Journalism, Communication and Theatre

Current Course Offerings

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General course offerings:
Multimedia Journalism
Multimedia Studies
Theatre
Dance

Multimedia Journalism

MMJ 211
Multilingual Media

Introduction to print and electronic multilingual media in the United States. Focus on the growth and diversity of ethnic media, the role they play in the lives of those who use them, and how they compare to mainstream media.

MMJ 214
Foundation of Media
History and evolution of technology, structure, and regulatory philosophies of broadcast journalism, newspaper journalism, programming and policies in radio, broadcast television, cable television and web-based digital content. The growth of news gathering organizations, network programming, media convergence and evolution of print media from the penny press to modern-day newspaper publishing and online multimedia journalism.

MMJ 215
Audiovisual Production

Fundamental tools and techniques of audio and video production. Basic principles, operations and techniques of audio and video production: camera operation, microphones, audio mixing and processing, studio operations, special effects, lighting, directing, on-camera procedures and basic audiovisual post production techniques.

MMJ 217
Journalism in the Movies

An introduction to journalism as an industry, a business, and a career--through the movies. Aspects of news media, historical and contemporary, as depicted in major films about the journalistic profession.

MMJ 221
Reporting I

Fundamentals of news reporting and writing in a multimedia context. News-gathering and storytelling styles and approaches to writing for newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the Internet. Emphasis on grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling.

MMJ 222
New Media

Evolution of new communication technologies. Introduction to blogging and other social networking tools used by journalists.

MMJ 300
The Bronx Journalism Advanced Workshop

Reporting and writing for Lehman's online multilingual news site: including hands-on reporting experience, proofreading, photography and web publishing, with an emphasis on writing and editing.

MMJ 307
Multimedia Editing and Proofreading

Reading multimedia copy and producing texts that are grammatically correct, following the rules of journalistic writing established by the Associated Press Stylebook. The art of writing headlines and editing copy for all media platforms, and production of copy that is written in meaningful and readable language, and that insures accuracy.

MMJ 315
TV Studio Production

Theory and practice of TV studio operations: camera techniques, graphics, switching, lighting, and integration of recorded video in live production situations, culminating in a series of studio projects.

MMJ 316
Video Production

Theory and practice of field production including single camera, iso-camera and ENG switched remote video production for live and live-to-tape field productions. Field acquisition and post- production editing for news production.

MMJ 317
Electronic Journalism

Locating, gathering, writing, and editing news for radio and TV. Styles ranging from the radio newscast to the TV documentary are examined. Evolution of news media from the inception of broadcast media through the internet.

MMJ 321
Reporting II

Practical experience in multimedia storytelling through reporting and writing across platforms; covering a beat, checking government records, practicing police and court reporting, and in-depth feature writing, including human interest stories, profiles, and obituaries.

MMJ 322
Online News Page Design & Editing

Layout, usability, and navigational challenges of designing news websites and managing their huge amount of content. Review of the web's best news sites, and the latest methods and tools used to build them, from HTML and Photoshop to Dreamweaver, WordPress, and beyond.

MMJ 332
The African American Media

Analysis of the African American media's role in African American history and culture, and its relationship to the mainstream media.

MMJ 344
On-Camera Techniques

On-camera presentation in the studio and on field assignments, including TV script writing, reading from a teleprompter, preparing for an audition, handling on-air guests, and creating a demo.

MMJ 352
The Bronx Journal TV Advanced Workshop

Segment production and guest hosting on the community affairs talk show televised on Bronxnet TV and seen throughout the Bronx.

MMJ 356
Digital Photojournalism

Multimedia storytelling through images using concepts and techniques in digital photography, including shooting, editing and displaying news photos.

MMJ 357
Digital Editing

Principles and practice of step-by-step functions of non-linear editing, including logging, capturing and organizing audio-video media.

MMJ 370
Internship I

Individual field experience with various media, public relations, publishing houses, advertising, and marketing firms.

MMJ 418
Mass Media and Public Policy

Intensive study of selected problems of public policy in mass communication.

