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Fall 2013
Sep 27,2022
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COMM 390 - TOPICS
The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered. COMM 390 GAME DESIGN. Game design is an increasingly important part of interactive design. This course will introduce students to a variety of game design concepts and methods using Adobe Flash and ActionScript 3.0. Students will build several game projects and learn the fundamentals of programming concepts that can translate to other game programming environments. The Adobe Flash platform will allow students to conceive, design and make functional, games for the web and mobile devices. The course will cover game types such as memory and match games as well as platform, side scrollers and quiz games. Fulfills Category 3. COMM 390 TV NOIR AND AMERICAN CULTURE. Film noir refers to a group of movies produced in Hollywood during and after World War II, unified by visual and thematic representations of a dark, unstable world. Heavily stylized, yet bleakly cynical, pictures like "Double Indemnity" (1944) and "Out of the Past" (1947) ushered in a new cinema of criminality and transgression, disillusionment and alienation that reflected the flip-side of the American dream. On television, the noir ethos is identified not so much by stylistic considerations, but by tone, atmosphere, narrtive patterns, recurring motifs, and character archetypes. The lonely journey through a darkness both literal and figurative is the defining narrative of the TV noir. Paranoia, queasiness, a dislocated sense of self are common states of being for the inhabitant of the TV noir. The unceasing corruptive influence of a society rotting from within is well-served by television's lack of closure; the episodic nature of prime-time drama only reinforces the notion that the messiness of the world continues unabated, week in and week out. COMM 390 THE BUSINESS OF PRODUCING FOR FILM AND TV. This course is for students interested in film and television producing and marketing positions at major film studios and independent film companies. Students will gain hands-on experience in the budgeting, marketing, distributing, and exhibition of a variety of entertainment media. Students learn how to create production budgets for small films as well as multi-million dollar blockbusters. They also learn conventional and unconventional ways of securing funding for movies. Students will design film campaigns for upcoming releases. The campaign will consider everything from movie poster content and print/TV ads to merchandise tie-ins, trailer content, and audience demographic research. Students will study both successful and unsuccessful marketing campaigns to learn the role that marketing plays in the reception of the film. The course will also strengthen student's presentation skills through regular marketing pitches given in class. Prerequisite: COMM 204. COMM 390 CAST STUDIES IN ADVERTISING. Organizations use creative marketing communication techniques to help support initiatives and solve problems. Building on the knowledge and skills learned in Creative Advertising and Public Relations, this course will look at various business challenges and study how specific advertising, public relations and other communications techniques can convey messages, change behavior and influence outcomes. Students will work individually and in teams to develop actual communication stragegies to overcome a variety of business issues. Each case study will focus on the business need, strategy, evaluation of the target, creative message development, tactical execution, appropriate media delivery and measurement of results. Classes will consist of lecture and workshop environments. Students with an interest in copywriting, visual communication, advertising, public relations, video production, and marketing can benefit from this class. Prerequisite: COMM 346. COMM 390 WEB DESIGN II. Web Design II expands on the basics of web design and development explored in COMM 322 Web Design. Students learn how to design and adapt web content for multiple viewing environments and devices. Responsive web design requires a deeper understanding of all the technologies involved in the process. Students are exposed to Content Management Systems (CMS) inclusive of Wordpress, PHP, MySQL and interactive programming languages such as jQuery, CSS3 and HTML5. Students also learn to work in harmony with several new technologies in order to fully grasp the landscape of modern web design. Today's web designer is responsible for how a site looks as well as how it is supposed to work. Lab Fee. COMM 390 MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE. This course will explore the relationship between U.S. and international culture and popoular, mass-mediated texts from a variety of communication perspectives. It will focus on the critical analysis of popular culture within social and political contexts and emphasize multicultural influences and representations in everyday life. The course will provide a theoretical framework based in critical theory and cultural studies to explore and critique representations of race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture. It will also investigate audience consumption of popular culture, and the impact of popular culture on personal, social and cultural identities. COMM 390 GLOBALIZATION AND THE INDIAN CULTURAL INDUSTRY. Globalization and the Indian Cultural Industry will engage students in exploring the impact of globalization on the production and consumption of Indian cinema globally, with a focus on the emergence of Bollywood as a transnational phenomenon in the past decade. The Indian cultural industry will serve as a case study for understanding the relationship between the branding of a culture and a nation, and its impact on the construction of national and cultural identities. Through readings, screenings, class and online discussions this course will discuss a range of topics including but not limited to: (1) defining the Indian cultural industry with focus on the exponential growth of Indian film distribution and exhibition globally; (2) the impact of international audience responses to Indian cinema and filmmakers; (3) the pervasiveness of the cultural industry across fashion, music and lifestyle; and (4) the framing of "Brand India" and its relationship to globalization. COMM 390 HISTORY OF COMEDY IN FILM. This course examines the rich tapestry of the American film comedy, and the social, historical, and technological factors that made it possible, from its birth in silent cinema to the present. Quintessentially American ideas of social mobility, freedom to satirize, and celebration of the underdog -- to name just a few -- have helped Anglo-American and immigrant artists to produce a unique brand of filmed comedy, from Mack Sennett to Preston Sturges and Judd Apatow.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Lecture, Seminar
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Communications Department

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Undergraduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Classifications:     
      Senior
      Junior

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