May be completed in one year. Ideal for those not seeking a full degree but who wish to gain new career skills in video, multimedia, digital imaging, digital sound, multimedia design, animation and computer applications for media.
Students will develop a portfolio of their work while gaining skills that will help them in further study or to pursue a career in:
Contact: Justin West, 413-552-2525, firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction to the elements and principles of basic design, including concepts such as representation and composition, and the characteristics of various two-dimensional media.Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week
Introduces the technical and aesthetic craft for making a photograph through outdoor-indoor practices and hand processing and printing methods that lead to professional quality work. Prerequisite: 35mm SLR camera required
Introduces students to the necessary elements of informative and persuasive public speaking. The course includes performance analysis of speakers and major historical speeches. Course skills learned are useful in all forms of oral presentation in professional and academic settings. Students are required to attend one outside speaking performance, to deliver several speeches in class, and to participate in group discussion. Please note that this course replaces SPE 120 - Fundamentals of Speech. Students will not receive credit for both SPE 120 and COM 150.
Introduces perspectives from which human communication may be studied. Focuses on how we communicate with one another, looking specifically at the symbols we use and analyzing how they influence our thinking and behavior. Provides a conceptual foundation for examining language, nonverbal communication, small group behavior, and the impact of mass media on patterns of human interaction.
This course offers a systematic study of the ways in which images convey meaning. Focus is on integrating visual theory with the practice of analyzing images or sequences of images from art, photography, video, film, advertising, and electronic media. Course topics include basic structure of the human eye and brain, physical nature of light, perception, basic semiotic theory, composition, color, and the application of these to visual media such as informational visual media, visual art, and advertising. Provides a conceptual visual foundation for students majoring in art, communication, electronic media, graphics, journalism, marketing, photography, theater, or any field dealing with visual communication.
This course is an introduction to video production with an emphasis on production skills and effective visual communication. Through screening and discussion of video and film, as well as group and individual projects, students will learn how to communicate their ideas through the medium of video production. The course covers such topics as story boarding, camera work and composition, editing, lighting and sound design, genres, and how to design and plan a production. No prior video experience is necessary, however access to a video camera is required.
This course introduces students in any area of study to the fundamentals of using a range of electronic media to communicate information and ideas. It covers methods for digitally creating audio, visual images, and multimedia. Specific skills covered are: textual communication, digital sound editing, digital image manipulation, and interactive multimedia authoring. Through individualized projects, students have the opportunity to experience the effect of different media on information.
This course explores a special topic relating to Electronic Media. Students work individually and/or in groups to research, design and produce major media projects, focusing on expanding their knowledge of and experience with the particular topic. (May be taken more than once.)
This course provides students with an opportunity to pursue an area of electronic media beyond the introductory level and to gain skills in project and time management. Over the semester students will work independently on a major media project of their choice, meeting regularly with the instructor. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in EMS110 or EMS111 or permission of instructor.
his course provides students with an opportunity to create a major media project that integrates various aspects of electronic media and that demonstrates the student's ability to work competently in the field. The creation of a portfolio of work accomplished while in the program is an integral part of the course as well as an oral defense before a portfolio committee. This course should be taken in the final semester. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Please note that many EMS courses formerly carried the COM prefix.
For more information on the Electronic Media Program see www.hcc-cmta.org.
Students in the Certificate Program are strongly encouraged to meet with an Electronic Media faculty member as soon as possible after beginning the program.
Suggested first semester schedule:
ART 123 or ART 140
It is very important that Electronic Media Certificate (H036) students take courses in correct rotation. Therefore if classes are filled, please contact Justin West (413-552-2525) or Jay Ducharme (413-552-2508) to allow students to enroll.