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Accounting

AC110—ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES I (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. In this introduction to financial accounting and the basic accounting cycle, students analyze transactions, prepare accountants’ worksheets and related financial statements, and account for cash and receivables.

Audio Engineering

AE130—STUDIO AUDIO ENGINEERING I (5 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: None. This introduction to the studio environment and recording process addresses sound and audio signal theory, transduction, signal processing, and digital audio workstation operation; and wiring, setup and operation of a basic hybrid analog/digital recording environment. 

AE204—STUDIO AUDIO ENGINEERING II (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AE130. The course focuses on two topics, recording and mixing. Students use basic studio equipment as they study the process of applying technical and artistic skills to create a professional audio product. 

AE223—ROOM ACOUSTICS AND STUDIO DESIGN (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: NS112 or NS116. This course presents a fundamental understanding of architectural acoustics and the principles of acoustics used to design a successful recording studio. Students learn to calculate acoustic reverberation and solve problems of absorption, reflection, sound isolation and diffusion. Students learn problem solving techniques they can use to solve real-world acoustic problems commonly encountered in rooms with an emphasis on studios. 

AE232—LARGE FORMAT CONSOLES (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: AE204, AP204. The course focuses on the use of a high-level studio with high-end large format consoles, such as Solid State Logic (SSL), Neve, and API, in the recording process. Students learn basic mixing and tracking skills on an analog console and integrate digital technology into the analog environment. 

AE237—STUDIO MAINTENANCE AND ELECTRONICS (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: AE204, NS112 or NS116. The course focuses on basic electronics, its symbols, and language as it applies to studio maintenance. Students learn what goes on inside the box, how to interface it with other equipment, basic troubleshooting concepts and power distribution. 

AE240—ANALOG TECHNOLOGIES (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AE204. This introduction to analog tape, consoles and outboard gear covers basic (4-track) to advanced (24-track) analog tracking, editing, effects (flanging, echo, live reverb) and mixing techniques. It emphasizes microphone techniques and live ensemble recording using the discipline of analog recording technology. 

AE245—ADVANCED EDITING TECHNIQUES (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: AE204, AP204. Students learn current editing tools to manipulate, change and fix recorded instrument tracks. 

AE262—STUDIO AUDIO ENGINEERING III (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisites: AE204, AP204. This course presents advanced recording techniques and microphone selection in the context of the studio as an instrument. Students learn to record large musical ensembles, synchronize recording technologies, use advanced digital editing and audio mixing techniques and use Pro Tools for mastering. 

AE281—AUDIO MIXING AND MASTERING (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: AE204, AP204. Students learn advanced concepts of audio sweetening, mixdown, and mastering as they build mixes using digital and analog techniques. Instruction in advanced inboard and outboard processing emphasizes in-the-box techniques. 

AE293—STUDIO AUDIO ENGINEERING PORTFOLIO (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AE262. In this capstone course, taken during a student’s final term of study, the student develops a multi-song professional audio production, selecting the recording mixing, and mastering formats and best plan of action to create an artistically and technically excellent project.

Audio Production

AP050—ELEMENTS OF MUSIC (2 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: None. This course, designed for the student with little musical experience, provides an overview of written and verbal language, preparing the student for Music Fundamentals I (AP110). 

AP121—MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS I (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AP050 or Advanced Placement. An overview of fundamental music vocabulary, the course presents verbal and written musical expression and the elements of rhythms, key signatures, scales and chords. Students use keyboards, computer programs, online games, simple percussion instruments and voices throughout the course. Basic musical concepts are reinforced through ear training exercises. 

AP154—DESKTOP PRODUCTION I (5 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. Students learn and apply the essentials of multimedia desktop workstation setup and basic audio and video capture and editing skills. 

AP204—DESKTOP PRODUCTION II (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: AE130, AP050 or equivalent, AP154. Through an exploration of skills required by successful producers in today’s industry, students learn critical listening skills, rhythm composition, tempo mapping and beat manipulation, composite editing techniques, pre-production management, instrument tuning and NARAS recommendations for session management, delivery and backup. 

AP211—SONGWRITING I (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AP121. This class is a study of popular songwriting methods, using creative chord structure, melody and lyrics to communicate emotion and ideas, with an emphasis on collaborative songwriting. Students learn composition for multiple styles of popular music and study the works of modern master songwriters. 

AP220—SESSION PSYCHOLOGY (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: AE130, AP154. The most successful producer-engineers know how to communicate clearly and inspire others in the studio. Students learn related skills, including recognizing and adapting to personality types and being assertive without being abrasive to keep the session running on schedule.

AP221—MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AP121. The course provides an overview of chord structure, harmony, scales and chord charts and advanced studies in verbal and written musical expression, song structure and the components of melody and harmony. Intermediate musical concepts are reinforced through ear training exercises. 

AP243—SYNTHESIS AND SOUND DESIGN (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AP204. The course is an in-depth study of audio synthesis and its creative application in sound design for popular music and visual media. Students combine samples, oscillators, filters, LFOs, envelope generators, and effects to create unique sound sets for a wide variety of media. 

AP261—COMPOSITION AND SONGWRITING II (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: AP211. The course provides skills for careers in songwriting and composition for film, television, jingles, theater, video games and other music for hire. Topics include traditional and contemporary techniques for writing melodies, chord progressions, and lyrics. 

