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Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of media studies. It is appropriate for students with concentrations or interest in media studies, communications, or art, gender, or ethnic studies, and may enhance a program in marketing. Students will learn to consider how media is created, and how to interpret media, including photography, film/video, television, social and web-based media. Students will analyze, interpret and understand the role the media plays in their lives and in our culture. They will learn to interpret media using the theory of semiotic analysis and also to consider media ownership and influence. Particular emphasis will include gender, race, and class in the media. Students will develop an understanding of the visual arts aspect of mass communications, and the creative processes inherent in them, including developing media artifacts. Students are also expected to create a blog and experiment with social media.

Prerequisite: Students must have taken College Writing, Introduction to College Reading and Writing, Composition, or have equivalent learning prior to taking this course.

Note: This course replaces Visual Literacy at both the upper and lower levels. Students should not take this if they have already taken either level of visual literacy. Students with Visual Literacy on their degree plans at the upper level should consider taking Media Arts.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in The Arts.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Science
Liberal Study
Lower Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: The Arts-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1.

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