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Course Catalog

Media Arts  
List of all courses and their descriptions
List of all courses, their descriptions and offerings in the schedule book

ARTM0400 - Professional Practices Seminar
Fall 2014

This course is a co-requisite with the capstone course for each of the Media Arts concentrations. Course topics will include freelancing in the creative industries, subcontracting, and professional comunication practices specific to Media Arts. The seminar-style course will consist of lectures, readings, handouts, field trips, guest lectures, and exercises in writing and research. Students will write and assemble a dossier of sample documents useful in managing a freelance practice in their respective discipliens. Co-requisite: ARTM4090 or ARTM4480
0 Credits

ARTM1010 - Foundation Studio I
Fall 2014

Foundation Studio I is an introduction to fundamental studio media, skills and techniques. Mixed-media and drawing are utilized to learn how to judge proportion, create volume and depict the illusion of space. These important core skills are addressed through exercises exploring areas such as perspective, proportion, texture, value, form, line and composition. In exploring these areas, individually and in team projects, students expand their visual vocabulary and learn to develop and refine perceptual, conceptual and practical skills that can be applied to the areas of art, design and TV/video production.
3 Credits

ARTM1011 - Foundation Studio II
Fall 2014

Foundation Studio II will build upon mixed-media and drawing skills and techniques mastered in Foundation Studio I. A wider variety of mixed-media, plus wet and dry drawing media will be explored, allowing students to expand their visual vocabulary and encouraging diverse solutions to problem solving. This will also facilitate a freedom of choice for assignments and an expanded means of expression. Color will be introduced and crucial perceptual, conceptual and practical skills further expanded. Students will be encouraged to both develop a more thorough personal and individual approach to assignments, whilst also interacting with their peers in important group projects, teamwork and critiques.
Prerequisite: ARTM1010
3 Credits

ARTM1012 - Design Fundamentals
Fall 2014

Design Fundamentals is intended to provide students with an intensive course that will act as a comprehensive introduction to the essential foundation skills from which design processes are built. The areas covered will include the principles and elements of design, color theory, drawing and 3D processes. In order to address an array of disciplines, assignments will encourage students to work across media not separate them and to solve problems utilizing media that are the best fit for the most appropriate solution. A wide variety of wet and dry drawing media will be explored, as will collage, clay, wire and print and mixed media. Color will be introduced and important drawing themes such as perspective and composition assimilated. Students will interact with their peers in important group projects and teamwork.
3 Credits

ARTM1020 - 2D Design Principles
Fall 2014

This studio course is a study of basic principles, materials and processes of two-dimensional design and its application to visual communication design. Through a series of interdisciplinary assignments, students develop a heightened awareness and sensitivity to the visual elements of design, increasing their confidence in creating two-dimensional images. Theoretical and practical aspects of the design process will be examined as well as visual. All assignments will stress experimentation and creative approaches to art and design.
3 Credits

ARTM1021 - 3D Design Principles
Fall 2014

This course is dedicated to the study of three-dimensional form, working with a variety of media. Students will learn how to manipulate three dimensional forms and space by completing sculptural and architectural projects. Students will learn how to construct and analyze three-dimensional forms, exploring additive and subtractive processes. The assignments will develop creativity, methodology, and manipulation in three dimensions. 3 credits
3 Credits

ARTM1022 - Color Theory
Fall 2014

This class is formulated to explore basic color theory and systems for organizing color applied and design solutions. Students will develop a critical awareness of color in theory and in practice, and develop solutions for color and design problems. Color will be presented in a historical and cultural context as a means of recording and communicating, and as a vehicle for self-expression.
3 Credits

ARTM1023 - Intro To Printmaking
Fall 2014

The course explores the basic tools and aesthetic possibilities of relief and silkscreen printing, consistent with the health and safety requirements when working in a workshop with chemicals, inks and specialist materials. Students discover the creative possibilities of each of the mediums using traditional as well as computer assisted imaging. The mediums are compared and contrasted as aesthetic and technical skills are developed and explored. 3 credits
3 Credits

ARTM1030 - Survey Of Art History I
Fall 2014

This course is a chronological survey of major art movements and monuments from the Prehistoric to the Gothic Era in the context of the cultures that produced them. 3 credits
3 Credits