MMJ 470
Internship II

Individual field experience with various media, coordinated by the Program Director. The course will include working 8 hours a week with a chosen media, plus one-hour weekly seminar meetings with the director and other internship students. A journal and a final research paper will be required.



Multimedia Studies

MMS 200

Oral Communicaton
Principles of effective verbal and nonverbal communication as applied to personal and professional settings whether in person or through the mass media of digital technologies.

MMS 211

Introduction to Multilingual Media
Introduction to print and electronic multilingual media in the United States. Focus on the growth and diversity of ethnic media, the role they play in the lives of those who use them, and how they compare to mainstream media.

MMS 212

Introduction to Film
Narrative structures, genres, styles, technological practices, criticism, and theory in film and television.

MMS 213

History of Film
Survey of the development and theory of motion picture art.

MMS 214

Foundations of Media
History and evolution of the technology, structure, and regulatory philosophies of broadcast and newspaper journalism. Programming and policies in radio, broadcast television, cable television, and web-based digital content.

MMS 215

Audiovisual Production
Fundamental tools and techniques of audio and video production. Basic principles, operations and techniques of audio and video production: camera operation, microphones, audio mixing and processing, studio operations, special effects, lighting, directing, on-camera procedures and basic audiovisual post production techniques.

MMS 216

Latin-American Cinema
An overview of film in Latin America from the silent period to the present.

MMS 217

Journalism in the Movies
Journalism as an industry, a business, and a career through the movies. Historical and contemporary aspects of news media, as depicted in major films about the journalistic profession.

MMS 218

Animation and Anime Storytelling
Overview and examination of story construction and presentation in animation/anime films focusing on the theory and practice of storyboard creation.

MMS 219

American Television
The history, genres, formats, and organizational structure of television in North America. Areas of study include broadcast television, cable and subscription TV, and digital video production and delivery.

MMS 220

Introduction to Public Relations
History and processes of public relations practice in the U.S. and in later international media. Basic elements of public relations: communications with the media targeting significant populations; theories, strategies, and tools of communication and influence; and public relations in crisis situations.

MMS 222

New Media
Evolution of new communication technologies. Introduction to blogging and other social networking tools used by journalists.

MMS 223

Digital Marketing Strategies
Theoretical and strategic perspectives on how new media technologies have fundamentally transformed marketing. The shift from one-way to two-way communication, and the online techniques, viral campaigns, social media, search engine optimization, web analytics¿used to manage consumer interactions.

MMS 224

Fundumentals of Editing
Fundamental principles, practices, and theory of step-by-step editing, with a focus on story, narrative and documentary editing styles. PREREQ: MMS 212 or MMS 213.

MMS 230

Italian Cinema
A study of major Italian film makers: their themes, styles, and social significance, through the showing and discussion of selected, outstanding films (with English subtitles). Complementary readings of selected works of Italian literature (in English translation).

MMS 234

Introduction to French Cinema
A study of major French film makers; their themes, styles, and aesthetic commitments through the showing and discussion of selected outstanding films (with English subtitles). Complementary reading of selected works of French literature (in English translation) that have significantly influenced the aesthetics and evolution of French films.

MMS 244

Communication in Society
Role of media in the formation of identity, political opinion, subjectivity (racial, gender and sexual), celebrity, and ethics. Distinctions between interpersonal and mediated communication

MMS 250

Topics in Asian Cinema
Narrative films from different Asian nations and cultures. Emphasis on traditional artistic influences, cinematic constructs of national identity, historical context, culture, genres, and its relationship with global cinema.

MMS 300

Corporate Communication
Elements of communication in the current corporate environment, including public, community, employee, and government relations. Prerequisite: MMS 220.

MMS 301

Perception, Language, and Communication
Analysis of how the perception process and personal language meanings are informed by beliefs, emotions, attitudes and values. PREREQ: MMS 200 or LNG 160 (SPV 246).

MMS 304

Interpersonal and Small group Communication
Principles and methods of oral communication in small group deliberation. Practice in participation and leadership in problem-solving groups. PREREQ: MMS

MMS 305

Persuasion
The direct and indirect influence of mass media (advertising, television, the web, and social networks) on thoughts, attitudes, and behavior. Principles of persuasion such as attraction, authority, celebrity, social influence, and their uses and misuses in society.

