Ithaca College

Roy H. Park School of Communications

Television-Radio Courses

TVR 10100 - Introduction to Media Production NLA

An applied, practical introduction to the fundamentals of audio and video electronic media production. Covers theory, terminology, and techniques, with an emphasis placed on the function and operation of various analog and digital equipment. The basic technical and aesthetic skills of both radio production and television studio production are covered. Open to sport media majors in the spring semester. 4 credits. (F-S)

TVR 11500 - Introduction to Field Production NLA

Introduction to electronic field production techniques, including portable field camera operation, video editing, lighting, scripting, media aesthetics, and logistics. Students will develop both their creative and technical skills through a combination of production exercises, projects, readings, and critiques. Prerequisites: TVR 10100. 4 credits. (F-S)

TVR 12100 - Introduction to Mass Media LA SS

Survey of American mass media with emphasis placed on the historical development, structure, organization, function, and effects of mass media in society. Discussion includes issues such as ethnic, racial, age, and sex-role stereotyping; violence; children and the media; and economic control and the role of governmental regulation. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 12200 - Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Analysis LA

Teaches techniques and criteria for analysis of media productions. Examines the basic production techniques used to communicate with visual images and sound. Topics such as light, composition, motion, sound, editing, and time may be covered. Aesthetics in the production, consumption, and critique of media are surveyed. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 12300 - Introduction to Law and the Media LA

An introduction to law, lawyers, juries, and the legal system as portrayed in dramatic, news, and documentary television programming as well as in popular films. This course will study how the media and the legal system influence each other. Ethical issues concerning how the media portrays the legal system to the audience will be analyzed. Concepts including double jeopardy, jury tampering, hung juries, new trials, judicial misconduct, appeals processes, and judicial corruption will be discussed as they relate to the various contemporary television programming and films to be viewed in class. When possible, local judges or lawyers will appear on a discussion panel. 3 credits. (S)

TVR 13100 - Media Writing LA

Exposure to a diverse selection of writing styles and formats used in the mass media. It will introduce critical, analytical, and applicable writing skills in areas such as audio, visual, and interactive media. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 13400 - Developing Story Narratives LA

Utilizing dramatic and experimental techniques from the world of theater, art, literature, film, and international cultures, this course is designed to teach and challenge the student with new ways to develop storytelling strategies. Through the exploration of various narrative methods, students will produce a series of short written works. 3 credits. (F)

TVR 20600 - British Media and the Global Context LA

Studies key aspects of British media in historical and cultural contexts. Students will research specific case studies of British media's global spread, influence, and links with global economy and culture. This course is offered only through the Ithaca College London Center. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; acceptance into the Ithaca College London program. 3 credits. (Y)

TVR 20700 - Spinning Yarns: Media and Message in Australia LA

This course is only offered by Ithaca College Walkabout Down Under Program (Australia). Intensive study of media message creation in context of Australia. Students will complete field trips and write special essays. 4 credits (Y)

TVR 21500 - Intermediate Field Production NLA

Previously learned skills will be amplified, enhanced, and refined through a combination of in-class exercises and outside projects with equal attention to form and content. Emphasis will be placed on the development of ideas, storytelling, and greater sophistication in all areas of electronic field production. Prerequisites: TVR 11500. 4 credits. (F-S)

TVR 22000 - Global Flow of Information LA

A critical review and analysis of theories, policies, and issues in interna-tional and intercultural communication, as well as the flow of information among nations of the world through traditional and contemporary communication channels. Includes interpersonal communications, the mass media, satellite communications, diplomacy and international conventions. Readings and discussions of research studies demonstrate the interconnections of communication and international relations. Emphasis is placed on the impact of the flow of information on political, economic, cultural, legal, and social aspects of various countries and regions. Prerequisites: One course in the social sciences; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F)

TVR 22500 - Television Production and Direction NLA

This intermediate studio television production course builds upon basic production techniques covered in TVR 10100 Introduction to Media Production. Video aesthetic theories will be applied in creative studio productions. Prerequisites: TVR 10100. 4 credits. (F-S)

TVR 26000 - Quantitative Mass Media Research Methods LA

A basic introduction to quantitative research methods in mass communications including sampling, survey, experimental, and content analysis. Review of literature, identification of basic concepts, problems, responsibilities, and research ethics; procedures and basic techniques of computer data analysis. A research project is required. Prerequisites: TVR 12100. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 26200 - Qualitative Mass Media Research Methods LA

A basic introduction to theories and research skills used in qualitative research as applied to mass communication. Major topics include cultural studies theories, ethnography, historical research, depth interviews, qualitative content analysis, and focus groups. Review of literature, identification of basic concepts, problems, and responsibilities. A research project is required. Prerequisites: TVR 12100. 3 credits. (S)

