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GMMD 101 INTRODUCTION TO MEDIA STUDIES

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 7

This course will introduce students to the process of media analysis. Emphasis will be placed on key terms for adopting a critical eye towards mass media and the development of media literacy in both traditional (print, radio, film, television) and emerging (digital and web-based) forms. Three hours lecture per week.

GMMD 102 INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN

Fall/Spring, 3 credits GER 8

Introduction to Design is a studio-based class investigating the tools, materials, and foundational concepts of design. Introduction to Design will present the methodology and critical awareness for problem solving inherent in all design fields. Through the discussion, examination and execution of a variety of design exercises, students will develop their understanding of visual composition and design theory. While the course exercises focus on 2-D graphic design, this broad introduction to design theory develops the creative problem solving skills integral to all fields of design. Three hours lecture per week.

GMMD 103 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL DESIGN SOFTWARE

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

In GMMD 103 students learn how to use the industry standard software Adobe Photoshop to create/edit digital imagery and enhance digital photographs. Photoshop is explained through the teaching of its tools and the underlying principles that govern them. Along with providing an overview of the software this course serves as a starting point in understanding the Adobe software collection suite and its role in the design industry. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

GMMD 201 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Fall, 3 credit hours GER 8

Students will develop competency in digital image capture, processing, and critical evaluation. Hands-on activities and studio/lab will permit each student to investigate the applications of applied digital and hybrid photography. Through technical studio assignments, critiques, and presentations, students will increase their skills in image printing, camera operation and using computer imaging software. Students will also develop critical awareness of composition and the relationship of digital photography to other media. Three hours lecture per week.

GMMD 211 FILM ANALYSIS

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 8

As an introduction to the art of film, this course will present the concepts of film form, film aesthetics, and film style, while remaining attentive to the various ways in which cinema also involves an interaction with audiences and larger social structures. Throughout the course, we will closely examine the construction of a variety of film forms and styles-including the classical Hollywood style, new wave cinemas, experimental films, and contemporary independent and global cinemas. We will pay particular attention to the construction of film images, systems of film editing, film sound, and the various ways in which film systems can be organized (narrative, non-narrative, genres, etc.) There is a required weekly film screening. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Expository Writing (ENGL 101) or Oral and Written Expression (ENGL 102) or permission of instructor.

GMMD 240 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

Professional Practice is an experiential survey of various design professionals and their working environments. Students attend several on and off campus activities and professional visits, experiencing first-hand the work flow, professional practices and client interaction of designers in their workplaces. Students complete several assignments based on their research and firsthand experiences with several design careers, including the preliminary work in arranging for their GMMD internship.

Prerequisites: GMMD Major and 45 completed credit hours or permission of the instructor

 

GMMD 301 3-D DESIGN

Spring, 3 credit hours

3-D design bridges the concepts of design with the basic methodologies and concepts of three dimensional fabrication and composition. The course will challenge students to further develop and employ problem solving methodology to a variety of basic conceptual and practical problems in 3-Dimensional space. The course emphasizes the basic sculptural methodologies, including subtractive and additive processes, assemblage, construction, carving, casting, molding, armature, Course Descriptions: geography, geology, graphic & multimedia 135 and kinetics/mechanics. The ability to move between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional conceptualization/ realization is the primary focus of this class. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite

Prerequisite: Introduction to Design (GMMD 102).

GMMD 302 DIGITAL PHOTOJOURNALISM

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

Building upon the introductory skills of GMMD 201, this course explores the use of the digital photographic image in narrative, documentary, and editorial form. The classroom lectures will emphasize the act of photographing and the process and history of photojournalism. Through practical assignments, students will develop their skills and awareness in on-location photography, constructing and presenting visual narratives, and the ethics and issues of photojournalism. Particular emphasis will be placed on the mature exploration of contemporary themes, the recognition and application of appropriate narrative voice in projects, and the increased awareness of ethical and technical issues and responsibilities in photojournalism. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Digital Photography (GMMD 201) and Introduction to Design (GMMD 102), or permission of instructor.

