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Media Studies Courses (MST)

GE Core denotes General Education Core credit;
GE Marker
denotes General Education Marker credit;
CAR denotes College Additional Requirement credit.

Courses for Undergraduates

100 Understanding Media (3:3)

Introduction to the discipline of Media Studies with emphasis on content, industries, audiences, and effects in a changing media landscape. (Fall & Spring) (Formerly BCN 100)

101 The Development of the Cinema (4:3:3)

GE Core: GFA

Development of motion picture industry. Emphasis on history and major film movements. (Spring) (Formerly BCN 101)

102 The Development of Broadcasting (3:3)

Emergence, structure, and scope of radio, television, and cable. Examination of broadcasting theories and practices, with emphasis on audience influences on broadcasting and the effect of broadcasting on individuals and society. (Spring) (Formerly BCN 102)

190 WUAG Practicum (1–2)

May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 3 hours.

Supervised participation in radio broadcasting or program production at the campus radio station WUAG. (Formerly BCN 190)

191 CFVF Practicum (1–2)

Pr. permission of instructor

May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 3 hours.

Supervised participation in the preparation for and implementation of the UNCG Carolina Film and Video Festival. (Formerly BCN 191)

196 Media Workshop (1:2)

May be repeated for a total of 3 hours.

Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP)

Examination of specific aspects of broadcasting, film, and other media as provided by screenings and by instruction of industry professionals. (Fall & Spring) (Same as ENT 196; formerly BCN 196)

197 Media Production Practicum (1–3:0:3–9)

May be repeated for a total of 3 s.h.

In-depth, hands-on exposure to the many aspects of the production and postproduction process of film and electronic visualization. (Fall & Spring & Summer) (Formerly BCN 197)

203 Applied Aesthetics for Film and Video (3:3)

Study of the major aesthetic elements in film and video production—light, space, time-motion, and sound. (Fall & Spring) (Formerly BCN 203)

204 Introduction to Media Writing (3:3)

Pr. ENG 101 or FMS 115, or permission of instructor

Introduction to theory and practice of media writing with concentrated exercises in developing messages and shaping those messages to the demands and characteristics of various media. (Fall & Spring) (Formerly BCN 204)

205 Film/Television Criticism (3:3)

Pr. admission to Media Studies major, or permission of instructor

Introduction to critical thinking, writing, and analysis of film or television and the interrelation among society, culture, and media texts. Fall: film emphasis; Spring: television emphasis. (Fall & Spring) (Formerly BCN 205)

207 Introduction to Film and Video Production (3:3)

Pr. MST 100, and 101 or 102, and admission to Media Studies major

Introduction to basic equipment and facilities used in film and video production. (Spring) (Formerly BCN 207)

222 Topics in Media and Popular Culture (3:3)

Pop culture's creation, consumption, and influence on politics, justice, identities, and social relationships. Topics will vary with possible offerings including law, political satire, television animation, news infotainment, and the Mafia. (Alt) (Formerly BCN 222)

225 Masterpieces of Cinema (3:2:3)

GE Core: GFA

Analysis of selected, significant motion pictures of the world’s cinema, from the silent period to the present. (Formerly BCN 225)

226 Masterpieces of Television Drama (3:2:3)

GE Core: GFA

Analysis of selected, significant, prime-time television dramas with emphasis on recent works of major producers. (Fall & Alt Spring) (Formerly BCN 226)

252 Creative Process in Film and Video (3:3)

Pr. MST 101

Various approaches for the enhancement of the visual imagination, emphasizing the origination of ideas and their development into scripts for film and video. (Formerly BCN 252)

271 Introduction to Image and Sound Acquisition (3:3)

Pr. admission to Media Studies major

Coreq. MST 272 must be taken simultaneously with this course.

Theory and practice of single camera film and video image and sound acquisition. (Fall & Spring) (Formerly BCN 271)

272 Introduction to Image and Sound Postproduction (3:3:2)

Pr. admission to Media Studies major

Coreq. MST 271 must be taken simultaneously with this course.

Introduction to digital editing technology and basic aesthetic considerations of video editing. (Fall & Spring) (Formerly BCN 272)

273 Basic Audio Production (3:3)

Pr. MST 203 and 205

Basic sound production techniques including console operation, equipment use, microphone technique, sound for the moving image, analogue tape, and digital editing. (Formerly BCN 273)

296 Spartan Television Practicum (1–2)

Pr. permission of instructor

May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 3 s.h.