AP262—MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: AE204, AP204, AP221. This class focuses on advanced skills required to produce a professional music release. Students learn composite editing and synthesis techniques, chord progressions, melodic composition, advanced instrument and vocal tuning, and Ableton Live® as a nonlinear composition tool as they create their own sample libraries to use in production. 

AP270—VOCAL PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: AP204, AP121. Vocals may be described as the soul of a recording. This course prepares students to enhance the talent of individuals and large and small vocal ensembles through advanced vocal arrangement, recording, editing and mixing techniques. 

AP286—ARRANGEMENT AND ORCHESTRATION (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AP221. This course is an advanced study of chord structure, harmony, arranging and orchestration techniques for live orchestra and MIDI-based orchestra. It also introduces technical and dramatic aspects of scoring for visual media. 

AP292—MUSIC PRODUCTION PORTFOLIO (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AP262. This capstone course, taken during a student’s final term of study, is a project-based class focused on the development and completion of a multi-song professional audio production. Topics include advanced harmonic composition. 

AP293—HIP-HOP ESSENTIALS WITH RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: AP154. This intensive exploration of rap culture, recording, and production is presented in collaboration with Rhymesayers Entertainment record label. Students build, mix and remix their own pieces under the tutelage of artists and executives from Rhymesayers. They also study the business of hip-hop: distribution, sales, promotion, and marketing.

Audio for Visual Media

AV204—AUDIO ENGINEERING FOR VISUAL MEDIA (5 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AP204. This course focuses on developing fundamental to intermediate audio engineering techniques as they apply to sound recordings specifically for visual media projects. Emphasis is placed on techniques and equipment specifically for audio in a visual media environment. Students learn the methods for recording ADR, Foley and sound FX. 

AV255—AUDIO PRODUCTION FOR VISUAL MEDIA I (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AE204 or AV204, AP204. This introduction to audio post production for visual media includes studies in the theory and practice of recording dialogue, spotting audio to picture, matching music to visual media and mixing dialogue, effects and music stems. 

AV257—AUDIO FOR GAMES I (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AV255. This hands-on course focuses on creating music and sound design for video games. Student projects cover the various stages of production of a video game sound design and score. Topics include current tools and techniques, workflow, planning, game sound, and future trends in gaming. A final project incorporates course concepts and skills. 

AV259—AUDIO PRODUCTION FOR VISUAL MEDIA II (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AV255. This course focuses on tools and techniques for audio production for visual media. Students learn advanced editing techniques, location recording, Foley technique, sound design and surround mixing. 

AV286—SCORING FOR FILM AND TELEVISION (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AP221 or AP260. In this introduction to music scoring for visual media, students learn the theory and practice of spotting music to picture, composing music in different styles, arranging and orchestration for live and electronic music, and the business and practice of film scoring. 

AV292—AUDIO FOR VISUAL MEDIAL PORTFOLIO I (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AV259. In this portfolio course, a student develops a post-production thesis project, using professional talent if available. The class also collaborates on projects involving web-dependent audio and video file sharing techniques and studies post production budgets for radio commercials, TV commercials, music videos, film, video, and new media.

Communications

CM111—SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. Students examine the function of language in the communication process as it applies to speech construction and delivery. Activities including discussion and delivery of prepared speeches provide communication skills for personal and professional applications. 

CM121—COMPOSITION (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: FW052 or Advanced Placement. Students develop college-level writing skills, composing essays and formal research papers using APA documentation citation style. 

CM200—INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: CM121. The course explores cultural patterns and issues that influence effective communication across cultures. 

CM210—CREATIVE WRITING (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: CM121. Students read, analyze and discuss representative samples of poetry, fiction and drama to understand techniques employed by skilled writers. They apply those strategies in drafting a variety of creative works. 

CM220—ART OF PERSUASION (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: CM111, CM121. The course examines principles used in the process of influencing opinions, feelings and actions of others through purposeful oral communication. 

CM230—MASS COMMUNICATION (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: CM121. The course introduces a variety of forms of communication mediated by technology. Students explore the history of media, including mass media in today’s society. Mass media theory and practice are explored, emphasizing the student as media consumer.

Computer Literacy

CL051—FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTING (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This overview of modern computer functions and operation covers common uses, operating systems, data storage and software applications and the Internet as a research and mass communication tool. 

CL112—COMPUTER SCIENCES FOR MEDIA PROFESSIONALS (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: CL051 or Advanced Placement. Basics of computer technology, including hardware, software, and networking, are presented as they apply to media professionals. 

CL113—COMPUTER AND WEB FLUENCY (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: CL051 or Advanced Placement. This course combines an overview of basic computer technology with an examination of essential promotional and communication tools available through the Internet. It introduces essential and fundamental technical skills for the media professional that are necessary to participate in the digital marketplace. Students perform basic computer maintenance and learn to leverage the internet as an advantage in their careers. Topics include basic computer hardware, software, networking, server systems, web hosting and domain registration protocols. 

CL121—INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT OFFICE PROFESSIONAL (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. Students use Microsoft Office Professional applications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, to create simple word-processed documents, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, and databases. This course prepares students for the Microsoft Office user certification exam.

Digital Cinema

DC110—FINAL CUT PRO (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This course is designed to prepare the student for the Level-one Apple Certification Exam in Final Cut Pro. The fundamentals of working in Final Cut Pro are presented through a series of practical exercises covering capturing, editing, titling, finishing and output. 