MMS 307

Media industries
Contemporary media industries, including print, broadcast, and new media. Particular attention to the economic and social conditions influencing industrial configurations and outputs, and vice versa.

MMS 308

Media Industries
Evolution of the media industry as practiced by media technologists, theorists, artists, authors, and programmers. Topics include interactivity, virtuality, censorship, net neutrality, and emerging publishing platforms. Prerequisite: MMS 307.

MMS 309

Screenwriting
A practical approach to screenwriting for theatre, film, and television, from conception to finished script of the screenplay.

MMS 311

Freedom of Speech
Survey of the foundations and contemporary applications of the right to communicate and limitations on that right. Pertinent works from Milton to Emerson, and First Amendment decisions of the Supreme Court are examined.

MMS 315

TV Studio Production
Theory and practice of TV studio operations: camera techniques, graphics, switching, lighting, and integration of recorded video in live production situations, culminating in a series of studio projects. PREREQ: MMJ (MMS) 215.

MMS 316

Film Production
Theory and practice of filmmaking. Students create their own films. PREREQ: MMS 224 or MMJ/MMS 215 or MMJ/MMS 357.

MMS 319

Latinos in Film
Latino ethnicities in Hollywood films from the silent era to the present.

MMS 321

African Americans in Cinema
Visual images of African Americans in films, shorts, cartoons, and documentaries.

MMS 322

Ethnic TV
Various forms and genres of video production and ethnic programming either generated within the U.S or imported from other countries. Prerequisite: MMS 219.

MMS 333

Public Relations and Marketing
Mastering the appropriate formats needed to write the releases, reports, and advertising media generated by for-profit and non-profit organizations. PREREQ: Departmental permission.

MMS 334

The Documentary
History of documentary film and the various types of film within the genre, e.g., propaganda, autobiographical, direct cinema, and rockumentary. PREREQ: MMJ (MMS) 215; either MMS 212 or MMS 213.

MMS 335

Media Relations
Media relations as an industry, business, and career, focusing on how news is created and disseminated and on what role public relations plays in the American media. Creation of professional press releases and promotion of newsworthy stories across print, broadcast, and multimedia outlets.

MMS 347

Advertising
Media relations as an industry, business, and career, focusing on how news is created and disseminated and on what role public relations plays in the American media. Creation of professional press releases and promotion of newsworthy stories across print, broadcast, and multimedia outlets.

MMS 350

Topics in Film
Themes and movements in film, including historical developments; groupings of films and directors; and genres, styles, or critical and theoretical issues.

MMS 351

Topics in Film
Mastering the appropriate formats needed to write the releases, reports, and advertising media generated by for- and non-profit organizations. PREREQ: Departmental permission.

MMS 352

Topics in Multimedia Studies
Topics vary from semester to semester.

MMS 353

Latino Media
The production, representations, and cultural meanings of Latino media in the U.S., including television, radio, film, advertising, newspapers, and magazines. PREREQ: Completion of 45 credits or Departmental permission

MMS 357

Digital Editing
Principles and practice of step-by-step functions of non-linear editing, including logging, capturing, and organizing audio-video media. PREREQ: MMJ (MMS) 215. COREQ: MMJ (MMS) 315 or MMJ 316.

MMS 359

The Thought Persuaders
The sensory and cognitive influence of popular culture, the entertainment industry, fashion, style, popular culture, graphics, and fads on media consumers.

MMS 360

Writing for TV
Selected topics on writing for various genres of TV, video, and new media, including children¿s programming, soap operas, reality TV, the one-hour drama, variety programming, etc. Prerequisite: MMS/THE/ENW 309.

MMS 366

Technology and Communications
Influence and impact of advances in technology on interpersonal and mass communications. Historical development of language and writing from the printing press to the internet and beyond. Prerequisite: MMS 244.

MMS 370

Internship I
Individual field experience with various media, public relations, publishing, advertising, and marketing firms. The course will include a one-hour weekly meeting with the Program Director and other internship students. A final report is required. PREREQ: Departmental permission.

