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Roberts-Breslin, Jan. Making Media: Foundations of Sound and Image Production, Second Edition. Focal Press, 2008. ISBN 0-240-80907-6 Gillmor, Dan. Mediactive. Creative Commons, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9846336-0-9
This course provides an introduction for communication students to the study of digital media. Students will learn how to analyze and produce digital text, hypertext, WebPages, digital photos, digital audio, podcasts, multimedia presentations and digital video. The course will also cover supporting topics including writing skills, listening skills, media literacy, visual composition, computer skills, online publishing, nonlinear editing, delivery medium and media convergence. Throughout the course, students will be involved in hands on projects that will help them begin to acquire the skills as a producer of digital media.
At the end of the course, the students will be able to: • • • • • • • • • • Demonstrate by action effective writing and listening skills. Demonstrate by action basic computer skills. Produce digital text and hypertext. Create a webpage. Demonstrate through discussion knowledge of media literacy and visual composition. Record and edit a digital audio file. Compose, take and display digital still images. Acquire, edit and display digital video files. Create and display a multimedia presentation. Demonstrate by delivery knowledge of media convergence
REQUIREMENTS: All students must attend class and complete reading assignments. More than three absences will adversely affect a final grade. There will be quizzes, assignments, and a final exam. There will be a hypertext project, a website project, a digital audio project, a digital still image project, a digital video project and a non-linear multimedia project. Each student will need to acquire a USB thumb drive (2GB recommended) and a SD memory chip (at least 2GB). Each student is expected to act in a professional manner. Hypertext Assignment: Students will research and write an electronic paper of 500 words. This paper may be on any communications topic. It must have at least 20 hyperlinks and must be referenced. APA style is recommended. Webpage Assignment: Students will research and create a webpage on a selected communications topic. This topic must be different than the hypertext assignment. The webpage must have 5 links, 3 tables and 5 digital images. Digital Still Image: Students will research a topic and take 20 digital images. These images must include examples of composition, such as ‘Rule of Thirds’, ‘Balance’, ‘Symmetry’, ‘Framing’, ‘Leading Lines’, and ‘Lead Space’. Digital Audio Assignment: Students will research and write an audio script. They will then create a 5 minutes digital audio file. This can be on any communications topic, including the topics covered by the hypertext, webpage and digital still image assignments. Students must include at least two different voices and use a music bed for at least 30 seconds. Digital Video Assignment: Students will research a topic and write a video script on a topic of their choice. The students will then get approval of their script for production from the professor. They will then acquire and edit raw digital video footage to create a 3-5 minute video. The video must include graphics, two voices, and music. The digital video file will then be recorded to DVD and compressed for video streaming. Non-linear Multimedia Assignment: Students will create a non-linear multimedia presentation on PowerPoint. This presentation may be on a topic of the student’s choice, preapproved by the professor. It must include 20 slides, two audio clips, a video clip, 10 digital stills, 5 links to websites and 10 pieces of clip art. Quizzes: There will be quizzes covering the material of that previous couple of weeks. These quizzes will consist of 4-5 short essays. Presentation of Projects: During the semester each student will be required to present each project to the entire class. This presentation can impact both the project grade and participation grade.
Quizzes Projects Audio Project Video Project Participation 30% 30% 10% 20% 10%
Your grade will be determined by your total amount of points earned. The distribution is as follows: 100-94 points A 89-87 points B+ 79-77 points C+ 69-65 points D+ 93-90 points A86-84 points B 76-74 points C 64-60 points D 83-80 points B73-70 points C59 down is failing
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Class Calendar Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14-15 Topics Content and Preproduction ‘Work Flow’ The Frame ‘Rules of Composition’ Depth and Movement in the Frame ‘Showing 3D in a 2D medium’ Lighting ‘Objectives of light’ Sound ‘Minds Eye’ Sound and Image ‘The Role of Listening’ Time ‘Editing Audio’ Linear Structure Linear Structure (continued) ‘Editing Video’ Non-linear Structure Non-linear Structure (continued) ‘Non-linear Multimedia’ Production, Exhibition and Distribution ‘Convergence’ Production, Exhibition and Distribution (continued) Non-linear Multimedia Project Reading Ch. 1 M ch 1-3 Ch. 2 M ch 4-6 Ch. 3 M ch 7-9 Ch. 4 M ch 10-11 Ch. 5 Ch. 6 Ch. 7 Ch. 8 Ch. 9 Ch. 10 Digital Audio Due Assignment Hypertext Due Webpage Due Digital Images Due
Ch. 11 Digital Video Due Non-linear Multimedia Due
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