DC130—INTRODUCTION TO AVID MEDIA COMPOSER (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This course presents basic editing skills using the Avid Media Composer video editing software. Students work with Media Composer to input and organize source footage, edit sync and non-sync material, trim sequences, adjust audio, create titles and output work. 

DC152—DIGITAL CINEMA PRODUCTION I (3 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: None. This in-depth study of modern video production techniques and platforms focuses on the planning and production process. Students use digital video cameras and workstation-based video production suites to shoot, capture, and produce content for cinema, television, DVD, web publishing and other multimedia releases. 

DC202—DIGITAL CINEMA PRODUCTION II (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: DC152. This continuation of Digital Cinema Production I (DC152) focuses on shooting digital video for public release and viewing. 

DC205—VISUAL EFFECTS I (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: DC140, EB166. The course presents the use of visual effects, motion graphics and compositing programs, such as Adobe After Effects and Apple Motion®, to create compelling visual presentations for film, television, web, and other media.

Digital Photography

DP151—DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. Students learn the fundamentals of digital photography including selecting and operating a digital SLR camera and using advanced post production software to produce a final image. Other topics include balancing lighting, film speed, lens aperture, and shutter speed to achieve the right exposure, using an on-camera flash, and image composition. 

DP201—DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: DP151, EB166. Students create professional landscape, still life, portrait, glamour/fashion, candid and product photographs. They will manipulate light to create dynamic and compelling imagery; use advanced post production techniques, including the selective use of filters and editing tools and compositing; and consider photography as a business.

Digital Video

DV103—STUDIO CRAFT (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: None. This course offers an introduction to the studio, tools, and equipment used in the video and film industry. Students learn the names and functions of gear and equipment, industry terminology, studio safety, on-set etiquette, basic electrical principles, proper usage of gear, maintenance and repair of tools and equipment, and studio procedures.

 DV112—STORY STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT FOR VISUAL MEDIA (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: None. This course covers basic story structure and development, the elements of fiction, character structure and development, and the hero myth as it applies to visual media, including visual writing, the function of conflict, genre, emotional arc, psychology methods, the use of dialogue and scene and act structure. Students learn basic scripting software and formatting techniques. Students use films as reference to analyze storytelling in visual media.

 DV120—PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: None. This course leads the student through the production management process. The course covers the production organizational structure, script breakdown, production boards, shooting schedules, budgeting, location management, working with cast and crew, production forms and contracts, set operations, production insurance and legal and business issues faced in media production. The student produces a complete production manual.

 DV130—BASIC CAMERA, LIGHTING AND EDITING (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: DV103. Students study the foundation and evolution of video technology. They are taught film style camera methods, lens functions, basic lighting techniques, composition, match action and continuity, shooting for the edit, and basic editing skills. Students use digital video cameras, professional lighting gear and workstation-based video production suites to shoot, capture and produce content for cinema, television, DVD, web publishing and other multimedia releases.

 DV140—VIDEO EDITING I (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: AP154 or DV130. This course covers basic video editing techniques using professional-level nonlinear editing software.

 DV165—FIELD PRODUCTION AND LIGHTING (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: DV130. This course covers lighting principles, camera techniques and color theory for digital video. Students work within a studio environment and on field locations applying production and lighting techniques for purposes of television, film and other media applications.

 DV181—AUDIO FOR VIDEO AND FILM (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: DV130. This course covers audio production in the field and post-production audio techniques for digital video.

 DV200—VISUAL EFFECTS (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: EB166. This course covers visual effects using professional software. The student learns how to integrate a variety of media such as graphics, text and video to produce motion graphics and how to problem solve real-world design and production challenges such as titling, special effects and timeline placement of graphics for final output to digital video motion graphics.

 DV211—VISUAL STORYTELLING (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: DV112. This course covers the visual language of motion pictures, the application of the elements and principles of design and composition to visual storytelling, basic drawing and illustration skills, the integration of the script into storyboarding software, introduction to the use of pre-visualization, storyboards, look-books and animatics for use in the creation of a video or film production. Students use films and other visual media as reference for learning visual storytelling.

 DV222—SCRIPT WRITING FOR VISUAL MEDIA (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisites: DV211. The course presents a comprehensive overview of scriptwriting for multiple visual media formats. Students learn writing theory and explore methods of critical analysis. They explore in depth methods of storytelling techniques and narrative structure. They learn how to write television, commercial, corporate and narrative scripts. The class presents techniques for developing the outline, the treatment, and the synopsis. Students explore in depth a variety of script formats for various visual mediums. Students use films, videos and scripts as reference for learning scriptwriting.

 DV242—VIDEO EDITING II (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: DV140. Students learn advanced video editing techniques using a professional-level nonlinear editing system.

 DV252—DEMO REEL PRODUCTION (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: DV242. Each student develops an individual DVD presentation of demo reel quality. The course covers client contact, problem solving, the creative process, and the use of various video and DVD production tools. Preproduction support materials such as storyboards, scripts, DVD testing and flow-charting are required.

 DV271—AAS DIGITAL VIDEO INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisites: Last quarter. Working in an actual video production environment, students integrate and apply skills, knowledge and abilities acquired in the program. Internships are with local companies with established video production environments.

 DV315—ADVANCED FIELD PRODUCTION (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: DV165. This course covers advanced lighting, camera techniques and color theory for digital video and television. Students participate in practical applications of those techniques within a studio environment and on field locations.

