Critical Studies




Tuition and Fees




RTVF Department





Graduate Courses In Mass Communication

500. Theory/History of Film & Electronic Media Part I-Core Curriculum

Prerequisite: Graduate status. Survey of the history of film/electronic media and film & electronic media theory beginning with the early silent cinema and radio and culminating with the classic Hollywood cinema.


501. Theory/History of Film & Electronic Media Part II-Core Curriculum

Prerequisite: Graduate status. MCOM 500 is a prerequisite for MCOM 501. MCOM 501 and MCOM 500 are prerequisites for all other 500 and 600 level courses.

MCOM 501 is a continuation of MCOM 500. Survey of the history of film and telectronic media as well as film and contemporary media theory and criticism beginning with the fifties and carrying us through the present.


602. Seminar in Research Methods (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate status. Scope and methods of research in mass Communication; including review of literature, statement of research problem, research design, collection and analysis of data and information, and writing the research report.


512. Seminar in Film & Contemporary Media Theory (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate status. Seminar in specific film and or electronic media theory. Including analysis and evaluation of the works of major theorists.


522. Department Colloquium

Prerequisite: Graduate status. An intensive study of contemporary issues in Mass Communication by Graduate Faculty on a rotating basis.


525. Seminar in Screenwriting (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate status, RTVF 425, MCOM 500 and MCOM 501 or concurrent enrollment in MCOM 501.. Identification and analysis of the student writer's creative strengths and weaknesses. Format includes exercises and original screenplay material specifically designed to strengthen narrative skills.


532. Seminar in Analysis of Media Performance I (3)

Prerequisite: Graduate status. Extended application of research and evaluation techniques as used in mass Communication research to describe the quality of broadcast and/or film media performance (Offered by the Department of Radio-TV-Film)


692. Research Practicum (3)

Prerequisites: Classified status and Mass Com. 602 or concurrent enrollment. Instruction and individual guidance in the preparation of thesis or project proposals, including introduction, literature and methodology.


594A-F. Internship (1-6)

Prerequisites: Mass Com. 500 or 502 and approval of graduate advisor. Intensive on-the-job training beyond the entry level in radio, television, and allied industries.


595A,D-I. Studies in Mass Communication (3)

Prerequisites: Graduate status. Supervised graduate studies in Radio-TV-Film Mass Communication. Faculty members will direct the studies of a small group of students in the following general areas with exact content to be determined: A-Advanced Research; B-History; C-Theory; D-Writing; E-Radio TV Production; F-Film; G-Educational Media; H-Management; I-International Communication.


696. Directed Graduate Research (3)

Prerequisites: Mass Com. 602 and approval of Graduate Advisor.


697. Comprehensive Exam (0)


698. Thesis or Graduate project (1-6)


699. Independent Study (1-6)

Prerequisites: Mass Com. 602 and approval of sponsor.


Upper Division

400. Process and Effects of the Mass Media (3)

Examination of contemporary views of media and societal effects. Analysis of McLuhan, Meyrowitz, Postman, and other theorists. Effects of TV violence.


401. Mass Communications Research (3)

Inquiry into research methodology in mass Communication. Emphasis on solution of research problem in areas relating to the mass media.


405. International Broadcasting (3)

Comparative examination of broadcasting in foreign nations. Analysis of how radio and television reflect the social and political life of each country.


410. Advanced Film Theory: Studies in Film Style (3)

Study of realistic and expressive elements as reflected in selected film and literary references. Emphasis is placed in aesthetic implications and significance of directorial, thematic, cinematographic approaches and techniques in the film medium. Regular written assignments will be required.


412. Analysis of Classic Film Makers (3)

An in-depth analysis of the unique personal visions and creative accomplishments of specially selected film artists, studied from the point of view of technique, visual style, content, sociological implications. Regular written assignments will be required.


413. Women as Filmmakers (3)

An examination of the careers and film production of various internationally recognized women Filmmakers (directors, writer director, etc.), focusing on their unique contributions in content and style. Emphasis will be on the present-day scene with films or video from France, Germany, Italy, Australia, and the U.S. Regular written assignments will be required.


415 A-J. International Cinema (3)

An in-depth analysis of the creative accomplishments of the aesthetic and socio-economic influences on the cinematic art of a single nation or geographic region other than the Untied States. Specific nations or regions will vary from semester to semester. Up to two different sections of this course may be taken for credit in the following areas; A-Australia, B-Britain, C-China, D-Canada, E-Eastern Europe, F-France, G-Germany, H-Hispanic, I-Italy, J-Japan. Regular written assignments will be required.


425. Advanced Screenwriting (3)\620 Advanced  Screenwriting(Graduate Students only)

Prerequisite: MCOM 500 is a pre-requisite for RTVF 425, or concurrent enrollment in MCOM 500. Advanced problem in writing drama, program specials.


420. Writing the Adaptation (3)

Prerequisite: MCOM 500 is a pre-requisite for RTVF 425, or concurrent enrollment in MCOM 500. Advanced problem in adapting the novel, short story or theatrical play to film and or television formats.


428 Seminar in Comedy Writing (3)

Prerequisite: MCOM 500 is a pre-requisite for RTVF 425, or concurrent enrollment in MCOM 500. Advanced problem in writing comedy for Television


440. Television Directing (3)

Theories and techniques of TV directing. Unique characteristics of video as they affect the are of directing. Screening and critique of representative TV programs.


441. Directing the TV Documentary (3)

Advanced television directing course emphasizing educational and documentary formats. Both studio and remote production assignments. Laboratory with accompanying lecture, 6 hours.


465. Public Broadcasting (3)

Study the current issues and problems in Public Broadcasting-federal funding, corporate underwriting, network relationships, programming controversies, and Community conflicts.


466. Administration of Educational Media Programs (3)

Analysis of the educational and management factors inherent in educational media programs, staff organization, budget controls, policy determination, Community relations, etc. Administration of ETV and ITV systems, AV centers, industrial TV operations.


475. Audience Analysis (3)

Lecture-discussion of mass audiences and the techniques used to study their wants, needs, motives, attitudes, opinions, and behavior. Survey of audience measurement techniques.


480. Radio-TV Programming/Operations (3)

Study of business problems of station operations. Stress placed upon case studies of stations.


481. Network Practices (3)

Network as unique development in broadcasting, its role in distribution of information, and the national economy.


482. Network Program Development (3)

Theoretical and practical problems in producing current network television programs.


487. Government Regulation of Broadcasting (3)

Federal role in broadcasting. Procedures and authority of FCC.


496 A-Z. Selected Topics in Radio-TV-Film (3)

Selected topics in Radio-TV-Film with content to be determined.


499. Independent Study (1-3)
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