ARTM1830 - Hist Of Visual Communications
Fall 2014

Ever since mankind has walked upon the earth people have searched for ways to give visual form to the world around them. Individual or tribal groups struggled to convey ideas, concepts, store knowledge, record history, bring social order and clarify information. Various people including priests, scribes, printers, artists and finally graphic designers needs have met these important. This course will enable the student to understand the entrance of the printed word in graphic design from the cave dwellings to the present time, and the role of the graphic designer as a visual communicator. 3 credits
3 Credits

ARTM1840 - History Of Tv and Video
Fall 2014

This is a basic level course designed to introduce communication majors and other interested students to the institutions of electronic mass communication in the United States. The emphasis is on technology, economics and business practices, and legal regulation, with supplementary attention to programming and the history of broadcasting, cable, and other media in the U.S. 3 credits
3 Credits

ARTM1850 - History Of Documentary Film
Fall 2014

This course provides an introduction to the genre of documentary film and a review of their historical development from its roots in the nineteenth century to present times. Student will view classic documentary films and come to understand the styles and techniques of the documentary tradition. The course will also analyze the contribution of documentary as a persuasive means of communication to achieve social and political goals. 3 Credits
3 Credits

ARTM1860 - Writing & Produc Documentary
Fall 2014

This course covers the fundamentals of writing, producing and directing for documentary as well as business and aesthetic dimensions of documentary production. Particular attention will be paid to documentary writing.
3 Credits

ARTM1870 - History Of Photography
Fall 2014

This course is an introduction to the history of photography that will examine the medium's major issues, innovators and applications from prehistory to the present.
3 Credits

ARTM2005 - Introduction To Photography
Fall 2014

This introductory course enables students to explore photography as a medium of visual communication and creative expression. Through lectures, discussions, demonstrations of techniques, and hands-on-experience, students learn how to make black-and-white prints and color slides, using 35mm cameras and traditional silver-based darkroom facilities. The continued importance of the history and relevance of these techniques in the context of the digital age is addressed. Students are required to provide their own 35mm single-lens reflex (SLR) camera with manual settings for this course. Advice on this purchase can be sought in advance by contacting the Media Arts department.
3 Credits

ARTM2010 - Idea Develpmt & Storyboarding
Fall 2014

This course is designed to encourage the student to develop ideas into stories that will translate well both onscreen as well as in other forms of expression. Students will examine their own creative process as well as conceptualize and develop creative projects. The goal is to generate a number of viable concepts and story ideas that can be stockpiled for future use as well as to learn and implement development techniques. 3 credits
Prerequisite: ARTM1010 or ARTM1012
3 Credits

ARTM2020 - Digital Imaging
Fall 2014

Students will work in a Media Arts computer lab to capture, create, manipulate, and output digital images using contemporary software and hardware. After an introduction to the operating system of the lab, emphasis will be on the skillful manipulation of pixel-based images. Vector drawing tools will also be introduced. Assigned visual challenges will foster creativity and the development of resourceful solutions.
3 Credits

ARTM2030 - Survey Of Art History II
Fall 2014

This course is a chronological survey of major art movements and monuments from the Renassance to the present in the context of the cultures that produced them. 3 credits
3 Credits

ARTM2050 - Writing For The Media
Fall 2014

This course teaches students how to write for a variety of media, including video and audio productions, radio, television, slide-tape materials, and other non-narrative uses of media. Students develop research skills as they gather information for their scripts and adapt material from sources, such as brochures, news articles and press releases. Students also develop abilities in planning and analyzing communication situations so they can create proposals, treatments, and storyboards. Some applications include writing scripts for training, public service announcements, corporate and nonprofit projects, informational television and radio, and sales and promotional pieces. This course is offered at the Moon Township campus only.
Prerequisite: COSK1221
3 Credits

