Communication, Theatre and Art Course Descriptions

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CTA 1014 - Writing for Mass Media - 4 cr.
To introduce students to the fundamentals of media writing, as well as to increase students’ knowledge of local, national, and international current events. The emphasis of this course is placed upon writing in a variety of formats under deadline. Specific attention is focused on print news reports, feature stories, media reviews, radio newscasts, press releases, advertising copy, and lateral reporting for the Web.

CTA 1100 - Public Speaking - 2 cr.
Clarification of purpose, audience analysis, choice of supporting material, organization and delivery behaviors. Extemporaneous classroom speeches to inform and persuade.

CTA 1101 - Interpersonal Communication ( Foundations: VFIC - Interpersonal Comm ) - 2 cr.
Text, lecture, discussion and laboratory exercises emphasizing relationships, the self, perception, verbal communication, assertiveness and listening skills, nonverbal communication and conflict management.

CTA 1102 - Human Communication - 4 cr.
Combines the areas of interpersonal communication and public speaking. Text lecture, discussion and laboratory exercises teach and reinforce effective interpersonal communication. Using interpersonal skills as a base, students will be introduced to more formal styles of presenting themselves and their ideas to larger public groups. Emphasis will be placed on clarifying purpose, audience analysis, and choice of supporting material, organization and delivery behaviors. Rhetorical skills will be developed through extemporaneous classroom experiences designed to inform or persuade.

CTA 1107 - Photography I ( VIII: Fine Arts ) - 4 cr.
Introduction to black and white photography: basic camera operation, film and print development, exposure and photo history and aesthetics. Students will also learn about photojournalism and digital photography. A 35 mm manual camera is required. Film and paper must be purchased by the student.

Crosslist Course: ART 1107

CTA 1114 - Media Literacy - 4 cr.
Analyzes the relationship between media and society through the interaction of technology, business, audiences, culture and government. Through lecture, discussion, field trips and other in-class activities, the course reviews the history and theories of mass communication as they relate to specific media.

CTA 1150 - Introduction to Theatre ( VIII: Fine Arts ) - 4 cr.
Designed for the student who has a beginning interest but no formal background in theatre. The course is divided into two parts: a focus on the appreciation of live productions, followed by a basic history of the "lively art" form.

CTA 1777 - Topics in Communication - 1-4 cr.

CTA 1999 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.
Independent Study.

CTA 2014 - History of the Press - 4 cr.
Analysis of the press from a historical perspective that fosters and understanding of a contemporary institution by knowledge of its origins, ethical foundations, development, and interaction with the wider culture in which it exists.

Prerequisite Course: CTA 1114

CTA 2100 - Theatre Practicum ( VIII: Fine Arts ) - 0-4 cr.
Offers 0 to 4 credits for performance in or work on a play. Students must be cast in a play or obtain the permission of the director or technical director to enroll for the course. One credit requires 30 hours of work on the production.

CTA 2150 - Acting for the Stage ( VIII: Fine Arts ) - 4 cr.
Acting actually has very little to do with "acting." Modern approaches to acting are based on an individual's responding realistically to imaginary situations. Much of this beginning course will focus on relaxation and concentration exercises as well on as exercises which tap the imagination and help to release the emotional reactions appropriate for a scene. Students will perform monologues and scenes as well as improvisations.

CTA 2201 - The Film as Art ( VIII: Fine Arts ) - 4 cr.
Traces the evolution of nonfiction (documentary) and fiction film forms from 1895 to the present; summarizes research describing persuasive effects by means of lectures, screenings, assigned readings and oral presentations.

Crosslist Course: ART 2201

CTA 2205 - Performing Culture ( I: Cultural Diversity, IV: Literature ) - 4 cr.
Focuses on vocal and physical expressiveness as students interpret culturally specific literature. Solo and group performances, including storytelling, fiction, poetry and theatre.

CTA 2207 - Photography II - 4 cr.
Exploration of the zone system for 35mm and various black and white print and film processes including infrared and kodalith stocks, print toning and other special effects. Students will also work with studio lighting, view cameras and become familiar with both fine art and commercial studio photography aesthetics and practices. Prerequisite: CTA 1107.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 1107, CTA 1107

CTA 2214 - Newswriting - 4 cr.
Students will learn investigative reporting techniques, news judgment and news gathering skills for feature writing in print media. The course includes researching stories, interviewing, developing multi-source stories and making editorial decisions. It emphasizes writing excellence through weekly critiques of student work. Prerequisite: CTA 1014 or consent of instructor.

