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Communications and Media Minor
A new minor in Communications and Media is being offered this year. Stuart Tanner, a highly experienced senior television producer/director of prime-time programs who has won awards for his films for the BBC, will teach two courses on documentary filmmaking and a course on the role of narrative in creating all forms of media. The courses to be offered are:
CMM 300 Narrative: The role of narrative in unifying and unfolding the full range of human experience
This course will examine the essential role of narrative in the creation of all forms of media. From the very beginnings of human records, whether it is mythology, scripture, literature or the earliest cave paintings, the creators of these works have always told their audience a story or imparted a message by the use of narrative. In order to work in any creative medium understanding the various ways in which narrative is used is a great advantage. This course will examine the range of narrative forms and narrative devices which have been used since the dawn of time right up until the modern day. We will discover that although the forms and types of medium used might have changed as technology has advanced, in fact, most of the essential forms of narrative used in creative works have been with us for aeons. Understanding why this will reveal how narrative reflects both the universal and unique aspects of the experience of human life. As part of the course students will be required to undertake projects which aid the development of their own narrative skills.
CMM 311 Documentary Film: The means to explore human life in all its diversity and underlying unity
Documentary films have their basis in the real world. They are not works of fiction. They are made for a variety of purposes but fundamentally they explore the entire range of human experience. They can take the form of highlighting an issue of importance to the public, observing human behaviour in a way which might engage and educate an audience, or perhaps be an expression of a subject which is light-hearted and entertaining. Documentaries cover all subjects anywhere in the world. They also provide their makers with the opportunity to convey to a wide audience stories which might have otherwise remained hidden, deliberately concealed or simply unknown about. Documentaries can have quite an impact socially, emotionally and even politically. Though generally seen as the less glamorous cousin to feature films they can often be more powerful and influential in world affairs precisely because they show us what is really going on. This course will examine the role of documentary film making and all the various forms of the documentary. It will be a fascinating journey which will take us all over the globe and throughout history dealing with a wide range of issues both past and present. For anyone interested in becoming a documentary film maker this is the essential guide.
CMM 312 Documentary Film Making II
This course is the compliment to documentary film making, part one. In this course we will examine how to make a documentary. It is therefore very practical in its focus. The first requirement to any documentary is knowing what the story is and what kind of story makes a good documentary. Having chosen a story there is then the realisation of it. This course will teach students the process of securing a commission from a TV Channel or potential funder. We will learn what is required to make the all important pitch. From here we will then choose some stories and make short documentaries about them.
CMM 321: Television Production I
This course will examine television in all its forms. Television has many aspects to it; there is news, documentaries, drama, soaps, reality shows, music channels and the new forms of broadcast which are emerging over the internet. This course will be a truly entertaining and fascinating journey as we unravel the secrets and methods of each form of television making. We will also examine the various legal and ethical issues which arise in television production. As part of the course students will have the opportunity to produce television content across a range of genres.
CMM 322: Television Production II
This course will focus on explaining the various positions and responsibilities within the television industry. There are many key roles such as researcher, director, producer, editor, production manager and executive producer. This course will give the student an understanding of what these various roles entail. Being a researcher in television for instance is different to doing research in most other fields. It is not just about gathering information but also about establishing key relationships with potential contributors and understanding what will work within an essentially visual medium. With each of these key roles we will first understand them and then gain some practice at performing them. This will be done t
CMM 325 Feature Films: the creative expression of everything that can be imagined and experienced in life
A critical appreciation of one of the great cultural products of America. A special course for those interested in feature films. This course will combine an exploration of the history of feature films along with developing an understanding of how they are made. By the end of the course students will be able to write well informed critiques of feature films.
CMM 330: Radio
For creative people, the enduring appeal of radio lies in its versatility. This is a practical course in which students produce a wide range of radio content. We will create mini-documentaries and commercials, from original concept to final mix; develop on- air skills such as presenting, reporting, and interviewing; learn how to construct and broadcast a news bulletin; and develop essential audio editing skills.
CMM 381: Media Projects
This is a final year course where individuals who are undertaking a Major in Media and Communications come together to envisage and then realise a set of core projects across a range of media. These projects are formulated amongst the student group with the aid of faculty members. The first stage of the course will be the generation of the project ideas which can include ideas which utilise a range of media or be focused on one. The central goal of the course is for students to apply everything they have learnt on the Major in these projects. It is a co-operative venture so students will be involved in a variety of projects playing different roles on each one. You may be a director on a documentary, an actor in a drama feature or a producer on a web based animation series. There is a wide range of possibilities. You imagine it and we will make it happen as a team. The idea is to produce great projects which get noticed.
CMM 340: Exploring the Creative Arts in the Light of Consciousness: Celebrating Creative Intelligence
Students will gain an inside look into the creative process from well-known, critically acclaimed professionals in the arts. Through small workshops, seminars and discussions, students will interact with these leaders in screen and television acting, writing, directing and producing; and other areas of the creative arts. The course may include travel to locations where students enjoy music and theater performances, sites of natural beauty, and/or private tours of movie studios and world-class art galleries. The first part of the course will lay the foundation for understanding creativity and the arts in the light of Maharishi Vedic Science. Students will keep a journal and give a performance or presentation at the end of the course based on what they have learned and experienced. Field trip fee for all trip expenses. (variable units)
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