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  • CTM 10 - Introduction to Cinema, Television, and Media
    A survey of the historical, technical, economic, regulatory, and social aspects of cinema, television, and media production. Traditional broadcast radio and broadcast and cable television systems are considered, as well as satellite, Web, and cellular media delivery. The convergence of mass media technologies and content is given particular consideration. The course also introduces students to cinema, television, and media programming, advertising, and audience measurement.

  • CTM 50 - Audio Production
    An introduction to the sound medium and its applications for Cinema, Television, and Media Production majors.  The fundamental properties of sound are introduced and related to modern audio production techniques.  Students conduct lab exercises in digital recording, editing, multi-track mixing, CD burning and file compression.

  • CTM 55 - Fundamentals of Video Production
    An introduction to the complete process of video production for professional use.  Students learn how video works, how to plan a video production, how to operate various production equipment, how to produce a program, how to evaluate the quality of finished video productions, and how to determine the appropriate type of production for a given circumstance.

  • CTM 70 - Scriptwriting for Cinema, Television, and Media
    An introduction to the craft of writing for radio and television, and newer technologies.  Students learn the process and appropriate formats needed for writing commercials, PSAs, news, and promos, as well as long-form programs, such as documentaries, non-broadcast scripts, and dramatic narratives.  Students will incorporate the balancing of audio and video, attention to video composition, and shot descriptions. (Fufills WI competency)

  • CTM 130 - Media Theory and Aesthetics
    Beginning with a treatment of the process of human communication, this course introduces students to various theories of how media content reaches and affects audience members. The course follows the traditional approach to aesthetics as an understanding and perception of "beauty." It seeks to apply that approach to media production by exploring fundamental aesthetic considerations for producing effective media content. Specific treatment is given to such topics as narrative structure, visual and sound cues, image framing, lighting, and shot sequencing. (Fulfills CT and VL competencies)

  • CTM 140 - Video Lighting
    This course presents advanced techniques, equipment and applications of lighting for video production.  Topics introduced in the basic production course are expanded upon, and new concepts will be introduced.  Students conduct lab exercises in camera sensitivity, color balancing, image control, bounce light, lighting interiors, exteriors, single subject interviews, 2-person interviews, master shots and close-ups.

  • CTM 205 - Narrative Video Production
    This course is an introduction to visual storytelling from the perspective of the production and technical sides. Students, working in teams, will go through all stages of making a 5-10 minute fictional film, from the early stages of pre-production (pitching/writing/revising the scripts, budgeting, casting, assembling a crew, scheduling, location scouting, devising shot lists and storyboards) to shooting, editing and mixing their projects. Every student will work in a key production position-producer, writer, director, cinematographer, or editor-on at least one project.

  • CTM 206 - Masterpieces in Film History
    The course is an in-depth overview of the pictures, filmmakers and cinematic movements that were essential in shaping film and television cultures. The focus of the course is the art and craft of filmmaking from the perspective of the production and technical sides-how the groundbreaking aesthetic principles, techniques, styles and genres of the cinema's masters became the foundational rules of visual storytelling of our time.

  • CTM 218 - Studio Production Workshop
    This course offers practical experience in various television studio production crew positions and in all the elements required to produce a studio production. The student serves as a camera operator, floor manager, audio technician, assistant director, producer, and in other crew positions. Students are also responsible for writing scripts, gathering B-roll, and producing and editing short features appropriate to the content of the show. Lighting techniques and set design are also included.

  • CTM 220 - Media Law & Ethics in the Digital Landscape
    This course introduces students to state, federal and case laws as well as Constitutional issues pertaining to the field of media. It traces their historical development and will explore their pertinence to today's technology and society.  The course allows students to develop an understanding of legal rights and responsibilities and an understanding of the legal system.  The course covers material such as freedom of the press, copyright, contracts, defamation, privacy issues, access to information, free press and fair trials.  (Prerequisite:  30 credits completed)

  • CTM 222 - The Evolution of Sports and the Media
    The Evolution of Sports and the Media will engage students in exploring the origins of media involvement in the sports industry, the history of media coverage of professional sports, the effects of media in sports and techniques used for producing sporting events. This course does not have a production component.