CTA 2220 - Film Genres: ( VIII: Fine Arts ) - 2 cr.
A genre is a category. To define a genre is to identify a constellation of elements that when brought together in a certain way create a unique entity. This course will examine a specific film genre to identify its organizing principle.

CTA 2240 - Intercultural Communication ( I: Cultural Diversity ) - 4 cr.
Employs lectures, documentaries, assigned readings, role playing and research to understand the cultural forces that determine communication behaviors. The course prepares the student to enter another specific culture and communicate more effectively.

CTA 2250 - Introduction to Stagecraft ( VIII: Fine Arts ) - 4 cr.
Designed to introduce modern set-building used in theatre technology. Students develop knowledge of sound and lighting equipment properties, power tools, drafting skills, production budgets and material used to produce a realized production.

CTA 2301 - World Cinema ( I: Cultural Diversity, VIII: Fine Arts ) - 4 cr.
World Cinema examines a wide variety of artistically acclaimed non-Hollywood films from around the world both through stylistic and cultural analysis. We will engage films in this course by situating them within particular artistic film movements and unique socio-historical contexts. We will examine the collaboration and collisions of art and politics through both classic and contemporary films. Movies will be screened in their native languages with English subtitles. Films will be viewed through the critical lens provided by interactive lecture/discussions, screenings, written work, and assigned readings.

Crosslist Course: ART 2301

CTA 2307 - Digital Photography - 4 cr.
Introductory course to digital image making. Students work with digital SLR cameras and the latest photographic software to produce an entirely digital portfolio. Composition and visual aesthetics are emphasized. Digital SLR cameras are provided by the school.

Crosslist Course: ART 2307

CTA 2514 - Digital Media Studio - 4 cr.
An introduction to the basic concepts of postmodern media production and networking with an emphasis on creative digital media. The course provides an examination of past, present, and future trends in media production and the development of a postmodern digital media workflow. The latest trends and debates in the field of digital media are explored, including social networking and the latest methods of generating, editing, and syndicating various digital media (text, audio, video, and photo). Other topics include digital radio, iPods and podcasting, the growth of Google and YouTube, social network syndication, cable and Internet advertising. Students develop a working knowledge of practical principles that will be useful for a career in the electronic media, with an emphasis on creating new digital media content in a studio lab environment. Prerequisite: CTA 1014 or consent of instructor.

Prerequisite Course: CTA 1014

CTA 2525 - The Media, Race & Gender - 4 cr.
This course introduces students to mass-mediated representations of race, class, gender, and sexuality. We survey historically and/or culturally significant artifacts in this course in order to interpret evolving representations.

CTA 2777 - Topics in Communication - 0-4 cr.
Special topics will be addressed as student interest and faculty expertise warrant.

CTA 2850 - Media Theory and Research - 4 cr.
This course introduces students to media theory and research. The course engages students in the processes of thinking theoretically and researching effectively. The course introduces research tools associated with both the humanities and social sciences.

Prerequisite Course: CTA 1114

CTA 3000 - Beauty & Death: Sublime Aesthetics - 4 cr.
Beauty & Death surveys different aesthetic theories of the sublime throughout the history of philosophy. Sublime experiences, whether found in nature or art are traditionally considered the most intense of all possible aesthetic feelings. Whereas beauty promotes notions of formal unity harmonizing within limits, the sublime contemplates chaos, death, and feelings that overwhelm the human imagination. The resulting affect has been at times called a feeling of 'negative pleasure' where feelings of beauty and horror become inextricably entangled. As an aesthetic concept the sublime has changed drastically in meaning from classical Greek thought to Enlightenment philosophy and its contemporary rebirth in postmodern aesthetics. However, what all these theories have in common is a focused attention placed on the problem of contemplating the unknown. Thus, in relation to art, nature, and perception the primary aesthetic question of the sublime is deeply involved with dilemma of how to 'present the unpresentable.' Readings of primary texts will be supplemented by illustrative paintings, music, poetry, fiction, secondary literature, and weekly screenings of films that both correspond and clarify each week's readings.

Crosslist Courses: ART 3000, PHL 3000

CTA 3041 - Publication Design - 4 cr.
Principles of design for print materials include the use of space in layout, type selection, copy fitting and familiarity with printing processes. Use of the computer and desktop publishing, as tools in the design process, will be investigated. Prerequisite: CTA/CIS/ART 2041.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 2041, CIS 2041, CTA 2041

Crosslist Courses: ART 3041, CIS 3041

CTA 3141 - Online Journalism - 4 cr.
Based on the principles and practices of news for the Web, this course provides an overview of online journalism and its technical foundations, examines the techniques of online journalism, considers issues that online journalists face.

