Courses

COM 119 INTRODUCTION TO FILM

Students are introduced to the aesthetics of narrative and documentary motion pictures through the study of the basic elements of cinema. Topics may include story structure, cinematography, editing, sound, and lighting.

COM 121 INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

This course will include a general survey of Western theatre from Classical Greece to contemporary America. Students will learn the diverse practice of the art of theatre by studying theatre history, dramatic literature, and the practical components of acting, directing, design and production.

COM 151 INTRODUCTION TO MASS MEDIA

An examination of media-related industries (broadcasting, journalism, advertising, public relations and online communications), and the issues related to those industries that affect contemporary public discourse.

COM 202 ACADEMIC WRITING AND INQUIRY

Students expand on the process and techniques begun in Academic Writing. Primary focus is on analytical written communication and on advocacy oral communication.Also included throughout the course is the reading of relevant academic professional writing, which promotes student awareness of the role of written and oral communication in academic and professional life. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

COM 205 COMMUNICATION ARTS I

This course is a study of the theory and associated terminology of visual communication including the application of concepts to film, theatre, and convergent media. Topics include aesthetics, design elements, mimesis, performance, semiotics and introduction to the primary techniques of the various communication arts. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of "C-."

COM 216 DRAMATIC LITERATURE AND SCRIPT ANALYSIS

This course will introduce students to the diverse genre of dramatic literature in Western and Eastern theatre.  We will study the origins of tragedy, comedy, melodrama, the rise of Realism and Anti-Realism, as well as sub-genres within those general categories.  We will also study Eastern traditions of text such as Kabuki, Noh, and Bunraku.  Students will learn how to read a play on a deeper level for content, themes, historical and socio-political influences, as well as the emerging and changing aesthetics of each genre.  Prerequisite: ENG 102.

COM 231 TECHNICAL PRODUCTION I

A study of how things are done behind the scenes in theatre and why they are done that way, including the basic customs and traditions of production work and the philosphy, aesthetics, and process of production. Intensive hands-on development of skills in the construction of sets, costumes, lights, sound, and props. This course, along with Technical Production II will follow the process of theatrical production design and implementation.

COM 235 FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING

An introduction to the principles, processes, and techniques of acting. The study is designed to balance theory and performance

COM 241 MEDIA WRITING

An analysis and practice of the major forms of media writing, including print, broadcast and web-based publication, with an introduction to the ways that production varies the writing of each. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

COM 261 INTRO TO AUDIO COMMUNICATION

This course introduces the basic concepts, functions and technology of audio production as they relate to the elements of narrative and storytelling. Prerequisite COM 119, COM 121, or COM 151

COM 274 PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMUNICATION

A study of the use of communication to establish credibility, trust, and confidence between and among communities, employees, public agencies, civic organizations and business institutions.

COM 284 SOPHOMORE PORTFOLIO

A course in which students familiarize themselves with the requirements for the Communication Arts program and related capstone project, formulate specific goals, and prepare strategies through which those goals can be achieved. Students will develop an awareness of field-specific expectations required of them in professional or graduate-level work, and develop a plan for creating a portfolio that reflects that awareness. A part of the course consists of formally of applying for admission to the Communication Arts program. Prerequisite or corequisite: COM 205 or instructor permission.

COM 298 PRACTICUM:TA FOR COM 231

Entry-level supervised experiences in theatre, organizational communication and journalism/mass media. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

COM 298 PRACTICUM

Entry-level supervised experiences in theatre, organizational communication and journalism/mass media. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

COM 305 COMMUNICATION ARTS II

An exploration of the philosophical and theoretical foundations of human communication, concentrating specifically on textual analysis and interpretation. Using a wide range of media, students will investigate how the particular method of communication informs, alters, and shapes the messages being consumed, and how those messages both constitute and affect self-expressive acts. PREREQUISITES: COM 205 and admission to the Communication Arts Program

COM 306 SCRIPTWRITING

An introduction to the fundamental tools and skills required to craft a script for performance on stage or in film/video. Students are expected to produce playscripts and screenplays of vanrying lengths

COM 310 INTRO TO PERFORMANCE STUDIES

An interdisciplinary course exploring the human desire to perform in both aesthetic and everyday settings. It explores the links between the arts and literature, anthropology, communication, sociology, and philosophy. Critical reading, written analysis, and performance of lit-erary texts are essential elements of the course.