MMS 420

Cinema Aesthetics & Criticism
Study of the art of cinema through the viewing and analysis, both in and out of class, of the works of selected film artists. Supplementary readings in the works of film critics and theorists will be assigned. PREREQ: MMS 212 and 213.

MMS 421

Film Directing
Theory and practice of controlling and integrating elements of film production. Projects are produced during the semester. PREREQ: MMS 316 and instructor¿s permission.

MMS 470

Internship II
Individual field experience with various media, coordinated by the Program Director. The course will include working 8 hours a week with a chosen media outlet, plus one-hour weekly seminar meetings with the Director and other internship students. A journal and a final research paper will be required. PREREQ: 18 credits in the major and Departmental permission.

MMS 489

Research Project in Multimedia
Individual research and reading under the direction of a faculty member of the Department. An honors essay or presentation in Multimedia Studies is required. PREREQ: Permission from the chair.



Theatre

THE 200

Theatre Workshop: Acting/Directing
Practical application of principles and theories of theatre arts performance through participation in Department theatre productions. Includes: acting, directing, and assistant directing

THE 208

Acting I
Study and practice of the fundamentals of acting.

THE 220

Movement for Actors and Dancers
Techniques in movement, mime, and style. Exploration from the traditional to the experimental.

THE 230

Somantics I
The study and experience of anatomical and kinetic principles through the lens of different somatic techniques such as yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Technique and Body Mind Centering.

THE 235

Stagecraft
Stagecraft as a foundation for theatre production, including a survey of theatre architecture and machinery. Experience in scenic construction, lighting methodology and costuming techniques. Introduction to maintenance, shop organization, purchasing and budgeting. Participation in department productions as assigned.

THE 238

African-American Theatre
African American performance from the slave narrative and minstrelsy to the adoption of contemporary dramatic forms.

THE 241

Art of the Theatre
Examination of the nature of live theatre: its forms, practices, and purposes, and its relevance to society.

THE 300

Advanced Theatre Workshop
Analysis and application of principles and theories of theatre arts through extensive participation in a theatre production. Study of the theatrical work being performed, together with other works from the author's canon. Advanced analysis and interpretation applied to such activities as management (house, stage, props, publicity), design and construction (lighting, scenery, costumes, makeup), and performance (acting, directing, assistant directing).

THE 308

Playwriting
The theory and practice of writing the one-act play.

THE 311

Play Analysis
Fundamental principles of dramatic structure applied to selected plays from the viewpoint of theatre artists.

THE 326

History of the Theatre I
History of the theatre and drama to the seventeenth century. PREREQ: THE 211 or Departmental permission.

THE 327

History of the Theatre II
History of the theatre and drama from the seventeenth century to the present. PREREQ: THE 211 or Departmental permission.

THE 331

Acting II
Continued study and practice of the principles of acting, with emphasis on characterization and scene work.

THE 344

Voice and Speech for the Actor
Permission of the Director of Theatre, and/or Permission of the Director of Multilingual Journalism and Mass Communication.

THE 470

Advance Theatre Internship
Supervised work in a theatrical institution to develop skills in production, casting, rehearsals, costuming, design.



Dance

DNC 202

Ballet Principles II
Continuation of Ballet Principles I.

DNC 211

Modern Dance Principles
Study of basic principles of alignment, movement and elementary techniques in modern dance.

DNC 220

Movement for Actors and Dancers
Techniques in movement, mime, and style. Exploration from the traditional to the experimental.

DNC 230

Somantics I
The study and experience of anatomical and kinetic principles through the lens of different somatic techniques such as yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Technique and Body Mind Centering.

DNC 235

Dance Perspectives
The place of dance in cultural history. The role of the choreographer as entertainer, moralist, dramatist, abstractionist, and politician. Students will attend performances and participate in occasional movement exercises related to topics of study.

DNC 352

World Dance
Study and analysis of dance forms not covered under the umbrella of modern dance or ballet, such as Balinese, Indian, African-American, African, and/or jazz works as theatre art forms. Sequences from the different dance styles are studied and performed.

DNC 362

Technique Workshop: World
Continued study of principles introduced in DNC 352.

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