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College of Communication - Radio, Television & Film

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RTF 03205 - TV History and Appreciation
TV History and Appreciation explores 50 years of the art and impact of one of the most persuasive, pervasive information delivery systems ever invented. By viewing and discussing a wide array of clips and full episodes of programming (many from the earliest days of the medium), students will develop an appreciation of the foundation of all entertainment and informational programming. As well, students examine how television has affected American society and how American society has affected television.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03206 - TV History and Appreciation, 1960s - 1970s
Students will explore televisions formative years. The course is a sequel of sorts to the earlier course, but can be taken independently or concurrently. Students will learn about and discuss the cultural, economic and regulatory decisions that shaped the medium and analyze TV's changing portrayal of the American family, gender roles, minority representation and other key concepts. The history of breaking news coverage, the emergence of cable, and the rise and fall of various programming genres - from live TV drama and the variety show to newsmagazines and reality TV - will be examined.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03220 - The Television Industry
Designed to provide students with an understanding of the contemporary American commercial television industry, this course analyzes the interrelationships among broadcast and non-broadcast delivery systems, stations, networks, programming, advertising, audiences and the federal government.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03221 - The Radio Industry
This course introduces students to the principles and techniques of commercial radio broadcasting. Students learn about licensing, sales, research, programming, and federal regulations. Students get hands-on experience with up-to-date broadcast equipment while learning audio console operation.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03222 - Television Production I
The course introduces students to the principles and techniques of TV production. Students work in production teams within a professional television studio setting. Students gain experience in all phases of production, including conception of ideas, scripting, directing, and operation of equipment to produce various types of programs. Programming includes newscasts and talk shows. Students also learn to edit 30-second commercials and PSAs.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03224 - Sound Communication
This course introduces students to the production process through the medium of sound. Topics include the history, physics, and function of sound recording as it relates to radio, television, and film media. Students will be introduced to basic storytelling concepts and will write, create, and edit projects that incorporate sound as a primary communication tool.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03270 - Film History and Appreciation I
Students trace the development of motion pictures as an art form from the 1890s to 1941. Representative selections from the various genres are screened, then discussed in terms of art, technique, content and historical perspective, as well as directorial style. Part I is not a prerequisite for Part II; these courses may be taken in any order; students may opt for one or both courses.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03271 - Film History and Appreciation II
This course is a continuation of RTF 03.270 with emphasis on contemporary genres and implications. Students trace the modern cinema from 1941 to the present. Students may take Part II prior to Part I; although the content is chronological, Part I is not a prerequisite for Part II.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03272 - Images of Women in Film
This course uses the medium of motion pictures to study cultural perspectives on women at various times through history and in differing cultural environments. Students discuss a wide range of film treatments to examine women's changing role, as well as social attitudes toward women as expressed by representative works of a cultural era and by writers, directors and actors.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03273 - The Movie Industry
This course introduces students to the language of the technical elements of the motion picture and to a method for analyzing the artwork created and the messages communicated by the motion picture. Students analyze the components of motion pictures including color, lighting, editing, scripting, directing and acting.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03275 - Applied Media Aesthetics: Sight, Sound and Story
This course offers students an introduction to the aesthetic concepts as applied directly to radio, television, and film media. Using examples from these media, students will study, discuss, and analyze design and composition elements as they apply to the production process. A basic vocabulary of aesthetic terminology will be assembled and students will be responsible for understanding and applying those terms through various written and visual assignments.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03280 - African American Film History
This course offers students an introduction to the little-known yet important area of African American Film History, beginning with the development of Race Movies by such directors as Oscar Micheaux, and continuing to the present day. Through lectures, screenings and reports students will study, discuss and analyze the historical and cultural significance of these films and their influence on society.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03294 - Contemporary International Cinema
Contemporary International Cinema is designed as a basic introduction to world cinema, defined as the film output of other nations, regions and non-Hollywood cinema. Students will examine the major filmmakers, production and distribution practices of the global filmmaking community. Students will explore definitions of national and transnational cinema, issues of representation and post-colonialism, and concepts of authorship and genre from a global perspective. Students will gain a critical awareness of the ways in which cinema shapes our attitudes or perceptions of other cultures, and an appreciation of cinematic representations that originate from within other cultures. Through readings, discussion, screenings and research, students will gain a broader perspective of the current state of film as an art form, a globalized industry and cultural products.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03295 - Introduction to New Media
Introduction to New Media surveys emerging digital communication and entertainment media and teaches new media from the perspective of the producer. Students will discuss the evolution, social and historical implications, and production of media forms with an emphasis on social networking, user generated and other web media.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03321 - Television Production II
This hands-on course provides experience in advanced television production. Students work in production teams which create, research, script, shoot, and edit one-minute promotional pieces and a 30-minute magazine program. All programming airs on Rowan's cable network, Channel 5. Students will shoot in the studio and in the field, learning to use digital production equipment in preparation for professional career work in television. All projects are edited on Avid editing systems.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03331 - Radio Broadcasting II
Radio Broadcasting II is designed to develop the skills obtained in Radio I by increasing the knowledge about various audio devices. Shows developed in Radio II will be scheduled as a regular part of the WGLS-FM programming. Topics covered will further enhance the students' understanding of audio production and the associated equipment and develop announcing skills vital not only to radio, but to all forms of audio/visual presentation.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03335 - A/V Production Systems
The course expands students' knowledge of audio and video production equipment and its specific application in production and post-production facilities. Students learn the principles of audio and video measurement, editing requirements and equipment interfacing. Students will understand future trends and the impact of A/V Technology on industry economics. Demonstrations are applied to classroom experiences. This course may not be offered annually.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03340 - RTF Research & Criticism
This course studies the range and importance of research and criticism in the Radio, Television and Motion Picture industries. Academic models of research and criticism are investigated as are industry practices like demographics and ratings. Students inform their perspective of RTF as professionals and members of electronic media and cinema's global audience.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03350 - RTF Practicum
RTF Practicum gives students the opportunity to test their skills and knowledge of the field while working on campus with department faculty and professional staff on a variety of technical, creative and/or research related assignments. Students can earn 3 credit hours for 120 hours of work on Practicum-related assignments.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03351 - RTF Internship I
Students earn 3 credit hours for 120 hours of field experience on the job in a Radio, Television or Film professional setting. The students will fulfill a wide range of duties described by the on-site supervisor and agreed to by both the student and the on-campus faculty supervisor. Students may take up to 6 credit hours of field experience.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03352 - RTF Internship II
Students earn 3 credit hours for 120 hours of field experience on the job in a Radio, Television or Film professional setting. The students will fulfill a wide range of duties described by the on-site supervisor and agreed to by both the student and the on-campus faculty supervisor. Students may take up to 6 credit hours of field experience.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03353 - RTF Internship III
Students earn 6 credit hours for 240 hours of field experience on the job in a Radio, Television or Film professional setting. The students will fulfill a wide range of duties described by the on-site supervisor and agreed to by both the student and the on-campus faculty supervisor. Students may take up to 6 credit hours of field experience.
3.000 Credit hourss