Entertainment Business

EB102—THE MEDIA INDUSTRY LANDSCAPE (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. Media and creative arts are converging and creating new outlets for entertainers, content creators and industry business professionals. This course is designed to introduce students to the unique media arts sectors and to help them begin their careers. Topics include the identification of entertainment entities, an overview of significant contributors to the business of entertainment and an introduction to emerging transmedia applications for entertainment industry professionals. In this introductory course, students explore how their career track applies to the media industry, discuss essential skills for success in college and explore how those skills can translate to career success. A variety of self-assessment tools help students identify their unique abilities and evaluate professional environments in light of that knowledge. 

EB120—BUSINESS MANAGEMENT FOR MEDIA PROFESSIONALS (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. Media and creative arts are converging and creating new outlets for entertainers, content creators and industry business professionals. This course is designed to introduce students to the unique media arts sectors and to help them begin their careers. Topics include the identification of entertainment entities, an overview of significant contributors to the business of entertainment and an introduction to emerging transmedia applications for entertainment industry professionals. In this introductory course, students explore how their career track applies to the media industry, discuss essential life skills for success in college and explore how those skills can translate to career success. A variety of self-assessment tools help students identify their unique abilities and evaluate professional environments in light of that knowledge. 

EB123—MEDIA AS THE MESSAGE (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. Beginning with the phonograph and progressing through high definition color lithography, multi-track recording devices, and web technologies, students consider advances in entertainment media. They study the impact of specific inventions on cultural and economic issues, including consumer behavior, business models, and artistic content creation. 

EB163—INTRO TO INDIE JOURNALISM (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: CM121. Students develop online and print newspapers as they study independent media sources, including zines and blogs, as outlets for promotion and distribution of entertainment news. Topics include review and news writing, criticism, the basic rules of entertainment journalism, and how to develop relationships with labels, artists and other content providers. 

EB165—THE ART, CULTURE, AND ECONOMICS OF VIDEO GAMES (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB102. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, students will evaluate video games for aesthetics and technical quality. They will also study legal issues, marketing techniques, and the history of the gaming industry from 1960 through the present day. 

EB166—PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN I (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This is an introduction to computer-based graphic design programs used in 2D media creation. Students use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for projects including poster creation, logo design, mailers and album artwork as they study the history, aesthetics, and business of design.

EB170—PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN II (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: EB166, GR101, GR131, GR122, GR141. This is an advanced course to computer-based graphic design programs used in 2-D media creation exploring advanced techniques in photo manipulation, digital illustration and basic page layout. Students use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign for generating solutions to a wide variety of design problems.

EB203—LAW AND ECONOMICS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB102. The course addresses intellectual property, copyright and content ownership for the creative industries. Students learn the fundamentals of copyright and how it applies to creative and media arts production. Topics include the economic structure of licensing, publishing and monetizing creative content with a focus on current property rights management issues facing the media industry. 

EB205—BUSINESS OF COMMERCIAL MUSIC PRODUCTION I (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB102. Students create basic jingles for radio and TV, and interact with guest professionals. Topics include business etiquette, timetables, budgets and billing methods; the roles and responsibilities of producers, talent and clients; and the psychology of interpreting a client’s needs. 

EB206—BUSINESS OF COMMERCIAL MUSIC PRODUCTION II (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB205. This course uses hands-on experience to produce commercials, public service announcements and jingles through application of production deadlines, budgets, content creation, copywriting and client directives. Students will interact with independent content producers at music houses, video producers, other colleges and ad agencies. Topics include video and audio engineering, production, post-production and essential advertising business skills. 

EB210—CREATIVE AND PROMOTIONAL WRITING (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: CM121. Students develop skills for effective written and communication and promotion. Activities include composing poetry and short prose, preparing pieces for submission, compiling press contact lists, composing promotional documents, and formatting emails for correspondence with the media. 

EB211—BUSINESS COMMUNICATION AND NETWORKING (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This course focuses on the role of communication and networking skills in the entertainment industry. Topics include developing strong client relations, cold calling, the art of negotiating and networking. In-class exercises include interviewing, presentations and networking. 

EB223—CAREER PLANNING FOR THE CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL (1 CREDIT) 

Prerequisite: EB120 or DV252 or equivalent. This course presents the development of career and self-promotional tools including industry specific tools, résumés, cover letters and other digital materials. Students practice interview techniques and learn professional strategies and client-based approaches which lead to meaningful and lasting professional contacts. Students identify various job cultures that support their professional aptitudes and goals and present their career objectives to career services, prospective employees and colleagues. 

EB253—MARKETING AND BRANDING STRATEGIES (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: CL113. The course presents development of marketing campaigns for media-related companies and artists. Students learn to integrate Internet technology and Web 2.0 resources into modern promotional and advertising, develop traditional and emerging marketing trends and employ project management and self-management techniques. 

EB261—FACILITY MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB203. This introduction to small business management uses a case study of recording studio management to examine business structures, licensing and legal requirements and basic strategies to employ when launching an enterprise. Students work through a simulation of the process of opening a commercial recording studio. 

EB264—TOUR MANAGEMENT AND THEATRICAL PRODUCTION (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB203. This course introduces booking, managing and profiting from band tours and performances. Topics include legal agreements between artists and venues, lodging and transportation issues, merchandising and fiscal management. 

EB265—THE BUSINESS OF VIDEO GAMES (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB165. Students study production processes, asset management, quality assurance initiatives, and related legal issues for the video game industry. Topics include tools used by developers, the workflow of design from conception to release, and marketing and promotions. 

