Communications Courses

CINEMA

CIN 101 INTRODUCTION TO THE ART OF FILM 3 Credits

This is an introductory course designed to acquaint students with the art of film and to enable them to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of this important medium. The course covers the history of cinema, various cinematic theories and genres, and profiles of the industry’s most influential directors. Pre- or Co-requisites: ENG 096 and RDG 096 (passing grade of “C” or better), or placement.

CIN 103 HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM 3 Credits
This is an introductory course designed to acquaint students with the history of African- American film and to develop in them a greater understanding and appreciation of African-American film history. The course develops chronologically, starting with the inventors and African-American film pioneers and ending with the resurgence of African-American films in the 1980s. Much of the course content is analyses of theories, film facts, and people. Pre- or Co-requisites: ENG 096 and RDG 096 (passing grade of “C” or better), or placement.

COMMUNICATION

CMS 110         FUNDAMENTALS OF TELEVISION PRODUCTION         3 Credits
This course is designed to teach the basic fundamentals of broadcasting operations.  Topics covered include basic production, audio systems equipment and operations, camera operation techniques, lighting and video switching, master control, and studio operations. Also covered are electronic news gathering, electronic field production, and videotape editing. Laboratory fee.

CMS 113         WRITING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION               3 Credits

This course familiarizes students with the basics of writing for film and television. Students are taught to apply industry standard formats in preparing scripts. Topics covered include style, story structure and content, characterization, dialogue, and opportunities for new writers in the industry. Students practice writing in the different styles of film and television shows. Prerequisite: “C” or better in ENG 101.

CMS 121         FUNDAMENTALS OF FILMMAKING         3 Credits

This introductory course is designed to acquaint students with the basic elements of film production. Students are taught the aesthetics and techniques required for producing 8mm film and16mm film. They are also introduced to techniques in producing, writing, cinematography, directing, and editing. Students are required to write, produce, and direct a short film. (Note: Students are required to share in the expenses involved in their productions.) Prerequisite: “C” or better in CMS 113 or permission by instructor. Laboratory fee.

CMS 136         RADIO BROADCASTING AND PRODUCTION             3 Credits

This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of radio production. Students examine the basic audio and studio operating procedures and gain hands-on experience in operating a radio broadcasting station.  This is a theoretical as well as a “hands-on” course that splits time between lecture, lab, and station operation. Laboratory fee.

CMS 210         TELEVISION PRODUCTION II     3 Credits

This is an advanced course for those students interested in acquiring increased knowledge and sophistication in the production of television programs. Remote shooting, field production, and studio operations are principal components of the course. Students in CMS 210 participate in the Essex County College Observer (ECCO) -TV productions.  Prerequisite: “C” or better in CMS 110. Laboratory fee.

CMS 219         VIDEO PRODUCTION        3 Credits

This advanced hands-on course allows students to create and develop a series of independent video productions. The tasks that students undertake include script writing, producing, directing, scheduling productions, camera operating, field videotaping, and post-production editing. (Note:  Students are required to purchase their own videotapes.) Prerequisite: “C” or better in CMS 110. Laboratory fee.

ENG 151         MASS COMMUNICATIONS AND POPULAR CULTURE          3 Credits

This course surveys and examines mass communications, concentrating on radio, television, film, and other electronic and print media. The expression of popular culture through the mass media is analyzed and evaluated. Prerequisite: “C” or better in ENG 101.

One response

24 11 2009
Samuel Nash

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