RTF 03354 - RTF Internship IV
Students earn 3 credit hours for 120 hours of intership experience on the job in a Radio, Television or Film professional setting. The students will fulfill a wide range of duties described by the on-site supervisor and agreed to by both the student and the on-campus faculty supervisor.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03370 - Film Production I
The course introduces students to the principles and techniques of film style production. Students work in production teams to make a series of short films designed to familiarize them with film production techniques including camera operation, shot composition, and editing. In addition students gain experience applying basic cinematic narrative concepts.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03371 - Film Production II
This is an intermediate synch-sound 16mm production course which emphasizes studio production techniques. Students work in crews on short dialogue scenes designed to familiarize them with directing, script analysis, art direction, color cinematography, lighting, and synch-sound digital editing.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03372 - American Film Directors
Through historical perspective and criticism, this course provides an in-depth study of films by American directors. This course may not be offered annually.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03373 - Film Noir
Film Noir is designed as an advanced film history course to explore the dark cinematic style and crime genre of Film Noir. Students will examine major filmmakers, production, distribution practices and reception of film noir. Through readings, discussion, screenings and research students will gain a broader perspective of how this cinematic cycle changes over time, the production conditions in the classical Hollywood studio system, the industrial considerations and censorship constraints, and how films grew out of earlier film history and cinematic movements overseas and in the United States.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03380 - Acting for the Camera
This course is a basic introduction to acting in front of film and television cameras. Students will study acting styles, techniques, and theory. Each student is expected to act in at least three seperate scenes that will be videotaped and critqued
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03393 - Film Scenario Writing - WI
The course covers the basic technical requirements for writing movie scripts and the problems of adapting material to screen and script analysis. By viewing contemporary movies and studying plotting, point-of-view, character creation and dialogue, students learn how a film script is put together and write an original script.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03394 - New Media Production
This is the second in a sequence of three courses in the Interactive Media specialization. Students will apply content production skills from radio, television, and film to the production of hybrid media. Students work in teams to plan, design, produce, and test multimedia products. Students are expected to demonstrate a high level of professionalism in completing all work on schedule to professional standards and in their interactions.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03395 - Sound Communication II
Sound Communication II will provide students with advanced concepts and practices of sound recording and editing, focusing on their application for the media of film and television. Students will explore historical and aesthetic practices of sound effects and music for film and television, directing those concepts towards the production of the sound design of a student film.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03400 - INDEPENDENT STUDY-RTF