EB266—VENUE DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB120. This course provides students with practical experience in venue management of an entertainment venue. Students interact with independent, small business veterans and learn basic skill sets for conception, design and operation of a live entertainment venue. Topics include research of venues, venue development, business applications, marketing, advertising and talent coordinating. 

EB267—ENTERTAINMENT CONTRACTS AND LICENSING (3 CREDITS)

 Prerequisite: EB203. This course presents an analysis of contract law and common agreements relation to artists, writers, producers and companies. Topics include licensing opportunities, artist contracts, management contracts and strategic decision making. 

EB268—EVENT PRODUCTION (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB120. This course focuses on managing personnel, schedules, equipment and other details associated with entertainment events. Students will actively participate in planning, organizing, and managing events at IPR and other locations around Minneapolis.

EB269—WEB DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: CL113. Students use design tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create web-ready designs for marketing and promotion. Design principles analyzed include animation, unity, typography and interaction. Assignments include development of an interactive website that features streaming media. 

EB271—ARTIST MANAGEMENT (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB253, EB267. The course uses lecture and discussion to analyze the artistic endeavor as a business. Topics include unions, contracts, licensing and promotions techniques for managers as well as current issues affecting musicians and artists. 

EB272—RECORD LABEL ADMINISTRATION I (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: EB253. This is a hands-on introduction to the history and business of independent record labels. Each quarter, students select a release from a catalog of prerecorded material. They then see the project through all stages of production: image and graphic design, re-mastering, distribution, regional and web promotion, sales, and licensing and contract issues. 

EB282—RECORD LABEL ADMINISTRATION II (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: EB272. This course offers a hands-on experience with brick-and-mortar and virtual independent record labels. Topics include the A&R process, record label contracts, production and recording, creative control, CD and vinyl manufacturing, physical and digital distribution, value-added record releases, marketing and promotion, and music licensing. Students will apply skills in leadership, teamwork, goal setting, and business planning as they work with actual local and national recording artists. 

EB291—MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS SEMINAR (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: Minimum of 80 credits completed. Students present a research project focusing on an entertainment industry sector chosen by the student. The course requires the submission of a portfolio for faculty and peer review at a gallery open house.

Foundations

FM051—FOUNDATIONS OF MATH I (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This refresher course covers the arithmetic of whole numbers, fractions and decimals, including the use of the real numbers in ratios, percentages and averages. 

FM052—FOUNDATIONS OF MATH II (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: FM051 or Advanced Placement. This course links algebraic skills to arithmetic. An introduction to elementary algebra, it includes solving linear equations, graphing and evaluating expressions. 

FW051—FOUNDATIONS OF WRITING I (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. Using personal experiences and readings for textual comprehension, students develop practical writing skills that are necessary in academic, business and technical discourse, including strategies for writing correct and effective sentences and paragraphs. 

FW052—FOUNDATIONS OF WRITING II (3 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: FW051 or Advanced Placement. Students develop strategies for writing correct and effective paragraphs and short essays.

Graphics

GR101—APPLIED COLOR THEORY (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: None. This course presents fundamentals of color and its use in the creative profession. Students approach color from both an artistic and aesthetic point of view and in terms of practical, production-oriented applications that enable them to express ideas effectively.

GR122—TYPOGRAPHY AND COMPOSITION (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: None. This course consists of two components, covering the essential skills necessary to create professional-quality type design and effective visual composition. Students learn the history of typography and the technical aspects of letterforms, as well as measurement systems and methods of using type as a design element. The composition portion of this course enables students to create well-designed layouts that employ effective visual pathways, communicate ideas and elicit the desired responses.

GR131—DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: None. This introductory course is intended to introduce the student to the elements and principles of design. Students will explore elements and principles involved in planning and organizing a unified design, with an emphasis on creativity, visual perception and eliciting a viewer’s response.

GR141—CONCEPTUAL DRAWING AND DESIGN (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: GR131. This course introduces the student to basic drawing skills to promote creative thinking, expression and idea development. Through a series of assignments the student learns to quickly sketch out ideas, critically discern the best direction, and develop final, pre-computer compositions.

GR181—PAGE LAYOUT (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisites: GR101, GR122, GR131, GR141. This course acquaints students with current industry-standard page layout software, which, when combined with the effective use of typography, composition, color and photography, enables students to produce standard, custom and premium levels of professional print publications and products.

GR211—BASIC WEB DELIVERY (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisites: EB166, GR122, WD130. This course presents the student with advanced web development and delivery software, advanced site management systems and advanced HTML. Students create, deploy and maintain multipage websites using a site management system as they design, create and deploy text, images, media and forms and update sites.

GR225—DIGITAL STUDIO (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisites: EB170, GR181. This course simulates management of workflow in a graphic design studio. Working in assigned teams, students assume, in rotation, each of the following roles: account executive, production manager and graphic designer. The account executive approaches outside clients for possible projects and presents those projects to the art director (instructor), graphic designer and production manager. New areas of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are explored to create visual solutions.

GR251—WEB STUDIO (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisites: GR211. Prerequisite or concurrent: DV200 or SD213 Prerequisite or Concurrent: DV200 or SD212 or SD213. Students integrate Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash and ActionScripting to create advanced interactive websites and explore interactive content and graphic images. The course goes beyond web page creation, covering website management and how to research and incorporate ASP and PHP programming into a site.

