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Top NMC 100 NEW MEDIA AND CULTURE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Provides students with the basic critical skills to analyze the cultural, social, and political impact of new media technologies, new media texts, and new media institutions. Students will be exposed to a variety of social scientific and humanistic conceptual approaches to analyzing new media and culture. Special emphasis will be placed on historical analyses of how new media have shaped culture, as well as how culture has shaped new media. (Bacc Core Course)

Top NMC 101 INTRODUCTION TO NEW MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles of new media communications. Perspectives on the communications media. How the communications media operate and how they interact with society.

Top NMC 141 APPLIED MEDIA AESTHETICS (4) 
Principles of visual composition, sequential imagery, interactive design, narrative structure, and cinematic language as they relate to digital communication arts and visualization. Provides core competencies in introductory digital communication arts tools. Lec/studio. PREREQS: NMC 101 [C-]

Top NMC 183 INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA PRODUCTION (3) 
Provides core competency in media production: an introduction to audio and video production, and the elements of the media production and post-production processes.

Top NMC 199 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top NMC 240 SURVEY OF SOCIAL MEDIA (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Social media are curiously positioned as being both emergent media and convergent media--they function because of the coalescence of existing media forms and the creation of new ones. This class will use multiple perspectives to explore the past, present, and future of social media. PREREQS: NMC 101 [C-]

Top NMC 255 INTRODUCTION TO SOUND DESIGN (3) 
The principals and practices of sound design for motion pictures, television and radio. Through reading, viewing, listening and discussion, students will learn the art and science of sound design. Topics include the soundtrack and film narrative--basic terms and concepts; narrative, psychological and emotive functions of sound design; components of the soundtrack--dialogue, music and sound effects; sound design process--recording, editing, mixing and exhibition.

Top NMC 260 NEW MEDIA FUTURES (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Historical context and current perspectives on the various aspects of new multimedia communications, including linear and nonlinear or time-based and interactive media. Primary topics include digital cinema (compositing and nonlinear access), visual music, information visualization, interactive narrative, and virtual space. PREREQS: NMC 101 [C-]

Top NMC 279 MEDIA LITERACY (3) 
From the days of cave paintings to our current digital world, we have told stories and created mythologies that guided our collective, daily actions. Using a critical approach, we will analyze various different media to shed light on the underlying structure that shapes our understandings of gender, ethnicity, the self, and our everyday practices as citizens and media consumers.

Top NMC 299 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top NMC 301 WRITING FOR THE MEDIA PROFESSIONAL (3)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Fundamentals of gathering information, evaluating information, writing information of the media and editing media content in written form. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: NMC 101

Top NMC 302 REPORTING (3) 
An introduction to the practices, procedures, techniques, and organizational structures of basic news gathering and writing. PREREQS: WR 201

Top NMC 305 COPYEDITING (3) 
Copyreading, headline writing, newspaper layout and design.

Top NMC 320 HISTORY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS (3) 
A historical overview of the telecommunications industry. The goal is to understand how the industry got where it is today and, by analyzing principles, events, and trends, suggest what directions it may take in the future. The emphasis is on constructing a causal chronology, interrelating developments in technology, organization, and structure of the industry. This course will focus on the technological developments in the industry. PREREQS: NMC 101 [C-] and NMC 260 [C-] and WR II completed with a passing grade.

Top NMC 321 HISTORY OF BROADCASTING (3) 
The technological, economic and corporate, legal and political, artistic, and social developments that shaped American broadcasting in the 20th century are examined. Implications for the future of broadcasting are addressed as well. PREREQS: NMC 260 [C-] and WR II completed with a passing grade.

Top NMC 322 LANDMARKS IN MEDIA CONTENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduces students to media content that represents advances in the art and science of creative use of media technology. Some of these advances were recognized immediately, some only after time had passed. PREREQS: NMC 101 [C-] and NMC 260 [C-] and WR II completed with a passing grade.

Top NMC 330 THE MEANING OF VIDEO GAMES (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Examines approaches to understanding the experience of playing video games, including the role of storytelling in diverse games, the relationship between the player and the game, the game as art, and intersections between games and real life. PREREQS: NMC 301 [C-] and NMC 101

Top NMC 340 SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Designing systems of interaction is important for understanding how people come to be a part of social networks. Students will participate in a series of simulation games that will explore the dimensions of the interaction between publics and social networks, culminating in an original research project. PREREQS: NMC 240 [C-] and NMC 260 [C-] and completion of NMC 301 recommended.