Supervised participation in the production of television programming and promotion of the campus cable channel Spartan Television. (Formerly BCN 390 and 296)

301 Media Theory (3:3)

Pr. MST 100, and 101 or 102, 205, or permission of instructor

May be repeated for credit.

Examination of media texts, contexts, influence, and effects from a variety of theoretical perspectives. (Fall & Spring) (Formerly BCN 301)

305 The Development of Digital Media (3:3)

Pr. MST 100, and 101 or 102, or permission of instructor for nonmajors

Introduction to the development, future, and utilization of digital media. (Fall) (Formerly BCN 305)

322 Broadcast Programming (3:3)

Pr. MST 102 and 205

Analysis of program sources for radio, television, and cable. Focus on program evaluation, selection, acquisition, and on scheduling practices. (Formerly BCN 322)

323 Radio and Media Culture (3:3)

Pr. MST 102 or permission of instructor

Study of significant developments in the history of the radio industry and its usage by and effect on society. (Spring) (Formerly BCN 323)

324 Media, Sport, and the Law (3:3)

The study of media's influence on and intersection with sports and the law. (Formerly BCN 324)

325 Gender and Media Culture (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

Pr. ENG 101 or FMS 115 or permission of instructor

Examination of the nature of media contents and production processes as they influence the construction of feminine and masculine identities. (Formerly BCN 325)

326 News Analysis (3:3)

Pr. MST 205, 301

Analysis of news practices and presentation across multiple media and formats from a variety of theoretical, philosophical, and historical perspectives. (Formerly BCN 326)

327 Non-Western Film: Asian (3:3)

Pr. ENG 101 or 102

Study of films from Southeast Asia: Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea.

341 Broadcast Newswriting (3:3)

Pr. MST 203, 204, and 205

Writing and planning newscasts for broadcast media. (Formerly BCN 341)

343 Broadcast Copywriting (3:3)

Pr. admission to Media Studies major or permission of instructor

Analysis of persuasive radio and television spots and examination of broadcast copywriting techniques with emphasis on development of writing skills for electronic media. (Formerly BCN 343)

350 Writing for the Screen (3:3)

Pr. MST 101, 203, 204, 205, 301; 252 recommended

Study of techniques of script writing, both adaptations and original material. (Formerly BCN 350)

361 Radio and Television Announcing (3:3)

Pr. MST 203 and 205, or permission of instructor

Theory and practice of announcing skills and techniques in radio and television broadcasting. (Spring) (Formerly BCN 361)

370 Film Production I (3:3)

Pr. MST 101, 203, 271 and 272, 205

Introduction to technique in the use of the camera to communicate visual ideas. Emphasis is given to technical skills and equipment. (Formerly BCN 370)

371 Field and Studio Production (3:2:3)

Pr. MST 205, 271, 272, or permission of instructor

Intermediate principles of field and television studio video production. (Fall & Spring) (Formerly BCN 371)

373 TV and Film Lighting (3:2:3)

Pr. MST 203, 205, 271, 272, 301, or permission of instructor

Principles of light and color in lighting for television and film production. Application of the equipment and accessories used in the execution of lighting design through practical projects. (Formerly BCN 373)

380 Studio News Production (3:2:3)

Pr. MST 271, 272, or permission of instructor

Principles and techniques for production of studio-based television newscasts. (Spring) (Formerly BCN 380)

395 Special Problems (1–3)

Pr. Permission of faculty supervisor is required prior to registration.

May be repeated for credit.

Guided individual study in an area of special interest to the student. (Formerly BCN 395)

396 Spartan Television II (3:2:3)

Pr. MST 296 or permission of instructor

Intensive workshop in Spartan Television, the campus television channel, including conceptualization, design, and production of regularly scheduled programming. (Fall & Spring) (Formerly BCN 396)

399 Radio-TV-Film Production Workshop (3:0:9)

Pr. MST 203, 205, 271 and 272, 301. Permission of faculty supervisor required prior to registration.

May be repeated for credit.

