Southern New Hampshire University sound design, editing, genres, and culture will be included. Creative interpretative and expression of ideas will be exercised in the production of media. COM 212 Public Speaking (3 credits) This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as a literature elective. Prerequisite: ENG 120. COM 222 Introduction to Film History (3 credits) As an overview of ﬁlm history and aesthetics, this course explores ﬁlm history from 1895 to the present. Emphasis is on the development of ﬁlm as a technology, an art form, an industry, and a cultural institution. The class will research and discuss genres, movements, directors, and landmarks in ﬁlm history including the cultural impact of ﬁlm, the inﬂuence of ﬁlm movements on ﬁlmmaking techniques worldwide, and the economic and cultural connectivity of ﬁlmmaking across the globe. Global Marker. COM 227 Public Relations (3 credits) This course introduces students to the theory and practice of public relations in the United States. Students study the major ﬁgures in this ﬁeld as well as organizations, their behavior, and the relationships between organizations and their publics. Prerequisite: ENG 121. COM 230 Graphics and Layout in Print Media (3 credits) This course is an introduction to the principles and practices of graphic design. Students are introduced through lecture, demonstration and hands-on computer work to the basic elements of graphic visual communication. Adobe Illustrator is used as a primary tool in exploring visual perception through a variety of creative exercises that familiarize the student with basic visual principles such as ﬁgure/ground manipulation, shape grouping, letterform shape creation, and grid and system creation. Formal elements of graphic design such as line, shape, color, texture, pattern, balance, symmetry, rhythm, space and unity are thoroughly explored by example and hands-on computer exercises. Special topics included are designing with type, layout strategies, logo design, symbol and pictogram development and stationery systems. COM 232 Desktop Publishing (3 credits) This course is an introduction to the software application QuarkXpress designed for the novice user. The Macintosh platform is used in the classroom studio lab, and the student is introduced to the creative and practical aspects of the desktop publishing program considered indispensable in the contemporary communications and design industries. This course is based on a series of introductory exercises and a regimen of hands-on practice that teaches software and design skills. Students learn how to combine the use of QuarkXpress with other professional graphics and word processing software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word. Prerequisites: ENG 121 and COM 230, or permission of instructor.
COM 235 Introduction to Journalism (3 credits) This writing practicum introduces students to writing for print and electronic media under deadline. Gathering information by using records, documents, observation, interviewing, and the Internet. Emphasis on library resources, electronic databases, and current events. Basic style and editing based on AP Stylebook and Libel Manual and AP Broadcast News Handbook. COM 237 Journalism Practicum (maximum 6 credits) The option for this practicum is print journalism. Students have the opportunity to publish the student newspaper, The Observer. Students interested in receiving credits for this practicum must present portfolios of their work. The newspaper’s editorial board and faculty advisor assign credits. COM 238 Radio Practicum (maximum 6 credits) Students have the opportunity to participate in the university radio station, Radio SNHU, as on-air disc jockeys, on the governing board, or both. Students interested in receiving credits for this experience must present portfolios of their work. The Department of Communications in association with the station’s faculty advisor(s) assigns credits. COM 244 Digital Video Production: Level I (3 credits) This course introduces the student to video aesthetics, and techniques, as well as providing students with hands-on production experience. Video will be approached as a creative visual communication tool for the exploration of abstract concepts, creative endeavors and the human condition. Skills covered in the class will include the fundamentals of all stages of production, use of the camera as a visual tool, audio, lighting, and editing in a digital non-linear environment. Students attend lectures and technical demonstrations, view work of various video and ﬁlm directors, complete production planning and coordination, and produce creative projects. Prerequisite: COM 128 or permission of the instructor. COM 302 Environmental Communications (3 credits) Research in mass media and science communication reveals the need for professionals in various disciplines to acquire skills to inform and educate the public about environmental and other science issues via the media. Communication of environmental issues is essential for public awareness, information and action in an era of rapid population expansion and resource depletion; which leads to global unsustainability. Research indicates that since the general public receives most of its information from the mass media, professionals need to be adequately trained in media information dissemination styles and techniques. This class will cover the spectrum of media available for conveying environmental and science information to the public and will teach writing and speaking skills for media and other communication channels. The course will also teach principles of an ecologically and economically sustainable future and how these principles can be effectively and persuasively communicated to people.
Published on Oct 19, 2009