Top NMC 349 VIDEO ART (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Studio course in video art and time-based media projects. Emphasis on experimental approaches to video art in a contemporary art context, linear and non-linear video production and the projection and screening of video art projects. Introduction to the history of video art as an art form. Lec/studio. CROSSLISTED as ART 349. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: ART 122 [C-] and ART 263 [C-]

Top NMC 351 NEW MEDIA VISUALIZATION (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles of visual composition, sequential imagery, interactive design, narrative structure, and cinematic language as they relate to new media communications. PREREQS: NMC 101

Top NMC 355 APPLIED SOUND DESIGN (3)  Offered in current or future terms
In this hands-on course, students will apply their conceptual knowledge of sound design principles to create soundtracks for radio, TV and film projects. Students will learn how to record, edit, and mix dialogue, sound effects and music using the industry standard software, Pro Tools. Class projects will include producing a radio spot, TV commercial, short film scene and movie trailer. This course will prepare students to take the Avid Pro Tools certification exam. PREREQS: NMC 255 [C-] and NMC 101

Top NMC 380 PRE-PRODUCTION (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Focuses on pre-production or the planning phase of multimedia production, which includes concept development, scriptwriting, storyboarding, budgeting, and talent/location scouting. Class projects emphasize brainstorming, story concept/structure, conceptual art, storyboards, animatics, and interactive design. Class examines narrative structure and the languages of graphic design, cinema, and interactive story. Lec/studio. PREREQS: NMC 101

Top NMC 382 STUDIO AND MULTICAMERA PRODUCTION (4) 
Proficiency in organizing, producing, directing, and evaluating television programs using multicamera studio techniques, including graphics, set design, audio for television and digital video production, and lighting. Emphasis on bringing ideas from conception to realization in a studio setting. Lec/lab. PREREQS: NMC 101

Top NMC 383 FIELD PRODUCTION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Development of the technical abilities and conceptual approaches to audio, film, video and multimedia production. Emphasis on single-camera production techniques and concepts. Students will begin the study of post-production process. Students will also begin to study lighting and audio as they relate to single-camera field production. PREREQS: NMC 380 [C-] and NMC 351

Top NMC 385 2D MOTION DESIGN (4) 
Theoretical and practical investigation of 2D animation related to contemporary visualization and digital storytelling practices. Principles of motion design, visual development, animation timing, narrative, motion infographics, kinetic typography and compositing. PREREQS: ART 121 [C-] and NMC 260 [C-]

Top NMC 388 SOCIAL MEDIA AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS (3) 
Examines how individuals build and maintain close relationships through new media and social networks. Currently, scholars are seeing a shift in how individuals self-report building close relationships, as people use elements of new media more and more frequently. This course is designed to look into the similarities and differences of these relationships as compared to face-to-face relationships. CROSSLISTED as COMM 388.

Top NMC 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top NMC 401 RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top NMC 402 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top NMC 403 THESIS/DISSERTATION (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top NMC 404 WRITING AND CONFERENCE (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top NMC 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top NMC 406 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top NMC 407 SEMINAR (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top NMC 408 WORKSHOP (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top NMC 409 PRACTICUM (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top NMC 410 INTERNSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Students must have completed 15 credits with the NMC prefix to be eligible for an NMC internship. Departmental approval required.

Top NMC 418 VIRAL CONTENT (3) 
Online media is often filled with memes, likes, shares, tweets and even hilarious cat videos. Companies like Buzzfeed exist to create, maintain and drive traffic to content. In 2015, collectively the top 10 YouTube content creators made 70.5 million dollars. So, what’s the secret to going viral? This class is designed to look at this question by examining the culture of viral content, the social and psychological influences that shape online behavior and the business of creating and spreading viral content. Throughout the term, students will apply these principle concepts in an attempt to make their own viral content.

Top NMC 419 REEFER MADNESS IN THE MEDIA (3) 
Critically examines the history of hemp and marijuana prohibition, issues of propaganda and the media's role during the transition between prohibition and the current state of reform. The purpose of this course is to better understand the role media plays in shaping our political, cultural and personal experiences. For students, this knowledge is invaluable for analysis, evaluation and critical thinking skills. The framework of this class is based on four modules: "History of Marijuana Prohibition", "Marijuana, Media and Culture", "Medicinal Marijuana Movement" and "Legalizing Marijuana Campaigns".

Top NMC 421 DIFFUSION OF INNOVATIONS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to old and emerging theories that explain the spread of innovative ideas and technologies among members of a society, emphasizing the role of communication processes and the special problems for diffusion in communication technology. PREREQS: NMC 301 [C-] and NMC 101

Top NMC 427 DIGITAL PORNOGRAPHY (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Exploration of the prominent role pornography plays in digital communication innovation globally including the examination of social consequences; diffusion of technology, business models and economic impact; legal, ethical, and moral issues; and community health and well-being. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Junior or senior standing. This requirement is to ensure all students are over the age of 18 and are able to synthesize complex social and technological concepts and trends appropriate for an STS course.

