Courses of Study

BCT105 INTRODUCTION TO MASS MEDIA

3 credits
Students examine the effects and impact of the mass media on contemporary life. Emphasis is on the influence of television, film, radio, Internet, and print media in such areas as entertainment, news, politics, advertising, popular culture, and human behavior. Prerequisites: ENG100, RDG100, or placement. Offered Fall 2012.

BCT110 FUNDAMENTALS OF VIDEO PRODUCTION

3 credits
Students are introduced to the basics of video recording and editing. Instruction focuses on developing the pre-production, production, and post production expertise required to successfully plan and execute programs recorded on location. An overview of video technology is included. Prerequisite: ENG100, RDG100, or placement. Fall

BCT111 MEDIA THEORY AND PRACTICES

3 credits
Students survey the foundation and development of television, radio, and electronic media; the regulatory, financial, and operating structure of the electronic media industries; programming content and criticism; the role and impact of electronic media in society; and electronic media’s current and future applications. Prerequisites: ENG100, RDG100, or placement. Fall.

BCT112 INTRODUCTION TO AUDIO PRODUCTION

3 credits
Students are introduced to the basic procedures and skills used by audio professionals. In order to achieve a basic understanding of sound as it relates to media productions, students perform recording and editing techniques of dialog, radio style production, as well as studio and location sound practices used for video and film. Two hours lecture and two lab hours per week. Prerequisites: RDG100, ENG100, or placement. Fall.

BCT121 TELEVISION STUDIO OPERATIONS AND MULTICAMERA PRODUCTION

3 credits
This course encompasses the processes, equipment, facilities, and skills employed in television studio and multicamera production. Emphasis is placed on the operation of cameras, switchers and related equipment, the responsibilities of the production crew, and the direction of live-switched, multicamera production. Prerequisites: ENG100, RDG100, or placement. Spring.

BCT122 FUNDAMENTALS OF AUDIO POSTPRODUCTION

3 credits
Students are introduced to equipment, procedures, and techniques used on location and in studios for careers in audio for the television and film industries, with an emphasis on post production signal processing and editing. This course builds on the information and skills acquired in BCT112 Audio Production I. Two hours lecture and two hours lab per week. Prerequisite: BCT112. Spring.

 

BCT202 BROADCASTING AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA INTERNSHIP I

3 credits
In this course, students earn academic credit while gaining on-the-job experience and training at a broadcast operation or other electronic media-related facility. The student’s performance is evaluated by the instructor and the employer. The student will participate in periodic seminars with the course coordinator, and must prepare a detailed account of the internship at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: permission of department chair and minimum 2.75 QPA. Offered occasionally.

BCT203 BROADCASTING AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA INTERNSHIP II

3 credits
A continuation of BCT202 Broadcasting and Electronic Media Internship I, this course allows a student to earn additional on-the-job academic credit. The student’s performance is evaluated by the instructor and the employer. The student will have periodic meetings in a seminar with the course coordinator, and must prepare a detailed account of the internship at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: permission of department chair and minimum 2.75 QPA. Offered occasionally.

BCT208 SCRIPTWRITING

3 credits
Students are introduced to the various forms of copywriting for electronic media and film including persuasive messages, news, and scripts. Students will be required to produce samples of their writing in audio and video formats. Required for Broadcasting and Electronic Media majors. Prerequisite: ENG101. Spring.

BCT209 BROADCAST JOURNALISM

3 credits
Students are given instruction and supervised exercises in writing, reporting, editing, and producing radio and television news, public affairs, and documentary programs. The role of broadcast journalists and their responsibilities to society are major discussion topics. Two lecture hourse and two lab hours per week. Prerequisites: BCT111, BCT112, ENG101. Offered occasionally.

BCT211 ADVANCED AUDIO PRODUCTION

3 credits
This course builds on information and skills acquired in BCT112 and BCT122. Students gain competency with configurations of complex audio systems, matrixes of multibus mixers, digital mixers, advanced techniques in dialog recording, tone shaping, and music editing. Foley work, sweetening, and mixing for picture are major parts of this course. Prerequisite: BCT122. Fall.