ARTM2110 - Intro To Graphic Design
Fall 2014

An introduction to the creative process behind communications design. The focus is on visual thinking, experimentations, and exploring the relationship between word and image. Examination of the design process will develop skills in creating multiple solutions to a given problem. Core concepts and skills required to understand and control visual languages and principles of design are introduced along with studio techniques required for visualization of communication problems. Through a series of assignments, lectures, class discussions, and exercises the elements and principles of successful design and layout will be examined, together with ideation and creative strategies for visual problems solving. Basic typography and compositional principles used while working with text and display type such as visual hierarchy, legibility and readability will also be analyzed and discussed. 3 credits
Prerequisite: ARTM1012 or ARTM1020
3 Credits

ARTM2115 - Introduction To Typography
Fall 2014

This essential course helps students design with letterforms and words. At the introductory level, it covers the history, theory, and practice of typography as they apply to graphics for visual communication that appear on the digital screen and in print. The course includes the basis for type selection, type organization, designing with type, how to combine type and image, and how to communicate the essence of a graphic with typography."
Prerequisite: ARTM1020 or ARTM1012
3 Credits

ARTM2120 - Vector Graphics
Fall 2014

This course will cover industry-standard vector drawing software in depth and introduce basic techniques of page layout. Primary emphasis will be on the skillful application of vector illustration tools. The course will also introduce the placement and arrangement of images and text into document flow. Technical assignments will foster creativity and the development of successful design solutions.
Prerequisite: ARTM2110
3 Credits

ARTM2210 - Intro To Web Design
Fall 2014

This course explores the fundamentals of creating graphically-oriented Web sites. We will expand upon knowledge gained in Digital Imaging and Layout (ARTM2020) to understand image optimization. Through lectures, demonstrations, and studio problems, students will also learn the basic syntax of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and explore the constraints and capabilities of various Internet browsers.
Prerequisite: ARTM2020
3 Credits

ARTM2220 - Designing For New Media
Fall 2014

Through lectures, discussions, and critical analysis of contemporary media, students will develop a foundation in designing for current and emerging technology. Coursework includes the creation of a fully developed interface design proposal. In a seminar setting, students will build upon knowledge gained in Intro to Web Design by studying usability, accessibility, site planning, cross-platform design, and principles of interactivity.
Prerequisite: ARTM2020
3 Credits

ARTM2410 - Intro To Tv/Video Production
Fall 2014

This course introduces students to theory and hands on application of multi camera studio production. The course consists of lectures and structured labs in the RMU TV control room and studio. Emphasis is on learning and applying terminology, aesthetics, and fundamental principles to planning and executing television programs within a live on tape context. Using Academic Media Center projects as models, the course stresses the inter relationships of equipment and personnel using a team approach. Labs provide students with a working knowledge of broadcast equipment, facilities, and industry standards.
3 Credits

ARTM2411 - Introduction To Editing
Fall 2014

This course covers the basics of Final Cut Pro non-linear editing. The contents of this class includes; interface and non-linear editing process, capturing media, organizing clips, editing concepts, editing functions, special effects, audio and printing to video. This workshop is taken simultaneously with ARTM2410 Introduction to Television/Video Production. Co-Requisite: ARTM2410
1 Credits

ARTM2425 - Audio/Radio Production
Fall 2014

Audio/Radio Production will provide students with an understanding of how radio has developed technically, how the business of radio functions, and what opportunities exist for working in this fascinating industry. Through a combination of theory, discussion, demonstration and audio production assignments, the student will apply classroom lessons to gain real-world experience and produce effective audio programs. Hands-on production will be incorporated through projects assigned to develop skills in a variety of production areas. Students will be given the opportunity to work both individually and as members of a production team to complete the assigned projects.
3 Credits

ARTM2430 - Video Field Production
Fall 2014

Video Field Production advances the groundwork in theory and hands on application to single camera, non studio television production. The course consists of lectures and lab work. A portion of the lab work will be done on location. Emphasis is on integrating and expanding the foundation of COMM 2410 to planning and executing television programs within an Electronic Field Production (EFP) context. The course develops and advances students' techniques in proposal writing, pre production, production and post production problem solving. Labs provide students with a working knowledge of broadcast equipment, facilities and industry standards. Video Field Production will cover what you need to know to create effective television programming. This programming could be a documentary, a fiction piece, experimental video, public service announcement or a sponsored video. The productions produced for this class must be produced with the idea that these productions could eventually air on broadcast television.
Prerequisite: ARTM2410
3 Credits