GMMD 303 EXPERIMENTAL DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course builds sequentially on the introductory skills developed in GMMD 201. Through lectures, tutorials, and hands-on laboratory exercises, students will expand their capabilities in digital image capture, processing, printing and presentation. Experimental techniques and approaches in digital imaging will be emphasized. In addition to broadening technical and conceptual capabilities, through research and laboratory projects students will achieve a more sophisticated understanding of contemporary digital media and begin to locate their work in relation to contemporary fine arts and media. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Introduction Design (GMMD 102) and Digital Photography (GMMD 201), or permission of instructor.

GMMD 313 STUDIES IN GENRE FILM

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 8

This course will provide an opportunity to study one film genre in depth. Emphasis will be on thematic cultural analysis of the genre's role in contemporary society. Different topics will be offered on a cycle, including the following: Documentary Film, Horror in Film, The Film Western, History of the American Comic Film, and Science Fiction in Film. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Junior status and at least on literature course. Students may take one genre for Gen ED. credit. Students may take two genres for elective credit.

GMMD 317 CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course provides students with tools to analyze communication resources. The course emphasizes the use of multimodal communication in contemporary popular culture, and considers resources ranging from photography, film, television, music, fashion and subcultures. Students develop detailed analysis of cultural resources through methods derived from semiotics and communication studies.

Prerequisites: ENGL 101 Expository Writing or ENGL 102 Oral and Written Expression and GMMD 101 Intro to Media Studies or PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology or SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology and at least 30 completed credit hours or permission of the instructor.

GMMD 330 WEB DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

In this course students are introduced to basic code, web development strategies, and current industry standards. Students learn how to create and edit HTML and CSS with web authoring tools. Special emphasis is placed on file management and image design. The course culminates in a final project utilizing the design process.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Design (GMMD 102), Introduction to Programming (CITA 180) or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

GMMD 331 DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION AND TYPOGRAPHY

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course emphasizes the acquisition of software skills in vector based graphics. Students explore digital workflow, visual communication, and the design process in relation to illustration, and logo and graphic identity. Two hours lecture, two hours studio per week.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Design (GMMD 102), Digital Photography (GMMD 201), or permission of the instructor.

GMMD 401 MULTIMEDIA PRODUCT DESIGN

Fall, 3 credit hours

Fall, 3 credit hours This course will provide for an experimental and experiential approach to integrating content with new media techniques and processes. Students will use computers as creative tools to explore narrative, immersion, virtuality, visuality, and networked public sphere. Students will also develop planning and organizing skills for experimental interactivity and imaging projects. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Visual Programming and Development Tools (CITA 342), and Digital Photojournalism (GMMD 302), and senior standing, or permission of instructor.

GMMD 409 ISSUES IN NEW MEDIA JOURNALISM

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course explores the politics of new media entering the world of traditional print and broadcast journalism. Students are asked to consider whether non-centralized forms represent a new democratization of publishing or whether they erode the possibility of objective journalism. Emphasis is placed on situating these new forms within a history of journalism from its 17th century beginnings through the new journalism of the sixties and into the present implications of reporting through social networks. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Professional Communication (ENGL 301), and Journalism (GMMD 309), and senior standing, or permission of instructor.

GMMD 411 DIGITAL DOCUMENTARY VIDEO

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course builds upon the technical, compositional and production techniques learned in GMMD 201 and GMMD 102. Through project-based studio production, this course will explore the practice of documentary filmmaking. Students will discuss basic tools and principles of film narration, montage and the technical and compositional aspects of using archival, found and produced footage. Through lectures, critiques, research and studio exercises, students will explore the creative process of interpreting, representing, and affecting the sociological and environmental relationships of this age by means of the moving image. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisite: Digital Photography (GMMD 201) and Introduction to Design (GMMD 102), or permission of instructor.

