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Fall 2024 Topics Courses

Special Topic Courses – Fall 2024 Communication Studies Department

COM 270-01   Television Studio Live Production   Thursdays, 5:30PM – 8:20PM, Potucek, Kevin  Images of television camera production with description of course meeting and times

This course will cover the fundamentals of live multi-camera productions. Students will learn practical experience in Producing, Directing, Technical Directing, Camera operation, Floor Managing, Audio, Lighting, Graphics, Teleprompting, Shading/Engineering and Recording/Playback.  This course will develop a 30 minute live show, producing and working towards the final production product.

COM 370-01 The Lavender Mirror: LGBTQ Reflections and Representations in Film and Media Tuesdays, 5:30PM – 8:20PM, Amtzis, Alan  Graphic image with rainbow and film stock for COM 370 course with meeting times

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, race, identity, and other descriptors have also been evidenced  in other creative arts including music, television, podcasts, blogs, 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 existing master-narratives?  Film screenings and media sites will be paired with readings, written assignments and presentations that enhance our critical thinking about these controversial and emergent issues.