RTF 03420 - Current Issues in Electronic Media
This course analyzes and discusses the impact that current trends in media technology, economics, regulation, and management have on content development, distribution, acquisition and consumer use.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03433 - Television Program Packaging - WI
This research and writing course focuses on the specialized field of TV program creation. Students study the structure and content of a wide variety of TV programs, analyzing target audiences, and examining the marketing structure of program selling and distribution. Students prepare a complete, original television program proposal as a required activity.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03434 - TV Program Packaging 2
This course builds on the writing skills learned in TV Program Packaging 1. The course is designed to provide students with an advanced opportunity to practice and deepen their episodic television script writing skills to help them prepare to embark upon a career in professional television scriptwriting. Students will gain experience working in a writer's room dynamic for a full semester, pitch a pilot idea and develop it within their group, develop scene building and dialogue writing skills, and craft a 13 episode television show arc together with each student writing 1 - 2 full scripts to build their season.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03450 - Television Documentary and Field Production
This advanced production course combines extensive research and scriptwriting skills with sophisticated field production techniques. Students select subjects of local interest to feature in high-quality, 20-minute documentaries involving pre-production planning, actual videotaping and post-production editing. Field production includes use of single and multiple camera units.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03470 - Advanced Film Production
This is an advanced synch-sound 16mm production course which emphasizes professional production practices. Students participate in the planning, shooting and editing of a longer-form narrative synch-sound film project designed to familiarize them with pre-production planning, production scheduling, large crew management, and post-production supervision.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 03471 - Techniques of Documentary Film Production

This course introduces students to the study of documentary form and techniques of production. It provides students with an understanding of the styles and methods of the documentary, giving students a powerful tool for film expression. Students will create a researched proposal for their own documentary.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 07394 - TV SCENARIO WRITING
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 10272 - IMAGES-WOMEN IN FILM
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 10372 - AMER FILM DIRECTORS
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 10470 - ADVANCED FILM MAKING
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 10515 - SP TOPICS
3.000 TO 6.000 Credit hours

RTF 10520 - Graduate Audio Production
Graduate Audio Production teaches the basic concepts of sound as it relates to the medium of radio, television, and film. Through coordinated reading assignments and in-class listening, students will become familiar with various styles of documentary audio production. Students will also study the historical evolution of film sound and music through lectures, viewing, and in-class discussion. Students will be expected to integrate this information into the production of professional audio documentaries and sound design for film.
3.000 Credit hours

Levels: Graduate

RTF 10521 - Graduate Documentary Production
Graduate Documentary Production is a graduate course where students lacking will gain knowledge and skills to produce documentary projects. Students will explore the culture of the media professional through a series of group assignments that stress productive collaboration, objective criticism and analysis, professional ethics, and time management. Students will develop competencies in the processes and equipment of television field production, experiencing all phases of pre-production, production, and post-production as they research, write, shoot and edit creative projects.
3.000 Credit hours

Levels: Graduate

RTF 10522 - Graduate Film Production
Graduate Film Production is a graduate course where students are introduced to the technological, organizational and aesthetic production competencies for shooting narrative films using color, lights and sound. Readings will emphasize cinematic visual storytelling conventions. Homework assignments will emphasize preproduction, previsualization and production coordination of short narrative films. Students will produce a series of production assignments culminating in the production of a short narrative film.
3.000 Credit hours

RTF 10523 - Graduate Screenwriting
Graduate Screenwriting is an intensive writing workshop where students learn the basics of dramatic writing for the screen. The first half of the course is built around screenings, lectures, discussions and exercises where students explore the fundamentals of daily writing, dramatic structure, visual writing, characterization, dialog and proper screenplay formatting. Film analysis will focus on classic and contemporary shorts and feature films. The second half of the semester focuses on the development, and re-writing of a narrative short film based on an incident from a longer feature screenplay outline.
3.000 Credit hours