Guided practice in a creative area of radio, television, or film, including writing, directing, performing, sound design, cinematography, or editing. (Formerly BCN 399)

407 Media Law and Ethics (3:3)

Pr. MST 205 and 301, or permission of instructor

Study of media law and questions of ethics as they apply to the mass media. (Formerly BCN 407)

440 Online Journalism (3:3)

Pr. MST 271 and 272, or permission of instructor

Introduction to the development of online journalism worldwide, practice of online news reporting and storytelling with video production and podcasts for the Web, and the creation of a personal home page. (Fall or Spring) (Formerly BCN 440)

441 Electronic Journalism (3:3)

Pr. MST 271, 272, 341, 371, or permission of instructor

Study and practice of electronic news reporting skills and newscasting. Focus on writing news copy; reporting, shooting, and editing news packages; basic newscast production techniques. (Fall & Spring) (Formerly BCN 441)

442 Advanced Broadcast Journalism (3:2:3)

Pr. MST 441 or permission of instructor

Weekly television newscast production. Emphasis on developing reporting, producing, and presentational skills. (Spring) (Formerly BCN 442)

443 Writing the Nonfiction Program (3:3)

Pr. MST 204 and 205

Research, design, and writing of nonfiction programs such as documentary, magazine, instructional, and educational programs. Emphasis given to the development and application of writing skills. (Formerly BCN 443)

468 Sportscasting (3:3)

Pr. MST 203, 205, and 361, or permission of instructor

Development of announcing skills and knowledge of sports necessary for sports broadcasting including play-by-play. (Alt Fall) (Formerly BCN 468)

470 Film Production II (3:3)

Pr. MST 203, 205, 271, 272, 301 and 370, or permission of instructor

Further study of the camera and the creation of a 16 mm sync sound film utilizing the camera, the sound recorder, and postproduction methodologies. (Formerly BCN 470)

471 Editing (3:3)

Pr. MST 203, 205, 271, 272, 301, or permission of instructor

Survey of the history, aesthetics, and techniques in sequencing moving images. Laboratory experience, including digital editing. (Formerly BCN 471)

473 Media Sound Production (3:3)

Pr. MST 203, 205, 271, 272, 273, 301, or permission of instructor

Techniques and aesthetics of digital sound design for the moving image. (Formerly BCN 413 and 473)

490 WUAG Advanced Practicum (1–2)

May be repeated for credit for maximum of 3 s.h.

Supervised participation at an advanced level of radio broadcasting or program production at the campus radio station WUAG. (Formerly BCN 490)

491 Advanced CFVF Practicum (1–2)

Pr. permission of instructor

May be repeated for credit for maximum of 3 s.h.

Supervised participation at an advanced level in the preparation for and implementation of the UNCG Carolina Film and Video Festival. (Formerly BCN 491)

492 Broadcasting Internship (1–6)

Pr. admission to the Media Studies major; MST 203, 205, 207 or 271 and 272, 301, and one additional production course 300 level or above (341 required for Broadcast Journalism internships), and approval by Director of Internships

May be repeated for credit for total of 6 s.h. in MST 492/494.

Field learning experience in local broadcast media. Academic supervision provided by faculty member and direction in the field provided by job supervisor. (Formerly BCN 492)

493 Honors Work (3–6)

Pr. permission of instructor; 3.30 GPA in the major, 12 s.h. in the major

May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.

(Formerly BCN 493)

494 Cinema Internship (1–6)

Pr. admission to the Media Studies major; MST 203, 205, 207 or 271 and 272, 301, and one additional production course 300 level or above, and approval by Director of Internships

May be repeated for credit for total of 6 s.h. in MST 492/494.

Field learning experience in film industry. Academic supervision provided by faculty member and direction in the field provided by job supervisor. (Formerly BCN 494)

496 Advanced Media Workshop (1:2)

May be repeated for a total of 3 s.h.

Grade: Pass/Not Pass (P/NP)

Leadership role in examination of aspects of broadcasting, film, and other media through screenings and by instruction of industry professionals. (Fall & Spring) (Same as ENT 496; formerly BCN 496)

497 Advanced Media Production Practicum (1–3:0:3–9)

May be repeated for a total of 3 s.h.

Advanced, in-depth, hands-on exposure to the many aspects of the production and postproduction process of film and electronic visualization. (Fall & Spring & Summer) (Formerly BCN 497)

499 Senior Portfolio (1:1)

Pr. admission to Media Studies major

To be taken in student’s last semester at UNCG prior to graduation.

Preparation of a professional portfolio, reel, or resume tape. Includes assistance in writing resumes, interviewing, and career networking. (Fall & Spring) (Formerly BCN 499)

See Courses for Advanced Undergraduates & Graduate Students.