ARTM2431 - Introduction To Lighting
Fall 2014

This course covers the essentials of location and studio lighting. An understanding of basic three point lighting, maximizing available light, fixture control, grip equipment, color theory and safety will emphasized. This workshop is taken simultaneously with ARTM2430 Television/Video Field Production. Co-Requisite: ARTM2430
1 Credits

ARTM2435 - Broadcast Journalism
Fall 2014

This course introduces students to the fast-paced broadcast news environment, covering in theory and practice how to produce and execute television news broadcasts. The course will cover broadcast journalism from producing, writing, reporting and shooting a story, conducting interviews, anchoring and editing to how to find, research and evaluate news story ideas as well as how to critically analyze information and one's own work. Students will produce several full newscasts during the semester. The course expands on the theoretical and hands-in knowledge gained in ARTM2410, ARTM2411, and ARTM2430, all of which are prerequisites.
Prerequisites: ARTM2410 and ARTM2430
3 Credits

ARTM2451 - Directing For Camera
Fall 2014

This course is designed to enhance students' skills in working as directors, preparing them to create memorable performances and visual interpretations that are paramount to effective storytelling. By the end of the semester students should have a solid foundation of the craft of directing, the Actor-Director Relationship, Stage acting versus Film and Television Acting, Casting and Script Analysis. By the end of the semester each student will have completed four video assignments ranging from directing interviews to dramatic scenes and a written analysis comparing directing styles within a specific genre (6-8 pages, single spaced).
Prerequisite: ARTM2430
3 Credits

ARTM2452 - Television Writing
Fall 2014

The primary objective of this course is to learn how to write series television scripts. Each step in the television writing process will be broken down and analyzed-from pitching to drafting. Each step will be applied to the development of your own particular script. Students will learn the basic theory and formal aspects of story structure, character development, the use of conflict and dialogue. By the end of the semester each student will complete a specific script for a current drama or situation comedy, leaving the class with sample scripts for submission to agents and producers.
3 Credits

ARTM2455 - Screenwriting
Fall 2014

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to write a feature length screenplay by introducing them to the building blocks of cinematic storytelling. By the end of the semester students should have a solid foundation in screenwriting format, three act dramatic structure, character conception and development, the difference between plot and story, and the best way to put all of this information to use in the actual writing of a treatment and screenplay. In this course, students will write a treatment for a feature-length film (8-12 pages, single-spaced) and the first act of that screenplay in master scenes form (25-30 pages).
3 Credits

ARTM2510 - Intro To Product Design
Fall 2014

Using historical, theoretical, and practical methodologies, students will learn how products are developed from start to finish. Class time will consist of lecture, discussion and studio work in order to develop a product concept into a tangible object. The development process includes considerations such as usability, lifespan and disposal, material selection, and/or human factors.
3 Credits

ARTM2610 - Introduction To Illustration
Fall 2014

This course is an introduction to the creative process of illustration in its many forms. The focus is on exploring how the hand-rendered image can communicate the essence of a story, individual, environment, product, or service, in a personal and unique manner. The class will cover editorial illustration and book illustration, with the primacy of a response to an existing text or story, as well as development of styles of illustration suitable to convey the human figure, products and food, the landscape, and the built environment. The class will also address the role of specialist areas of Illustration. These will include caricature and cartoons, scientific and medical illustration, as well as sequential art including graphic novels and comics. The relationship between the autographic illustrative image, its separation from the photographic image and how it is adapted for both print and digital media, is addressed in detail. Examination of the illustration design process will develop skills in creating multiple solutions to a given problem and the development of appropriates styles.
Prerequisite: ARTM1011
3 Credits

ARTM3065 - Film & Society In Chile
Fall 2014

This course prepares Media Arts and Communications students for a documentary exchange trip to Valparaiso, Chile, December 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009, where students will be hosted by the Universidad de Valparaiso. Students will examine contemporary Chilean film and culture, focusing particularly on documentary film. They willl participate in exercises demonstrating documentary history, geography, culture, politics, religion and cuisine of Chile. International Office staff will coordinate travel-planning activities. The course will culminate with a 17-day trip to Valparaiso and Santiago, December 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009, during which students will complete individual or small group documentary production for documentary shorts. During the Spring 2009 semester, students will be required to enroll in an three-credit independent study to edit their production material into a documentry short (7-15 minutes) to be shown at DOCUFEST in April 2009.
3 Credits

