Audio Production Courses
AP050—ELEMENTS OF MUSIC (2 CREDITS) Prerequisite: None. This audio production 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 audio production course presents verbal and written musical expression and the elements of rhythms, key signatures, scales and chords. Audio production 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. Audio production 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, audio production 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 audio production 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. Audio production 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. Audio production 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 II (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: AP121. The audio production 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.
AP261—COMPOSITION AND SONGWRITING II (2 CREDITS) Prerequisites: AP211. The audio production 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 audio production class focuses on advanced skills required to produce a professional music release. Audio production 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 audio production course prepares audio production students to enhance the talent of individuals and large and small vocal ensembles through advanced vocal arrangement, recording, editing and mixing techniques.
AP292—MUSIC PRODUCTION PORTFOLIO (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: AP262. This capstone course, taken during an audio production 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.
AV204—AUDIO ENGINEERING FOR VISUAL MEDIA (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: AP204. This audio for visual media 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. Audio for visual media 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 audio for visual media course focuses on creating music and sound design for video games. Visual media 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 audio for visual media course focuses on tools and techniques for audio production for visual media. Audio 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, an audio for visual media student develops a post-production thesis project, using professional talent if available. This audio for visual media 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.
Show Production Courses
SP105—PRINCIPLES OF LIGHTING SYSTEMS (3 CREDITS) Prerequisite: None. This show production course focuses on the theory and use of light in multi-media settings. Topics include color blending, electrical consumption, lighting fixtures and controllers. Show production 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 show production course, students learn soldering techniques, cable repair, connector utilization and implementation into a variety of applications in the multi-media fields. The Show production course presents basic electricity and electrical circuitry concepts as they relate to sound reinforcement, lighting and visual display technology. Show production students will complete coursework that prepares them to take the NEC low voltage certification exam.
SP209—SOUND REINFORCEMENT I (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: AE130. This introductory show production 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.
SP219—SOUND REINFORCEMENT II (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: SP209. This intermediate show production 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 Show production course covers the first step in the Avid Venue Certification process.
SP225 – ADVANCED LIGHTING AND VISUAL DISPLAY (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: SP205. This Show production course focuses on advanced lighting operations. Introduction to and operation of a variety of moving light fixtures. Show production students will understand basic Projection interconnect from multiple sources, high resolution and low resolution displays, and live camera control systems will be discussed and implemented.
SP229—SOUND REINFORCEMENT III (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: SP219. This advanced show production 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.
SP275 – SYSTEM MAINTENANCE AND ADVANCED WIRING (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: SP139. This Show production course focuses on intermediate to advanced maintenance and troubleshooting skills. Show production students will experience and practice routine maintenance, upgrades, changes, and repair. The Show production course will provide an overview of what it takes to perform basic system installations and how to bid for installations. Advanced soldering skills and techniques for rack and system wiring will be taught. Show production students will receive consulting tips and practice rack-wiring projects.
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.
AC110—ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES I (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: None. In this introduction course to financial accounting and the basic accounting cycle, students analyze transactions, prepare accountants’ worksheets and related financial statements, and account for cash and receivables.
CM070 — WRITING 121 LAB (2 CREDITS) Prerequisite: None; co-requisite to CM121. This course provides intensive instruction and practice in writing coherent paragraphs and essays for specific audiences; the writing lab includes the drafting, revision, and editing processes as well as instruction in grammar, mechanics, and usage. Students develop college-level writing skills.
CM111—SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: None. This course examines 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: Advanced Placement or co-requisite CM070. 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. This course allows students to 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.
CM320 — WRITING AND RESEARCH (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: CM121. This course helps students study the role of scholarly research in academic disciplines. Topics include research tools and strategies, evaluation of online and print sources for scholarly publications, writing summaries and abstracts and the inclusion of research in writing assignments. Assignments include various writing projects and a final research paper.
CM330 — TECHNICAL WRITING (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: CM121 or equivalent. This course helps students learn how to communicate detailed, technical information in a manner a layperson can understand. Purpose, organization and language are emphasized
Computer Literacy Courses
CL113—COMPUTER AND WEB FLUENCY (4 CREDITS) This course combines an overview of basic computer technology with an examination of essential promotional and communication tools available through the Internet. This course 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.
CL131— MS OFFICE APPLICATIONS 1 (3 CREDITS) Prerequisite: None. This course helps students receive hands-on experience with the fundamental features of three major applications of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and PowerPoint, creating simple word processing documents, worksheets and PowerPoint presentations.
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. This course helps 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.