 BCT214 BROADCAST AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT

3 credits
Students examine the many factors that affect the day-to-day operation of the television and radio station, cable system, and electronic media operation. This includes governmental regulation and self-regulation, community service, programming, management techniques, electronic media ownership and financing, sales and advertising, industry staffing, and future directions. Prerequisite: BCT111. Spring.

BCT216 DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY

3 credits
This course provides the opportunity for students to employ production skills acquired in previous classes to effectively craft creative and compelling visual stories and movies. In this course students combine the aesthetics, concepts, and techniques filmmakers have practiced since the days of silent films with contemporary digital technology to create films that will effectively inform, entertain or persuade today’s discerning audiences. Prerequisite: BCT213. Fall.

BCT217 CRITICAL LISTENING FOR AUDIO ENGINEERS

3 credits
This course focuses on awareness of sound. Ear training and auditory recognition are developed through directed listening tasks, discussions and research. Topics include types of listening, listening environments, sound systems and devices, eras in sound. Including equipment and technique, with analytical study of sound engineers’ choices in broadcast, cinematic and musical genres. Prerequisite: BCT122. Fall.

BCT221 BROADCAST PERFORMANCE AND PRACTICE

3 credits
This course introduces students to all phases of broadcast performing so that he/she can acquire necessary skills and/or function to direct talent for both audio and video media. This course combines both classroom lectures and demonstrations with a variety of practical exercises in both audio and video performance. Course projects have been chosen and designed to simulate actual broadcast situations encountered daily in the industry. Prerequisites: ENG100, RDG100, or placement. Offered occasionally.

BCT223 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN BROADCASTING AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA

3 credits
This course is an advanced practicum experience in which the individual student, under the guidance of a staff member, develops his/her broadcast telecommunications skills at a professional level. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. Offered occasionally.

BCT224 MUSIC RECORDING AND MIXING TECHNIQUES

3 credits
This course trains students in techniques of recording and mixing music. Students will record musical performances of single and group vocals and instrument categories including drums, guitars, keyboards, brass, woodwinds, and strings. Students will have the opportunity to mix material recorded at professional recording studios. Training includes analog and digital mixers, outboard processors, and ProTools. Prerequisite: BCT123 or permission of instructor. Spring.

BCT227 ADVANCED TELEVISION PRODUCTION

3 credits
This course builds on the basic studio production and EFP expertise and skills developed in BCT212 Television Production and Direction I and BCT213 Television Production and Direction II. The emphasis of this course is hands-on production. Through participation in a variety of projects students refine camera, audio, lighting, studio, and postproduction skills. They continue to develop their directorial expertise. Students expand their communication, organizational, and creative talents to produce effective and worthwhile programming. Prerequisites: BCT213 and permission of instructor. Fall.

BCT229 EDITING DIGITAL VIDEO

3 credits
Building on their knowledge of television production, students will develop expertise in the technology and techniques of digital, nonlinear editing. This course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operation of nonlinear editing systems. Throughout the course, students develop an understanding of the techniques and aesthetics video and film editors employ as effective storytellers. Using industry standard, nonlinear editing systems, students practice applying the craft of editing, assembling sequences of pictures and sounds to create finished programs including titles, graphics, and special effects. Prerequisite: BCT213. Fall.

BCT231 AV SYSTEMS ELECTRONICS AND ENGINEERING

1 credits
This course will emphasize the technical, rather than the creative side of video production. Students will acquire troubleshooting and problem-solving skills through hands-on training in actual and simulated production environments. At the completion of this course, students will be able to define and demonstrate the technical responsibilities of a number of production situations. Prerequisites: BCT227 and permission of instructor. Offered occasionally.

BCT235 DVD AUTHORING

3 credits
The instruction in this course focuses on developing a working understanding of the DVD format and using that knowledge to design and produce programming capitalizing on the format’s features. Students will be introduced to each phase of DVD production including design and planning; preparation of video, audio, and graphic assets; menu creation; implementation of navigation; proofing; final output; and replication. Prerequisites: RDG100, ENG100, or placement. Offered occasionally.