ARTM3066 - Finnish Experience
Fall 2014

This course prepares RMU students for a professional and academic trip to Finland. The course is divided into two parts: five class meetings in the spring semester and a short study-abroad trip to Finland in the summer with the potential of visiting a neighboring country of Finland. During the first part of the course, we will study Finland and Finnish society in order to prepare all participants for the trip. We will also study international communication, focusing on analyzing differences between American and European media, using American and Finnish examples. In the area of intercultural communication, we will focus on examining differences in communication between American and Finnish societies. The second part of the course, the short study-abroad trip, will consist of industry and business visits to Finnish media sites and companies, and museum and art center visits.
3 Credits

ARTM3110 - Design Studio I
Fall 2014

This course seeks to consolidate previously learned knowledge and design skills in visual communication and to introduce the student to wider and more complex communication design problems. Emphasis throughout is on individual learning, and by continuing the study of the design process students increase their abilities in creative and critical thinking. Assignments take the form of a range of coordinated design problems and solutions take the form of drawings, roughs, models and computer print outs or ?comps?. Technical and craft skills will be acquired not in a vacuum but through the active participation in solving specific design problems and the need to communicate ideas through skilled manipulation of various materials and processes. 3 credits
Prerequisite: ARTM2110
3 Credits

ARTM3120 - Design Studio II
Fall 2014

Through a further series of integrated assignments the course continues the refinement of the design process to a more advanced level. Emphasis as before is on individual learning, and by continuing the study of the design process students begin to specialize in a focus area. By increasing the opportunities to initiate and negotiate their own assignments, the course will ensure that students are fully involved and committed to their own learning. The use of frequent team and student assessment and criticism, tutorial review, and group working will support the process. Technical and craft skills are further developed through the active participation in solving specific design problems and the need to communicate ideas through skilled manipulation of various materials and processes. The course will be taught in the computer design lab. 3 credits
Prerequisite: ARTM3110
3 Credits

ARTM3130 - Production For The Designer
Fall 2014

The course explores basic knowledge needed to prepare artwork for production purposes within a digital pre-press envioronment. Traditional finished artwork techniques will also be covered. Students discover the creative possibilities of each of the print and production mediums and the production characteristics which are distinctive to each. The mediums are compared and contrasted as aesthetic and technical skills are developed and explored. Paper selection and specification in line with the technical demands of the pressroom and bindery, together with the knowledge of die cutting, embossing, and foil stamping are covered. New digital technologies will also be explored, which have added yet another layer of complexity to the mix. Product end use will also be examined and students will be encouraged to take this into account when specifying production materials and processes.
Prerequisite: ARTM2120
3 Credits

ARTM3140 - Corporate Identity Design
Fall 2014

This course explores the use of type and symbols for the development of identifying long-term marks for various clients [ product, service or company ]. We develop corporate identity systems from concept to print package for each project assignment. Students create corporate and brand identities and then apply them to products, services, environments, and communications. By working on one major identity assignment, students explore different kinds of identity, monolithic, endorsed, and branded. Students follow the following stages - investigation, design brief, developing the design idea, working out the program, and finally implementation. Students create and produce a full corporate identity system with accompanying manual.
Prerequisite: ARTM3110
3 Credits

ARTM3150 - Advertising Design
Fall 2014

Through lectures, research and studio work, the student will develop an advertising campaign to meet the client's needs. The course requires students to undertake market research and then to create copy and visual concepts to solve advertising problems for products, services, and ideas. Emphasis will be on developing creative concepts for advertising campaigns and the presentation of ideas to clients. Research focus will be on market research, goals and objectives, target audience, creative strategy, competition, media strategy and media used. 3 credits
Prerequisite: ARTM2110
3 Credits

ARTM3160 - Packaging Design
Fall 2014

This course provides an intensive examination of graphic design processes as they relate to forms and materials used in package design. Designs are created to meet client marketing and branding needs. Green design is included in the course.
Prerequisite: ARTM3110
3 Credits