  • CTM 250 - Video Engineering and Troubleshooting
    Students learn basic video troubleshooting, basic technical terminology and concepts, operation of broadcast test equipment, and alignment and adjustment of video production equipment.  (Prerequisite:  CTM 050 and CTM 055)

  • CTM 255 - Video Field Production
    This course introduces the student to basic single-camera field production.  Students learn planning and production strategies for single-camera field productions.  Emphasis is placed on shooting to edit.  Students are introduced to fundamentals of nonlinear editing.   Lighting and audio techniques for field production are treated in depth.  (Prerequisite: CTM 055)

  • CTM 262 - American Independent Cinema
    This course analyzes the history, aesthetics, business, and production techniques of American independent cinema. Students will examine how independent filmmakers worked in opposition to the Hollywood studio system and how those mavericks generated a new cinema and culture inside and outside the studio system. Students will learn how financial and technological limitations spawned personal artistic voices and unconventional filmmaking techniques. The course examines the latest trends in technology, financing and distribution and how independent filmmakers find an audience.

  • CTM 306 - Audio Post-Production
    This course examines audio post-production techniques for video.  Topics introduced in CTM 050, Audio Production, and CTM 255, Video Field Production, are expanded upon, and new audio production concepts are introduced.  Students conduct lab exercises in signal processing, multi-track recording procedures, and audio post-production techniques for video.  (Prerequisite:  CTM 255)

  • CTM 325 - Comedy Writing and Production for Sitcoms and Screen Media
    An introduction to writing and producing comedy content for television and digital media outlets with a heavy emphasis on sitcoms. Students will explore comedy structure and format, joke writing, script critique, and humorous story development for the screen. Basic production techniques of sitcoms and comedic screen media will also be discussed, allowing students to see their jokes translate to the screen. Students will use this knowledge to pitch and create a full-length sitcom script by the end of the semester. (Prerequisite: CTM 070)

  • CTM 326 - Laughing Matters: The Evolution of Comedy Through Cinema, TV, and Beyond
    This course analyzes comedic media productions in classic cinema and the Golden Age of Television, leading to current day online video content. Students will explore the conventions and techniques used in comedy throughout its history. Theories of humor will also be discussed.

  • CTM 358 - Field Videography Workshop
    This course offers practical experience in various television field production crew positions. The student will work as part of a production team and will serve as a camera operator, producer, audio technician, lighting director, and in other field production positions. (Prerequisite:  CTM 255)

  • CTM 365 - Video Post-Production
    This course focuses on video post-production equipment and techniques.  Students produce programs using advanced post-production techniques. (Prerequisite: CTM 255; Fulfills CP competency)

  • CTM 369 - Field/Post Production Practicum
    This course offers students practical experience in all aspects of single camera video field production. Students working as a part of a team will be provided opportunities producing, shooting, setting up field lighting and audio as well as editing footage into feature packages and full-length programs for air.

  • CTM 370 - Selected Topics in CTM (Advanced Scriptwriting)
    An advanced course in scriptwriting and directing for cinema, television, and emerging technologies. Students will build their scriptwriting skills and further develop their craft for visual storytelling. Students will write a 25-page script and film an excerpt from that script to study the interconnection between their writing and the production process. Students will explore different techniques for directing actors while exploring the technical requirements of their scripts. Scriptwriting workshops and production exercises will help students better understand how producers, directors, and directors of photography budget and translate scripts to screen. (Prerequisite: CTM 70; CTM 55).

  • CTM 375 - Live Event Production
    This course integrates studio and field production techniques and emphasizes producing and directing for single and multi-camera productions in the styles of "live television" and documentary.  It builds upon skills introduced in earlier video, audio, lighting, and editing courses.  All aspects of the production process are further expanded on and explored for studio and field production situations. Students are introduced to multi-camera field production by conducting site surveys and planning and producing several remotes. The students experience the planning and processes involved in documentary production as they produce video in the documentary style. (Prerequisites: CTM 255 and CTM 365)

  • CTM 379 - Independent Study in Cinema, Television, and Media Production
    The student pursues an area of interest under the direction of a faculty member. An appropriate creative product such as a research paper, case study, or video production is developed. (Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing and permission of faculty. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 semester hours)

  • CTM 380 - Senior Seminar in Cinema, Television, and Media Production
    This course serves as a practical survey of the current state of the cinema, television, and media production industries and as a vehicle for immediate preparation for professional experience.  A fundamental purpose of the course is to guide students in searching for and securing a full-time internship for a subsequent semester.  The course also covers best practices for seeking and applying for positions in the cinema, television, and media production industries, including the importance of developing professional connections.  Specific attention is given to the freelance aspect of the business.  (Prerequisites:  CTM majors who have completed 90 or more credits)

  • CTM 390 - Senior Internship in Cinema, Television, and Media Production
    The Senior Internship is a program that is designed to give the student a full-time, full semester, supervised practical experience in a cinema, television, or media-related facility, or an appropriate corporate, medical, or educational site.  (Prerequisites:  Senior status, completion of all required CTM courses, a minimum of 2.00 Q.P.A. overall and in CTM courses, and departmental approval)