ISMA, UNIVERSITY OF MEDIA AND FILM COURSE OFFERING Below please find some of the courses to be offered to Anglophone students:
Media and Culture History of principles of mass communications and the role of information media in American society. Introduction to professional aspects of mass communications, including print and broadcast.
Newswriting for the Media Identifying and focusing news stories, writing the lead, developing story structure, writing on deadline, editing copy, writing headlines and captions, writing styles for print, broadcast and online news presentations.
Basic Darkroom Photography This course focuses on the fundamentals of Photography, which include the use of an adjustable camera, film and exposure techniques, filters and flash techniques, and an introduction to color. Darkroom procedures including black and white film processing and printing, photograph design and composition. Students must have use of an adjustable camera.
Basic Digital Photography Introduction to the technical and aesthetic aspects of basic digital photography via digital SLR cameras and editing through digital photo suites such as Adobe Photoshop. Students are expected to have intermediate computer knowledge. Topics include controlling digital SLRs on manual settings, photographing creatively, basic and advanced editing techniques, negative scanning and digital printing.
Radio Production Sound production techniques for radio and television. Emphasis on writing, recording, control room techniques and editing.
Introduction to the Study of Film An appreciation course designed to introduce the student to the various forms of cinematic art with special emphasis on humanistic and artistic aspects.
Web Design Create website projects. Includes the Internet, design, multimedia and the incorporation of text, sound, images, animation and video. Prerequisites: Familiarity with the World Wide Web, Internet browsers, the Macintosh operating systems and image editing software; or permission of instructor.
Introduction to Video Production An introduction to video production with an emphasis on television studio production.
Video Storytelling Basics of digital video production technology, composition, audit, lighting and editing as it relates primarily to nonfiction filmmaking. Students will conclude the course by producing their own short videos.
Digital Video Editing Introduction to the technical and aesthetic aspects of non-linear digital video editing. Students will go from little or no experience in non-linear editing to being comfortable with some of the advanced editing techniques. Address motion picture editing theories that are not bound to time or specific editing technology.
Reporting News reporting basics: covering beats, including police, sports, local government, science and the military. Cultivating sources, interviewing and reporting through public records. Working with numbers, segments on print, video and online reporting methods and style conventions.
Magazine Article Writing Learn to identify great article ideas, turn them into finished products and pitch them to magazine editors. Workshops and extensive instructor feedback.
Editing for Journalists Tricks of the trade, including copyediting; writing headlines and captions; basic page design using computers; and thinking like the editor-in-chief.
Digital Imaging This course focuses on creating and manipulating digital images, including digital painting and photography. The varied ethical issues engendered by this expertise will be addressed in depth. Skills and knowledge useful for digital photography, digital video compositing and digital painting will be covered.
Women, Minorities & the Mass Media Examination of how women and minorities are portrayed in the mass media, the employment of women and minorities in the media, as well as how accurately the media reflects out society demographically. Presented from a feminist, multi-cultural perspective using a broad feminist analysis encompassing issues of gender as well as class, race, age and sexual orientation.
New Media Toolkit Focus on the content and technology needed in today's newsrooms. Students will explore blogging and its place in journalism, basic audio production, digital photography, multimedia package production, and the latest Web 2.0 technologies. History of "new media" and its place in the changing journalism landscape will also be discussed.
Advanced Photography Continuation of JRN F203/ART F283. Emphasis on continuing development of photographic skills by application of basic technical skills to a variety of areas of photography.
Photojournalism I Fundamentals of visual communication through photography; issues and techniques of modern photojournalism; news, features, sports, and photo essay assignments as encountered at a daily newspaper; preparation of photographs for publication. Students must have basic 35mm camera equipment.
Advanced Photo Seminar Advanced discussion of photojournalism and photographic topics. Topics range from the photographic essay to the history of photography and working in series. Weekly classroom meetings supplemented by field, studio and darkroom sessions.
Photojournalism II Continuation of Photojournalism I. Emphasis on developing skills in photo essay and documentary photography, and working as a freelance photojournalist. Seminar-style class includes work with film and digital equipment.

Digital Darkroom Learn to make ink jet prints from various photographic sources, including digital capture and scanned film. Emphasis on applying Photoshop methods for making fine prints in black and white and color.

Portrait Photography This course will teach the student who has basic or advanced exposure and printing skills to further their understanding of the principles and techniques of portrait photography. Students will work with SLR or DSLR cameras and editing through a digital photo suite such as Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn to perfect their exposures and portrait skills, work with models, and handle studio strobes and equipment using traditional and digital media. Assignments will focus on both technical and aesthetic concerns. In-class critiques will provide feedback on students' work and weekly slide shows will provide insight on historical and contemporary portrait photographers. Link: What to Bring the First Day
Mass Media Law and Regulation Common law, statutory law and administrative law that affects the mass media, including libel, copyright, access to the media, constitutional problems, privacy, shield laws and broadcast regulations.
Public Relations Techniques This course examines the role of public relations in publicity, media relations, market research, crisis management, ethics, communication theories and related topics. Central to the class is the learning of persuasive writing techniques and the writing and rewriting of public relations documents including press releases, public service announcements, media alerts, features, newsletters and backgrounders. Class includes examination of case studies and preparation of a comprehensive final paper/project: a public communications "message plan" plan for a business, organization or institution.
Investigative Reporting Advanced reporting of news with emphasis on public affairs. Develops sophisticated news judgment, writing and investigative reporting skills for print and electronic media.
Radio and Television News Writing Overview of radio and television news writing. Emphasis on intensive news writing practice, including interviewing techniques, ethical issues and current controversies, and structure of television and radio news operations.
Television News Reporting Electronic news gathering using videotape equipment, scriptwriting, location sound recording, interview techniques, editing, videography and other aspects of field news reporting.
Newscast In-depth experience with television news production including electronic newsgathering. Emphasis on producing a broadcast-quality weekly newscast and packages for distribution in various media.
Science Writing for Magazines & Newspapers Students write and analyze science articles aimed at the general public. Course work includes writing and reading assignments, class workshops and conferences with the instructor. Emphasis on recognizing, finding and developing science stories; structuring articles; capturing reader interest; maintaining accuracy; and getting published. Scientists are welcome, but science background is not necessary.
Advanced Digital Design Project-oriented class in graphic design with applications from journalism to fine and commercial art. Students will be expected to have a background in programs likely to include web design, digital photography and graphic design.
Documentary Filmmaking Basics of hands-on documentary filmmaking techniques, including preproduction, production and postproduction. Different documentary filmmaking directing styles and the process of distributing a documentary. Each student will produce a short documentary as the capstone of the course
Multimedia Theory and Practice Study of techniques needed to produce multimedia with a special project for a university or community agency as the required final. For the purpose of this course, multimedia is defined as computer-based, user-driven products with audio, visual and text components and also video or film where appropriate. Primary program is Flash.
Online Publication Using the department's multimedia newsroom facilities, senior-level students work on a team, under the guidance of an instructor, to publish an online publication. Students are expected to show substantial initiative and creativity as they make use of the skills they have acquired in other journalism courses.



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