ARTM3210 - Html Toolbox
Fall 2014

Assuming basic competency in Web site development, HTML Toolbox will explore intermediate level Web development skills through site planning and structure, design, programing, creating templates and site administration. Through lectures, demonstrations, studio problems and critique, students will investigate responsive layouts for desktop and mobile devices, open source content management tools, modular development, and interactivity through forms and jQuery. 3 credits
Prerequisite: ARTM2210
3 Credits

ARTM3220 - Interaction Design
Fall 2014

In a studio setting, students will build upon the processes and ideas learned in ARTM2220 by participating in interactive experiences, examining case studies, and then design their own interactions. Through lectures, demonstrations, field trips and studio problems, students will focus on the art, technology, and design methods for effectively creating experiences for others. Students will explore interactions on screen, with products and within architecture. Then, students will be introduced to a variety of emerging technologies to prototype and create interesting and engaging interactions.
Prerequisite: ARTM2220
3 Credits

ARTM3300 - Digital Photography
Fall 2014

A mastery of digital workflow is an essential tool for success in contemporary photography. In this course students will learn foundational skills including digital capture, "raw" file processing, organization, file management, and archiving. Concepts such as color profiling and calibration will help students learn how to produce color-accurate output from digital files.
Prerequisite: ARTM2020
3 Credits

ARTM3306 - Sp Tpc: Med Arts For Hist Pres
Fall 2014

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3 Credits

ARTM3310 - Advanced Digital Photography
Fall 2014

Command of digital output will give students the tools to create superior portfolios and to prepare professional prints for clients. Students will learn the importance of color management and the complesxities of working with various output media.
Prerequisite: ARTM3300
3 Credits

ARTM3320 - Portrait Photography
Fall 2014

This course combines commercial, documentary and fine art photography in the creation of successful protraits. Historic and contemporary portrait styles and techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. Assignments will instruct students in the technical elements of portraiture including camera lighting, background, and posing.
Prerequisite: ARTM3300
3 Credits

ARTM3330 - Documentary Photography
Fall 2014

Students enrolled in Documentary Photography will learn the history and practice of visual story telling. In consultation with faculty, students will develop their own research topic based on interests and project viability. In-class critiques will not only address student's photographic work, but also discuss issues of social and ethical concern.
Prerequisite: ARTM2005 or ARTM3300
3 Credits

ARTM3340 - Photojournalism
Fall 2014

This course explores the role of photojournalism in the newsgathering and news reporting processes, and the activity of a photojournalist in fulfilling that role. Students will learn to originate single pictures and multiple image stories covering news, sports, and features. Aspects of journalism such as the generation of story ideas, research, and visual execution will be addressed, as well as legal and ethical issues that affect photojournalists. Students will also develop writing skills in developing photo captions and generating text to support photo essays.
Prerequisite: ARTM2005 or ARTM2020
3 Credits

ARTM3350 - Commercial Photography I
Fall 2014

In Commercial Photography I students will be introduced to lighting, composition, and specialized camera techniques used in commercial photography, press photography, and photojournalism. Students will work within the studio and on-location with artificial lighting both tungsten and strobe. Relevant topics will aso be discussed, including shooting glass, metal, and other challenging materials, as well as the demands of working on location.
Prerequisite: ARTM3310
3 Credits

ARTM3390 - Photography Abroad
Fall 2014

In this course, students will learn to create unique and compelling photographs while traveling outside of the United States on a faculty-led excursion. Students will learn about photographing landscapes, nature, and people while engaging with the culture, history, and heritage of another country.
3 Credits

ARTM3410 - Film/Video Seminar
Fall 2014

This course examines a major aesthetic or other theoretical issue, trend or film or video maker in great depth. It will investigate the aesthetic and cultural issues, making connections to film theory, related media and cultural analysis, and historical overview. The subject matter will be different each time this course is taught, enabling students to take this course several times with the permission of the instructor, providing the subject is not one being repeated. 3 credits
Prerequisite: ARTM3880
3 Credits

