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Media WritingRequirements

Explore the classes that will give you an introduction to mass media while teaching you how to write for various media outlets and corporations including broadcast and non-broadcast television and radio.

The core media writing associate degree classes provide students with a comprehensive education in how to write engaging and accurate copy for a viewer and listener audience. Students may choose from a wide range of electives that complement their career goals within the media industry while general education courses round out the preparation needed to be successful upon graduation.

Row Groupings Major Requirements: Credits
required

Places the mass media in a historical and cultural perspective, considering the validity, integrity and influence of the media in a democracy. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-SS3. Three credits.

3
required

(Formerly called Fundamentals of Reporting) Introduces newswriting, reporting and interviewing with an emphasis on clarity, accuracy, completeness, timeliness and fairness. Three credits.

3
required

Presents how to gather information as an investigative reporter through research of local, state and federal government publications; how to cover police beat and city hall; how our courts and regulatory agencies function; and how to cover other challenges such as the environment, religion, science, medical, public safety and business. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

OU 106 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Explores writing techniques for television and radio emphasizing professional techniques, format and style. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on scriptwriting formats and techniques as they apply to creating corporate and institutional video productions and other broadcast and non-broadcast television productions. Three credits.

3
Total Credits 15
Row Groupings General Education Courses Credits
required

Combines the basic theory of speech communication with public speech performance skills. Emphasis is on speech delivery, preparation, organization, support, and audience analysis. Three credits.

3
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 094. Three credits.

3
required

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 093. Three credits.

3
required

Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. This course may be used for the A.A.S. degree only. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Three credits.

3
required

Covers mathematical material designed for career and technical students. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and vectors. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor.  Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on a variety of functions and the exploration of their graphs. Topics include: equations and inequalities, operations on functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, linear and non-linear systems, and an introduction to conic sections. This course provides essential skills for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) pathways. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Four credits.

4
required

Focuses on the scientific study of behavior including motivation, emotion, physiological psychology, stress and coping, research methods, consciousness, sensation, perception, learning, and memory. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Three credits.

3
required

This course examines the basic concepts, theories, and principles of sociology, including topics of culture, race, class, gender, sexuality, social groups, and deviance through a local and global lens. Analyzes and interprets socio-historic as well as contemporary issues by using critical thinking skills and linking individual experiences to social structures. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces film terminology and narrative techniques to explore how film conveys meaning and to study the relationships among film form, content, and audience reception. This course emphasizes active viewing, discussion, and critical analysis of films from different cultures and eras. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces fiction, poetry, and drama. This course emphasizes active and responsive reading. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category. Three credits.

3
required

Examines human life, experience, and thought in order to discover and develop the principles and values for pursuing a more fulfilled existence. Theories designed to justify ethical judgments are applied to a selection of contemporary personal and social issues. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-AH3. Three credits.

3
required

Focuses on interactions among people including their conflicts, cooperative efforts, and group relationships. This course examines why beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors cause relationship problems in our personal lives and in work-related situations. Additionally, this course emphasizes the analysis of human behavior, the application of prevention strategies, and resolution of the behavior. Three credits.

3
Total General Education Credits 15-16
Row Groupings Degree Electives Credits
Degree Electives

Select a total of 29-30 credits as electives from the approved courses listed below OR any FVM, JOU, or RTV course that is not listed in the Degree Requirements. Students may select up to 6 elective credits of MUS coursework.

Note: Courses used to satisfy the Degree Requirements cannot also be counted as electives.

required

Presents the fundamentals of Fine Art digital photography, including camera equipment and software used for image capture, management and manipulation. Topics include camera settings and exposure control, composition, working with light and time, and creative image manipulation. Three credits.

3
required

Expands upon the beginning digital photography class. Focuses on digital photography in terms of design and communication factors including color, visual design, lighting, graphics, and aesthetics. Prerequisite(s): ART 139 or permission of instructor. Three credits. 

Course Prerequisites

ART 139 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Introduces the application of fundamental business principles to local, national, and international forums. This course examines the relationship of economic systems, governance, regulations, and law upon business operations. It surveys the concepts of career development, business ownership, finance and accounting, economics, marketing, management, operations, human resources, regulations, and business ethics. Three credits.

3
required

This course introduces basic computer terminology, file management, and PC system components. Provides an overview of office application software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics. Includes the use of a web browser to access the Internet. Three credits.

3
required

Explores integration of technology instruction into teaching practices used in preschool through postsecondary (P-21) educational settings for all curriculum areas of content. This course reviews a variety of technologies with an emphasis on increasing student learning and retention of knowledge. The course also explores combining technology with several instructional methodologies to promote professional teacher dispositions related to technology-rich teaching. Three credits.

3
required

Provides faculty with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, develop, and deliver courses in a distance format. Focuses on assessment and evaluation methods and methods to incorporate interactive, collaborative and expanded learning activities. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces web site planning, design and creation utilizing HTML through industry-standard development tools [may list specific software]. Emphasis is placed on applying stylistic decisions using cascading style sheets. Web-based considerations regarding color, typography, aesthetics, user interface design, and process integration with visual-based design tools will be explored. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 111 and CWB 110 with grades of "C" or better

3
required

Stresses creation of animation and dynamic interactive media for web and multimedia applications to a professional standard. Students will learn how to develop projects for time-based media, key-frames, tweens and symbols. Students will learn how to use actions to trigger timeline events to create interactive behaviors. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

CSC 119 and CWB 110 with grades of "C" or better

3
required

Educates the student about the unique business legal concerns that media producers face. These include media contracts, labor issues, libel, and privacy rights. We will pay special attention to the use and protection of copyrights and trademarks, both of other people and of the students' own works. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces students to LightWave's Modeler program with an emphasis on modeling techniques. It also touches on LightWave's Layout program for setting up scenes with texture maps and lighting. There will also be instruction on how to import models from other programs. Three credits. 

3
required

Explores the use of sound in multimedia production and audio storytelling. Students examine the principles of recording. Classes focus on how sound can enhance interactive productions and improve computer presentations. Students learn how to use the computer as a full audio editing studio. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces to digital non-linear video editing. Students will capture, compress, edit, and manipulate video images using a personal computer. Assembly techniques including media management, editing tools, titles, and motion control; transitions and filters, and special effects are explored.  Three credits.

3
required

Offers advanced study of digital video imaging concepts using digital cameras. Heavy emphasis is placed upon media aesthetics and the creative integration of sight, sound, and motion in student projects. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

RTV 269 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Further examines LightWave's Layout program with an emphasis on animation and animation techniques. It also touches on LightWave`s Layout program for setting up scenes with advanced procedural texture maps and lighting. Differential tuition rates apply. Three credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 155 with a grade of "C" or better

3
required

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor. One to six credits.

Course Prerequisites

MGD 256 with a grade of "C" or better

1 to 6
required
2
Total Elective Credits 29-30
Total Credits for AAS Degree 60