GMMD 412 EXPERIMENTAL DIGITAL VIDEO

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course builds upon the technical, compositional and production techniques learned in GMMD 301 and GMMD 102. Through tutorials, studio assignments, critiques, and research, students will utilize advanced techniques and conceptual approaches to produce and critique several digital video works. Students will combine the elements of performance, scripting, sound, computer graphics, and video techniques, as well as have in-group discussions about student- and professional-produced films. Three hours lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Digital Photography (GMMD 201) and Introduction to Design (GMMD 102), or permission of instructor

GMMD 420 ANIMATION TECHNIQUES

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course develops an overview of the techniques and history of 2D and 3D animation, including stop-motion and tweened animation. Students engage in hands-on projects involving the development of hand-drawn and computer- generated animation. Emphasis is placed on understanding the place of animation in the context of the film, television, internet, and gaming industries, project management, and the development of a personal animation style.

Prerequisite: Digital Illustration and Typography (GMMD 331), Experimental Digital Video (GMMD 412) or Experimental Digital Photography (GMMD 303) or permission of instructor.

GMMD 421 SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours

This course is a cross disciplinary study of the issues and efforts surrounding ecological crisis and the move towards sustainability in contemporary design. In this seminar course, students investigate sustainability issues through lectures from several disciplinary angles, including the sciences, legal studies, economics, humanities and engineering. Following study and discourse around the problems and goals of sustainability, students work with faculty to develop a semester long independent project pursuing some of these goals.

Prerequisites: 70 credit hours or permission of instructor required

GMMD 432 VIRTUAL WORLDS

Spring, 3 credit hours

This course examines gaming concepts, nonlinear narrative, delivery systems and software for the entertainment industry. Working with 2D and 3D visual concepts, virtual reality, interactivity and sound the student will develop media for the entertainment industry. Environments, characters, gaming strategies, role playing concepts, navigation and feedback will be part of the information presented within the course. Three lecture hours per week.

Prerequisites: Visual Programming and Development Tools (CITA 342), Classical Theater (ENGL 393) or Contemporary Theater (ENGL 394), Creative Writing (ENGL 221) or Short Fiction (ENGL 315) and senior level status, or permission of instructor.

GMMD 440 ORIENTATION to CULMINATING EXPERIENCE in GMMD

Fall, 1 credit hour

This course will focus on allowing the student to create a proposal for either a combination of group and individual culminating projects or for a culminating internship. One hour lecture per week.

Prerequisites: Senior level status and successful completion of all previous New Media work, or permission of instructor.

GMMD 443 ARTS MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP

Fall/Spring, 3-4 credits

Students focus on the challenges of negotiation, public relations, and management. Students explore a variety of management situations in broadcasting, galleries, museums, and theaters and design agencies. Students apply classroom skills in an organizational environment. Working with a faculty and on-site supervisor, the students perform and reflect on prescribed work. Students complete a supervised internship in an appropriate internship setting commensurate with the student's career interests and at the appropriate baccalaureate level.

Prerequisite: GMMD 440: Orientation to Culminating Experience in GMMD

GMMD 444 MULTIMEDIA PRODUCT DESIGN II

Spring, 4 credits

This course is a capstone experience course in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program, allowing students to develop skills in group communication and teamwork as they plan, design, develop, produce, present, and defend a culminating research project. Through regular research, critiques, and planning sessions with GMMD faculty, the senior student capstone projects are developed and realized. This course builds on the skills, projects and working methodology developed in the GMMD401; culminating in a public presentation of student works and an exit portfolio for graduation.

Prerequisite: GMMD 401: Multimedia Product Design, or permission of instructor.

 

GMMD 291-295, 391-395 OR 491-495 SPECIAL TOPICS IN GRAPHIC AND MULTIMEDIA DESIGN

Fall/Spring, 1 - 4 credit hours

An introductory or more advanced exploration of subjects not covered or only partially covered by other courses in Graphic and Multimedia Design.