TVR 27100 - Audio Production NLA

Examines the theory and practice of audio production and highlights the unique properties of the medium. The concept of sound design is examined as applied to programming intended for persuasion, information, and entertainment. In addition to providing hands-on experience through production exercises and projects, the course places considerable emphasis on aesthetic analysis of audio products through a series of "critical listening" exercises. Prerequisites: TVR 10100 (or MUMC 14500 for students in sound recording technology major only). 4 credits. (F-S)

TVR 29200 - Minicourses in Communications NLA

A series of short courses in specialized areas of communications that do not meet the College guidelines for liberal arts designation. Visiting lecturers and faculty of the school participate in areas of their expertise. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Vary depending on the topic; refer to Undergraduate Course Offerings each semester. Pass/fail. 1-2 credits. (IRR)

TVR 29300 - Minicourses in Communications LA

A series of short courses in specialized areas of communications that meet the College guidelines for liberal arts designation. Visiting lecturers and faculty of the school participate in areas of their expertise. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Vary depending on the topic; refer to Undergraduate Course Offerings each semester. Pass/fail. 1-2 credits. (IRR)

TVR 29600 - Audience Research NLA

Survey of the major forms of audience research in television and radio, with particular emphasis placed on the Nielsen and Arbitron ratings reports. Covers principles of sample surveys; interpretation of audience data; and application to programming, promotion, and sales. Prerequisites: TVR 12100; TVR 26000. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 29700 - Documentary Research NLA

Incorporating qualitative and quantitative research methodology, the course emphasizes research skills used in documentary production and news reporting. Major topics include gathering information from primary and secondary sources and evaluating information. Students carry out research for a documentary feature and present a formal program proposal. Communications majors only. Prerequisites: TVR 12100; sophomore standing. 4 credits. (F-S)

TVR 30400 - Advanced Studio Production NLA

An advanced studio television course expanding on established production skills acquired in previous courses while introducing additional concepts and techniques required for complex multicamera productions. Through producing, writing, and directing a variety of programs, students will apply production theories and concepts within a digital production environment. Prerequisites: TVR 11500; TVR 22500. 4 credits. (F-S)

TVR 30900 - Motion Graphics and Animation NLA

This course will introduce motion graphics and animation techniques using traditional and computer forms. Theoretical and conceptual approaches to motion graphics design and techniques will be explored using international examples. Students will complete several animation projects with increasing complexity during the semester. Prerequisites: TVR 22500. 4 credits. (Y)

TVR 31000 - Experimental Video: Production and Criticism NLA

Examines the history and theory of video as a visual art form. Semiotics, structuralism, post-structuralism, and psychoanalysis are employed as critical and theoretical tools. Genres covered include abstract, conceptual, performance, and new narratives. Students produce both critical papers and their own video work to familiarize themselves with these genres and theories. A final project and participation in a culminating public exhibition of work from the class are required. Prerequisites: TVR 21500 or CNPH 22400. 4 credits. (S)

TVR 31200 - Government and Media LA

Provides an understanding of the policy-making process used to formulate various regulations that govern the media. The role of relevant policy-making bodies, such as Congress, the courts, Federal Communications Commission, and lobby groups, are discussed. Specific regulation concerning the First Amendment, obscenity, libel, privacy, copyright, commercial speech, access to information, antitrust, etc., are also examined. A major research paper on a relevant media regulation topic is required. Prerequisites: TVR 12100; a level-2 television-radio course; junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 31500 - Advanced Field Production NLA

This course has two primary agendas, one aesthetic and one technical. The aesthetic focus is on creative authorship, personal vision, and the explora-tion of strategies and methods for transforming vision into reality. The technical focus is on increasing sophistication and skill within specific areas of field production: sound recording, camera work, lighting, production planning, and computer-based nonlinear editing systems. Prerequisites: TVR 21500; TVR 22500. 4 credits. (F-S)

TVR 32100 - Broadcast Programming and Promotion NLA

Examination of the principles and practices of programming for television and radio stations, networks, cable and pay cable television, and satellite services. Analysis of the relation between programming and promotion and of the role of promotion in public relations and in building audience and sales. Prerequisites: TVR 12100; TVR 26000; TVR 29600. 3 credits. (F)

TVR 32200 - New Telecommunications Technologies LA

Examines the development of new technologies and communication networks. The structure of the marketplace, government policy, and the social impacts of new technologies are discussed. Issues such as globalization, computer security, privacy, and changes in regulations may be covered. Prerequisites: TVR 12100; two level-2 courses in one or more of the following fields: television-radio, psychology, sociology; junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 32300 - Broadcast Sales NLA