HU305 THE CREATIVE PROCESS 4 CREDITS Prerequisites: CM121. This course helps students employ critical thinking as they engage in an investigation of the creative process both theoretically and practically, resulting in the ability to methodically apply this understanding to their own creative work.
HU315 WORLD LITERATURE 4 CREDITS Prerequisites: CM121, HU150. This course examines global perspectives on literature using texts from a variety of genres including folktales, proverbs, poetry and short stories from throughout the world. Authors studied represent a variety of geopolitical contexts that provide diverse social and political settings for composition and consumption of the writings and media. Students compare and contrast literary elements of texts to understand the works’ historical and cultural significance.
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 Courses
NS070 ALGEBRA LAB (2 CREDITS) Prerequisite: None. Co-requisite NS116. This course examines introductory algebra skills. Topics of this course include factoring, solving linear equations and inequalities, linear systems, graphing and evaluating expressions, and operations involving polynomials. Students use graphing throughout the course to explore mathematical applications
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. This course 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.
NS116—COLLEGE ALGEBRA I (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: Advanced Placement or co-requisite NS070. 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.
NS305 STATISTICS 4 CREDITS Prerequisite: NS116. This course focuses on descriptive statistics and statistical inference. Topics include data, basic methodologies for gathering data, populations, samples, descriptive measures, probability, sampling distributions, point and interval estimates, hypothesis testing, statistical inference and bivariate data.
NS320 INTRODUCTION TO DECISION SYSTEMS 4 CREDITS Prerequisite: BS100 or NS112 or NS116. Many business, management, and economic problems take on recurring patterns. This course is an introduction to operations research, decision systems, game theory and other formal methods of describing and solving problems. Students learn terminology and alternative concepts related to problem solving.
Digital Photography Courses
DP151—DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I (3 CREDITS) Prerequisite: None. This course helps 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. This course helps 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 Courses
DV103—STUDIO CRAFT (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: None. This digital video course offers an introduction to the studio, tools, and equipment used in the video and film industry. Digital video 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 digital video 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. Digital video 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 digital video 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 digital video students produce a complete production manual.
DV130—BASIC CAMERA, LIGHTING AND EDITING (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: DV103. This digital video course helps 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. Digital Video 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 digital video course covers basic video editing techniques using professional-level nonlinear editing software.
DV165—FIELD PRODUCTION AND LIGHTING (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: DV130. This digital video 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 digital video course covers audio production in the field and post-production audio techniques for digital video.
DV200—VISUAL EFFECTS (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: EB166. This digital video course covers visual effects using professional software. The digital video students learn 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 digital video 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 digital video course presents a comprehensive overview of scriptwriting for multiple visual media formats. Digital video 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. This course helps digital video students learn advanced video editing techniques using a professional-level nonlinear editing system.
DV245 – COLOR GRADING AND BASICCOLOR THEORY (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite:DV140orDV171.PrerequisiteorConcurrent:DV200.Thiscoursecoversan overview of general color theory and its application to post-production color grading and color correction techniques using Apple’s Color software.
DV252—DEMO REEL PRODUCTION (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: DV242. Each digital video student develops an individual DVD presentation of demo reel quality. The digital video 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, digital video 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 digital video course covers advanced lighting, camera techniques and color theory for digital video and television. Digital video students participate in practical applications of those techniques within a studio environment and on field locations.
DV318 – ADVANCED CAMERA TECHNIQUES (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: DV315. In this digital video course, students demonstrate the ability to operate a variety of digital cameras and the peripheral equipment.
DV320 -ANIMATICS AND STORYBOARDING (4 CREDITS) Prerequisites: DV200, DV252. This digital video course helps students create dynamic presentation boards and animatics using traditional techniques with digital technology. They develop traditional illustration skills using digital tools, create convincing lighting effects from digital photo references, develop color key paintings for production design, and create digital background paintings.
DV325 – PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT II (4 CREDITS) Prerequisites: DV120, DV315. This digital video course helps students master current practices in freelance digital production, including promotion, estimating, billing, invoicing, and delivering digital video product. Digital video students complete and deliver a freelance project for a business client.
DV400 – DIGITAL FILM PRE PRODUCTION (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: DV222, DV242, DV325. This digital video course helps students begin a three-quarter production project to create an approved, relevant and professional quality short visual media project. This course initiates and completes the preproduction process. Students create a story concept, a script, storyboard, budget, schedule, and cast. A designated committee approves the content of the project.