Prerequisite Course: CTA 2214

CTA 3241 - Graphic Design - 4 cr.
In this course students will apply the fundamentals covered in CTA 2041. Students will learn to apply these through exploration of typography, photography and illustration in graphic design from inception through to pre-press. A strong emphasis is placed on layout, hierarchy, advertising design, branding and integration of concepts with visual elements. Students will learn the process and development of visual identity systems as defined by the standards and procedures of the graphic design industry. Prerequisite: CTA/CIS/ART 2041.

Crosslist Courses: ART 3241, CIS 3241

CTA 3301 - Film Topics ( VIII: Fine Arts, WI: Writing Intensive ) - 4 cr.
Film Topics engages a changing variety of advanced issues of cinematic representation and genre discussion in Film Studies at an Upper Division level with a Writing Intensive focus. Topics change annually, but course requirements remain the same. Readings are advanced and students write about films, meetings, proposals, draft revisions and an in-class writing workshop. The goal is to engage advanced topics in Film Studies through writings and discussions linking film form and content. The ethics of representation is a key focus of discussion along with formal analysis of ‘how’ identities are aesthetically represented.

Crosslist Course: ART 3301

CTA 3307 - Photojournalism - 4 cr.
This course emphasizes the principles and practices of photography for newspaper and magazine publication. Composition, newsworthiness, impact, as well as camera handling, exposure, lighting, darkroom techniques and digital photography will be covered.

Prerequisite Course: CTA 2214

CTA 3327 - Color & Landscape Photography - 4 cr.
Color photographic aesthetics and theory are studied; these principles are then applied to the practice and technique of landscape photography. Digital SLR cameras are required and are provided by the school.

Crosslist Course: ART 3327

CTA 3330 - Theatre: Greek - Elizabethan ( IV: Literature, VIII: Fine Arts ) - 4 cr.
Surveys major historical developments in theatre from the birth of theatre performance in ancient Greece, through Roman theatre to medieval liturgical drama. The course concludes with Elizabethan theatre and includes study of technical developments as well as historical contexts. Classes focus on production as well as the literary interpretation.

Crosslist Course: ENG 3330

CTA 3331 - Theatre: Restoration-20th Cent ( IV: Literature, VIII: Fine Arts ) - 4 cr.
Survey of major historical developments in theatre from the Restoration through the 20th century. The readings focus on the change in realism with the influence of psychoanalysis, absurdism, surrealism and ethnic theatre. Literary and historical components of the plays are addressed. Classes focus on production as well as the literary perspective.

Crosslist Course: ENG 3331

CTA 3341 - Media Production - 4 cr.
Research, writing and production of video and audio news stories, mini-documentaries, commercials and features. Lab assignments include location recording of actual events and studio production experiences for both video and audio. An introduction to video and audio editing. Prerequisite: CTA 2514 or consent of instructor.

CTA 3445 - Argumentation ( V: Analytical Reasoning ) ( Integrations: VIOP - Open ) - 4 cr.
Examines the elements of persuasive speaking and argumentation. Begins with persuasive presentations and progresses to the formal study of argumentation framed by the Toulmin model of reasoning. Using this model, students will study the four primary types of warrants and the four primary types of argumentative claims. The class concludes with the argument of cases.

CTA 3777 - Topics in Communication - 1-4 cr.
Addresses special topics as student interest and faculty expertise warrant.

CTA 3999 - Independent Study - 1-8 cr.
Independent Study.

CTA 4041 - Web Design - 4 cr.
Explore the design principles that characterize successful Web sites and use modern tools for creating Web sites. Design issues will include the differences between print and electronic media, working within the limits of the technology, and how the user's contexts and goals affect Web design. Web sites will be critiqued from both an aesthetic and functional standpoint and students will be required to design and build fully functional Web sites. No prerequisites; CTA/CIS 2041 recommended.

Crosslist Course: CIS 4041

CTA 4150 - Directing - 4 cr.
Basic stages of the directing process. From script analysis to coaching actors, students will plan their own one-act play production. Under the supervision of the instructor, the students will hold production meetings, audition and cast a play, block and rehearse the selection, coordinate light and sound cues, and oversee the technical rehearsals and the performance.