Fundamentals of selling radio, television, and cable advertising. A practical approach covering methods and techniques of selling, advertising research, ratings, surveys, merchandising, cooperative advertising, and sales promotion. Guest lecturers include station owners, managers, sales managers, media buyers, and agency personnel. This course is usually offered only in the Los Angeles program. Prerequisites: TVR 24100; TVR 29600. 3 credits. (F)

TVR 32400 - European Mass Media LA SS

A comparative study of Western and Eastern European mass media, with emphasis placed on their historical development, structure, organization, function, and effects in society. Issues discussed include privatization, satellite broadcasting, East-West media relations, and contemporary political use of the mass media. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences; junior standing. 3 credits. (F)

TVR 32500 - Seminar in Development Communications LA

A forum for discussion and analysis of various issues involved in the use of mass media in the development effort of third world countries. Examples in a number of African and Asian nations are used to illustrate the use of media support in the development process, successfully or otherwise. External and internal forces that affect media implementation are analyzed. The issue of a communications workforce, its lack in third world countries, and its impact on the present state of affairs are discussed. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences; junior standing. 3 credits. (S)

TVR 33300 - Writing for Series Television FA NLA

Theory and practice of dramatic writing for television with emphasis placed on the development of the various series television formats. The course will feature a writing workshop with topics including character development, plotting, and marketing the finished product. Prerequisites: TVR 13100, or CNPH 10100 and CNPH 23300. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 33500 - Electronic Media Criticism LA

Exploration of electronic media programming in terms of aesthetic and socioeconomic contexts. The focus may include broadcast television, radio, audio recording, and nonbroadcast video. Various approaches for analyzing electronic media programming are examined, such as psychoanalytic, Marxist, sociological, and semiotic. Deals with electronic media criticism from both academic and public perspectives. Prerequisites: TVR 12100; junior standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

TVR 35100 - Critical Journalism LA

Examines critical, logical, and theoretical approaches to journalism, offering techniques of rational decision making that can be used by media professionals who assess information before distributing it and by media consumers who rely on published and broadcast information. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences, humanities, and/or communications. 3 credits. (IRR)

TVR 35200 - British Media & Society LA SS

A study of the role and function of media in modern socieites, the effects and impact of the mass media, and the media as agents of democracy. An analysis of the relationship of British media to British society in the postwar period through examination of a wide range of amterial-news, current affairs, documentary, drama, situation commedy. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above.

TVR 37100 - Advanced Audio Production NLA

The study and application of the creative capabilities of advanced audio equipment. Students learn the theory and techniques of sophisticated audio production, including analog and digital multi-track recording, mixing, signal processing, live remote recording, digital editing, creative sound production, and sound design for other media. Prerequisites: TVR 27100. 4 credits. (F)

TVR 38800 - Alternative Media LA

Examines a series of specific examples of alternative media (such as community radio, public access cable television, not-for-profit news services), and how they are used in the United States and other countries. The course covers theoretical and historical materials related to alternative media and how the social, cultural, and political contexts within them have emerged and exist today. Prerequisites: At least two courses in the social sciences; junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 39700 - Nonfiction Production NLA

This course will combine theory and production technique in an intensive study of the nonfiction form, namely, the documentary. Students will learn about the development of the genre while researching, writing, and producing a nonfiction piece. Students will also learn documentary production techniques. Prerequisites: TVR 22500. 4 credits. (S)

TVR 41200 - Selected Topics LA

Exploration and analysis of a specific area of communication. Topics vary based both on student demand and on faculty expertise and research interest. Course content and pedagogical methods meet the College guidelines for liberal arts designation. May be repeated once. Not a production course. Total number of credits in any combination of TVR 41200, TVR 41210, GCOM 41200, GCOM 41210, STCM 39000, and STCM 39010 may not exceed 6. Prerequisites: Junior standing; others vary depending on the topic. Refer to Undergraduate Course Offerings each semester. 3 credits. (IRR)

TVR 41210 - Selected Topics NLA

Exploration and analysis of a specific area of communication. Topics vary based on student demand and faculty expertise and research interest. Course content and pedagogical methods do not meet the College guidelines for liberal arts designation. May be repeated once. Not a production course. Total number of credits in any combination of TVR 41200, TVR 41210, GCOM 41200, GCOM 41210, STCM 39000, and STCM 39010 may not exceed 6. Prerequisites: Junior standing; others vary depending on the topic. Refer to Undergraduate Course Offerings each semester. 3 credits. (IRR)

TVR 41300 - Seminar on Ethical Issues in the Media LA

Seminar in ethics and responsibility in journalism, advertising, and entertainment. Students identify, analyze, and lead discussions on ethical areas such as invasion of privacy by the news media, honesty in advertising, and violence in television and motion pictures. Prerequisites: TVR 21300; senior standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