DV420 – DIGITAL FILM POST PRODUCTION (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: DV410. The course is the third for the creation of an approved, relevant and professional quality short visual media project extended over three quarters. Students build on the work created in the preproduction projection class and move into the post production phase of their projects. They apply post production skills learned in previous courses to the editing and finishing of the project shot in the Production class. The film is edited and finished in high definition video. When completed, the project will be exhibited at a public screening.
DV440 – BFA DIGITAL VIDEO CAPSTONE (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite or concurrent: DV420. The digital video course leads the student through the development of a final reel and portfolio project. The student prepares a simulated network or distributor pitch of a video/film product, program, or service and effectively defends the presentation.
DV495- BFA DIGITAL VIDEO INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: DV420. A 120-hour structured internship gives digital video students the opportunity to apply their skills to real world applications in a video/film production environment. Students integrate and apply skills, knowledge, and abilities acquired in the program.
Entertainment Business Courses
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.
EB163—INTRO TO INDIE JOURNALISM (3 CREDITS) Prerequisite: CM121. This course helps 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.
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.
EB195 – BUSINESS AND PRODUCTION OF COMMERCIAL MEDIA I (3 CREDITS) Prerequisite: EB102. This course helps students interact with guest professionals to create basic advertising content for various media channels. 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.
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.
EB210—CREATIVE AND PROMOTIONAL WRITING (4 CREDITS) Prerequisite: CM121. This course helps 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.
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.
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: EB120 or 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. This course helps 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. regional and web promotion, sales, and licensing and contract issues.
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.
EB310 – ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR CREATIVE ARTS (4CREDITS) Prerequisite: BS200 or EB120 or equivalent. Pursuing an entrepreneurial venture in the creative arts field requires an understanding of both business and arts industry practices. This course will present an overview of arts-related career opportunities by exploring profit and not-for-profit arts organization and businesses. Basic and intermediate entrepreneurial marketing, promotion, and management skills are presented. Students will use the course as a basis of assessing the possibility of creation of an entrepreneurial plan.
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.
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.
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.
Logic Pro Courses
LP151—LOGIC PRO I (2 CREDITS) Prerequisite: None. This course prepares students for using 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. This course helps students 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 Courses
LV151—ABLETON LIVE I (2 CREDITS) Prerequisite: None. This course introduces students 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 Courses
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.
Pro Tools Courses
PT101V1 – INTRODUCTION TO PRO TOOLS (1 CREDIT) Prerequisite: None. This course focuses on the foundational skills needed to learn and function within the Pro Tools environment on a basic level.
PT110VI – PRO TOOLS PRODUCTION (1 CREDIT) Prerequisite: Avid PT101 Exam. This course expands upon the basic principles taught in Pro Tools 101. It introduces core concepts and skills students need to operate a Pro Tools system. Upon completion of this coursework you will be eligible to take the Avid Pro Tools User Certification exam.
PT130VI—PRO TOOLS GAME AUDIO (1 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.
PT201V1 – PRO TOOLS PRODUCTION II (1 CREDIT) Prerequisite: Avid PT110 Exam. This course covers the core concepts and skills you need to operate an Avid Pro Tools HD system in a professional studio environment.
PT210MV1 – MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (1 CREDIT) Prerequisite: AvidPT201 Exam. This course covers specific techniques for working with Avid Pro Tools HD software in a professional music production environment. Upon successful completion of the 200- level coursework, you will be eligible to take the Avid Pro Tools Operator Music Certification exam.
PT210PV1 – POST PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (1 CREDIT) Prerequisite: Avid PT201 Exam. This course covers specific techniques for working with Avid Pro Tools HD software in a professional post production environment. Upon successful completion of this class, you will be eligible to take the Avid Pro Tools Operator Post Certification exam.
PT310MV1 – ADVANCED MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (1 CREDIT) Prerequisite: Avid PT210M Exam. This course provides the key information required to attain the highest level of Avid Pro Tools Certification. This class builds upon the information provided PT210M book, providing advanced configuration, troubleshooting, recording, editing, signal routing, and mixing techniques for working in professional music production. Upon successful completion of this class, you will be eligible to take the Avid Pro Tools Expert Music Certification exam.
PT310PV1 – ADVANCED POST PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES (1 CREDIT) Prerequisite: Avid PT210P Exam. This course provides the key information required to attain the highest level of Avid Pro Tools Certification. This class builds upon the information provided PT210P book, providing advanced configuration, troubleshooting, recording, editing, signal routing, and mixing techniques for working in professional post production. Upon successful completion of this class, you will be eligible to take the Avid Pro Tools Expert Post Certification exam.
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.
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.