ARTM3415 - Sound Design
Fall 2014

This course will expose students to all aspects of sound design for video productions from a theoretical and practical perspective. Through hands-on exercises students will learn how to create a successful soundtrack for a project using elements like voice-over, music, and sound effects to help tell the story. At the same time, students will engage in the analysis of sound for films and video to gain a historical and conceptual perspective on the importance of soundtracks when working on an audiovisual piece. Students will be responsible for acquiring, editing, improving, processing, mixing, and synchronizing sound for production and post-production assignments.
Prerequisite: ARTM2430
3 Credits

ARTM3420 - Tv/Video Post Production
Fall 2014

This course will familiarize students to most aspects of video post-production, including advanced editing concepts and techniques, sound design, title/credit creation, and final output. Students will develop advanced editing skills using Final Cut Pro and Avid systems, while also discussing various stylistic and aesthetic approaches to post-production and montage. Preparing movies for various distribution outlets will also be addressed. We will use iDVD to put final projects on disc, learning how to create basic interfaces for digital video discs. The class will be studio based, and footage for most assignments will be provided.
Prerequisite: ARTM2430
3 Credits

ARTM3421 - Introduction To Dvd Software
Fall 2014

In this class students will learn how to create high quality, sophisticated DVD's working with Apple's DVD Studio Pro software. The course will cover creating source materials, encoding video and audio, authoring, preparing and importing assets, preparing menus, importing graphics, finishing and screening your project. This class will be taken simultaneously with ARTM3420 Television/Video Post-Production. Co-requisite: ARTM3420
1 Credits

ARTM3425 - Color and Lighting Aesthetics
Fall 2014

This course is designed to prepare students to enhance their craft of lighting for video. In order to understand the technical, aesthetic and compositional aspects of lighting for video and electronic media, students participate in a variety of lighting and shooting environments. The course examines light sources, lighting styles and the application of tools for achieving desired objectives. The course analyses the evolution of lighting styles in fiction and non-fiction film, commercials and music videos.
Prerequisite: ARTM2430
3 Credits

ARTM3430 - Motion Graphics
Fall 2014

This course will emphasize the relationship between graphic design and the moving image and sound environment. Through guided in class exercises and individual assignments students will learn how to bring their still graphics and photographic images alive through the use of Adobe After Effects and Final Cut Express. Basics of keyframe animation will also be addressed through the combination of graphics created in Adobe Photoshop and animated using editing software. This class will be studio based. Students will be responsible for the creation of all the graphics used in individual assignments.
Prerequisite: ARTM2020
3 Credits

ARTM3530 - Documentary Production I
Fall 2014

Students will complete production and editing of a documentary short while they develop the skills needed to shoot for story and for editing. Through lectures, demonstrations, viewing film excerpts, and individual production assignments, students will develop a strong understanding of the different approaches available for documentary filmmaking as they master the technical and more subjective aspects related to the genre. Emphasis will be placed on technical proficiency, including sound, lighting, and composition, as well as on story and character development as appropriate for student projects. Much of the outside class time of this course will be on-location as students will be engaged in the production of their projects through the duration of the semester. Class critiques will be the main tool used to evaluate progress made on the productions. 3 credits.
Prerequisite: ARTM3420
3 Credits

ARTM3870 - Film History
Fall 2014

This course offers students an overview of the medium's development from its inception to the present. Students view a series of films representative of various film historical periods and cultures (American, European, Asian, Australian, African). Lectures and class discussion place these films in their production contexts (ideological, social, economic, industrial, technological) and compare them to other films of their period. Given this perspective, students, may probe the films and filmmakers' contributions to the development of cinematic language or innovations in film style.
3 Credits

ARTM3880 - Film/Video Aesthetics
Fall 2014

This course provides students with basic concepts of film and video form and technique in order to sharpen their critical perception of narrative and non-narrative films or video/television programs. Students view a series of feature films and video programs that exemplify principles of form or techniques and permit them to apply their critical skills.
Prerequisite: COSK2220 or COSK2225
3 Credits

ARTM4010 - Senior Studio
Fall 2014

Following a personal tutorial and evaluation of strengths and weaknesses with a Media Arts professor, students then select an area of further study from their concentration. Students prepare a self-initiated design assignment and enter into a "learning contract" with the professor. All design/communication objectives will be stated and the constraints outlined before work begins. The goal will be to produce at least three pieces of work during the semester. International competition projects as well as "real world" assignments may form part of this class if appropriate. This course will be taught in the computer design lab. 3 credits
Prerequisite: ARTM3120 or ARTM3350
3 Credits