TVR 41400 - Case Studies in Advertising LA

Examines how advertising contributes to specific communication campaigns. Analyzes specific cases to evaluate specific advertising techniques and principles. Prerequisites: TVR 24100; junior standing. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 43100 - Advanced Writing for Television and Radio NLA

Practice and guidance for advanced students in writing television and radio scripts, with special attention in conference to individual writing problems. Prerequisites are either option A: TVR 13100; TVR 33300; WRTG 10600 or WRTG 10700; WRTG 23600; or option B: CNPH 10100; CNPH 23300; CNPH 33300. 3 credits. (IRR)

TVR 46000 - Senior Seminar LA

Informed by social, cultural, critical, economic, and/or legal theories, these seminars offer in-depth explorations and analyses of the complex relationship among the mass media, individuals, social institutions, industries, and/or culture. Topics vary based on faculty expertise and research interest. Prerequisites: Senior television-radio, media studies, or culture and communication major. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 46200 - Seminar in Geomedia LA

This advanced seminar is concerned with the analysis of conglomeration and globalization processes as they affect print and broadcast media today. While the main focus is on international news and information, some attention is also given to other media industries. The course also examines citizens' and nongovernmental organizations' responses to globalization locally, nationally, and internationally. The course covers readings and analytical frameworks in several disciplines, including traditional market economics, Marxist analysis, feminist analysis, postcolonial analysis and world system theory. Students take major responsibility for leading discussions and have an opportunity to research an issue of personal interest within the context of the seminar. Prerequisites: Three courses in social sciences; junior standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

TVR 47100 - Audio Workshop NLA

The course refines the student's abilities related to audio theory, professional digital audio equipment, critical listening, and the aesthetic analysis of audio products. Students record and edit an extensive audio project outside class. Students may take a second semester of this course with permission of instructor. Total may not exceed 8 credits. Prerequisites: TVR 37100. 4 credits. (S)

TVR 48400 - Radio Journalism Workshop

A capstone course for journalism majors with a concentration in broadcast journalism. Integrates the student's previous work into a series of professional-quality productions. The class produces a series of news and public affairs radio programs for broadcastcoveringh a variety of issues of interest to the local community. The program format includes pre-produced packages with live, in-studio interviews and discussions on a regularly scheduled basis. Prerequisites: Senior standing and TVR10100, TVR18000, TVR18100, TVR28400, TVR28600. 3 credits. (F)

TVR 49000 - Internship NLA

Jointly supervised work experience with a cooperating institution or corporation in the field of communications, intended to motivate the student toward professional growth through observation and participation, to provide opportunities to meet active professionals, and to stimulate career planning. Skill and academic knowledge are put into practice. May be repeated. Total credits may not exceed 12, including London and Los Angeles internships. Prerequisites: Junior television-radio, journalism, or media studies major or minor; completion of Park School internship procedures. 1-6 credits. Pass/fail only. (F-S)

TVR 49100 - Video Workshop NLA

Advanced work and special projects in writing, producing, and directing on an individual or small-group basis. Programs may be developed for broadcast on ICTV or produced for the professional production unit. Prerequisites: TVR22500; one course from the following list: TVR 27100, TVR 30400, TVR 30900, TVR 31000, TVR 31500, TVR 39700. 4 credits. (F-S)

TVR 49700 - Independent Project NLA

An independent project under the supervision of a faculty adviser, with the approval of the department chair. Possible projects include video/audio projects, script projects, and projects in journalism, advertising, or public relations. The outcome should be a completed work suitable for inclusion in a professional portfolio. May be repeated, but the total credits earned from all independent projects may not exceed 6. Prerequisites: Television-radio or integrated marketing communications major; junior or senior standing; permission of the department. 3 credits. (F-S)

TVR 49800 - London Communications Internship NLA

A limited number of internships with cooperating institutions or organizations are available to communications majors. The jointly supervised work experience offers the opportunity to learn through observation and participation in a professional setting. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; completion of Park School internship procedures; approval of the dean in the semester preceding the London registration. Pass/fail only. 3-6 credits. (F-S) See "London Center."

TVR 49900 - Independent Study LA

Intensive study under the supervision of a faculty adviser and the approval of the department chair. Possible topics include quantitative or qualitative research in an area relating to media production, consumption, regulation, or criticism. Comprehensive research paper (not project) is required. May be repeated, but the total credits earned from all independent study taken may not exceed 6. Prerequisites: Television-radio or integrated marketing communications major; junior standing; permission of department. 1-6 credits. (F-S)