hrs
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. Creative Writing comprises two courses, the Craft of Poetry and the Craft of Fiction, offered alternately in fall, combining seminar and workshop in which students read and formally analyze model work by established and emerging authors and produce creative work, poetry or short fiction, of their own, applying the techniques of the genre. May be taken two times as topic changes. Fall. (Same as ENGL 219).
COMM 221 Introduction to Digital Film Production - 4hrs
Students will learn the basic terminology, methods, and principles of digital film production through classroom lecture and laboratory production work. (Same as ART 221)
COMM 250 Design History - 4 hrs.
An investigation into the design of objects, spaces, and materials, and the forces that shape human-object relations. Students will be introduced to key design theories and movements of 19th-21st century design, and examine case studies stemming from fashion, architecture, decora- tive arts, landscape design, interior design, graphic design, industrial design, and/or product design. Particular emphasis will be given to the interconnections between design and technology. Spring of odd years. (Same as ART 250)
COMM 251 Design Communication - 4hrs
This course investigates the role design plays in human Communication. Students will gain familiarity with the basic concepts and assumptions underlying design practice and learn to see applied arts such as graphic design, industrial design, architecture, and multimedia design function as communicative activities. Special attention will be given to the rhetorical methods associated with identifying design problems and implementing design solutions. Fall. (Same as ART 251).
COMM 262 Shakespeare and Film - 4hrs
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. This course is the meeting ground of the single most influential English author, Shakespeare, and the most distinctive and pervasive modern artistic form, the film. From its beginnings, film recognized Shakespeare as one of its most reliable and popular sources of material, and Shakespeare remains a potent presence in contemporary film. The course investigates this peculiar dedication to Shakespeare by considering both film versions of Shakespeare's plays ("Shakespeare on Film") and the frequent presence of Shakespearean material in films that have only the most tenuous connection to the actual playwright ("Shakespeare in Film"). Spring of odd years. (Same as ENGL 262).
COMM 311S Advanced Scriptwriting - 4hrs
This course continues and intensifies the writing workshop emphasis of COMM/ENGL 211 but with an added emphasis on the critical analysis of exemplary scriptwriting by such writers as Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and David Mamet. Students will also produce four-five (7-12 page) scripts to be critiqued in class, culminating in a final portfolio in which each student will submit 45-60 pages of edited writing, which includes a 24-28 page script suitable for one of the following: a one-act play, a half-hour television program, or a 30 minute short film. Fall of odd years.
(Same as ENGL 311S & THEA 311S)
COMM 312 Literary Journalism - 4hrs
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. A seminar and workshop for writing literary journalism. Students will survey the genre from a historical perspective, analyze contemporary examples that may serve as models, and produce substantial work of their own. Students will gain experience in interviewing and research as well as employing literary techniques such narrative, description, and dialogue. Spring of odd years. (Same as ENGL 312).
COMM 313W Advanced Rhetoric - 4hrs
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. Advanced Rhetoric teaches techniques essential in developing public arguments. The course has a significant historical
element, focusing on how such public arguments have been structured according to available media. At the same time, it emphasizes the historical
volatility of language and the changing conventions of grammar, mechanics, and punctuation. Knowledge of these developments is the basis for practice in professional editing. Students will write in a variety of expository forms, and they will practice editing their own work and that of others. Course work will culminate in a substantial portfolio that demonstrates their competence as writers and editors. Fall of even years. (Same as ENGL 313W).
COMM 314W Advertising and Public Relations - 4hrs
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. This course surveys the related fields of advertising and public relations and examines their role in contemporary society. Topics include history, law, ethics, social dynamics, and economic implications as well as creative and technical elements of the advertising and public relations campaign. The process of advertising and public relations is studied from the perspectives of art, business, and communication. Fall. (Same as ENGL 314W).
COMM 315 The Essay - 4hrs
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. A workshop course for belletristic or personal essay. Includes an overview of the essay genre as well as readings from representative essay literature. Spring of even years. (Same as ENGL 315).
COMM 316 Writing for Convergent Media - 4hrs
Students study basic techniques and formats used in print and broadcast journalism, along with similarities and differences in style among them. Grammar, syntax accuracy, logical construction, and other elements of good writing are emphasized, along with learning to write, under deadline pressure, basic, error-free copy. Additional emphasis on keeping up with current events and trends in the world through improved research skills. Spring of odd years. (Same as ENGL 316).