ARTM4090 - Portfolio
Fall 2014

Students concentrate on the refinement of the job-seeking portfolio by rethinking or re-doing work from previous classes. A mock portfolio miniature is produced which leads to the final presentation piece which is then presented at the end of the course. Examples of other designer's presentations will be discussed and critiqued and members of the design profession will share expertise and views on the subject. Development of resumes, cover letters, and self-presentation will also be topics covered on this important final stage of the visual communications track. This work produced adds significantly towards providing the essential credentials required to obtaining employment in the field or continuing further study at the Masters level. Each student will exhibit an end of course show, which will be held in the gallery. It will be open to the public and form part of continuous feedback to high schools and employers. The organization and presentation within the area or space provided will be the prime responsibility of the student, with advice and guidance from the faculty. 3 credits
Prerequisite: ARTM3120 or ARTM4350 Co-requisite: ARTM0400
3 Credits

ARTM4110 - Advanced Typography
Fall 2014

This course extends on the fundamentals of typography covered in visc 2001, while allowing for expression and experimentation to create dynamic and exciting typographic solutions to given problems. Students learn to analyze, edit, configure and refine varied content and in the process master syntax, structure, legibility, tone, value, texture, contrast, flow of information, and relationships of scale. Typographic assignments involve the representation of texts as visually dynamic, clear, functional communication. Foremost is an appreciation of typography as visual language. 3 credits
Prerequisite: ARTM2115
3 Credits

ARTM4210 - Interactive Web Animation
Fall 2014

Students will work with vector-based animation software to develop complex graphic user interfaces and animations. Students will explore basic scripting behaviors and work with navigational elements and multimedia files, including sound and video, to create professional and engaging content.
Prerequisites: ARTM2020 and ARTM2120
3 Credits

ARTM4350 - Commercial Photography II
Fall 2014

In this continuation of Commercial Photography I, students become familiar with a broad cross-section of commercial photography disciplines including food and beverage, fashion, and public relations. Professional propping, set design, and the use of models will be covered in-depth, with continued emphasis on lighting techniques. In addition, students learn what advertising art directors, publishers, stock photo houses, and other professionals seek in professional photographers.
Prerequisite: ARTM3350
3 Credits

ARTM4480 - Advanced Tv/Video Workshop I
Fall 2014

This workshop style course enables students to experience the entire production process with the end result being a video piece that is the capstone of their education. Students who are enrolled in the BA program will complete a five to eight minute video project for either distribution via television or the video festival circuit. Students who are enrolled in the BFA program will work on the pre-production and production stages of a larger scale project with work to be completed in the continuation course, Television/Video BFA Seminar. Utilizing the facilities at RMU-TV students will apply their knowledge of both the technical and aesthetic decision-making process culminating in a portfolio caliber piece.
Prerequisite: ARTM3420
3 Credits

ARTM4485 - Adv Studio Production
Fall 2014

This course introduces students to in-depth theory and hands-on application of multi-camera studio production. The course covers a variety of television and video genres, including but not limited to, drama, sitcom, newsmagazine, documentary and corporate video. The focus will be on understanding genre differences, and on the planning and execution of advanced television and video projects. The course emphasis is on gaining professional studio production experience with a full crew and following industry standards. The course expands on the theoretical and studio knowledge gained in ARTM2410.
Prerequisite: ARTM2410
3 Credits

ARTM4490 - Advanced Video Workshop II
Fall 2014

This workshop style course completes the cycle of the production process with the end result being a video piece that is the capstone of their education. Students will work on the post-production and distribution stages of their larger scale project. Utilizing the facilities at RMU-TV students will apply their knowledge of both the technical and aesthetic decision making process culminating in a portfolio caliber piece.
Prerequisite: ARTM4480
3 Credits

ARTM4903 - Internship/Co-Op
Fall 2014

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3 Credits

ARTM4906 - Internship/Co-Op
Fall 2014

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6 Credits

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