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Fall 2021 COM Classes

Interested in a Fall 2021 COM class? The following courses still have limited seats available.

COM 212-02: Introduction to Television Studio

Instructor: Matthew Lawrence

An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of multi camera studio production including fundamentals of camera operation, video control, audio, lighting, pre-production preparation, and directing.

COM 269-01: Introduction to Audio Production

Instructor: Edward Rodgers

This is an introduction to the world of audio production. It is meant for students with an interest in audio and its applications in modern media and art. Students will learn to employ audio as a creative tool for documentary storytelling, fiction filmmaking, news media, radio production, commercials and internet production. Creativity and careful execution are major factors in the grading of ALL projects.

COM 270-01: Intensive Cinematography Workshop 

Instructor: Staff

Intensive cinematography workshop ( minicourse .25 units) Saturday October 16th and Saturday October 23rd. This mini course will run from 9am – 5pm and cover cinematography and camera basics and sync sound production.

COM 270-02: Emerging Communication Technologies

Instructor: Eugene Cho

This special topics course introduces students to a list of emerging communication technologies such as social media, conversational AI, robots, mobile devices, video games, virtual reality and other immersive virtual environments. Students will also examine the social, behavioral, and psychological impact of these cutting edge media technologies in a variety of communication contexts.

COM 312-01 & 312-02: Intermediate Video: The Art of Editing

Instructor: Lorna Johnson-Frizell

The art of editing is the art of constructing meaning through the juxtaposition of visual imagery. This course is designed to give students a thorough background in editing theory and an opportunity to put this theory into practice. Through editing a number of short pieces, students will gain an understanding of the impact that their choice of shot order, shot duration and shot frequency has on the tone of the final piece and in constructing meaning. They will also gain valuable experience with current editing software.

COM 370-01: Writing the Comedy Pilot

Instructor: Jason Molloy

Students will learn how to write for the screen, specifically comedy writing for television.  Each student will examine scripts, analyze story, and ultimately, write an original television pilot.  Students will learn of various roles in TV writing and development, including how to navigate the writers’ room. This class may include short examples of sketch writing and/or improv.

  • Prerequisite:  COM 325 or permission of instructor

COM 370-03: Terms of Enqueerment

Instructor: Alan Amtzis

Over the past 120 years, the history of coming out at the movies has been a slow process. However, in the 21st century, the presence of LGBTQ characters, stories, writers, directors and performers in movies has become increasingly visible and even politically charged. Issues about sexuality, gender, and identity have also been evidenced in other creative arts including music, television, podcasts, social media and print, as well. Using a wide range of classic and contemporary movies and visual media as texts, this course explores issues of diversity and representation while also looking at what LGBTQ themes contribute to our understanding of contemporary culture and social justice. What unique perspectives, stories and experiences do these films, filmmakers, storytellers and artists offer us and how do they tell a different story that may challenge master-narratives?  Film screenings will be paired with readings, written assignments and presentations that enhance our critical thinking about controversial and emergent issues.

  • Cross listed with WGS 370-03 

 COM 370-05: Editing for Social Media

Instructor:  Genevieve Faust – Gaynor

Students will examine and discuss techniques used in editing short form videos for social media and web platforms. With a focus on visual impact, audience engagement, and storytelling, students will create a portfolio that will reflect current trends in the use of video for social media.

COM 370-06: Advocacy Communication in Digital Age

Instructor: Marc Beal

This course will expose students to a 100-year history of advocacy and introduce case studies featuring today’s most effective real-world advocacy. Additionally, with the increasing popularity of social media influencers who serve as online advocates of products, services and causes, the course will examine the updated disclosure guidelines issued by the Federal Trade Commission to ensure consumers are aware of tweets and posts that have been paid for to advocate on behalf of an organization.