Top NMC 430 MEDIA THEORY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Specifies the concepts, hypotheses, and theoretical paradigms that have characterized the study of media since the early 20th century. The evolution of theory as new media has changed the media economy is emphasized, as well as the need for new concepts to describe phenomena unique to the Internet era (concepts such as PREREQS: NMC 301 [C-] and NMC 101

Top NMC 433 NEW MEDIA STORY TELLING (3) 
Students will study and develop storytelling methods using new media communications technology. Storytelling will focus on telling stories using non-linear, interactive, multidimensional, multi-sensory, multimedia techniques. PREREQS: NMC 101

Top NMC 435 MEDIA EFFECTS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Reviews the potential for media technology and media content to influence the beliefs and behaviors of individuals. The media's ability to bring about specific changes in people's attitudes, values, political agendas, purchasing habits, and jury decisions are discussed. The impact of new media's interactive technology and content on people's beliefs and behaviors is emphasized. PREREQS: NMC 301 [C-]

Top NMC 437 NEW MEDIA AND SOCIETY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Traces the impact of new media--from the telegraph to the Internet--on American society. Emphasizes the way that existing social institutions (e.g., schools and churches) and opinion leaders (e.g., presidents and scholars) greeted the arrival of new media with an increasingly predictable mixture of fear and euphoria. Social changes such as the westward expansion of the U.S. in the 19th century, the arrival of immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the rise of youth culture in the mid-20th century are discussed in terms of their connection to developments in the technology and structure of media. The integration of Internet-based services into contemporary American society is the focus of one-half of the course. PREREQS: NMC 301 [C-] and NMC 101

Top NMC 440 MEDIA MANAGEMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles of management and their application to new media. The practice of new media management including personnel, programming, sales and promotions. Students will gain an understanding of the business side of the media industries. Students will also develop the analytical methods and problem solving techniques used in the management decision-making process as they relate to the mass media. Students will study the media of radio, broadcast television, cable television, DBS, MMDS, SMATV, satellite, telephony, Internet, film, the recording industry, advertising and public relations, as well as emerging media businesses. PREREQS: NMC 301 [C-]

Top NMC 441 MEDIA ENTREPRENEURSHIP (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Studies the entrepreneurial process as it relates uniquely to the arts and sciences of new media. Students will study the basic entrepreneurial processes of law, finance, accounting, organizational structure, budgeting, business plans, market analyses, taxes, licensing, and insurance as they relate to new media enterprises. Students will also study the sales/revenue generation side of new media ventures. PREREQS: NMC 301 [C-]

Top NMC 470 MEDIA LAW (3) 
The relevant laws and regulations that govern the mass media; the participants in the law making process; the analytical methods and problem solving techniques used in the law making process; the laws and policies affecting journalists. Issues such as libel, privacy, obscenity, indecency, fair trail/free press and copyright are covered. PREREQS: NMC 301 [C-]

Top NMC 471 TELECOMMUNICATIONS POLICY (3) 
Covers past and present telecommunications policy. Examines the agencies that govern the telecommunications industry, including the Federal Communications Commission. Studies the differences and similarities between the regulations associated with public and private telecommunications systems and services. Students will gain knowledge of telecommunications industry ownership regulations, including antitrust regulation of the telecommunications industry. PREREQS: NMC 301 [C-]

Top NMC 481 POST PRODUCTION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Advanced film and video production with emphasis on techniques, equipment, and theories involved in editing film and video. Emphasis on the use of computer-based nonlinear editing systems. Students will also study the use of special effects in visual production. PREREQS: NMC 383 [C-] and NMC 101 and NMC 351 and NMC 380

Top NMC 482 DOCUMENTARY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Theory and production of the documentary genre. The class covers all stages of producing a documentary film from the idea through development, marketing, planning, shooting, editing, and post-production. Lec/lab. PREREQS: NMC 383 [C-] and NMC 351 and NMC 380

Top NMC 483 NEW MEDIA 3-D (4) 
Hands-on introduction to the world of 3-D computer modeling and animation, including investigations of light, texture, form, spatial design and motion. Course includes discussions of professional and artistic practice and critique of student and professional work. Lec/lab.

Top NMC 484 NEW MEDIA ANIMATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An in-depth theoretical and hands-on investigation of advanced animation tools and techniques used for educational, scientific, entertainment, and expressive communication projects. Tools and techniques covered include motion capture (full body, face, hand), automated lip-sync dialogue processing, dynamic simulation, particle motion, and other simulation or performance-based animation approaches. Students will work individually and in teams to explore the communicative and creative possibilities of the described technologies. PREREQS: NMC 101

Top NMC 487 VIRTUAL MEDIA (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Explores the topics of interactivity in virtual space from conceptual, historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives. The course will compare and contrast real world physical space with virtual space in an attempt to create a virtual world designed with an audience in mind. Color, light, form, motion, and sound will all be examined and applied throughout this course. Lec/lab. PREREQS: NMC 101 [C] and NMC 483* [C]

Top NMC 490 MEDIA ETHICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Exploration of the ethical issues surrounding new media communications. Topics include professionalism in journalism, new media visual production, new media management, advertising, film, and public relations. Topics also include new media's relationship with society, violence in the media, and sex in the media. PREREQS: NMC 301 [C-] and NMC 101

Top NMC 498 ADVANCED COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE (3-4)  Offered in current or future terms
Senior-level course designed to integrate the skills and knowledge obtained through NMC course work into a group research, group project, and/or group production that will be useful to students for their professional portfolio or serve as the basis for academic publication. Topic changes per term. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits. PREREQS: NMC 101 [C-] and NMC 301 [C-] and senior standing and departmental approval prior to term course offered. Taken within last three senior terms.

Top NMC 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.



 
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