GR285—PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO (5 CREDITS)

Prerequisite(s): Last quarter. Students develop final print and digital portfolio presentations. Classroom artwork, pro-bono work and work for hire items are developed and refined to a professional level. Students develop a personal brand that extends from their website and to their cover letters and resumes. They also research jobs and potential employers and develop skills in phone, email and social networking etiquette.

Humanities

HU100—INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite or concurrent: CM121. This course is an exploratory approach to the humanities focusing on literature, philosophy, comparative religion, music, sculpture, architecture and painting in a social/historical framework.

HU121—FILM IN SOCIETY (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. Students develop an appreciation of film as a visual art, examining ways in which films impact our culture, our economy and our society. 

HU125—WORLD MUSIC (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This course is designed to help students understand music in a multicultural, global marketplace. Using current popular music as a way to define culture, students will learn about global societies and their cultural history. Students will use the constituent and expressive elements of music as a basis for discussion to compare and contrast popular music and culture on a global level. This course will include ear training that will enhance students’ recognition of global instruments. 

HU130—SPANISH I (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This is the first of a two-quarter course for students with little or no background in the Spanish language. It provides basic proficiency in speaking, reading, writing, and listening at the conversational level and general knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures. 

HU150—INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite or concurrent: CM121. This course is a survey of short stories, poetry and drama as literary forms with an emphasis on using literary analysis to interpret a wide range of literary works. 

HU200—ART IN THE MODERN WORLD (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: CM121. This course covers the history of modern art from the last half of the 19th century to the present. Students become familiar with representative works by artists in a variety of genres and styles of modernist and postmodern art, gaining an understanding of the historical context of changes in art and social and cultural forces that gave rise to the eclecticism of modern art.

Instrumentation

IN261—VOCAL TECHNIQUES I (1 CREDIT) 

Prerequisite: AP121. This course, designed for the producer or vocalist with little or no vocal experience, is presented in a lab setting. Instruction covers the basics of correct singing, vocal health, breathing, technique and style, enhancing students’ ability to work with other artists on vocal techniques in live and studio settings. 

IN262—KEYBOARD TECHNIQUES I (1 CREDIT) 

Prerequisite: AP121. This course, designed for the producer or keyboard player with little or no keyboard experience, is presented in a lab setting. Instruction covers the fundamentals of classic keyboard technique and style, enhancing students’ ability to work with other musicians on piano and keyboard technique in live performance and studio settings. 

IN263—ELECTRONIC PERFORMANCE I (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: AE130, AP154. This class focuses on urban and electronic music performance techniques. Students learn the history and culture of these musical styles as they apply current tools and techniques used by top performers, remixers, and DJs. The course provides hands-on experience with hardware and software sequencers, synthesizers and drum machines. 

IN264—GUITAR TECHNIQUES I (1 CREDIT) 

Prerequisite: AP121. This course provides basic skills necessary to play the guitar, including note reading, chord strumming, finger picking, and music theory. All levels of players join in ensembles, playing popular, folk, blues, rock and classical styles. Every student will have the opportunity to play lead lines, rhythm accompaniment and bass lines. 

IN271—VOCAL TECHNIQUES II (1 CREDIT)

Prerequisites: IN261 or Audition. This course is for the producer or vocalist who has either completed Vocal Techniques I (IN261) or has prior experience and wishes to submit a vocal demo/audition for entrance. Classes will take place in a lab setting and cover advanced techniques required of the contemporary singer. 

IN272—KEYBOARD TECHNIQUES II (1 CREDIT) 

Prerequisites: IN262 or Audition. This course is for the producer or keyboard player who has either completed Keyboard Techniques I (IN262) or has prior keyboard experience and wishes to submit a keyboard or piano demo/audition for entrance. Classes take place in the lab and cover advanced performance techniques.

Logic Pro

LP151—LOGIC PRO I (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This course prepares students for the Level One Apple® Certification Exam in Logic Pro as they perform a series of practical exercises in music production, rhythm programming, recording, mixing and post-production. 

LP201—LOGIC PRO II (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: LP151. Students will work with artists and build content utilizing Logic Pro X as the primary production tool in one of IPR’s flagship studios. Topics include artist communication, manipulating pitch and tempo, artist tracking, workflow enhancements, advanced MIDI editing, video integration, advanced audio editing, surround and stereo mixing.

Ableton Live

LV151—ABLETON LIVE I (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. Students are introduced to Ableton® Live recording and sequencing software through a series of practical exercises covering software configuration, session navigation, audio warping, MIDI programming with virtual instruments, recording, editing, mixing and combining audio with visual media. 

LV200—ABLETON LIVE II (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: LV151. This course expands on the fundamentals of working in Ableton Live as explored in Ableton Live I (LV151). Media production concepts covered includes composition, production, improvisation and performance.

Media Business

MB261—INTERNSHIP FOR CREDIT (1 CREDIT) 

Prerequisites: 45 credits earned, 2.0 minimum CGPA, 67 percent cumulative completion rate, approval by program chair. This course serves to integrate the skills, knowledge and abilities acquired for hands-on application in a media business environment. Students will complete an on-the-job training program in a setting that employs a variety of skills common to the field. 

MB262—INTERNSHIP FOR CREDIT (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: 45 credits earned, 2.0 minimum CGPA, 67 percent cumulative completion rate, approval by program chair. This course serves to integrate the skills, knowledge and abilities acquired for hands-on application in a media business environment. Students will complete an on-the-job training program in a setting that employs a variety of skills common to the field. 