CTA 4214 - Online Media Writing - 4 cr.
Students will learn advanced reporting techniques, news judgment and news gathering skills for feature writing, column writing and editorial writing in print and online media. The course includes researching, interviewing, developing sources for various stories, as well as the principles and practices of editorial decision-making from copyediting to layout. Includes the skills to use social networking and online publishing as a journalistic tool. Prerequisite: CTA 2214 or consent of instructor.

Prerequisite Course: CTA 2214

CTA 4220 - Great Filmmakers ( VIII: Fine Arts, WI: Writing Intensive ) - 4 cr.
This course studies the life, significant work, and unique artistic choices made by different historically significant film directors. The directors studied can be considered auteurs insofar as they establish consistent artistic signatures as authors of films while successfully working within the restrictions of the film industry.

Crosslist Course: ART 4220

CTA 4250 - Design for the Theatre - 4 cr.
Designed to introduce students to three types of theatre genres: Greek, Elizabethan and Modern. Students will be introduced to the three types of design disciplines: scenes, costumes and lights. Students will learn how to analyze and convert literature into visual images through metaphors, symbolism and realism.

CTA 4400 - Advertising - 4 cr.
The study of creative strategy and audience analysis form the basis for writing advertising copy for print, broadcast media, Internet, direct mail and outdoor media. Development of a fully integrated advertising campaign for a "real world" client prepares the student for professional work.

CTA 4404 - Public Relations - 4 cr.
The course covers theory, history, and practice of public relations; the process of influencing public opinion, ethics of public relations practice. Students will write news releases, fact sheets, newsletters, company periodicals, brochures. Public relations case studies; application of public relations techniques to representative problems; communications materials for various media are planned and prepared. Students will develop and present a full public relations campaign for a selected organization.

CTA 4414 - Media Criticism - 4 cr.
Students apply a variety of critical-theoretical perspectives to consider issues of media production, texts and audiences. Prerequisite: CTA 1114 or consent of instructor.

CTA 4417 - Mass Media Law And Ethics ( WI: Writing Intensive ) - 4 cr.
First Amendment rights, government regulation, Supreme Court decisions and ethical standards and conflicts are analyzed. Case studies address libel, privacy, regulation, and ethical issues. Prerequisite: CTA 1114 or consent of instructor.

CTA 4420 - Film and Literature ( IV: Literature, VIII: Fine Arts ) ( Integrations: VIFA - Fine Arts, Integrations: VILI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Compares written and cinematic texts. A variety of film theories will be discussed in conjunction with image creation. Narrative issues - theme, style and characterization - will also be covered.

Crosslist Course: ENG 4420

CTA 4427 - Alternative Photography Method - 4 cr.
Explores late 19th and early 20th century printing techniques as alternatives to modern photo methods. Students use the sun as a light source to print cyanotypes (blue prints), van dyke (brown prints) and gum bichromate images. Modern techniques such as infrared photography are also included.

Prerequisite Courses: ART 1107, CTA 1107

Crosslist Course: ART 4427

CTA 4445 - Persuasion - 4 cr.
Studies persuasion from its early Greek roots through contemporary social scientific studies. Various theories of attitude change will be addressed. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Communication or Advertising/ Public Relations major or minor; exception made by department approval.

Prerequisite Course: CTA 3445

CTA 4500 - Bluestone Ad Agency - 0-16 cr.
Students will gain interdisciplinary experience working for an advertising agency. Student teams will be matched with clients looking for social media marketing, website development, graphic design and other advertising needs. Students will be mentored by faculty and the CSS Marketing & College Communications office in order to successfully complete projects. Students will gain real world, practical knowledge in account management, client relations and creative development.

Crosslist Course: MKT 4500

CTA 4555 - Internship - 1-16 cr.
Done in a professional business setting or other appropriate setting related to the student's field of interest. The student is supervised by a site supervisor. Evaluation of performance will be completed by the site supervisor, internship advisor and student. Students may obtain additional information about internships from the CTA chair. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Communication or Advertising/ Public Relations major or minor; exception made by department approval.

CTA 4777 - Topics in Communication - 1-4 cr.
Special topics are addressed as student and faculty involvement warrant.

CTA 4999 - Independent Study - 1-12 cr.
Individual research or production projects are chosen by the student and approved by instructor. May be taken twice for credit, each time in a different area. Pre-requisite: At least one academic or production course in chosen area.