COMM 321 Advanced Digital Film Production - 4hrs
Prerequisite: COMM/ART 221 or instructor's approval. Students will enhance their understanding of digital film through advanced lectures and laboratory production work. (Same as ART 321).
COMM 325 Documentary Film - 4hrs
Students will learn the basic terminology, methods, and principles of documentary film studies and production through classroom lecture, workshops, and field production work. Course work will focus on the analysis and production of documentary film as an aesthetic form and a social document, with an emphasis on the social documentary. This course meets six hours per week, three of which are devoted to screenings. (Same as ART 325)
COMM 351 Web Design - 4hrs
Prerequisite: COMM/ART 251. This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts, issues, and concerns associated with web site design. Course readings and exercises encourage students to explore the aesthetic and historical/cultural dimensions of design and then use this knowledge as they plan, propose, implement, and rationalize their own web site designs. (Same as ART 351).
COMM 368 Film History - 4hrs
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. A chronological survey of the cinema from its beginnings in the 1890s to the development of classical Hollywood cinema to 1939. Special attention is paid to major directors (Griffith, Eisenstein, Renoir), influential national cinemas (American, Russian, French, and German), and to dominant styles and genres (silent comedy, expressionism, Hollywood gangster, and Western films). This course meets six hours per week, three of which are devoted to screenings. Fall of even years. (Same as ENGL 368).
COMM 373S Theory and Criticism of Film - 4hrs
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. This course is concerned primarily with the aesthetics of film and the ways in which these theories are applied to practical criticism. Among those approaches to be studied will be feminist, semiotic, and historical methods of analysis. This course meets six hours per week, three of which are devoted to screenings. Fall of odd years. (Same as ENGL 373S).
COMM 382 Radio Broadcasting - 4hrs
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. This course is a workshop in radio history, production, and station management. The class works in close association with the student-operated KSCL radio station, creating projects for possible broadcast. Students will read media texts, interact with local radio professionals, write scripts, and design programming. Spring of odd years. (Same as ENGL 382).
COMM 383 Digital Rhetoric and Cultures - 4hrs
Prerequisites: ENGL 101. This course explores the intersections of contemporary critical theory, new digital technologies, and literature. By examining computer-mediated cultures and major topics through these lenses, students develop sophisticated, scholarly and critical analyses of this rapidly-developing world. Spring of odd years. (Same as ENGL 383).
COMM 399 Seminar in Film and Television Studies- 4hrs
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. An analysis of cinema or television as an aesthetic form and a social document, usually with an emphasis on American and European film or television. Recent topics have included: "Masculinity and Femininity in Film," "Film and Literature" and "Television Studies." May be elected for up to six hours credit as topic changes. This course meets six hours per week, three of which are devoted to screenings. (Same as ENGL 399 and ART 399).
COMM 400 Internship in Communication - 1-4hrs
Prerequisite: Permission of the Biedenharn Chair in Communication. Supervised internship with an approved company or organization in any of the professional areas covered by the Communication major, such as video/film/television production, advertising, public relations, news or feature writing, new media design, graphic design, or marketing. Students will be required to submit a term report or project at the end of the internship to the Biedenharn Chair in Communication. May be elected for up to eight hours credit. Every semester.
COMM 451 Topics in Multimedia Design - 4hrs
Prerequisite: COMM/ART 251 This course will address a particular multimedia design issue or problem, guiding students in the planning and implementation of appropriate design solutions; topics will vary. May be elected for up to six hours credit as topic changes. (Same as ART 451).
COMM 473 Senior Seminar - 4hrs
Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of the instructor. Co-requisite: CA 250. This course guides senior communication students in the design and preparation of a portfolio promoting their professional identities and work. This course satisfies the Career component of Trek. Every fall.
COMM 491-6 Independent Study - 1 to 6hrs
Prerequisite: Permission of the Biedenharn Chair in Communication and the student's communication advisor. Guided study in a particular area of communication directed toward the completion of substantial project appropriate for the student's concentration. The course is restricted to students seeking honors in communication. This course can be repeated for up to six hours of credit. On demand.