MB263—INTERNSHIP FOR CREDIT (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: 45 credits earned, 2.0 minimum CGPA, 67 percent cumulative completion rate, approval by program chair. This course serves to integrate the skills, knowledge and abilities acquired for hands-on application in a media business environment. Students will complete an on-the-job training program in a setting that employs a variety of skills common to the field. 

MB264—INTERNSHIP FOR CREDIT (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: 45 Credits Earned, 2.0 Minimum CGPA, 67% Cumulative Completion Rate, Approval by Program Chair. This course serves to integrate the skills, knowledge, and abilities acquired for hands-on application in a media business environment. Students will complete an on-the-job training program in a setting that employs a variety of skills common to the field. 

MB265—INTERNSHIP FOR CREDIT (5 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: 45 Credits Earned, 2.0 Minimum CGPA, 67% Cumulative Completion Rate, Approval by Program Chair. This course serves to integrate the skills, knowledge, and abilities acquired for hands-on application in a media business environment. Students will complete an on-the-job training program in a setting that employs a variety of skills common to the field. 

MB266—INTERNSHIP FOR CREDIT (6 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: 45 Credits Earned, 2.0 Minimum CGPA, 67% Cumulative Completion Rate, Approval by Program Chair. This course serves to integrate the skills, knowledge, and abilities acquired for hands-on application in a media business environment. Students will complete an on-the-job training program in a setting that employs a variety of skills common to the field.

Marketing

MK205—MARKETING (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: AG100 or BS105 or BS200 or EB120. This introduction to marketing provides an in-depth study of market research and social influences of marketing on consumers and businesses. The class focuses on the four P’s of marketing (product, price, place and promotion), and how they relate to the total marketing concept. Students study the process of identifying customer needs, developing and pricing products and developing a marketing plan.

Natural Science

NS105—BIOLOGY (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This course is an introduction to biological science covering topics in modern biology, including molecular aspects, cell biology, physiology, genetics, evolution and ecology. It increases students’ understanding of scientific inquiry and includes laboratory sessions either live, virtual or in combination. 

NS111—ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite or concurrent: CM121. This is a survey of contemporary environmental problems. The course stresses holistic and ecological approaches, giving special attention to roles, responsibilities and opportunities for individuals in global environmental problem solving. 

NS112—TOPICS IN MATHEMATICAL REASONING (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: FM052 or advanced placement. Students develop quantitative reasoning skills and learn to apply mathematical ideas in life and work. Topics in this class include: sets, numeration systems, units of measurements and conversions, logic, probability, simple and compound interest, and mathematical literacy. 

NS116—COLLEGE ALGEBRA I (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: FM052 or advanced placement. Topics of this course include solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, linear systems, graphs of equations and inequalities, operations involving polynomials and rational expressions, exponents, radicals and an introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions. Students use graphing throughout the course to explore applications that use functions. 

NS121—EARTH SCIENCE (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite or concurrent: CM121. This course introduces the Earth as a dynamic multidimensional physical system consisting of separate but interacting parts, in which change in one part can produce changes in any or all other parts. Topics include the nature of the earth in terms of changes in its solid mass, the oceans, the atmosphere and the universe.

NS216—COLLEGE ALGEBRA II (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: NS116. Topics include quadratic, transcendental and trigonometric functions and their inverses and properties. Students use graphing to explore analytic geometry of conic sections, build and use simple mathematical models, and use trigonometry to solve problems related to triangles.

 

 

Pro Tools

PT111—ESSENTIALS OF PRO TOOLS (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: Avid PT101 exam. This course provides fundamental skills needed to learn and function in the Pro Tools® environment. It provides training for Pro Tools Certification and prepares students to start working on their own Pro Tools projects. 

PT130—PRO TOOLS GAME AUDIO (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: Avid PT101 exam. This course presents the core skills, workflow and concepts involved in creating and implementing game audio using Pro Tools systems. Students learn basic sound design techniques for both Macintosh and Windows systems and train for Pro Tools for Game Audio certification. 

PT202—PRO TOOLS PRODUCTION ESSENTIALS (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: Avid PT110 exam. This training course for Pro Tools Certification focuses on skills needed to competently operate a Pro Tools TDM system in a professional environment. 

PT211—MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: Avid PT201 exam. This training course for Pro Tools Certification concentrates on 200-level training with a focus on music production. Reinforcement of 201 concepts and skills with music-specific examples. 

PT212—POST-PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: Avid PT201 exam. This training course for Pro Tools Certification concentrates on completing 200-level training with a post-production focus. It reinforces 201 concepts and skills with post-specific examples. 

PT251—ADVANCED MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: Avid PT210M exam. Pro Tools 310M focuses on advanced operation of Pro Tools TDM systems for music production. Topics include advanced music editing, mixing, and control-surface techniques and functions; plug-ins, including pitch correction and sound replacement; and collaboration. 

PT252—ADVANCED POST PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: Avid PT210P exam. Pro Tools 310P focuses on advanced operation of Pro Tools TDM systems for post-production. Topics include advanced OMF applications and workflows with AVID video editing systems, post editing, mixing, synchronization, control-surface techniques and collaboration.

Show Production

SP105—PRINCIPLES OF LIGHTING SYSTEMS (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This course focuses on the theory and use of light in multi-media settings. Topics include color blending, electrical consumption, lighting fixtures and controllers. Students work hands on to learn basic set up of lighting instruments, controllers and apply rigging principles based on industry standards.