COM 317 STUDIES IN THEATRE AMD PERFORMANCE

An introduction to performance studies research and artistic practice through readings, discussion, and creative work.  Prerequisites: Junior standing and instructor permission.  Repeatable for a maximum of six credits among different topic areas.

COM 324 ADVANCED ACTING

An advanced level course that focuses on specific areas of actor training, including methods of voice and movement training; the requirements and techniques of different styles of acting including classical, Elizabethan, Restoration/18th Century, Commedia, and advanced contemporary acting styles; and advanced textual analysis required of actors by specific theatrical works.  Repeatable for a maximum of six credits among different topic areas.  Prerequisite: COM 235.

COM 327 PERFORMERS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

An in-depth look at the role of performance, predominantly theatre, for social change and community activism. Students learn about the historical movements combining performance and social change, study the theories behind the practice influenced by Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal, and have hands-on opportunities to train their own performance and writing skills in this manner. Prerequisite: instruc-tor permission.

COM 330 TECHNICAL PRODUCTION II

An intermediate to advanced level study of theatrical production techniques.  Instruction is provided in the proper rigging of scenic, lighting, and sound equipment, use of control consoles and software, optics, basic electrical theory, the nature of light, acoustics, theatrical rigging, and scenic production.  Prerequisite: COM 231 or instructor permission.

COM 346 MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATION

An exploration of the theory and application of multimedia communication principles through projects that use common interactive multimedia, animation, non-linear editing, web authoring, and desktop-publishing programs. Prerequisites: COM 219, or instructor permission.

COM 371 SMALL GRP CONFLCT MANAGEMENT

An exploration of various conceptions and types of conflict and the role of argumentation in managing and/or resolving conflict. The study examines problem solving and decision making as common contexts in which argument occurs and conflict arises, and a continuum from formal to informal modes of conflict management/resolution is discussed and practiced by the students. Specific areas covered include formal debate, negotiation, arbitration, and the legal system.

COM 390 MEDIA PRODUCTION: DOCUMENTARY

An introduction to the theory and practice of producing nonfiction works, including conventional documentary forms and autobiographical or experimental works. Topics may include actual story, cinematography, lighting, sound, editing, and production management. Prerequisite: COM 264 with a minimum grade of “C.”

COM 397 ST: HUMAN COMM. STUDIES

Special Topics

COM 398 PRACTICUM: PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

Supervised applications and experiences in communication and theatre. Students assist, analyze, manage, and participate in various aspects of practical situations or job training.Prerequisites: instructor permission and completion of one of the following: COM 241, COM 261, or COM 298.

COM 398 PRACTICUM:KWSB Mgmt

Supervised applications and experiences in communication and theatre. Students assist, analyze, manage, and participate in various aspects of practical situations or job training.Prerequisites: instructor permission and completion of one of the following: COM 241, COM 261, or COM 298.

COM 405 COMMUNICATION ARTS III

A multi-disciplinary and multi-media course offering significant historical, theoretical, and practical content by which to explore and discuss how meaning is conveyed in communication. Special emphasis is given to the nature of oral communication in oral societies and to the nature and function of myth, symbol, sign, and inferential reasoning. Prerequisites: COM 305 or instructor permission.

COM 423 PRESENTATIONAL AESTHETICS

An examination of the theatrical performance convention from the perspective of the adaptor, director, and performer.  This course offers invigorating challenges for the director, dramaturg, actor, and designer who will work collaboratively to explore presentational mode, theatrical convention, and conscious artifice in the performance of dramatic literature, poetry, nonfiction, and prose fiction.  Prerequisites: COM 231, COM 235, COM 310 and a minimum junior standing; or instructor permission.

COM 484 COMMUNICATION ARTS SEMINAR

A capstone course in which students complete their individual Communication Arts portfolios, based upon their cumulative work through the COM program and guided by their specific career or graduate school goals. The seminar provides an opportunity for students to work individually, in small groups, and with the instructor to evaluate the overall effectiveness of their finished portfolios, and revise accordingly, utilizing the critical techniques, cultural awareness, and technical skills students have developed throughout the COM program. Prerequisite: COM 305