MEDST 299. Internship
MEDST 299.3, 135 hr.; 3 cr., MEDST 299.6, 270 hr.; 6 cr.
Prerequisite: Media studies major of upper junior or senior standing with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average, permission of the department, and evidence of sufficient preparation through relevant prior coursework. Students with less than a 3.0 grade-point average must petition the department’s Undergraduate Studies Committee for the privilege of taking the course. Supervision by a faculty advisor of the student’s choice. An internship will usually involve unpaid off-campus work with a media organization in the New York area. Requirements: An initial prospectus (including a description of the student’s duties by a representative of the sponsoring organization); a final research report; and whatever
other relevant assignments the advisor may ask for. Students may take up to 9 credits towards the college degree, no more than 6 per term. No more than 3 credits may be applied toward fulfillment of the major.
MEDST 310. VT: Advanced Video Production: Documentary & Fiction
4 hr.; 3 cr.
Prerequisite: MEDST 243 or 244. Creation of more sophisticated projects than those in MEDST 243, producing both documentary and narrative videos. Skills in script, research, and documentation, storyboarding, and image acquisition will be enhanced. Technically, students will learn 3-Chip-camera operation and procedures, compound lighting proficiency, and advanced editing techniques. Students will individually shoot and edit one exercise, create one short narrative video, and make one group documentary-style project. Students will learn comprehensive editing skills in Final Cut Pro (including Live Type and Soundtrack). Prior technical experience in Final Cut Pro editing, video camera use, location shooting, and lighting required (ex. MEDST 243). May be repeated once for credit provided the topic is different.
MEDST 311. Media Practicum I
3 hr.; 1 cr.
Prerequisite: The student must have production skills appropriate to the selected project. Students applying for the course must have a faculty sponsor. The student must complete a media production project in film, video, or sound under faculty supervision and sponsorship. MEDST 311 and 312 may be repeated for up to 3 credits in any combination.
MEDST 312. Media Practicum II
3 hr.; 1 cr.
Prerequisite: Upper junior or senior standing. Appropriate media skills required. Admission by permission of the instructor only. The student will apply media production skills in assisting the teaching of media production courses. MEDST 311 and 312 may be repeated for up to 3 credits in any combination.
MEDST 313. Creative Sound Production
2 lec., 2 lab. hr.; 3 cr.
Prerequisite: MEDST 200. Sound recording and editing. From a technical perspective, microphones, digital recorders, and the software application ProTools are covered. The class is divided between technical instruction, in-class discussion of students’ creative work, and lectures where audio works both contemporary and historical are played and discussed. Note that this class focuses on the creative use of sound rather than music. Each student completes two audio CD projects. The first is an audio journey; the second is a radio drama.
MEDST 391. Special Problems
1 conf. and 9 hr.; 3 cr.
Prerequisite: Media Studies major of upper junior or senior standing with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and written permission of the instructor before registration, plus written permission of the chair. Students with less than a 3.0 grade-point average must petition the department’s Undergraduate Studies Committee for the privilege of taking the course. Individual research under the direction of a member or members of the department; weekly reports to the research advisor and presentation of such paper or papers as the advisor may require. Credit toward major determined by topic. Fall, Spring