SP139—WIRING BASICS (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. In this course, students learn soldering techniques, cable repair, connector utilization and implementation into a variety of applications in the multi-media fields. The course presents basic electricity and electrical circuitry concepts as they relate to sound reinforcement, lighting and visual display technology. Students will complete coursework that prepares them to take the NEC low voltage certification exam.

SP205—PRINCIPLES OF LIGHTING DESIGN (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: SP105. This course presents the design and use of light in film, theatrical and show applications with a focus on state of the industry lighting consoles and fixtures. Students use moving light fixtures to create dynamic lighting productions and apply set up and implementation of lighting techniques for corporate, broadcast, theatrical and concert lighting productions.

SP209—SOUND REINFORCEMENT I (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: AE130. This introductory course focuses on the setup and use of sound systems in live performance settings focusing on all components of a typical sound system including consoles, EQ, crossovers, amplifiers and speaker components. Students set up sound reinforcement equipment for a live show.

SP215—VISUAL DISPLAYS AND CONTROL (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: SP205. This course focuses on the design, control and integration of visual displays and playback devices with advanced lighting systems. Projection, high resolution and low resolution displays, and content playback and live camera control systems will be discussed and implemented in weekly shows.

SP219—SOUND REINFORCEMENT II (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: SP209. This intermediate course focuses on mixing and advanced set-up of sound systems in live performance settings. Topics include digital processors and consoles used for show application. This course covers the first step in the Avid Venue Certification process.

SP229—SOUND REINFORCEMENT III (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: SP219. This advanced course focuses on the design and configuration of complex sound systems and control systems. Speaker design software is discussed and practiced. Advanced production equipment, including wireless microphones and in ear monitoring systems, external control, and digital audio networks are demonstrated and implemented. The second step of the Avid Venue certification process is also covered.

SP289—THE BIG SHOW (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB268, SP139, SP215, SP229. In this capstone course students apply lighting and sound design techniques and theory to present a final project consisting of audio, lighting, and visual displays technologies for a music program.

Social Sciences

SS103—GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP (2 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This interdisciplinary social science course explores the influence of community on global citizenship. Topics include contemporary theories that help define local, national and international community membership in the 21st century. Students will examine how cultural constructs, including, but not limited to, personal perspectives and social, educational and professional experiences, contribute toward shaping their recognition of and accountability as socially responsible community members. 

SS116—INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite or concurrent: CM121. Introduction to Psychology is a basic overview of facts, terms, ideas and research findings which form the basis for modern psychology. This course looks at the science of psychology, considering behavior, perception, learning, memory, human physical and personality development, motivation and stress. 

SS123—HISTORY OF AMERICAN MUSIC (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. In this course students will study the historical roots and evolution of American popular music. Genres studied include jazz, blues, country and western, music for stage and film, rock and roll, electronic music, punk and hip-hop. Students will learn how to recognize each genre, be able to identify its roots and stylistic characteristics, and learn the contributions of key artists who have developed the current musical landscape. 

SS130—LAW IN SOCIETY (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite or concurrent: CM121. This course is the study of law as a social institution incorporating history, sociology, philosophy, psychology and political science. The course emphasizes theoretical perspectives, organization, roles and functions of law in society. 

SS140—INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This course is a study of the development of interpersonal relations, exploring cognitive, behavioral, attitudinal and contextual interpersonal skills.

SS145—INTRODUCTION TO MACROECONOMICS (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: None. This course is an introduction to the basic economizing problem, specific economic issues and related policy alternatives. 

SS205—SOCIOLOGY (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: CM121. Sociology is the study of how social forces such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality and capitalism shape personality, institutions and cultures in the process of socialization. Topics include research and question construction methods. 

SS210—DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: CM121, SS116. The course presents major theories in developmental psychology, including issues and topics across the lifespan such as infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging. It emphasizes the biological, psychological and social variables that influence human behavior. 

SS230—PSYCHOLOGY OF PERSONALITY (4 CREDITS) 

Prerequisites: CM121, SS116. This course introduces students to a variety of personality theories and research relevant to each theory. Topics include major personality theories such as trait theories, psychoanalysis, humanistic and biological theories. Application and assessment is explored for each theory. Students learn about the theories first-hand by completing assessments within each theory.


South by Southwest

SB279—SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST MEDIA CONFERENCE (3 CREDITS) 

Prerequisite: EB102. This is a two-week travel course to South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas, one of the largest music festivals in the U.S., and one of the world’s premier film festivals. Activities include panel discussions on current media topics, movie and video showcases, and networking with media professionals.

Software development

SD213—EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES (4 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: WD130. This course introduces the students to emerging technologies, devices, standards and structures. The student will learn new and emerging software, resources and communication methods while understanding their impact on information systems, business and society.

Web Development

WD130—BASIC WEB DESIGN (3 CREDITS)

Prerequisite: None. In this course, students write code with the extensible hypertext markup language (XHTML). Students use a text editor and begin with HTML to present and format text, graphics, images, hyperlinks and form-elements on a web page. Cascading style sheets (CSS) and XHTML are also covered. Additionally, students learn to validate their markup for correctness and accessibility against the standards and guidelines of the W3C consortium. Students explore and assess websites of corporations, educational institutions and other organizations and write new web pages using existing content.